Iran Claws Back Its Regional Influence

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A demonstrator holds a picture of Iranian Major-General Qassem Soleimani with Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei during a protest in Tehran, Iran, January 3, 2020 Photo by Nazanin Tabatabaee/West Asia News Agency/Reuters Last week, international politics was consumed with the … Read More

Iran vows ‘harsh retaliation’ after US airstrike kills Iranian Gen. Qassem Soleimani

Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on Friday warned that a “harsh retaliation is waiting” for the U.S. after an airstrike on an airport in Baghdad killed Iranian Gen. Qassem Soleimani, the head of Iran’s elite Quds Force. The Iranian state TV carried a statement by … Read More

Middle East Disaster: Nuclear War Between Russia and Israel Is Possible

Middle East Disaster: Nuclear War Between Russia and Israel Is Possible Although unlikely. Key point: Were the Israelis and Russians to come to blows, or if Moscow were to seriously threaten military force against Israel, could the United States risk … Read More

Thousands of Daesh (ISIS) detainees in Syria a ‘ticking time-bomb’

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Around 10,000 Daesh detainees and their families in nearby camps in northeastern Syria present a big security risk, a senior State Department official said on Tuesday, even though the US-allied Syrian Kurdish militia was fully capable of keeping them secure, … Read More

Iraq protests against Iran and government corruption are a rare sign of hope in the Mideast

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The U.S. has been trying to weaken Iran’s influence over Baghdad ever since America invaded the country. Now an unlikely source is helping: The Iraqi people. Demonstrators take part in ongoing anti-government protests in Tahrir Square, Baghdad, on Tuesday.Ahmed Jadallah … Read More

Al-Baghdadi takedown catches Dems flat-footed, blunts criticism of Trump’s Syria pullback

President Trump’s successful operation to take out Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi sent Democrats scrambling on Sunday, as several top party leaders had complained publicly in recent days that the White House had no “real plan” to combat the terror group following the U.S. pullout in Syria. … Read More

Trump says he kept details of ISIS operation from Pelosi to avoid leaks

President Trump said Sunday morning that he did not tell House Speaker Nancy Pelosi about the U.S. military raid in Syria that resulted in the death of ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi because he was worried about leaks that could have compromised the mission. … Read More

Trump describes al-Baghdadi as ‘whimpering and crying’ before dying in US operation: ‘He died like a coward’

President Trump, announcing the death of ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, described him as dying “in a vicious and violent way, as a coward, running and crying.” “He died like a dog, he died like a coward,” Trump said in a speech to the … Read More

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