Trump says he’s instructed Navy to ‘destroy’ any Iranian gunboats harassing US ships

President Trump said Wednesday that he’s instructed the U.S. Navy to “shoot down and destroy” any Iranian gunboats harassing American ships, in the wake of a tense encounter in the Persian Gulf.  “I have instructed the United States Navy to shoot … Read More

Trump says Iran planning ‘sneak attack’ on US troops, assets in Iraq

President Trump said Wednesday that Iran is planning a “sneak attack” on U.S. troops or “assets” in Iraq, warning the country will pay a “heavy price” if this happens. The president made the abrupt announcement in a tweet Wednesday afternoon, coming amid lingering … Read More

Iran warned not to mess with U.S. as CENTCOM spotlights ‘enormous’ firepower of nearby carriers

“U.S. Central Command is well postured to defend our forces around the region and to respond to any further aggression against our forces,” the combatant command tweeted March 13, 2020. The remark comes in conjunction with the USS Dwight D. Eisenhower and the … Read More

Trump warns Khamenei to be ‘careful with his words’ following Tehran sermon

US President mocks Iranian supreme leader, writes in support of the ‘noble people of Iran,’ after Khamenei attacks America and Europe in speech. US President Donald Trump at a ceremony in the White House, January 17, 2020, in Washington. (AP/Steve … Read More

Iran missile strike: US now says 11 troops were treated for concussion symptoms

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Trump and the military initially said no service members were hurt in retaliatory strike over Suleimani killing. US forces walking past a drone in the Ain al-Asad airbase in the western Iraqi. Photograph: Ayman Henna/AFP via Getty Images The US … Read More

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

Why Iraq is at the center of the dispute between Iran and the United States

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Protesters burn property in front of the U.S. Embassy compound in Baghdad on Tuesday. (Khalid Mohammed/AP) Tensions between the United States and Iran have escalated throughout 2019, but on New Year’s Eve these tensions were illustrated by a dramatic new … Read More

U.S. Buildup Not Cowing Iran

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Bottom Line Up Front The top commander for U.S. forces in the Middle East warned that the growing U.S. military presence in the Persian Gulf might not be enough to deter Iran from attacking Gulf states. The comments by CENTCOM … Read More

US Enraged After 6 More EU Nations Join INSTEX To Bypass Iran Sanctions

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On Friday six European countries issued a bombshell joint statement declaring their intent to join INSTEX, or the Instrument in Support of Trade Exchanges, a European special-purpose vehicle serving as a ‘SWIFT alternative’ to bypass US sanctions on Iran. Finland, Belgium, … Read More

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