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US worried about its ex-spies, passes new law

Troubled that former American spies are plying their trade for foreign governments, Congress has passed new legislation requiring U.S. spy agencies to provide an annual assessment detailing the risks such conduct poses for national security. The new measure was driven by a Reuters investigation revealing how former National Security Agency …

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Katyusha strike on US-held green zone

Three Katyusha rockets fell on Tuesday inside Baghdad’s Green Zone which houses government buildings and foreign missions, Iraqi police sources told Reuters. The three rockets were launched from Zafaraniyah district outside Baghdad, the sources said, adding that two rockets landed near the U.S. embassy. Source: Reuters

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The Heritage Foundation says US-Oman relations must improve in 2020 with the new Sultan Haitham.  They note, “The United States and Oman share many geopolitical challenges and have had good relations dating back two centuries. Under the leadership of Sultan Haitham, U.S.–Omani relations will be entering a new chapter. The …

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US, Israel conspiring against UNRWA

The interim head of the U.N. agency that aids Palestinian refugees accused the United States on Thursday of lobbying foreign parliaments to stop donations to the organization, to which Washington cut off funding in 2018. Christian Saunders, in an interview with Reuters in his Gaza office, also said Israel was …

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Trump tweets linked to Iran protests

With tweets of solidarity in Farsi and technological tools to circumvent internet shutdowns, U.S. President Donald Trump might be close to exhausting his options to support Iranian protesters rising up against their rulers. U.S. officials say the administration needs to avoid any overtures that could draw accusations of foreign meddling …

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Security for All or for None

Iranian foreign policy guru Seyed Hossein Mousavian discusses nuclear weaponization and the need for a multilateral security network in the Middle East By Sean David Hobbs   Leading Iranian diplomat and analyst Seyed Hossein Mousavian, 62, has served in a variety of diplomatic capacities, many of which were connected to …

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Moqtada al-Sadr ants anti-American protests in Iraq

Populist Iraqi Shi’ite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr called on Tuesday for a million Iraqis to march against the U.S. “presence and violations” in Iraq after Washington’s killing of an Iranian commander in Baghdad. Iraq’s parliament has called for U.S. and other foreign troops to leave amid growing a backlash against Washington’s …

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Soleimani not an imminent threat after all, Trump admits

President Donald Trump on Monday defended his decision to kill Iranian commander Qassem Soleimani, contending Soleimani posed an impending threat to the United States but also saying the threat “doesn’t really matter” given the military leader’s history. “The Fake News Media and their Democrat Partners are working hard to determine …

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US keen on energy partnerships, eyes China, expanding NATO to Mideast

The United States is committed to regional political stability, a US State Department official underscored on Sunday. Francis Fannon, Assistant Secretary at the US State Department’s Bureau of Energy Resources, said that following his visit to the UAE last January, he is visiting the country again to “underscore the United …

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US refuses to withdraw forces from Iraq

Washington on Friday spurned an Iraqi request to prepare to pull out its troops, amid heightened U.S.-Iranian tensions after the U.S. killing of an Iranian commander in Baghdad, and said it was exploring a possible expansion of NATO’s presence there. Seeking to tighten pressure on its foe, the United States …

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Democrats successfully restrict Trump warmaking powers

The U.S. House of Representatives voted on Thursday to stop President Donald Trump from further military action against Iran as the Middle East remained tense after the U.S. killing of a top Iranian commander and Iran’s retaliatory missile strikes. The resolution passed 224-194 along party lines in the Democratic-controlled House …

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Arab informers responsible for Soleimani hit

Iranian General Qassem Soleimani arrived at the Damascus airport in a vehicle with dark-tinted glass. Four soldiers from Iran’s Revolutionary Guards rode with him. They parked near a staircase leading to a Cham Wings Airbus A320, destined for Baghdad. Neither Soleimani nor the soldiers were registered on the passenger manifesto, …

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Revolutionary Guards warn of harsher retribution

A Revolutionary Guards commander said Iran would take “harsher revenge soon” after Tehran launched missile attacks on U.S. targets in Iraq in retaliation for last week’s U.S. killing of an Iranian general, Tasnim news agency reported on Thursday. The agency was quoting senior commander Abdollah Araghi, speaking after U.S. President …

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Trump claims situation defused

U.S. President Donald Trump said on Wednesday Iranian missile strikes on bases in Iraq had not harmed any U.S. troops stationed there and damage was minimal, an outcome he said showed Tehran wanted to prevent an escalation into conflict. Iranian forces fired missiles at military bases housing U.S. troops in …

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IRGC says today’s early morning attack just preliminary

A senior IRGC commander, Brigadier General Mohammad Kosari told Mehr News agency attacks carried out against US forces today are just our “preliminary measures”, advising US officials to stop their ‘gambler president’. He advised American officials to stop President Trump’s crimes and unlawful acts. Kosari warned the Americans if they …

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No war with Iran, Democrat contender warns Trump

Democratic White House hopeful Elizabeth Warren rallied a raucous crowd of thousands in New York City on Tuesday alongside former rival Julian Castro, whose endorsement a day earlier could boost her candidacy at a critical moment in the campaign. Castro, a former U.S. housing and urban development secretary under President …

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US paratroopers heading to Gulf

For many of the soldiers, it would be their first mission. They packed up ammunition and rifles, placed last-minute calls to loved ones, then turned in their cell phones. Some gave blood. The 600 mostly young soldiers at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, were headed for the Middle East, part of …

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Saudi in defence talks with Pentagon

Saudi Arabia’s Deputy Defense Minister Prince Khalid bin Salman, said in a tweet on Tuesday he met U.S. Secretary of defense Mark Esper and discussed mutual challenges faced by both countries. He also emphasized the importance of both countries’ ongoing military cooperation as it serves regional and international security. The …

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Bahrain in defence talks wih US

Bahrain’s Crown Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa discussed by phone on Monday with U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper the importance of maintaining regional security and stability, state news agency BNA reported. Their conversation followed the killing of a top Iranian military commander, Qassem Soleimani, in a U.S. drone strike …

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