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Iran 'threat' has diminished, says US defense secretary

Patrick Shanahan credits US show of forceRemarks appear to be a sign tension is easing This handout picture released by the US navy shows an F/A-18E Super Hornet landing on the flight deck of the carrier USS Abraham Lincoln in the Gulf. Photograph: MC3 Jeff Sherman/AFP/Getty Images The acting US defence secretary has claimed that the alleged threat from Iran has receded as the result of an American show of force in the Middle East. “We’ve put on hold the potential for attacks on Americans,” P...
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Dual hearings on Capitol Hill focus on Trump’s Iran policy

WASHINGTON (AP) — As questions mount over President Donald Trump’s tough talk on Iran, top national security officials are heading to Capitol Hill to brief Congress. But skeptical Democrats have asked for a second opinion. The competing closed-door sessions Tuesday, unusual and potentially polarizing, come after weeks of escalating tensions in the Persian Gulf that […]
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Trump Admin Moves Fueled Iran’s Aggression, U.S. Intel Says

Photo Illustration by The Daily Beast/GettyTrump administration hawks have spent the last two weeks decrying an increased threat from Iran. But U.S. intelligence officials assess that Iran’s aggressive moves came in response to the administration’s own actions. Three U.S. government officials familiar with the situation told The Daily Beast that officials in multiple U.S. intelligence agencies have assessed that Iran’s new, threatening activity–which the administration points to in justifying it...
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UK raises threat level for troops in Iraq amid fears of Iranian attack

The UK has raised the the threat level for its troops and diplomats in Iraq amid heightened concern over potential attacks by Iran or its proxy forces.  Alertness levels were also raised at UK embassies in Saudi Arabia and Qatar as tensions remained high in the Persian Gulf.  The US has been building up its forces in the region for two weeks after intelligence reportedly showed Iran’s Revolutionary Guards loading missiles onto small boats, potentially to be fired at American warships.  The UK in...
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Trump declares national emergency 'over Huawei' amid accusations he is risking 'devastating' conflict with Iran

Donald Trump has been accused of “playing a very dangerous game” with Iran and risking dragging the US into a new war in the Middle East that could have “devastating” consequences.The warning came from Hamid Baeidinejad, Iran’s ambassador to the UK, with the acting US defence secretary Patrick Shanahan tabling plans to send 120,000 troops to the region if needed as tensions soar between the two nations over economic sanctions and an increased American military presence in the Persian Gulf.A comm...
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Pelosi warns Trump against war in Mideast; Dems demand info

By LISA MASCARO and SUSANNAH GEORGE WASHINGTON  — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Wednesday that the U.S. must avoid war with Iran, and she declared the White House has “no business” moving toward a Middle East confrontation without approval from Congress. Pelosi’s remarks to House Democrats came amid growing concerns in Congress over President Donald Trump’s approach to Iran and mounting tensions in the Persian Gulf region over the administration’s claims of unspecified threats linked to Iran. ...
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Analysis: Persian Gulf tensions, unclear threats raise risks

The events roiling the Persian Gulf have the potential to affect everything from the price of gasoline to the fate of nations. Just as what sparked the rapid series of market-moving events remains unclear; so does the reason for the White House deploying warships and B-52 bombers there.
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Donald Trump says he is 'absolutely' ready to send troops to confront Iran

Donald Trump yesterday suggested he is ready to send “a hell of a lot” of troops to confront Iran in the Middle East amid warnings that the two countries are stumbling towards a war. The comments come amid mounting diplomatic and military tensions in the Persian Gulf after Iran-aligned Yemeni rebels attacked an oil pipeline in Saudi Arabia and an unidentified attacker attempted to sabotage tankers. Mr Trump said reports that the Pentagon has already drawn up plans to deploy 120,000 soldiers to t...
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Iranian Commander: No Talks With US After Trump Invite

A top Iranian commander shut down the idea of talks with the U.S. Friday while shrugging off the presence of American B-52 bombers that arrived in the area the previous day."No talks will be held with the Americans and the Americans will not dare take military action against us," General Yadollah Javani of the Islamic Republic's Revolutionary Guards said, according to Iran's state-run Tasnim news agency.Iran "sees America as unreliable," the Guards' deputy chief for political affairs...
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US B-52 bombers land in Qatar over unspecified Iran threat

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The B-52 bombers ordered by the White House to deploy to the Persian Gulf to counter unspecified threats from Iran are beginning to arrive at a major American air base in Qatar. Images released by the U.S. Air Force show B-52H Stratofortress bombers arriving at Al Udeid Air Base […]
Tags: News, White House, US, Qatar, Iran, Nation, DUBAI United Arab Emirates, Persian Gulf, U S Air Force, Al Udeid Air Base


Iran threatens to restart nuclear weapon programme if world powers do not keep deal promises

Iran's president said Wednesday that it will begin keeping its excess uranium and heavy water from its nuclear program, setting a 60-day deadline for new terms to its nuclear deal with world powers before it will resume higher uranium enrichment. Hassan Rouhani's address to the nation came on the anniversary of US president Donald Trump's decision to withdraw America from the atomic accord. Mr Rouhani said Iran wanted to negotiate new terms with remaining partners in the deal, but ac...
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How John Bolton Became Trump’s Attack Dog on Foreign Policy

The tip came in from Israeli intelligence: Iran was preparing to attack U.S. or allied forces in Iraq and Syria. U.S. military commanders’ responded by rushing a flotilla of American warships and bombers to the Persian Gulf — enough firepower to do lasting retaliatory damage. But the Americans wanted to ensure that Tehran’s leaders knew…
Tags: News, North Korea, White House, Iraq, Uncategorized, Iran, Syria, Foreign Policy, Venezuela, Tehran, Donald Trump, John Bolton, Persian Gulf, John Bolton Became Trump


US-Iran tensions rise ahead of anniversary of deal pullout

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — A sudden White House announcement that a U.S. aircraft carrier and a bomber wing would be deployed in the Persian Gulf to counter Iran comes just days ahead of the anniversary of President Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw America from Tehran’s nuclear deal. Iranian President Hassan Rouhani is said […]
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US sends naval strike group to Middle East in 'message' to Iran

The US is sending an aircraft carrier strike group and a fleet of bombers to the Middle East in response to a “troubling and escalatory indications” of Iranian activity in the region, the White House announced. John Bolton, the White House national security advisor, gave no details of the threats but said the deployment was “a clear and unmistakable message to the Iranian regime that any attack on US interests or on those of our allies will be met with unrelenting force”.  “The US is not seeking...
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Citing Iranian Threat, U.S. Sends Carrier Group and Bombers to Persian Gulf

John R. Bolton, the White House national security adviser, announced the deployment on Sunday night. He and other officials have pushed anti-Iran policies.
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Top Iranian Diplomat To Trump: ‘Try The Language Of Respect … It Won’t Kill You’

NEW YORK (AP) — Iran’s top diplomat said Wednesday President Donald Trump’s aim “is to bring us to our knees to talk” — but national security adviser John Bolton and key U.S. allies in the Mideast want “regime change at the very least” and the “disintegration of Iran.” Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said he doubts Trump wants conflict because the president ran on a campaign promise “not to waste another $7 trillion in our region in order to make the situation only worse.” But Zarif sa...
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Trump aims to stop all Iran oil exports by halting US sanctions waivers

Donald Trump is halting all waivers from US sanctions for countries which continue to buy oil from Iran.The announcement increases pressure on Iran, which branded the sanctions “illegal”, and primarily affects the five major importers of its oil - China, India and the US treaty allies Japan, South Korea and Turkey.The US president made the decision as part of his administration’s “maximum pressure” campaign on Iran. It aims to eliminate all the country’s revenue from oil exports the US says fund...
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"President Trump... pointed to nearly five dozen previous instances in which presidents of both parties have declared emergencies.... But there is no precedent for what he has just done."

Charlie Savage writes in the NYT.None of the times emergency powers have been invoked since 1976, the year Congress enacted the National Emergencies Act, involved a president making an end run around lawmakers to spend money on a project they had decided against funding. I don't think it's exactly true that Congress has decided against funding. They put some funding in the budget bill, there's been a lot of talk about deferring the issue of the wall, and there hasn't been any vote against the wa...
Tags: Supreme Court, Law, Congress, White House, George Bush, George W Bush, Separation of Powers, Trump, Charlie Savage, Persian Gulf, Executive Power, Brennan Center, Ann Althouse, Trump's wall, Elizabeth Goitein


Late president Bush lies in state in Washington

Bush, a decorated World War II fighter pilot and former CIA chief who served as vice president to Ronald Reagan before winning the White House, died Friday at age 94, at his home in Houston. When the rule of law needed defending in the Persian Gulf, he kept us on course," Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell said in the first of several eulogies. McConnell lauded Bush -- who occupied the White House from 1989 to 1993 -- as a patriot who steered the country as straight as he had steered his a...
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UN investigators check weapons seized by US Navy ship

ABOARD THE USS JASON DUNHAM, Persian Gulf (AP) — U.N. investigators have boarded a U.S. military ship in an effort to determine if more than 2,500 assault rifles seized by the American ship off the coast of Yemen came from Iran. The U.S. Navy says the weapons confiscated by the guided-missile destroyer USS Jason Dunham […]
Tags: News, Navy, Iran, Un, Yemen, US Navy, Dunham, Persian Gulf, Nation & World Politics


"Even Hillary Clinton, as secretary of state, never made an impassioned Beijing-style speech about women in Saudi Arabia being obliterated under a black tarp."

"During the first gulf war, fought in part to protect the Saudis from an encroaching Saddam, a group of Saudi women — artists and academics — got excited by the presence of American female soldiers and went for a joy ride. The clerics branded the drivers 'whores' and 'harlots.' They received death threats and lost their jobs. Driving by women, banned by custom, was made illegal. America was mute. Our government did not even fight for the right of its women soldiers protecting Saudi Arabia to ref...
Tags: Jewelry, Law, Saudi Arabia, America, Barack Obama, Beijing, Hillary Clinton, Islam, Hillary, George W Bush, Bush, Haifa, Donald J Trump, Qaeda, Persian Gulf, Saddam


China Looks to Buck Iranian Oil Sanctions - Bloomberg

China Looks to Buck Iranian Oil Sanctions - Bloomberg:China is unlikely to fully heed President Trump’s caveat to stop buying oil from Iran, according to FGE. If the planned U.S. sanctions prove successful to cut Iran’s oil exports to zero by Nov. 4, that will put as much as 2.3 million barrels a day of crude from the Persian Gulf state at risk, the consultant said. The White House has yet to get responses from China, India or Turkey, which together make up about 60 percent of the Persian Gulf s...
Tags: Travel, White House, China, India, America, Turkey, Iran, Trump, China India, Persian Gulf, Rupert Neil Bumfrey, China Looks, Oil Sanctions Bloomberg


Trump Admin Infighting Mounts Between Navarro, State Dept. In UAE Airline Deal

WASHINGTON (AP) — After striking a delicate deal with the United Arab Emirates this month on rules for airline competition, the Trump administration went to war with itself. It’s a story of how a wonky aviation pact became a bitter, lobbyist-fueled international incident when Peter Navarro, President Donald Trump’s trade adviser, repeatedly contradicted the State Department’s carefully crafted script about what the agreement actually said. The Emiratis complained to the administration. The drama...
Tags: Asia, Europe, News, Washington, White House, China, Qatar, Ap, United States, Emirates, Delta, United Arab Emirates, Treasury, Associated Press, State Department, Donald Trump


Little Kim Has Already Beat Trump

This is the new White House Military Office coin for the upcoming Trump Kim Jong Un summit. The North Korean dictator is referred to as "Supreme Leader Kim Jong Un." This is being produced by the US Government at taxpayer expense, and I have looked around and nothing like it has ever been produced. It's as if North Korea were running the White House, along with the Russians, the Chinese, and the Persian Gulf oil states. From: Terrierman's Daily Dose To order the book.. [Author: PBurns]
Tags: North Korea, White House, Pets, US, Kim Jong, Persian Gulf, PBurns, White House Military Office, Kim Has Already Beat Trump


The swamp: Playing all sides for a fortune in contracts

WASHINGTON (AP) — In a pursuit of money and influence that began at President Donald Trump’s inauguration, two American businessmen sought to leverage connections that stretched from Persian Gulf palaces to the Oval Office into more than a billion dollars in contracts. Elliott Broidy, one of Trump’s top fundraisers, and George Nader, a Lebanese-American adviser […]
Tags: News, Washington, Ap, Donald Trump, Trump, Oval Office, Persian Gulf, Nation & World Politics, George Nader, Elliott Broidy


Donald Trump Is Having An Incredibly Shitty Day, Even By His Incredibly Shitty Standards…

Hey Donald Trump... sucks to be you! That's true of our Cheeto-in-Chief all the time, but it's ESPECIALLY true today, because The Donald is having about as shitty a Saturday as you can possibly imagine!!! Related: Donald Trump Is Kanye West In A Man's Body?! There's a lot going on here that's making it such a shitty day for Donnie boy... so let's get started. It opens with the BBC mercilessly trolling Trump about his presidential inauguration crowd size, by comparing a pic of it side-by-side wit...
Tags: Celebs, Saudi Arabia, White House, Russia, Iran, Bbc, Hillary Clinton, New York Times, Middle East, Donald Trump, Trump, Donald, Melania Trump, Trump Tower, Nader, Donald J Trump


Trump Admin Middle East Plan To Slash Humanitarian Funds As Tensions Rise

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration is aiming to roll out its much-hyped but long-delayed Middle East peace plan next month amid signs it may further alienate the Palestinians by slashing millions of dollars in funding for humanitarian and development projects in the West Bank and Gaza. Five U.S. officials and a congressional aide say the administration intends to release the peace plan in mid- to late-June, shortly after the end of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, although they cautione...
Tags: Europe, News, Washington, White House, Israel, Jerusalem, Ap, United States, Gaza, Middle East, West Bank, State Department, Benjamin Netanyahu, Mahmoud Abbas, Donald Trump, Lebanon


US, Qatar, Gulf nations join to bolster Hezbollah sanctions

WASHINGTON (AP) — Qatar and its adversaries in the Persian Gulf crisis have finally agreed to do something together: join the U.S. in placing terror sanctions on the Iranian ally Hezbollah. The U.S. Treasury Department said Wednesday that Qatar, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and other Gulf nations are slapping sanctions on Hezbollah’s senior […]
Tags: News, Washington, Qatar, Ap, United Arab Emirates, Hezbollah, Gulf, Persian Gulf, Qatar Saudi Arabia, Nation & World Politics, US Qatar Gulf, Hezbollah The U S Treasury Department


The Latest: Trump Welcomes Emir of Qatar to White House

President Donald Trump is hosting the ruling emir of Qatar at the White House amid an ongoing diplomatic crisis between the tiny gas-rich nation and its Persian Gulf neighbors.
Tags: White House, Qatar, Donald Trump, Trump, Persian Gulf


Qatar Leader Expected at White House Amid Crisis in Region

Leader of Qatar expected at the White House amid an ongoing diplomatic crisis between the tiny gas-rich nation and its Persian Gulf neighbors.
Tags: White House, Qatar, Persian Gulf, White House Amid Crisis



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