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February 6, 2018

– Jordanian King Abdullah II’s comments at Davos on Saudi Arabia’s constructive role in curbing Iran’s “meddling in the region” eased bilateral tensions, which were heightened as Iran attempted to forge a partnership with Jordan by offering it economic and security incentives — thus removing it from the Gulf [...]

February 17, 2017

IRAN Senior Iranian regime officials are urging the US not to disclose secret deals related to the nuclear deal that the Obama administration had kept hidden.  The head of Iran’s foreign policy committee, Alaeddin Boroujerdi, cautioned: “If Trump wants to publish confidential documents exchanged between Iran and the [...]

February 10, 2017

IRAN ● Iranians began a nationwide celebration Friday to commemorate the 38th anniversary of the 1979 Islamic Revolution with rallies around the country.  Most mainstream US media outlets are focusing on demonstrators in Tehran chanting slogans against the US and Israel.  According to the New York Times, however, the stacks of posters handed [...]

January 21, 2017

Iran ● Even if US President Donald Trump wants to renegotiate the 2015 nuclear agreement with Iran, Hassan Rouhani -- Iran’s president -- said on Tuesday this would be impossible. “Mr. Trump says things like that he is not happy with the nuclear deal, or he calls it the worst agreement,” Mr.Rouhani said. “These are more [...]

January 13, 2017

Iran ● A US Navy ship fired warning shots at Iranian boats on Sunday in international waters near the Strait of Hormuz, a Pentagon official said.  Four Iranian speed boats with weapons approached a destroyer -- the USS Mahan -- at high rates of speed, coming within 900 yards, Pentagon spokesman Navy Capt. Jeff Davis reported. [...]

October 14th, 2016

Iran On Thursday, Iran announced it had deployed two warships to the Bab el-Mandeb Strait, where a US Navy destroyer recently launched retaliatory strikes against Iranian-backed Houthi rebel sites in Yemen.  Although the semi-official Iranian Tasnim News Agency said that the ships were deployed to “protect the country's trade vessels against piracy in [...]

October 7th, 2016

Afghanistan Former CIA director and retired US General David Petraeus announced Monday morning that US Special Forces are on the ground working alongside Afghan commandos in Kunduz, where the Taliban have launched an offensive to take the city.  The same day, a spokesman for the US-led coalition in Afghanistan tweeted “Our #AFG partners [...]