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Iran and Russia Have Attempted to Influence US Election, Officials Say
2020 Elections
Iran and Russia Have Attempted to Influence US Election, Officials Say

WASHINGTON — Iran and Russia have obtained voter registration information and are sending disinformation to Americans ahead of Election Day, the leaders of U.S. intelligence agencies and the FBI warned Wednesday night. The announcement was made during a brief and hastily announced news conference, and it was another reminder of... Read More

Senate Moves Toward Vote Restraining Trump on Iran
Foreign Affairs
Senate Moves Toward Vote Restraining Trump on Iran

WASHINGTON (AP) — A bipartisan measure limiting President Donald Trump's authority to launch military operations against Iran is moving toward approval in the Senate. The resolution, authored by Democratic Sen. Tim Kaine of Virginia, asserts that Trump must win approval... Read More

Pentagon Says US Injury Count From Iran Strike Rises to 64
Military
Pentagon Says US Injury Count From Iran Strike Rises to 64

WASHINGTON — At least 64 U.S. military personnel in Iraq suffered brain trauma in an Iranian missile attack launched in retaliation after President Donald Trump ordered the killing of an Iranian general. The 64 service members — 14 more than... Read More

Iran Nuclear Deal Remains on Life Support
Geopolitics
Iran Nuclear Deal Remains on Life Support
2020-01-24 18:54:44
by HJ Mai

WASHINGTON - The Iran nuclear deal has been on life support for nearly two years since President Donald Trump decided to unilaterally withdraw the U.S. from it. The remaining signatories of the deal, which is officially called the Joint Comprehensive... Read More

Multiple Rockets Fall Near US Embassy in Baghdad
Foreign Affairs
Multiple Rockets Fall Near US Embassy in Baghdad

Three rockets fell inside Baghdad’s Green Zone on Tuesday morning, with a couple of them hitting near the U.S. Embassy in Iraq, according to multiple reports. Based on video taken by a BBC reporter at the embassy complex, rocket attack... Read More

Iran Fires Missiles at Two Bases Housing US Forces in Iraq
Geopolitics
Iran Fires Missiles at Two Bases Housing US Forces in Iraq

WASHINGTON — Iran launched 15 ballistic missiles at two military bases used by U.S. forces in Iraq, the Pentagon said Tuesday night, as long-simmering tensions between Washington and Tehran erupted into fiery explosions and fears of all-out war after the... Read More

Repercussions Mount Over Lethal US Airstrike in Iraq
Geopolitics
Repercussions Mount Over Lethal US Airstrike in Iraq

BAGHDAD — In a rapidly intensifying regional backlash to the Trump administration’s killing of a senior Iranian general, Iran declared Sunday that it was tossing aside a pledge to limit the production of nuclear fuel, and the Iraqi parliament voted... Read More

Marking a Foe for Death: Exactly What Rules Apply?
In The News
Marking a Foe for Death: Exactly What Rules Apply?

WASHINGTON — It was 1943. Across a battle theater of tiny, far-flung Pacific island chains and vast reaches of open ocean, U.S. forces were locked in desperate, bloody warfare with Japanese troops. And American military strategists had Adm. Isoroku Yamamoto,... Read More

US Kills Iran's Most Powerful General in Baghdad Airstrike
Geopolitics
US Kills Iran's Most Powerful General in Baghdad Airstrike

BAGHDAD (AP) — The United States killed Iran's top general and the architect of Tehran’s proxy wars in the Middle East in an airstrike at Baghdad's international airport early on Friday, an attack that threatens to dramatically ratchet up tensions... Read More

When Iran Blocked the Internet, Tech Experts in the US Tried to Hack a Solution. Here’s Why They Couldn’t
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When Iran Blocked the Internet, Tech Experts in the US Tried to Hack a Solution. Here’s Why They Couldn’t

TEHRAN, Iran — When Iranian authorities recently imposed a near-total internet blackout for almost a week to help quell massive street protests, U.S.-based tech entrepreneur Nima Fatemi bolted into action. Fatemi and other security experts have been finding ways around... Read More

More US Troops Could Be Headed to Mideast as Iranian Threat Intensifies
Military
More US Troops Could Be Headed to Mideast as Iranian Threat Intensifies
2019-12-06 15:59:55
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON - A high-ranking Defense Department official acknowledged during a Senate hearing Thursday that the U.S. government is considering sending more troops to the Middle East to counter an Iranian military buildup. “We’re concerned about the threat stream we’re seeing,”... Read More

They Were Hostages in Iran for 444 days. Decades later, They’re Waiting for Compensation
Geopolitics
They Were Hostages in Iran for 444 days. Decades later, They’re Waiting for Compensation

LOS ANGELES — Dorothea Morefield was sipping coffee at her kitchen counter when a call came in: Iranian students protesting outside the U.S. Embassy in Tehran had stormed the building, a State Department official told her. Her husband, Richard, the... Read More

Russia-Linked Group Likely Used Iranian Hacking Tools, NSA Says
Cybersecurity
Russia-Linked Group Likely Used Iranian Hacking Tools, NSA Says

WASHINGTON — A Russia-linked group is believed to have utilized Iranian tools to conduct cyber attacks against dozens of countries, in an apparent effort to mask their identities, according to joint advisories by the U.S. and the U.K. The group,... Read More

Trump Says He’s Willing to Negotiate With Iran, Doesn’t Want Leadership Change
Foreign Affairs
Trump Says He’s Willing to Negotiate With Iran, Doesn’t Want Leadership Change

BIARRITZ, France — President Donald Trump, who has repeatedly denounced his predecessor’s diplomacy with Iran, said Monday that he’s open to negotiating with Tehran over its nuclear program, signaling a possible new approach toward a government that he’s sanctioned for... Read More

Iran Will Exceed Enrichment Levels Set by Nuclear Deal, Country’s Officials Say
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Iran Will Exceed Enrichment Levels Set by Nuclear Deal, Country’s Officials Say

TEHRAN, Iran — Iran announced on Sunday it had begun the process of enriching uranium beyond the limits set by a 2015 international accord aimed at keeping Tehran from eventually stockpiling nuclear-weapons-grade materials. In the latest step to counter what... Read More

Iran Risks Rift With Europe by Breaching Nuclear Deal Limit
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Iran Risks Rift With Europe by Breaching Nuclear Deal Limit

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — Iran says it has exceeded limits set on its enriched-uranium stockpile, a move that risks the collapse of the 2015 nuclear accord and raises concerns that a standoff with the U.S. could lead to military... Read More

Unorthodox Senate Deal Clears Path for Vote on Iran Amendment
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Unorthodox Senate Deal Clears Path for Vote on Iran Amendment

WASHINGTON — Senate leaders struck an unusual deal Wednesday afternoon to hold a vote on language that would block President Donald Trump from launching a war against Iran without congressional approval, paving the way for a final vote on the... Read More

Sen. Chuck Schumer Wants Senate to Vote on Iran, After the Democratic Debates
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Sen. Chuck Schumer Wants Senate to Vote on Iran, After the Democratic Debates

WASHINGTON — Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer wants senators to vote on restricting the ability of the Trump administration to go to war with Iran, but he suggested Monday that vote should not take place until after this week’s... Read More

Iran Warns Europe It Will Breach Nuclear Stockpile Cap in 10 Days
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Iran Warns Europe It Will Breach Nuclear Stockpile Cap in 10 Days

TEHRAN, Iran — Iran warned European nations Monday that it would breach in 10 days the landmark 2015 nuclear agreement unless they take action to alleviate the pressure of tightening U.S. sanctions in the coming weeks. The spokesman for Iran’s... Read More

Pentagon Accuses Iran of Shooting Missiles at US Drones
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Pentagon Accuses Iran of Shooting Missiles at US Drones

WASHINGTON — The Pentagon on Sunday accused Iran of attempting to shoot down a U.S. Reaper drone on Thursday as the unmanned surveillance aircraft was flying over one of two crippled tankers in the Gulf of Oman. U.S. military officials... Read More

Pompeo Says U.S. Ready to Talk to Iran Without Preconditions
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Pompeo Says U.S. Ready to Talk to Iran Without Preconditions

DUBAI — U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the Trump administration would be ready to negotiate with Iran without preconditions, even as an American fighter bomber and aircraft carrier practiced strike operations in the Arabian Sea. Iran sent similarly... Read More

Escalating US-Iran Tensions: Sanctions Often Don’t Work in Changing a State’s Behavior
Geopolitics
Escalating US-Iran Tensions: Sanctions Often Don’t Work in Changing a State’s Behavior
2019-05-24 19:01:35
by HJ Mai

The bilateral relationship between the United States and Iran has been strained for decades, but the recent tensions have led to growing concerns over a potential military conflict. The Trump administration this month deployed an aircraft carrier strike group, bombers... Read More

After A Day of Briefings on Iran, House Democrats Decry Trump's Lack of a 'Coherent Strategy'
Foreign Affairs
After A Day of Briefings on Iran, House Democrats Decry Trump's Lack of a 'Coherent Strategy'
2019-05-21 21:38:28
by Dan McCue

As tension continues to mount here and in the Persian Gulf over a potential armed conflict between the United States and Iran, members of New Democrat Coalition in the House of Representatives say they are "deeply concerned" over the Trump... Read More

Citing Threats, US Builds Case — and Military Force — for Confronting Iran
National Security
Citing Threats, US Builds Case — and Military Force — for Confronting Iran

WASHINGTON — The State Department ordered several hundred U.S. diplomatic personnel to leave Iraq on Wednesday, citing heightened threats from neighboring Iran amid a buildup of U.S. military forces in the volatile region and growing concerns of a potential conflict... Read More

Iran Vows to Stockpile Excess Uranium After US Deploys Navy Carrier
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Iran Vows to Stockpile Excess Uranium After US Deploys Navy Carrier

TEHRAN, Iran — Iran’s president said for the first time Wednesday that his government will stop complying with parts of the landmark 2015 nuclear deal after the White House sent a Navy carrier task force to the region and tightened... Read More

Sanctions on Iran Are Biting, But the Goal Is Elusive
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Sanctions on Iran Are Biting, But the Goal Is Elusive

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump and his aides say the outcome of their confrontation with Iran is already clear: They’re winning. Iran has fallen into a deep recession; its economy may shrink 6% this year. Inflation is heading toward 40%,... Read More

Trump Administration Ends Waivers for Purchases of Iranian Oil
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Trump Administration Ends Waivers for Purchases of Iranian Oil

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration said Monday it would not extend exemptions to its ban on imports of Iranian oil, exposing five countries, including several U.S. allies, to potential sanctions as early as next month. Secretary of State Michael R.... Read More

Navy Veteran From San Diego Has Been Imprisoned in Iran
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Navy Veteran From San Diego Has Been Imprisoned in Iran

Iranian authorities confirmed Wednesday that a U.S. Navy veteran has been detained in Iran, making him the latest foreigner with ties to America to be imprisoned. Read More

U.S. Foreign Aid Should be Redirected to Risk-Taking Companies
Opinions
U.S. Foreign Aid Should be Redirected to Risk-Taking Companies
2018-09-04 23:57:20
by Rachel Marsden

PARIS -- The Pentagon cancelled $300 million worth of military aid to Pakistan, just as Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, was preparing to travel to Islamabad to meet with Prime Minister Imran Khan. The move is no doubt a negotiating... Read More

Democracy Has Become a Useful Excuse for Endless Foreign Meddling
Opinions
Democracy Has Become a Useful Excuse for Endless Foreign Meddling
2018-08-28 00:55:04
by Rachel Marsden

Am I the only one sick of hearing about how we should launch headlong into another conflict in the name of democracy? Read More

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