20 Sep 2019

Iraq’s stability on the line as US, Iran tensions soar

Rising tensions in the Middle East between Iran and its allies on one side, and Israel, Saudi Arabia and other US allies on the other, are threatening the stability of various countries in the region. Just last month, the Israeli military attacked targets allied to Iran in Syria, the Palestinian-administered

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20 Sep 2019

North Korea welcomes ‘new method’ from US in nuclear talks

North Korea is open to Washington adopting a “new method” for dealing with Pyongyang, a North Korean diplomat has stated. Kim Myong Gil, who is expected to play a leading role in new talks with the officials, described former US National Security Advisor John Bolton as a “nasty troublemaker” and

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19 Sep 2019

Iran warns against war as US and Saudi weigh response to oil attack

Iranian foreign minister Mohammed Javad Zarif on Thursday warned the US that his country “won’t blink” if Washington or Riyadh decides to launch a military strike in retaliation for the recent drone attacks that disrupted about half of Saudi Arabia’s oil capacity. Such a an attack would result in “all-out war,”

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18 Sep 2019

Iran warns US of response to any action over Saudi attack

Iran on Wednesday warned the United States that it will “immediately” respond to “any action” taken by Washington against the country over its alleged involvement in the recent drone attacks that disrupted about half of Saudi Arabia’s oil capacity. Both Washington and Riyadh are accusing Iran of carrying out the attack,

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17 Sep 2019

Trump says he does not want war after attack on Saudi oil facilities

United States President Donald Trump on Monday stated that it “it’s certainly looking” like Iran was responsible for the recent drone attacks that disrupted about half of Saudi Arabia’s oil capacity, but stressed that he “would like not to have war.” While Trump warned that the US could respond “with an

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17 Sep 2019

Taliban attacks kill 30, Afghan leader unhurt as bomb hits rally

The Taliban on Tuesday carried out two suicide bomb attacks in Afghanistan that killed 30 people and wounded at least 45 more. The deadliest of the two explosions occurred at an election rally by President Ashraf Ghani, who was not hurt in the incident. Both attacks were claimed by the

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16 Sep 2019

Drone strikes knock out half of Saudi oil capacity

Drone strikes targeted two Saudi Aramco oil facilities in Abqaiq and Khurais over the weekend, disrupting about half of the kingdom’s oil capacity, or about 5.7 million barrels per day. Saudi Arabian Energy Minister Prince Abdulaziz bin Salman said that the attacks are not only aimed at the kingdom, but

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13 Sep 2019

Israel accused of planting mysterious spy devices near the White House

Former U.S. government officials claim Israel was likely behind the placement of cellphone surveillance devices, also known colloquially as “StingRays” near the White House and other sensitive locations around Washington in order to spy on President Donald Trump, his top aides, and close associates. “There were suspicions that they were

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13 Sep 2019

North Korean hackers target U.S. entities amid stalled denuclearization talks

Prevailion, a Maryland-based cybersecurity firm, has identified a hacking group with ties to North Korea targeting U.S. entities that discuss nuclear deterrence, North Korea’s nuclear submarine program, and economic sanctions on the North Korean regime. The hacking group has started placing its malware in obscure file formats, namely Kodak FlashPix

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13 Sep 2019

Trump Leaves Open Possibility of Easing Iranian Sanctions to Spur Nuclear Talks

Following the departure of John Bolton as the White House national security adviser, it looks like President Trump is taking a step back from his administration’s “maximum pressure” campaign against Iran. The President has signaled that he is ready for diplomatic talks with the possibility of easing economic sanctions that

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