21 Aug 2019

Pompeo announces ‘countdown’ clock as Iran weapons embargo ends in 2020

United States Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Tuesday urged the United Nations to extend a weapons embargo on Iran that is set to expire in 2020, which will mark five years after the adoption of the Iran Nuclear Deal that was abandoned by the US last year. Pompeo said

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21 Aug 2019

Fresh Kashmir border clashes leave several dead

More than two weeks after the Indian government stripped Kashmir of its autonomous status and revoked a ban on property purchases by non-residents, tensions in the disputed region continue to escalate. On Tuesday, several people were killed in clashes between Indian and Pakistani border forces, although both countries provided conflicting

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20 Aug 2019

ISIS Is Regaining Strength in Iraq and Syria

US and Iraqi officials warn that Islamic State is regaining influence in Iraq and Syria via a campaign of guerrilla attacks; new funding mechanisms; and renewed recruitment efforts. In March of this year, the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) declared victory over ISIS in Syria after recapturing the terror group’s

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20 Aug 2019

Russia accuses US of stoking military tensions with missile test

Russia on Tuesday accused the US of “escalating military tensions” by conducting a test of a ground-launched, medium-range cruise missile, just weeks after the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty that banned such missiles officially became defunct. Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said that “we won’t allow ourselves to be

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19 Aug 2019

Afghanistan vows to crush Islamic State havens after attack

On Saturday, Islamic State carried out an attack on a wedding in Afghanistan that killed at least 63 people and wounded 200 more. In response to the bombing, which took place on the 100th Independence Day of the country, Afghanistan’s President Ashraf Ghani pledged on Monday to “eliminate” all IS

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19 Aug 2019

Gibraltar rejects US demand to seize Iranian tanker

Gibraltar has denied a last-minute request by the US government to let it seize the Iranian oil tanker that was captured by UK Marines last month, stating that the US sanctions cited in the request do not apply in the European Union (EU). The vessel had been captured over suspicions

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16 Aug 2019

North Korea fires two more ballistic missiles as it vows to end talks with ‘impudent’ South Korea

On Friday, North Korea carried out yet another missile test, South Korean officials stated. The test involved the launch of two short-range ballistic missiles. South Korea said that it was analyzing the activity together with US intelligence experts, adding that “the South Korean military is closely monitoring military movements and

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15 Aug 2019

US bid to seize Iranian tanker halts its release from Gibraltar

The United States Department of Justice (DoJ) on Thursday submitted a last-minute request to the government of Gibraltar to let it seize the Iranian oil tanker that was captured by UK Marines last month. This move postpones a possible tanker swap between the UK and Iran, which seized a UK

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14 Aug 2019

Deploying new US missiles would be ‘reckless act’: North Korean media

North Korea on Wednesday responded to recent comments by US Defense Secretary Mark Esper about the possibility of deploying ground-launched, intermediate-range missiles in Asia, by warning that placing such missiles in South Korea would be “a reckless act of escalating regional tension, an act that may spark off a new

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13 Aug 2019

US Officials Suspect New Nuclear Missile in Explosion That Killed 7 Russians

US intelligence officials believe that a recent explosion in northern Russia that resulted in a significant spike in radiation levels may have been caused by a failed test of a new type of nuclear cruise missile being developed by Russia. Seven Russians were killed in the incident, which took place

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