30 Sep 2019

US Sees Rising Threat in the West From Qaeda Branch in Syria

Hurras al-Din, an al Qaeda affiliate in northwestern Syria, is plotting attacks on Western countries and poses a serious threat, US counterterrorism officials warn. Earlier this year, Washington’s concern about the rise of Hurras al-Din in Syria even prompted it to seek official permission by Russia to carry out airstrikes

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30 Sep 2019

After Saudi attacks, Russia makes its regional presence felt

Russia is trying to take advantage of the recent drone attacks that disrupted about half of Saudi Arabia’s oil capacity in order to increase its influence in the Middle East, analysts say. Russian state arms exporter Rosoboronexport responded to the attacks by scheduling talks with leaders in the region about

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27 Sep 2019

US offered to remove all sanctions on Iran in exchange for talks: Iran president

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani claimed on Friday that the United States has offered to “lift all sanctions” on Iran in order to get the country to participate in new negotiations regarding the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, which was abandoned by Washington last year. However, Rouhani said that the US government’s

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27 Sep 2019

N. Korea urges Trump to make bold move to revive diplomacy

A top North Korean diplomat said on Friday that he is hoping United States President Donald Trump will pursue a “wise option and bold decision,” in his approach to Pyongyang. Kim Kye Gwan, who played a major role in the six-nation nuclear disarmament talks that took place in Beijing between

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26 Sep 2019

Iran president warns of a region ‘on the edge of collapse’

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on Wednesday told the United Nations General Assembly that the Persian Gulf region “is on the edge of collapse, as a single blunder can fuel a big fire.” The official added that the US should withdraw its troops from the region because peace can only be

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25 Sep 2019

Iran ready to accept nuclear deal changes if US returns, lifts sanctions: spokesman

An Iranian government spokesman on Wednesday stated that Tehran could agree to minor changes to the 2015 Iran nuclear deal and would be willing to reassure other signatories that it does not aim to acquire nuclear weapons, but only if the United States lifts sanctions on the country and rejoins

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24 Sep 2019

Satellite images suggest North Korea working to hide launch of missile submarine

According to a new CNN report, recent commercial satellite images show that North Korea has been covertly preparing the launch of a submarine capable of firing missiles. The preparations have been taking place at a shipyard along the country’s central coast off the Sea of Japan. Jeffrey Lewis of the

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24 Sep 2019

Iran rejects fresh accusations over Saudi oil attack

France, Germany and the United Kingdom agree with previous claims the United States and Saudi Arabia that Iran was behind the recent drone attacks that disrupted about half of Saudi Arabia’s oil capacity. In a joint statement issued on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly in New York, German

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23 Sep 2019

Afghan Taliban meet with Chinese officials after talks with US collapse

On Sunday, about two weeks after US President Donald Trump cancelled secret negotiations with Taliban leaders, 9 members of the militant group discussed the failure of the US-Taliban deal with Chinese officials, a Taliban spokesman has stated. China previously expressed support for an intra-Afghan dialogue to end the war in

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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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