20 May 2019

Trump says war would be ‘end’ of Iran as tensions rise

If Iran wants to start a conflict with the United States, “that will be the official end of Iran,” US President Donald Trump warned in a Tweet on Sunday, adding that the country should “never threaten the United States again.” The Tweet was sent hours after the Iraqi military reported

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17 May 2019

Trump tells aides he does not want U.S. war with Iran

US officials say that president Donald Trump told his top advisers that he does not want his country to go to war with Iran. In recent weeks, escalating US-Iran tensions and the Trump administration’s insistence that it is faced with growing threats from Iran have been fueling global worries about

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16 May 2019

In Yemen, Fighting Resumes Between Houthi Rebels and Government Forces

The fragile cease-fire in Yemen seems to have come to an end on Wednesday, as pro-government forces and Houthi fighters engaged in renewed clashes in the port city of Hodeidah. A day earlier, the Houthi claimed responsibility for a drone attack targeting two oil pumping stations in Saudi Arabia. The

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15 May 2019

Global worries flare over whether US sliding toward Iran war

Escalating US-Iran tensions and the Trump administration’s insistence that it is faced with growing threats from Iran are fueling global worries about a possible military conflict between the two countries. Tensions between the US and Iran have risen dramatically since Trump pulled his country out of the Iran nuclear deal

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15 May 2019

How Pro-Iran Hackers Spoofed FP and the News Media

A new report by Citizen Lab sheds light on a sophisticated disinformation campaign that aims to spread Iranian propaganda by promoting articles on spoofed news websites through phony Twitter accounts. The ongoing campaign, dubbed “Endless Mayfly,” started in 2016 and involved at least 11 fake Twitter personas that targeted journalists

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09 May 2019

Echoes of Iraq in Trump’s Confrontation with Iran

Various US intelligence experts and lawmakers believe that the escalation of tensions between the US and Iran in recent weeks bears an eerie resemblance to the run-up to the US invasion of Iraq in 2003. One of the key similarities they see is the role of US National Security Advisor

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09 May 2019

Europeans reject “ultimatums” from Iran as it eases nuclear curbs

The European signatories to the 2015 Iran nuclear deal have rejected a 60 day deadline for limiting the impact of US sanctions on Iran. Earlier this week, Iran said that it is scaling back some of the commitments it made under the deal and threatened to resume enriching high level

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09 May 2019

New leaks of Iranian cyber-espionage operations hit Telegram and the Dark Web

For the second time in three weeks, leaked data exposes Iranian hacking operations. Last month, a mysterious actor using the moniker Lab Dookhtegan leaked information on the state-backed Iranian hacking group APT34 (aka OilRig, HelixKitten) through a Telegram channel. Now, a group using the name Green Leakers has leaked information

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08 May 2019

Mike Pompeo visits Iraq amid rising tensions with Iran

Growing US-Iran tensions prompted US secretary of state Mike Pompeo to pay a surprise visit to Iraq on Tuesday in order to talk to the Iraqi government “about the importance of Iraq ensuring that it’s able to adequately protect Americans in their country.” Pompeo also wanted to inform Iraq about

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08 May 2019

Iran rolls back pledges under nuclear pact abandoned by Washington

On Wednesday, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani elaborated on his country’s recent announcement that it will scale back some of the commitments it made under the 2015 Iran nuclear deal. Rouhani stated that Iran will stop selling enriched uranium and heavy water to other countries, as a result of which the

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