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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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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19 Sep 2019

US Could Launch Cyberattack on Iran in Response to Saudi Oil Attack

A report by NBC News states that the US government may strike Iran in cyberspace as retaliation for the country’s alleged involvement in the recent drone attacks that disrupted about half of Saudi Arabia’s oil capacity. A cyberattack is seen a more likely response than a real world strike because it

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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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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

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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12 Sep 2019

Iranian Hackers Hit Over 60 Universities to Get Library Access

Between July and August of this year, Iranian state-backed hacking group Cobalt Dickens (aka Silent Librarian) targeted over 60 universities across four continents as part of a phishing campaign designed to obtain unauthorized access to university libraries. Secureworks tracked the campaign and recently revealed all known domains linked to the threat

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09 Sep 2019

Activists: Airstrikes on Iran-backed groups in Syria kill 18

In the latest sign of an escalating proxy war between Iran and Israel, airstrikes killed at least 18 members of Iran-backed militias in eastern Syria Sunday night. One source put the death toll at 21, and the number of wounded at 36. The attacks have so far not been claimed,

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06 Sep 2019

Cracks in Saudi-UAE coalition risk new war in Yemen

The conflicting interests of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Saudi Arabia could end the countries’ coalition against Iran-backed Houthi fighters in Yemen, and add a new chapter to the Yemeni civil war that has resulted in a devastating humanitarian crisis in the country. In 2015, the UAE and Saudi

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