Middle East

/Middle East

Amid heightened tensions with Iran, Trump says he will send 1,500 troops to Middle East

US President Donald Trump speaks to members of the military via teleconference from his Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach, Florida, on Thanksgiving Day, November 22, 2018. (AFP) May 24, 2019 US President Donald Trump said on Friday he will send about 1,500 American troops to the Middle East, mostly as a protective measure, [...]

By |May 24th, 2019|Middle East, North America, USA|

Decoding Iran’s politics: Iranians’ concerns over war

Ayatollah Ali Khamenei met with Iran's military commanders on the "Navy Day" on November 28, 2018. (IRIB) By H Rastgoo May 24, 2019 The Iranian public is obviously concerned about the likelihood of a military confrontation between Iran and the US. This concern has especially increased due to a number of recent unexpected events. [...]

By |May 24th, 2019|Middle East, North America, USA|

Iran has amassed the largest ballistic missile force in the Middle East

An Iranian military truck carries missiles during an April 18, 2018 parade in Tehran to mark the country's annual army day. (AFP) By Zachary Keck May 24, 2019 Deterring regional adversaries from threatening Iran is the primary reason Tehran has amassed the largest ballistic missile force in the Middle East. The missile program actually [...]

By |May 24th, 2019|Middle East|

Iran rejects talks with US ‘under any circumstances’

The aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72), back, steams alongside the aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) in the Mediterranean Sea, April 24, 2019. (DVIDS) May 24, 2019 Iran announced Thursday that it will not hold talks with the United States “under any circumstances.” "We have said clearly... as long [...]

By |May 24th, 2019|Middle East, North America, USA|

US think tank releases interactive map detailing Iran-backed militias

The American think tank said that the information and sources used to create the map was compiled mainly from primary source data. (The Washington Institute) May 23, 2019 The Washington Institute released an interactive map showcasing Iran’s growing influence in the Middle East by detailing the whereabouts, operations and force deployments of Iran-backed [...]

By |May 23rd, 2019|Middle East|

Pentagon to present plans for 10,000 more troops to Mideast

Acting U.S. Secretary of Defense Patrick Shanahan. (Reuters) May 23, 2019 The Pentagon on Thursday will present plans to the White House to send up to 10,000 more troops to the Middle East, in a move to beef up defenses against potential Iranian threats, US officials said. The officials said no final decision [...]

By |May 23rd, 2019|Middle East, North America, USA|

Iran’s reach puts U.S. forces, allies in striking range

An Iranian naval drill off the Strait of Hormuz last year. (Tasnim) May 23, 2019 Threats of conflict between the United States and Iran have highlighted the places and ways their forces, proxies or allies could clash. Iran backs militias in Iraq, Syria, and Afghanistan, where U.S. troops are also based, and in [...]

By |May 23rd, 2019|Middle East, North America, USA|

US suggests Iran responsible for GCC attacks

A damaged Andea Victory ship is seen off the Port of Fujairah, United Arab Emirates, May 13, 2019. (Reuters) May 22, 2019 US administration officials presented confidential briefings to members of Congress, including Senate and House of Representatives, to explain why Washington sent troops to the Gulf region, citing intelligence that Iran and [...]

By |May 22nd, 2019|Middle East, North America, USA|

Pentagon chief says Iranian threats ‘put on hold’

Acting U.S. Secretary of Defense Patrick Shanahan. (Reuters) May 22, 2019 The United States' response to alleged Iranian threats has “put on hold” potential attacks by Iran, acting U.S. Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan has said. "I think our steps were very prudent and we've put on hold the potential for attacks on Americans [...]

By |May 22nd, 2019|Middle East, North America, USA|

GOP lawmaker on Iran threat: Directive was to ‘kill and kidnap American soldiers’

Rep. Michael McCaul (R-TX) speaks to reporters at Trump Tower, November 29, 2016 in New York City. (Getty) By Deirdre Shesgreen May 21, 2019 A top Republican lawmaker said Friday that the threat from Iran picked up by U.S. intelligence – which sparked a U.S. military deployment to the Middle East and heightened tensions across the region – was very [...]

By |May 21st, 2019|Middle East, North America, USA|