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King Salman says Gulf unity is needed against Iran at GCC Summit

Saudi King Salman Bin Abdul Aziz. (SPA) December 10, 2019 Saudi Arabia’s King Salman bin Abdulaziz, during his opening speech at the 40th Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) Summit held in Riyadh on Tuesday, stressed that the Gulf countries must unite against the Iranian regime’s aggression in the region. Since its establishment, the Saudi [...]

By |December 10th, 2019|Middle East|

Japan PM Abe discussing Japan visit by Iranian President Rouhani

Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe greets Iran's President Hassan Rouhani (R) during the annual meeting of the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos January 22, 2014. (REUTERS) December 9, 2019 Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said on Monday that Tokyo is in discussions about a visit to Japan by Iranian President Hassan Rouhani [...]

By |December 9th, 2019|East Asia, Middle East|

US considering troop boost to counter Iran

US navy launches 'largest maritime exercise' to protect Gulf allies following Iran tensions. (Getty) December 6, 2019 The United States said Thursday it was considering deploying fresh forces to counter Iran, with an official saying some 5,000 to 7,000 troops could head to the region. Testifying before Congress, John Rood, the under secretary [...]

By |December 6th, 2019|Middle East, North America, USA|

Omani FM from Iran: There is a chance to solve regional crisis

Omani Foreign Minister Yusuf bin Alawi. (AFP) December 5, 2019 Iran is willing to restore its diplomatic relations with Saudi Arabia, announced Iranian President Hasan Rouhani during his reception of Omani Foreign Minister Yusuf bin Alawi. “Iran’s point of view, there is no obstacle on the path of developing relations with neighbors and [...]

By |December 5th, 2019|Middle East|

US has fresh intelligence on possible threat from Iran

Abraham Lincoln Carrier Strike Group and a US Air Force B-52H Stratofortress, conduct joint exercises in the US Central Command area of responsibility in the Arabian sea. (AP) December 4, 2019 Intelligence gathered by the United States during November points to a potential threat from Iran to U.S. forces and American interests in [...]

By |December 4th, 2019|Middle East, North America, USA|

Oman FM calls from Tehran for regional conference to discuss Gulf security

Oman's Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Yousuf bin Alawi bin Abdullah (L) shakes hands with Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif in Tehran on July 27, 2019. (AFP) December 3, 2019 Oman's Minister Responsible for Foreign Affairs Yusuf bin Alawi bin Abdullah stressed on Monday that the circumstances in the Gulf region [...]

By |December 3rd, 2019|Middle East|

Amnesty puts Iran death toll above 200 as US says Tehran target of regional anger

Protests against the unexpected increase in gasoline prices in Behbahan, Khuzestan, November 15, 2019. (Supplied) December 3, 2019 At least 208 people are believed to have been killed during a crackdown on protests in Iran last month, Amnesty International said Monday. The steep increase in the number of dead came as the US [...]

By |December 3rd, 2019|Middle East, North America, USA|

The US deals with a new Iranian threat

Abraham Lincoln Carrier Strike Group and a U.S. Air Force B-52H Stratofortress conduct joint exercises in the U.S. Central Command area of responsibility. (US Navy) By Bobby Ghosh November 28, 2019 Having played his aces too early on Iran’s nuclear program, President Donald Trump now has only a weak hand against a new [...]

By |November 28th, 2019|Middle East, North America, USA|

Iran official confirms major oil leak in Persian Gulf

An oil facility on Iran's Kharg Island. (AFP) November 28, 2019 An Iranian official has confirmed a major leak off an oil rig near Kharq Island in the Persian Gulf and said considering the spread of the contamination more equipment and reinforcement is required for the clean-up operation. The leak started at least [...]

By |November 28th, 2019|Middle East|

New DIA report underscores Iranian cruise missile threat

Missiles are paraded past a portrait of Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei in Tehran, on April 18. (AFP) By Behnam Ben Taleblu and Bradley Bowman November 27, 2019 The U.S. Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) last week released a landmark report analyzing the capabilities of Iran’s military. In light of Iran’s September attacks on the Abqaiq and Khurais oil [...]

By |November 27th, 2019|Middle East, North America, USA|