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Navy Vessels to Accompany US Ships in Gulf

Move follows aggressive action by Iran

(Newser) - Navy ships will begin accompanying US commercial ships during their transit through the Strait of Hormuz at the mouth of the Persian Gulf to ensure they encounter no interference from Iran. The new policy, which has not yet officially been announced, was adopted in response to what Washington views as... More »

Iran: Seized Ship Owed Us Money

FM: 'We should not read too much into it'

(Newser) - Iran says when it fired warning shots at a Marshall Islands-flagged cargo ship yesterday before boarding it and hauling it off to an Iranian port, it wasn't about sabre-rattling or political posturing, but rather just a good old-fashioned money dispute. "I think we should not read too much... More »

US Navy Responds as Iran Intercepts Cargo Ship

Marshall Islands flagged ship boarded in Strait of Hormuz

(Newser) - Iran is rattling sabres in the Strait of Hormuz today: Iranian warships have boarded a Marshall Islands-flagged cargo ship—after firing warning shots, reports Reuters —and ordered it to "divert further into Iranian waters," adds CNN , quoting a US official. The M/V Maersk Tigris was reportedly on... More »

Iran General: US Carried Out 9/11 With 'Goal of Ruling'

He adds Shiite Houthis could deal 'lethal blows to Saudi Arabia'

(Newser) - The commander of Iran's ground forces is lobbing a pretty big accusation: Brig. Gen. Ahmad Reza Pourdastan says conflicts in Iraq and Syria can be traced back to when the United States planned and executed the 9/11 attacks, the Independent reports. "These wars and these threats stem from... More »

Washington Sends Warship to Yemen

The USS Theodore Roosevelt may intercept Iranian arms

(Newser) - Proxy war, anyone? A US Navy aircraft carrier is headed for waters near Yemen amid concerns that Iran is sending fresh arms to Shiite Houthi rebels there, the AP reports. The USS Theodore Roosevelt will join other US ships in the area while roughly eight Iranian vessels, possibly carrying arms,... More »

Iran Deal Clears Senate Panel; Obama on Board

President says he would sign the measure

(Newser) - It looks like Congress will have its say on the Iran nuclear deal after all. A compromise version of legislation allowing it to do so cleared the Senate Foreign Relations Committee with support from both parties this afternoon. In fact, it passed 19-0 , and it's expected to easily pass... More »

Pentagon: ISIS Is Losing Serious Ground

In Iraq, anyway; Syria's a different story

(Newser) - Iraqi forces have retaken about a quarter of the territory ISIS seized last year, according to an encouraging Pentagon analysis—some 5,000 to 6,500 square miles in the country's north and center, reports USA Today . "[ISIS] is no longer the dominant force in roughly 25% to... More »

Putin Selling Iran a 'Game Changer' Missile Defense

'Beast' could make it very hard for US to strike Iran

(Newser) - The nuclear deal between Iran and Western powers is still only a "framework," but Vladimir Putin has decided to lift a ban on missile sales to Tehran—and make it a lot harder for the US to strike Iran if the deal goes bad. The Russian leader has... More »

Iran: Lift Sanctions Same Day or No Deal

Rouhani warns against Yemen strikes

(Newser) - Iran's president is warning that Tehran will not sign on to a final nuclear deal with world powers unless it's predicated on the immediate lifting of economic sanctions imposed on Iran over the controversial nuclear program. Hassan Rouhani, speaking during a ceremony marking Iran's nuclear technology day,... More »

Obama: Iran Nuke Deal Is 'Personally Difficult'

The president presents his argument to Thomas Friedman

(Newser) - President Obama made his case yesterday for the pending Iran nuclear deal and essentially put it this way: While he respects Israel's concerns, and doesn't totally trust Iran, he's the leader of a massive military superpower that can afford to take a chance on diplomacy—a chance... More »

Netanyahu: Iran 'Getting a Free Path to the Bomb'

Bibi wants US to double down on sanctions, negotiate better deal

(Newser) - Benjamin Netanyahu hasn't softened his stance toward the Iran nuclear deal , telling State of the Union today that not only did it "absolutely" threaten Israel, but that it gave Tehran "a free path to the bomb." As the Hill reports, the Israeli PM says that "... More »

Congress: Any Nuke Deal Goes Through Us

Too many 'gray areas' to let accord go through without full congressional review

(Newser) - A blueprint outlining the path toward a final deal between Western countries and Iran on its nuclear program was drafted yesterday, and Politico notes "there was much for Obama officials" and their partner countries to "be happy about," such as more centrifuge disassembling than previously anticipated. But... More »

Netanyahu: Iran Deal Could Mean End of Israel

Prime minister isn't swayed by Obama

(Newser) - President Obama called Benjamin Netanyahu after today's progress toward a deal with Iran about its nuclear program and tried to convince him that it was good news. How'd that go? Afterward, Netanyahu held a press conference. "A deal based on this framework would threaten the survival of... More »

Iran, West Agree to 'Framework' of Nukes Deal

Obama hails pact, asks Congress to back off

(Newser) - It's not a final deal, but participants say it will lead to one by the end of June: President Obama heralded a framework nuclear understanding with Iran as a "historic" agreement and warned Congress today against taking action that could upend the progress. "The issues at stake... More »

For 3rd Time in Year, Iran Talks Blow Past Deadline

3 foreign ministers departed overnight, and it's unclear what that means

(Newser) - Negotiations over Iran's nuclear program resumed in Switzerland today but were almost immediately beset by competing claims, just hours after diplomats abandoned a March 31 deadline to reach a deal outline and agreed to press on. Eager to avoid a collapse in the discussions, the US and others claimed... More »

Mired Iran Nuke Talks Going to Overtime

Sticking points remain on sanctions, uranium before final June deadline

(Newser) - With a midnight deadline looming, Iran and the six nations it's conferring with in Switzerland have reached a deal—to continue talks for a deal on Tehran's hotly contested nuke program. The nations are expected to release a joint statement today announcing they'll enter a "new... More »

Iran Balks at 11th Hour, Says Deal Still 'Doable'

Tehran suddenly says it won't ship uranium to Russia

(Newser) - A German foreign minister today cited "some progress and some setbacks" in an 11th-hour attempt to reach a nuclear agreement with Iran in Swiss talks—and those "setbacks" include a seemingly sudden decision by Iran not to ship the bulk of its uranium to Russia as it had... More »

Boehner: My Israel Trip Isn't 'Victory Lap'

He addresses Israel, Iran on CNN's 'State of the Union'

(Newser) - John Boehner appeared on CNN's State of the Union today, and the main subjects were Israel and Iran. Highlights:
  • On the Iran nuclear deal being negotiated: "We've got a regime that's never quite kept their word about anything. I just don't understand why we would
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Report: US Spies Caught Israel Spying on US-Iran Talks

US officials angered when details were shared with Congress: 'WSJ'

(Newser) - Israel spied on confidential talks last year between Iran and the US on Tehran's nuclear program, then used the information gathered to campaign against a deal, White House officials say. The ruse was discovered when US intel agencies spying on Israel intercepted messages with details on the closed-door talks.... More »

After Netanyahu Win, US 'Evaluating' Israeli Relations

US could even withhold veto in UN Security Council to protect Israel

(Newser) - Benjamin Netanyahu may have lived politically to fight another day, but he might be doing it without as much help from his friends in Washington: There were no public congratulations from the White House, nor a phone call from President Obama (John Kerry called), and administration officials are indicating the... More »

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