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Trump Orders Another 1K Troops to Middle East

Iran says it won't 'wage war against any nation'

(Newser) - The Trump administration has ordered another 1,000 troops to the Middle East for what acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan says are "defensive purposes." He cited fears of an increased threat from Iran following the latest attacks on shipping in the region, the Guardian reports. "The recent... More »

Iran Makes New Uranium Threat

Country is about to bust through levels set out in 2015 accord US withdrew from

(Newser) - Hostility between the US and Iran has been on the rise of late, and a new announcement out of Tehran about uranium is likely going to make things worse. On Monday, an Iranian nuclear official said the country is increasing its enrichment of low-grade uranium and will exceed stockpile limits... More »

Oil Tanker Owner: It Didn't Happen That Way

Owner of the Kokuka Courageous is deeply skeptical that mines were involved

(Newser) - The owner of an oil tanker attacked near the Strait of Hormuz is pushing back against the US version of events, NBC News reports. The president of the company that owns the Kokuka Courageous, one of two tankers targeted Thursday in a politically charged incident, says the Japanese vessel was... More »

US Says Video Shows Iranians Removing Mine From Tanker

Tehran accuses US of 'Iranophobic' campaign

(Newser) - The US says Iran was behind attacks on two oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman Thursday—and it has proof to back up the claim. A video released by the US military's Central Command late Thursday shows what American officials say was an Iranian Revolutionary Guard boat removing... More »

Pompeo: Iran Attacked Oil Tankers

Blames Iran for 'blatant assault' in the Gulf of Oman

(Newser) - Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says Iran is responsible for the attack on two oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman Thursday. Referring to the attack as a "blatant assault," Pompeo said during a press conference, "This assessment is based on intelligence, the weapons used, the level... More »

Report: 2 Oil Tankers Attacked in Gulf of Oman

US Navy assists damaged vessels

(Newser) - Two oil tankers near the strategic Strait of Hormuz were reportedly attacked on Thursday, an assault that left one ablaze and adrift as sailors were evacuated from both vessels and the US Navy rushed to assist amid heightened tensions between Washington and Tehran. Japan's Trade Ministry said the two... More »

Iran Releases US Resident Held 'More Than 1,350 Days'

Lebanese national Nizar Zakka had been held 4 years

(Newser) - Iran on Tuesday freed an IT expert accused of spying for the US. The DC attorney for Nizar Zakka, a Lebanese national who has permanent residency in the US, says he's now out of prison after four years, reports the Washington Post . "After more than 1,350 days... More »

UN Agency Finds Iran Abiding by Deal, but Has a Concern

Watchdog questions centrifuge use

(Newser) - The UN atomic watchdog said Friday that Iran continues to stay within the limitations set by the 2015 nuclear deal with major powers. But the International Atomic Energy Agency reported that stockpiles of low-enriched uranium and heavy water are growing, and it raised questions for the first time about Iran'... More »

Pentagon Has Plan to Reinforce Security in Middle East

Officials will make presentation to White House Thursday

(Newser) - 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 Wednesday. The officials said no final decision has been made yet, and it'... More »

Reports: Iran Quadruples Enriched Uranium Production

Amid escalating tensions with US

(Newser) - Iran quadrupled its uranium-enrichment production capacity amid tensions with the US over Tehran's atomic program, nuclear officials said Monday, just after President Trump and Iran's foreign minister traded threats and taunts on Twitter . Iranian officials made a point to stress that the uranium would be enriched only to... More »

Iran Responds to Trump's Warning

'Never threaten an Iranian,' suggests country's foreign minister

(Newser) - Tensions between the US and Iran are high , and within hours of President Trump's Monday tweet warning Iran to stop threatening the US or it would face its "official end," Iran has responded. "Goaded by #B_Team, @realdonaldTrump hopes to achieve what Alexander, Genghis & other aggressors... More »

Trump: War Would Be 'Official End of Iran'

'Never threaten the United States again!'

(Newser) - President Trump warned Iran early on Monday not to threaten the United States again or it'll face its "official end," shortly after a rocket landed near the US Embassy in Baghdad overnight. Trump's tweet comes after he seemingly sought to soften his tone on Iran following... More »

Saudis Issue a Warning

A top minister addresses Iran

(Newser) - Saudi Arabia does not want war but will not hesitate to defend itself against Iran, a top Saudi diplomat said Sunday, after the kingdom's energy sector was targeted this past week amid heightened tensions in the Persian Gulf, the AP reports. On Sunday night, a rocket was fired into... More »

War With Iran? 'I Hope Not,' Says Trump

Diplomats move to de-escalate situation

(Newser) - Going to war with Iran is not on the to-do list of President Trump, officials say. Sources tell the New York Times that the president—who strongly criticized America's Middle East entanglements during his 2016 campaign—told Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan during a Wednesday morning briefing that he... More »

Photos Taken May 3 Added Fuel to Iran Fears

'NYT': Photos show missiles on boats in Persian Gulf

(Newser) - Non-essential Embassy staff members in Iraq have been told to leave , and there's been a report that the Pentagon could send 120,000 troops to the Middle East if tensions with Iran reach a breaking point. Now, a possible clue as to why the hubbub over Iran has suddenly... More »

US Tells Non-Essential Embassy Staff to Leave Iraq

Iranian leader issues veiled threat

(Newser) - The US Embassy in Iraq says the State Department has ordered all non-essential, non-emergency government staff to leave the country right away amid escalating tensions with Iran. The security alert , published on the embassy's website on Wednesday, comes after Washington last week said it had detected new and urgent... More »

Report: Pentagon Has Plan to Send 120K Troops to Middle East

Trump says Iran could have a 'bad problem'

(Newser) - Plans to send up to 120,000 troops to the Middle East to counter threats from Iran were unveiled at what appears to have been an exceptionally leaky meeting of national security aides last week, reports the New York Times , which cites more than half a dozen sources. The sources... More »

Iran Pulls Back From Nuclear Deal

Country says it will start keeping excess uranium

(Newser) - Iran's president said Wednesday that the country will begin keeping its excess uranium and heavy water from its nuclear program, setting a 60-day deadline for new terms to its nuclear deal with world powers before it will resume higher uranium enrichment. Hassan Rouhani's address to the nation came... More »

Report: US to End Oil Sanctions Waivers

Move will affect allies including Turkey

(Newser) - The Trump administration is poised to tell five nations, including allies Japan, South Korea, and Turkey, that they will no longer be exempt from US sanctions if they continue to import oil from Iran, officials said Sunday. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo plans to announce on Monday that the administration... More »

Trump Makes Unprecedented Move Against Iran

He labels the Revolutionary Guard a terrorist group

(Newser) - In the first such move of its kind, President Trump has labeled Iran's Revolutionary Guard a terrorist organization. Never before has the US made that declaration about a foreign military, reports Reuters . In fact, never before has the US used the label against any part of a foreign government,... More »

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