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5 Nov 2019

Iran breaks further away from crumbling nuclear deal

Iran has taken further steps away from its crumbling nuclear deal with world powers by announcing it is doubling the number of its advanced centrifuges, calling the move a direct result of the United States' withdrawal from the agreement last year.
Iran has taken further steps away from its crumbling nuclear deal with world powers by announcing it is doubling the...

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10 Jul 2019

China demands US cancel proposed $2.2bn arms sale to Taiwan

China has demanded that the United States "immediately cancel" a potential $2.2bn arms sale to Taiwan, including battle tanks and anti-aircraft missiles. The move would be Washington's first big-ticket military sale to the democratically-governed island in decades, and comes amid deteriorating ties between the US and China, the world's two largest economies that have been locked in an acrimonious trade war.
China has demanded that the United States "immediately cancel" a potential $2.2bn arms sale to Taiwan, including...

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28 Jun 2019

Iran warns US against ‘repeating mistake’ of violating borders

Iran's parliamentary speaker has warned the United States against violating the country's borders, cautioning such a move would draw a "stronger" reaction than the downing of a US drone a week ago. In comments carried by Iran's semiofficial Tasnim news agency on Thursday, Speaker Ali Larijani said the shootdown of the unmanned aerial vehicle was "a good experience for them to avoid any aggression".
Iran's parliamentary speaker has warned the United States against violating the country's borders, cautioning such a...

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25 Jun 2019

Kushner: Israel-Palestine deal won’t follow Arab Peace Initiative

White House senior adviser Jared Kushner has said it will not be possible to solve the decades-long Israeli-Palestinian conflict with a deal "along the lines of the Arab Peace Initiative".
White House senior adviser Jared Kushner has said it will not be possible to solve the decades-long Israeli-Palestinian...

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20 Jun 2019

‘Credible evidence’ links MBS to Khashoggi’s murder: UN report

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman should be investigated over the killing of dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi, a UN rights expert has concluded, citing "credible evidence". In her long-anticipated report, which was released on Wednesday, UN extrajudicial executions investigator Agnes Callamard said Khashoggi's death "constituted an extrajudicial killing for which the State of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is responsible".
Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman should be investigated over the killing of dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi,...

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19 Jun 2019

Pompeo keeps Saudis off child soldier recruiters list

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has blocked the inclusion of Saudi Arabia on a US list of countries that recruit child soldiers, dismissing his experts' findings that a Saudi-UAE coalition has been using underage fighters in Yemen's civil war, Reuters News Agency reported on Tuesday, citing four people familiar with the matter.
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has blocked the inclusion of Saudi Arabia on a US list of countries that recruit child...

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7 Jun 2019

Trump: ‘Iran failing as a nation’ after US sanctions

Iran is failing as a nation after Washington imposed powerful sanctions last year, US President Donald Trump said on Thursday, adding that things could change rapidly in talks with the leadership in Tehran. "They are failing as a nation, but I don't want them to fail as a nation. We can turn that around very quickly but the sanctions have been extraordinary [in] how powerful they have been."
Iran is failing as a nation after Washington imposed powerful sanctions last year, US President Donald Trump said on...

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26 May 2019

US troop move to Middle East ‘extremely dangerous’: Zarif

A US move to send more troops to the Middle East after accusing Tehran of being behind attacks on tankers in the region is "extremely dangerous ... [for] international peace", Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif was quoted as saying. "Increased US presence in our region is extremely dangerous and it threatens international peace and security, and this should be addressed," state news agency IRNA quoted Zarif as saying on Saturday.
A US move to send more troops to the Middle East after accusing Tehran of being behind attacks on tankers in the region...

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6 Feb 2019

Erdogan: ‘No satisfactory plan’ with US on Syria safe zone

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says he has not yet seen an acceptable plan for the creation of a "safe zone" in northeastern Syria, three weeks after US President Donald Trump suggested the move. "There is no satisfactory plan that is put before us concretely yet," Erdogan told a parliamentary meeting of his AK Party on Tuesday.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says he has not yet seen an acceptable plan for the creation of a "safe zone" in...

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6 Feb 2019

Saudi Arabia, UAE gave US arms to al-Qaeda-linked groups

Saudi Arabia and its coalition partner in Yemen, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) transferred US-made weapons to al-Qaeda-linked groups and a Salafi militia whose commander who once "served with" the Yemeni branch of ISIL, a CNN investigation has found.
Saudi Arabia and its coalition partner in Yemen, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) transferred US-made weapons to...

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5 Feb 2019

Barham Salih: Trump did not ask Iraq’s permission to ‘watch Iran’

Iraqi President Barham Salih has said US President Donald Trump did not ask Iraq's permission for US troops stationed there to "watch Iran". Salih was responding on Monday to Trump's comments to US media in which he said American forces would remain at a US base in Iraq to keep a close eye on neighbouring Iran.
Iraqi President Barham Salih has said US President Donald Trump did not ask Iraq's permission for US troops stationed...

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23 Jan 2019

US demands security guarantee for Kurdish YPG from Turkey

The protection of allied forces who fought and died battling the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL, or ISIS) in Syria must be guaranteed, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told his Turkish counterpart Mevlut Cavusoglu in a phone conversation.  Pompeo and Cavusoglu talked on Monday as the NATO allies try to reach an agreement over the fate of US-backed, Kurdish-led fighters, who fought against the ISIL, following the planned withdrawal of US troops from northern Syria.
The protection of allied forces who fought and died battling the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL, or...
18 Jan 2019

Trump’s new ‘anti-Muslim’ appointee worries civil rights groups

American civil rights groups have condemned the appointment of a new deputy national security advisor who served on the board of an anti-Muslim group for nearly a decade. US President Donald Trump appointed Charles M Kupperman last week to assist National Security Advisor John Bolton, saying in a press release that Kupperman "brings to the role more than four decades of national security policy and programme experience".
American civil rights groups have condemned the appointment of a new deputy national security advisor who served on the...

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9 Jan 2019

Erdogan: US’ Bolton ‘seriously mistaken’ on Syrian Kurd fighters

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Tuesday denounced comments by a senior US official urging protection for Kurdish allies as "seriously mistaken". US National Security Adviser John Bolton held talks in Ankara with Turkish presidential spokesman Ibrahim Kalin and other officials on the handling of armed groups in northern Syria and the US's planned pullout of its forces there.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Tuesday denounced comments by a senior US official urging protection for...

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3 Jan 2019

US and Israel formally quit UNESCO

The United States and Israel have officially quit the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) at the stroke of midnight on New Year's Day, the culmination of a process triggered more than a year ago. The withdrawal is mainly procedural yet serves a new blow to UNESCO, co-founded by the US after World War II to foster peace.
The United States and Israel have officially quit the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural...

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20 Dec 2018

Erdogan: New military operation in Syria to ‘start at any moment’

Turkey may launch a new military operation in northern Syria at any moment, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said, adding US President Donald Trump had given a positive response to Turkey's plans. Erdogan's remarks on Monday came days after he announced Turkish forces would launch a new cross-border operation against the US-backed Syrian Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) to the east of the Euphrates River in northern Syria.
Turkey may launch a new military operation in northern Syria at any moment, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan...

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6 Oct 2018

China denounces ‘ridiculous’ US claims of election meddling

China angrily denounced on Friday renewed US allegations that it was interfering in upcoming American midterm elections.  In a wide-ranging speech delivered on Thursday night, US Vice President Mike Pence said Beijing was meddling in the vote to counter tough trade policies against China. The comments echoed those by President Donald Trump recently.
China angrily denounced on Friday renewed US allegations that it was interfering in upcoming American midterm...

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11 Sep 2018

Trump administration to close PLO office in Washington, DC

The United States will shut the Palestine Liberation Organisation's diplomatic office in Washington, DC, over the Palestinian government's refusal to enter into US-led negotiations with Israel. "We have been notified by a US official of their decision to close the Palestinian mission to the US," PLO Secretary-General Saeb Erekat said in a statement on Monday.
The United States will shut the Palestine Liberation Organisation's diplomatic office in Washington, DC, over the...

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5 Apr 2018

Is US President Trump ‘milking Gulf countries’?

US President Donald Trump is "milking Gulf countries" and exploiting tensions in the Middle East to bolster its arms sales. That's according to Al Jazeera's senior political analyst Marwan Bishara, who was commenting shortly after the US leader told Saudi Arabia it needed to pay up if it wanted the US to continue its fight against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) group in Syria.
US President Donald Trump is "milking Gulf countries" and exploiting tensions in the Middle East to bolster its arms...

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17 Jan 2018

US ‘cuts UNRWA funding’ by more than half

The United States is cutting more than half of its planned funding to the United Nations agency for Palestinian refugees, a source has told Al Jazeera. Washington will give the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestinian Refugees (UNRWA) $60m in aid for Palestinians but will hold back a further $65m, a source knowledgeable with the matter said on Tuesday, speaking on condition of anonymity.
The United States is cutting more than half of its planned funding to the United Nations agency...

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29 Nov 2017

North Korea fires ballistic missile

An initial assessment by the US Department of Defense said North  Korea fired an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM). This type of missile is capable of carrying nuclear warheads and could reach the mainland of the United States.  If the Pentagon's first assessment turns out to be correct, it would be the third test of an ICBM by North Korea this year.
An initial assessment by the US Department of Defense said North  Korea fired an...

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23 Sep 2017

‘Trump looking to loosen Obama limits on drone strikes’

The New York Times, citing unnamed officials, reported on Thursday that Trump's top national security advisers have proposed relaxing two rules from administration of Barack Obama, the former US president.  The officials said the targets of kill missions by the military and the CIA would be expanded to include foot-soldier fighters with no  special skills or leadership roles. 
The New York Times, citing unnamed officials, reported on Thursday that Trump's top national...

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12 Jul 2017

Rex Tillerson: Qatari position in Gulf row ‘reasonable’

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson told reporters in Doha that the Qatari government had "reasonable" views in the month-old diplomatic  crisis with Arab neighbours. "I think Qatar has been quite clear in its positions, and I think those have been very reasonable," Tillerson said after his arrival in Doha on Tuesday. The quartet accuse Qatar of funding "terrorism", an accusation Qatar rejects as "baseless".
US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson told reporters in Doha that the Qatari government had...

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19 Apr 2017

‘Deadly US air strike in Syria hit peaceful mosque’

US forces failed to take necessary precautions before launching a lethal drone strike in northern Syria last month that hit a mosque full of worshipers, three separate investigations have revealed. Research by Human Rights Watch (HRW), London-based Forensic Architecture and open-source investigative unit Bellingcat reveal that US air strikes hit a western Aleppo mosque on March 16, killing at least 38 people and injuring dozens of others.
US forces failed to take necessary precautions before launching a lethal drone strike in northern Syria last...

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15 Apr 2017

Russia, Syria and Iran warn US against further strikes

As he hosted his Iranian and Syrian counterparts in Moscow on Friday for a trilateral meeting focused on the Syrian civil war, Sergey Lavrov, the Russian foreign minister, said similar attacks would have "grave consequences not only for regional but global security".
As he hosted his Iranian and Syrian counterparts in Moscow on Friday for a trilateral meeting focused on the Syrian...

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14 Apr 2017

Assad: Syria chemical attack ‘100 percent fabrication’

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said a suspected chemical weapons attack was a "fabrication" to justify a US military strike, AFP news agency reported.  In his first interview since the April 4 incident prompted a US cruise missile attack on Syrian forces, Assad insisted his army gave up all of its chemical weapons three years ago and that Syrian military power was not affected by the US strike.
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said a suspected chemical weapons attack was a "fabrication" to justify a US military...

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13 Apr 2017

Putin slams Trump ties as top diplomats spar on Syria

The trust between Washington and Moscow has "deteriorated" since Donald Trump was elected US president, Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Wednesday, as the Kremlin dismissed US calls to abandon Syrian President Bashar al-Assad as "short-sighted" and "absurd".
The trust between Washington and Moscow has "deteriorated" since Donald Trump was elected US president, Russian...

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12 Mar 2017

The Sheriff of Manbij: US makes debut in the Syrian War

Photos of US Humvees and Stryker combat vehicles patrolling the streets of Manbij are surreal, a reminder that we no longer are under Barack Obama's restrained doctrine. US generals are now in full control of US policy in Syria. President Donald Trump is making good on his campaign promise not to tell the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL, also known as ISIS) about his plans to defeat them, yet both allies and foes are puzzled by that new approach. 
Photos of US Humvees and Stryker combat vehicles patrolling the streets of Manbij are surreal, a reminder that we...

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24 Feb 2017

Mexico voices ‘irritation’ as top Trump envoys visit

In Mexico City visit, senior White House seek to cool tempers after weeks of tension between the two neighbours."There exists among Mexicans worry and irritation about what are perceived to be policies that could be harmful for the national interest and for Mexicans here and abroad," Videgaray said, l ooking stern as he stood beside the US officials. Relationships between the two countries have gone downhill quickly since Trump's win at the US presidential election in November.
In Mexico City visit, senior White House seek to cool tempers after weeks of tension between the two neighbours."There...

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13 Feb 2017

Is Trump leading the US on a warpath with Iran?

On a spring morning in 2016, the retired four-star general Mattis, who was forced out of his job by then-President Barack Obama, spoke before defence and foreign policy experts gathered just blocks from the White House. The 65-year old speaker, with silver hair and puffy eyes, was blunt. For all the dangers al-Qaeda and the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL, known as ISIS) pose in the Middle East, he warned that the Iranian regime "is the single most enduring threat to stability and peace". He recalled that as commander of US troops in the Middle East, the first three questions he would ask his subordinates every morning "had to do with Iran and Iran and Iran". Nine months later, James Norman Mattis returned to the US capital as defence secretary of President Donald Trump.
On a spring morning in 2016, the retired four-star general Mattis, who was forced out of his job by...

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3 Dec 2016

How US security aid to PA sustains Israel’s occupation

US 'security' aid to to both Israel and Palestinian Authority is keeping Palestinians occupied. By providing aid to the security sector of West bank and Gaza has resulted in half Palestinian public sector civil servants to be employed in security. The Palestinian security now restrains mass uprisings by suppressing Palestinians who resist Israel's occupation.
US 'security' aid to to both Israel and Palestinian Authority is keeping Palestinians occupied. By providing aid to...

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18 Oct 2016

WikiLeaks: Assange’s internet ‘severed’ by state actor

WikiLeaks says that founder Julian Assange's internet access has been cut by an unidentified state actor. The whistle-blowing organisation said on Twitter on Monday that they have activated their "contingency plans" after its co-founder's internet service was intentionally cut off.
WikiLeaks says that founder Julian Assange's internet access has been cut by an unidentified state actor. The...
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