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Significance of attack on military parade in Iran

(Reuters) - A deadly assault on an Iranian Revolutionary Guards parade dealt a stunning blow to Iran’s security establishment, which has often said it can repel any threat no matter how big, even from the United States and its chief Middle East ally Israel.<p>A general view of the attack during the …

Ahvaz

Turkey and the United States Should Work Together to Avert Disaster in Idlib

Despite their differences, Trump and Erodgan share an interest in avoiding a new humanitarian catastrophe in Syria.<p>Over the weekend, the Bashar …

Al-Qaeda

Iran summons UK, Dutch and Danish envoys over attack on military parade

Iran has summoned envoys from the United Kingdom, the Netherlands and Denmark over Saturday’s deadly shooting of 29 people at a military parade in the south of the country, state media has reported.<p>The British charge d’affaires, along with the Dutch and Danish ambassadors, were “informed of Iran’s …

Ahvaz

Iran put on a show of force to threaten the US — but it was unconvincing at best

Iran carried out a military drill Friday aimed at showing the US how it could shut down oil shipping in the Persian Gulf as more US sanctions loom in November, but the display was underwhelming at best.<p>The US will slap Iran with sanctions on its oil exports on November 4, a date that marks six …

Exports

Dozens Have Been Killed In An Attack On A Military Parade In Iran

The shooters, wearing military uniforms, targeted a stand where officials had gathered to watch the event, according to the state-run IRNA news …

Armed Forces

U.S. sanctions China for buying Russian fighter jets, missiles

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Trump administration imposed sanctions on the Chinese military on Thursday for buying fighter jets and missile systems from Russia, in breach of a sweeping U.S. sanctions law punishing Moscow for meddling in the 2016 U.S. election.<p>In Beijing, the Chinese government …

Sanctions

Turkey unveils plan to fight currency crisis

Turkey's finance minister has slashed the country's economic growth targets and promised to cut public spending by nearly $10bn as the country tries …

Turkey

The Middle East Doesn’t Take China Seriously

<i>This article first appeared here on ForeignPolicy.com on September 13, 2018.</i><p>Almost two decades ago, I went to dinner at a restaurant called Peking in …

China

Iranian hackers escalated attacks after Trump withdrew from nuclear deal: Reports

Iranian hackers ramped up their attacks against targets in the U.S. and abroad within weeks of President Trump withdrawing from the Iranian nuclear …

Donald Trump

It’s time for the Congressional Turkey Caucus to get wise and stop being used

Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan is making his first visit to New York since winning sweeping powers in an election which independent monitors …

Turkey

Hezbollah leader Nasrallah says group will stay in Syria until further notice

BEIRUT (Reuters) - The leader of Lebanon's Iran-backed Hezbollah, a key Damascus ally, said on Wednesday that his group will keep its military presence in Syria until further notice, commending the Idlib Russian-Turkish agreement as a step toward reaching a political solution in the country.<p>"We …

Demilitarized Zone

Report to Congress on Iran's Foreign and Defense Policy

<i>The following is the Sept. 11, 2018 Congressional Research Service report Iran’s Foreign and Defense Policies.</i><p>From the report<p>Iran’s national security …

Sanctions

What does Russia want in northwest Syria?

Although it is currently in Russia's interest to de-escalate tensions in Idlib, an attack is still likely.<p>After months of heightened tensions in the Syrian province of Idlib, the last stronghold of the Syrian opposition, Russia and Turkey seem to have reached a temporary solution.<p>Following a …

Turkey

Trump’s tough line on Iran risks backlash at U.N.

Donald Trump sees the U.N. General Assembly as a chance to condemn Iran — but U.S. allies plan to tell the president he's the problem.<p>Donald Trump sees next week’s main session of the United Nations General Assembly as a chance to condemn Iran for spreading what he’s called “chaos and terror” …

U.S. Politics

Erdogan scores diplomatic wins in meetings with Putin, Merkel

Let us set the record straight: Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan emerged triumphant from his meeting with his Russian counterpart Vladimir …

Demilitarized Zone

Turkey seeks to attract investors through citizenship

Investing in Turkey just got a whole lot cheaper. The countries Official Gazette announced on Wednesday that there would be a reduction in capital …

Investing

Once Upon a Time, America Needed Syria

Just as the Central Intelligence Agency came into being in September 1947, two of its officers drove east out of Beirut over the mountains to meet a …

Middle East

U.S. seeking to negotiate a treaty with Iran

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States is seeking to negotiate a treaty with Iran to include Tehran’s ballistic missile program and its regional behavior, the U.S. special envoy for Iran said on Wednesday ahead of U.N. meetings in New York next week.<p>FILE PHOTO: An Iranian national flag flutters …

Sanctions

Push to Execute Saudi Clerics Rattles Kingdom’s Power Structure

Prosecutors seek death sentences for influential imams, challenging alliance behind monarchy<p>DUBAI—Saudi authorities are seeking the death penalty for three prominent clerics, rights activists and a government official said, testing the unwritten code that has kept the kingdom’s rulers in …

Mohammed bin Salman

John Kerry deserves jail for secret Iran diplomacy

In a radio interview with Hugh Hewitt, former Secretary of State John Kerry admitted that he’s been working behind-the-scenes to salvage the Iran …

Iran Nuclear Deal

Russia aims to impress and intimidate with its largest military exercise in decades

<b>Judy Woodruff:</b><p>Now, all this week in the vast expanse of Siberia, Russian military forces have been conducting the largest war games in a …

Russian Military

Erdogan Says His Patience on Central Bank Policy Has Limits

Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan resumed his criticism of the nation’s central bank a day after it announced the biggest rate hike of his rule.<p>…

Central Banks

Turkey Tries to Forestall Syrian Offensive

Syria has been holding off, at least temporarily, on an offensive to retake the last major opposition stronghold in the country, as tensions grow between Turkey and its ally Russia.<p>Turkey has been trying to persuade armed groups to evacuate Idlib province to avert a fight that the U.N has said …

Bashar al-Assad

Woodward Tells Inside Story Of Historic Israel-Saudi Arabia Alliance That's Fighting Iran

As Bob Woodward recounts in his new book, “Fear,” the key American players in the astonishing alliance between the state of Israel and the kingdom of …

National Security

Congress Again Blocks F-35 Transfers to Turkey

Turkish president rebuffed Trump request to release detained American pastor<p>Congress is poised to pass legislation that will block the transfer of …

Turkish Military

Pompeo Hits Iran’s Leader for Silence on China’s Detained Muslims

U.S. Secretary of State Michael Pompeo blasted Iran’s top leader for failing to speak out over China’s reported detention of large contingents of its …

Human Rights

The West needs to watch Russia and China's military partnership

<b>Moscow (CNN) —</b> It was an impressive display of military might. The heaths of the Tsugol training range were transformed into a simulated battlefield, as a Russian and Chinese "coalition" fought a fictional adversary.<p>While Russian President Vladimir Putin watched, modernized Russian T-90 main battle …

Vostok

Turkey Reinforces Its Army in Syria Before Erdogan Meets Putin

Turkey is sending additional troops, tanks and howitzers into Syria to boost its forces on the ground before Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan …

Bashar al-Assad

To Thwart Iran, Save Idlib

The Trump administration has made clear that its top priority in the Middle East is to thwart Iran’s nuclear and regional ambitions. So why is it so reluctant to lift a finger against Tehran’s most audacious gambit in Syria?<p>That gambit is the reconquest, by Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad and his …

Foreign Policy

Saudia Arabia purchases the Iron Dome missile system from Israel

Reportedly, the deal was mediated by the United States, which included further plans to reach an agreement on broad military cooperation between the …

Saudi Arabia