The already strained relations between Washington and Tehran have deteriorated significantly in the past week. Washington has put pressure on Tehran in recent days and increased its military presence in the Gulf, in the face of threats of “imminent” attacks against its interests in the region attributed to Iran. For its part, Iran promises a…

Saudi Energy Minister Khalid al-Falih announced on Monday that “acts of sabotage” have been carried out against two Saudi tankers off the United Arab Emirates, reported the official Saudi Arabian news agency SPA. “Two Saudi oil tankers were sabotaged in the United Arab Emirates’ exclusive economic zone off the coast of the Emirate of Fujairah…

Internal strife in Iran is a “deadly poison” in foreign policy formulation, Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said in an interview published Tuesday in the newspaper Jomhuri Eslami, the day after his resignation was announced. A majority of Iranian parliamentarians on Tuesday signed a letter to President Hassan Rohani asking him to keep Mohammad Javad…

Islamic State (IS) could regain territory in Syria in six to 12 months without continued military pressure, a Pentagon report found according to NBC News.The Department of Defense Inspector General Quarterly Report about Operation Inherent Resolve found that IS aims at re-establishing a physical caliphate.The Pentagon report, expected to be released early next week, draws…

The U.S. military has begun to withdraw equipment from Syria, confirmed Thursday a Ministry of Defense official, while the timetable for the return of some 2,000 soldiers deployed in Syria promised by Donald Trump remains unclear. “I can confirm the movement of equipment from Syria. For security reasons, I will not give more details at…

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo delivered a scathing rebuke of the Obama administration’s Mideast policies on Thursday, accusing the former president of “misguided” and “wishful” thinking that diminished America’s role in the region, harmed its longtime friends and emboldened its main foe: Iran. In a speech to the American University in Cairo, Pompeo unloaded…

Iranian officials confirmed Tuesday that Tehran carried out a ballistic missile test earlier this month that was widely upset White House officials. “We will continue our missile tests and this recent action was an important test,” The Revolutionary Guards’ airspace division head Amirali Hajizadeh was quoted as saying by the semi-official Iranian Fars news agency,…

The United States has begun revoking visas for Saudi Arabian nationals involved in the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi at his country’s consulate in Istanbul in early October, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Tuesday. “These sanctions will not be the last from the United States in this case,” he told reporters,…

After the disappearance of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, international pressure is intensifying on Saudi Arabia to shed light on this mysterious case. US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo met with King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in Riyadh, the Saudi capital, on Tuesday for crisis meetings. But Pompeo took a remarkably moderate tone….