Middle East

United States | Iran’s Firing of Space Launch Vehicle Defies International Community

United States – In continued defiance of the international community and UN Security Council Resolution 2231, the Iranian regime fired off a space launch vehicle today. Such vehicles incorporate technologies that are virtually identical and interchangeable with those used in ballistic missiles, including intercontinental ballistic missiles. Today’s launch furthers Iran’s ability to eventually build such … Continue reading United States | Iran’s Firing of Space Launch Vehicle Defies International Community

CAIRO | Pompeo takes US anti-Iran message to Gulf Arab states

CAIRO— Jan 11, 2019—U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is bringing the Trump administration’s anti-Iran message to Gulf Arab states as he continues a nine-nation tour of the Middle East. Pompeo travels on Friday to Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates where he’ll be calling for increasing pressure on Iran and pushing for unity among … Continue reading CAIRO | Pompeo takes US anti-Iran message to Gulf Arab states

United States | Senior State Department Officials Previewing Secretary Pompeo’s Upcoming Trip to the Middle East

United States – MODERATOR: Thank you and good morning, everyone. Thank you for joining us today for this background call to preview Secretary Pompeo’s upcoming trip to Amman, Cairo, Manama, Abu Dhabi, Doha, Riyadh, Muscat, and Kuwait City. We are joined today by [Senior State Department Official One]. He will be referred to as Senior … Continue reading United States | Senior State Department Officials Previewing Secretary Pompeo’s Upcoming Trip to the Middle East

UNITED NATIONS | The Latest: French UN envoy urges dialogue with Iran

UNITED NATIONS — The Latest on the U.N. Security Council session on Iran’s compliance with the 2015 nuclear deal (all times local): 3:05 p.m. Russia’s U.N. ambassador says “Iran is ready for a dialogue,” but the United States and other Security Council members appear to be more interested in further escalating what he calls “anti-Iran … Continue reading UNITED NATIONS | The Latest: French UN envoy urges dialogue with Iran

ZAGREB, Croatia | Croatia arrest 13 people suspected of smuggling migrants

ZAGREB, Croatia— Police in Croatia have detained 13 people suspected of smuggling migrants who are trying to reach Western Europe through the Balkans. Police said Friday that they are searching for one more suspect accused of smuggling at least 119 migrants in and out of Croatia from late July until mid-October. The statement says the … Continue reading ZAGREB, Croatia | Croatia arrest 13 people suspected of smuggling migrants

RAF AKROTIRI, Cyprus | Prince William, wife Kate bring gifts to UK forces in Cyprus

RAF AKROTIRI, Cyprus— Prince William and his wife Kate brought Christmas gifts and holiday greetings Wednesday to British servicemen at the Royal Air Force Base Akrotiri in Cyprus. The visit by William and the Duchess of Cambridge was designed to honor the estimated 11,000 British soldiers, sailors, airmen and marines deployed on foreign operations over … Continue reading RAF AKROTIRI, Cyprus | Prince William, wife Kate bring gifts to UK forces in Cyprus

United States | On the Meeting of the North Atlantic Council

United States – MODERATOR: (In progress) He’s going to speak with you on back ground as a senior State Department official. [Senior State Department Official] just exited the meeting that was held on Ukraine and Georgia in which the Secretary spoke and a lot of others spoke, so [Senior State Department Official], go right ahead. … Continue reading United States | On the Meeting of the North Atlantic Council

WASHINGTON | US general tells Congress war in Afghanistan is at stalemate

WASHINGTON — The Marine officer chosen to command U.S. forces in the Middle East says the fight in Afghanistan is at a stalemate and the significant number of Afghan troop deaths in the war is not sustainable. Marine Lt. Gen. Kenneth McKenzie tells the Senate Armed Services Committee that he doesn’t know how long it … Continue reading WASHINGTON | US general tells Congress war in Afghanistan is at stalemate