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Iran’s Ambitions in the Levant

Ehud Yaari (Foreign Affaires) In the words of U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, the administration of President Donald Trump is currently “reviewing ways to confront challenges posed by Iran.” This most likely means looking for ways in which to curb Iran’s expansionism in the Middle East. But for any containment …

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A MYSTERIOUS CASE INVOLVING TURKEY, IRAN, AND RUDY GIULIANI

The mysterious case of Reza Zarrab, a Turkish-Iranian businessman facing federal charges in New York, has grown even stranger over the past couple of weeks. Zarrab, who is thirty-three, was arrested by F.B.I. agents, in Miami, last March. At the time, he was one of the flashiest and wealthiest businessmen …

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U.S. sanctions brother of Iran’s Quds force commander

The United States on Thursday sanctioned Sohrab Soleimani, the brother of the commander of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards, for his role in abuses in Iranian prisons. The action freezes any assets Soleimani might have in the United States and bars U.S. citizens from conducting transactions with him. Soleimani is the “supervisor …

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Iran presses for banking agreement to facilitate sanctions pact

Iran is pressing the United States to ease banking obstacles to the reopening of trade under last year’s nuclear deal and hopes for progress on the sidelines of United Nations meetings in NewYork this week, an Iranian official said on Sunday. The country’s national airline has provisionally agreed to buy …

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King’s absence from U.S. summit shows Saudi displeasure over Iran push

(Reuters) – The Saudi king’s absence from a regional summit to be hosted by President Barack Obama shows how Gulf states, displeased by what they see as U.S. indifference to Iranian meddling in the Arab world, may hesitate to bless any nuclear deal with Tehran. Analysts and diplomats in the Middle …

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Senate passes Iran nuclear review bill, House up next

(Reuter) – The U.S. Senate voted overwhelmingly on Thursday to pass a bill giving Congress the right to review, and potentially reject, an international agreement with Iran aimed at keeping it from developing nuclear weapons. The 98-1 vote sent the measure to the House of Representatives, which could consider it as …

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U.S. aims to make Iran nuclear deal immune to Russian, Chinese veto

(Reuters) – Washington wants to be certain that any nuclear deal between Iran and major powers includes the possibility of restoring U.N. sanctions if Tehran breaks the agreement without risking Russian and Chinese vetoes, a senior U.S. official said on Tuesday. United Nations sanctions and a future mechanism for Iran …

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U.S. targets Iran’s record on women’s rights at United Nations

(Reuters) – The United States targeted Iran’s record on women’s rights on Friday by calling a rare vote on the country’s “wholly inappropriate” bid to join the executive board of theUnited Nations gender equality body. The 54-member U.N. Economic and Social Council held a secret ballot on the uncontested Asia-Pacific …

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Full U.S. text on preliminary nuclear accord with Iran

(Reuters) – Following is the full text of a U.S. “fact sheet” released after Washington and other major powers reached a framework agreement on Thursday on curbing Iran’s nuclear program for at least a decade after eight days of marathon talks in Switzerland. Below are the key parameters of a …

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U.S. forces begin airstrikes in Tikrit, where Iran-backed militias are in lead

BAGHDAD — U.S. warplanes began striking Islamic State forces in and around the Iraqi city of Tikrit on Wednesday, drawing the United States directly into a battle that has pitted the militants against Iraqi forces dominated by Iranian-backed militias. Pentagon officials said that the Iraqi government had requested the assistance …

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