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The Japan Self-Defense Forces (SDF) will dispatch ships and aircraft to the eastern Bab el-Mandeb strait, the Gulf of Oman and the northern Arabian Sea for an investigation and research mission, according to Japanese Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga, The Japan Times reported Oct. 18.
The Financial Action Task Force (FATF) is threatening to resume countermeasures against Iran if the country doesn't enact conventions against money laundering and terrorist financing before February 2020, Reuters reported Oct. 18.
Some 59 percent of Iranians are in favor of withdrawing the country from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action nuclear deal, according to a poll from the Center for International and Security Studies and IranPoll, Al-Monitor reported Oct. 16.
Saudi forces have taken control over security in the southern Yemeni port city of Aden, Reuters reported Oct. 14, citing sources familiar with the matter. According to the report, responsibility for security in the city was handed over to a Saudi commander last week.
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has declared a foreign government responsible for an Oct. 11 attack on the country's Sabiti oil tanker, noting that Tehran would retaliate against the assailants, Reuters reported Oct. 14. Rouhani, however, did not accuse a specific country of committing the attack.
Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan has met with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani and Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei to defuse tensions between Iran and Saudi Arabia, Al-Jazeera reported Oct. 14.
Ankara has long sought to establish a buffer zone to protect Turkey from the effects of the Syrian civil war, but as the Turkish government finally gets closer to getting what it wants, its aspirations will crash into geopolitical reality.
Iran has claimed an incident occurred with one of its oil tankers in the Red Sea, Reuters reported Oct. 11. Officials first hinted that a missile from Saudi Arabia could have hit the vessel, although Tehran since withdrew its initial claims and reports of a fire onboard.
The United Arab Emirates has lifted a three-year-old travel ban barring Emirati citizens from visiting Lebanon, Reuters reported Oct. 7. The decision came during a visit by Lebanese Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri to Abu Dhabi to seek economic aid.