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U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced the United States was ending its remaining sanctions waiver for Iran’s nuclear program that has allowed European, Russian and Chinese firms to work with Tehran on certain civilian projects, according to a May 27 release.
The Islamic State may have faded from international headlines, but the group remains a potent threat capable of returning with force in its core territory. Since beginning its initial resurgence in Iraq during 2011, the Islamic State has morphed from a local insurgent group to a global movement, with branches that have
In a May 13 op-ed penned to The Wall Street Journal, the U.S. special envoy for Iran, Brian Hook, warned that if the U.N. Security Council did not vote to extend its arms embargo on Tehran before it expires on Oct. 18, the White House would trigger a return of all U.N. sanctions on Iran.
Separatists in southern Yemen are inching ever closer to their goal of restoring an independent state. On April 29, the Southern Transitional Council (STC) declared emergency self-rule in the country's provisional capital of Aden, officially taking control from Yemen's U.N.-recognized government of President Abd Rabboh Mansour Hadi. As it takes further steps toward succession, the
The Lebanese government announced it will move forward with plans to seek $10 billion in funds from the International Monetary Fund (IMF), as well as unlock $11 billion in loans and grants that the international community pledged to Lebanon back in 2018, Bloomberg reported April 30.
In this Pen and Sword podcast with Fred Burton, we have a conversation with Dan Gabriel, who was a CIA counterterrorism officer during the Iraq War. His film, Mosul, was inspired by the monthslong door-to-door battle that left the Iraqi city in ruins.
Hezbollah is spearheading some of Lebanon’s response to the COVID-19 outbreak, which the central government has struggled to handle. Successful efforts to contain and manage the virus could increase the Iran-backed militant group’s popularity and political power in Lebanon, which has taken a hit in recent years. A more empowered
Iran and the United States may be heading toward another round of confrontation, even as both countries deal with significant COVID-19 outbreaks at home. Following a recent incident where 11 Iranian ships harassed U.S. vessels transiting the Persian Gulf, U.S. President Donald Trump tweeted April 22 that he had "instructed" the
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has authorized the reopening of some "medium-risk" businesses in the country, including shops in malls and trading bazaars, previously closed due to COVID-19, Xinhua reported April 20.