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Confronting Iran

Munir Akram HOURS after US President Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw from the Iran nuclear deal (formally, the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, or JCPOA) and reimpose the ‘highest-level’ of sanctions on Iran, Israel launched extensive aerial attacks on what it alleged were Iranian militias that had fired rockets into …

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US pullout from Iran deal: Who will pay the economic price?

We examine Trump’s decision to withdraw from the Iran nuclear deal and the implications for the global economy. This week, US President Donald Trump announced that he has withdrawn from the Iran nuclear deal and is set to renew sanctions on Iran. It’s a decision which has implications for the …

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Pakistan blocks US diplomat from leaving after fatal crash

Pakistan has prevented a US diplomat from leaving the country after he allegedly killed a motorcyclist by driving through a red light last month. Local press said on Saturday that a plane was sent by the US to collect Col Joseph Emanuel Hall, a military attache, but was denied clearance. …

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Pakistan and U.S. Restrict Diplomats’ Travel, Adding New Strain on Ties

By Haroon Janjua and Gardiner Harris May 11, 2018 ISLAMABAD, Pakistan — Pakistan on Friday placed travel restrictions on United States diplomats based in the country, the latest in a series of retaliatory measures that threaten to plunge already strained relations to their worst level in years. The restrictions in …

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U.S. Raises Pressure on Iran With Sanctions on Currency Exchange

In first action since pulling out of nuclear deal, Treasury accuses Iran’s central bank of being complicit in funneling dollars to elite military unit By Ian Talley WASHINGTON—The U.S. took a step toward cutting Iran off from the global economy on Thursday, levying sanctions on a financing network and accusing …

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Mattis pressed on Bolton’s, Giuliani’s support for regime change in Iran

By Zachary Cohen, CNN Play Video Who is James Mattis? 01:00 Washington (CNN)Defense Secretary James Mattis may have come to terms with President Donald Trump’s decision to quit the Iran nuclear deal, but he suggested the administration is still grappling with how to define US policy on countering Tehran following …

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Why Iran and Israel Are Clashing in Syria

By Sewell Chan May 10, 2018 A simmering conflict between Israel and Iran escalated overnight when Israeli jets struck dozens of Iranian targets in neighboring Syria. The strikes came after what the Israeli military described as an Iranian rocket attack against its forces in the Golan Heights. The Israelis said …

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Caught in US-Iran crossfire, India to work around curbs

TNN  NEW DELHI: As the Iran nuclear deal lies in tatters after US President Donald Trump walked out on it, India finds itself back on familiar territory of having to stay engaged with Tehran despite a coming rash of US sanctions. Playing safe, the MEA said on Wednesday, “India has …

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Iran has a tricky balancing act on its hands

AFP TEHRAN: Iran finds itself in a tricky balancing act as it weighs a response to US President Donald Trump’s decision to pull out of the nuclear deal. “They need to find a response that keeps the Europeans on their side but also shows they can’t just be pushed around,” said …

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What Iran Really Wants

 Paul R. Pillar THE ADVENT of the Trump administration has put U.S.-Iranian relations into a deep freeze. President Trump has repeatedly indicated his displeasure with the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), the agreement that restricts Iran’s nuclear program. His appointment of Mike Pompeo to become secretary of state, and …

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