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Watch: Treasury Secretary Mnuchin Holds Briefing on Iran Sanctions [video + transcript]

Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin held an unannounced briefing to talk with the press about sanctions the administration placed on Iran Monday. Watch: Transcript: SECRETARY MNUCHIN: Hello everybody. Q Hello. SECRETARY MNUCHIN: So I think, as you know, I just left the Oval Office, where President Trump signed a new executive order authorizing even more expanded sanctions against Iran. So now ...

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Iran Says US Cyber Attacks Were A Failure

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Iran said on Monday that the United States’ cyber attacks on the Iranian military failed, Reuters reports. President Donald Trump ordered a series of cyber attacks on June 20 amid growing tensions with the Iranian regime, which the U.S. Department of Defense suggested after two oil tankers were attacked in the Gulf of Oman. The cyber strikes, which were “in ...

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Threats in the Middle East

Iranian leaders have publicly stated that they will not allow other countries in the region to “take advantage” of their inability to sell oil. They have threatened to close the Strait of Hormuz and have postured military forces in efforts to intimidate the movement of international trade and global energy sources through the Strait of Hormuz. Intelligence indicates that Iran ...

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John Brennan Applauds Trump’s Decision Not To Strike Iran

Former CIA Director John Brennan on Friday applauded President Donald Trump’s decision to cancel an air strike against Iran that would have led to 150 fatalities. Brennan, an outspoken critic of the president, said in an interview on MSNBC that Trump’s decision to cancel the strike avoided setting off a “very dangerous escalatory spiral” between the U.S. and Iran. “But ...

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Will the Trump-Iran Conflict be the Perfect Storm for Democrats?

Should anyone believe Iran’s shooting down a US Warplane is accidental? Maybe it’s plausible but is it realistic? Shouldn’t we dig into more facts about US/Iranian relationships prior to President Trump? Former President Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry’s cozy relationship with Iran is irrefutable. Does their love fest for one another remain a perilous relationship for America? Toss ...

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Trump: I Canceled the Iran Attack Because it Was ‘Not Proportionate’

The White House canceled a planned attack on multiple Iranian sites Thursday night because President Trump decided that the carnage would be disproportionate to Iran’s destruction of an unmanned drone. “On Monday they shot down an unmanned drone flying in International Waters. We were cocked & loaded to retaliate last night on 3 different sights when I asked, how many ...

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Iran Shoots Down U.S. Global Hawk Operating in International Airspace

Defense officials announced today that Iran shot down an unmanned Navy RQ-4 Global Hawk surveillance aircraft, escalating an already tense situation in the Strait of Hormuz. Air Force Lt. Gen. Joseph T. Guastella Jr., the commander of U.S. Air Forces Central Command, said the Iranian action “was an unprovoked attack on a U.S. surveillance asset that had not violated Iranian ...

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Trump On Possible Iran Strike: ‘You’ll Soon Find Out’

President Donald Trump told reporters Thursday “you’ll soon find out” whether the U.S. plans to strike Iran after declaring Iran “made a very big mistake” on Twitter earlier in the day. U.S. officials said an Iranian missile took out a costly, unmanned drone that was flying above international waters Thursday. Iran said the Navy drone was flying over its territory. Iran ...

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Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman Blames Iran For Oil Tanker Attack

Saudi Arabia’s crown prince accused Iran on Sunday of carrying out Thursday’s attacks on two oil tankers near the globally important Strait of Hormuz. “The problem is in Tehran and not anywhere else,” Prince Mohammed told Arabic-language newspaper Asharq al-Awsat according to The Associated Press. “Iran is always the party that’s escalating in the region, carrying out terrorist attacks and ...

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Video Shows Iran Removing A Mine From An Oil Tanker, US Says

The U.S. military released footage that allegedly show Iran removing a mine from an oil tanker that was attacked on Thursday, and they blame Iran for the attack. Iran has denied allegations and blamed the attack on someone trying to ruin their relations with other countries. Other sources say that evidence suggesting the object removed from the tanker was a ...

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Two Mpre Oil Tankers Attacked Near Strait Of Hormuz As US And Iranian Tensions Fray

Two oil tankers near the Strait of Hormuz were attacked amid heightened tensions between the United States and Iran, the Associated Press reported Thursday. The assault left one tanker ablaze while sailors were evacuated from both vessels, the report noted. Benchmark Brent crude oil jumped nearly 4% in trading following the reported attack — nearly a third of all oil ...

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REPORT: Iran-Linked Campaigns Used Social Media To Spread Misinformation And Troll Conservative Voters

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Cyberfirm FireEye published a report Tuesday showing that an Iran-based campaign sought to distribute misinformation throughout social media during the midterm elections. Facebook dinged several phony accounts connected to an Iran-backed group seeking to promote pro-Iranian messages in the U.S.  An Iran-backed campaign used Facebook and Twitter accounts to impersonate three Republican congressional candidates. An Iran-backed campaign used various social ...

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Shanahan Approves Force Protection Deployment for Middle East Due to ‘Credible Threats’

Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan has approved the deployment of about 1,500 service members and additional capabilities to the Middle East to deter Iranian efforts to destabilize the region. The capabilities will be used to improve force protection and safeguard U.S. forces. Marine Corps Gen. Kenneth F. McKenzie Jr., the commander of U.S. Central Command, requested the additional forces. The ...

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Iran Could Disrupt World’s Oil Supply In Response to US Sanctions

Iranian leaders are considering options that could include disrupting the world’s oil supply to resist growing U.S. pressure on other countries to isolate Iran. Iran is the fifth largest oil producer in the world. Iranian leaders were not happy when the U.S. did not renew waivers earlier in May for eight countries to import Iranian oil despite sanctions. Squirming under ...

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