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Polls show most Americans see Iraq war a mistake, 2 decades after invasion

Two decades after the US invaded Iraq, most Americans believe the war, which left about a million people dead and ruined the Arab country, was a mistake, a new poll shows.

US senators introduce resolution on human rights record in Saudi Arabia

US senators have introduced a resolution that could force the White House to critically appraise Saudi Arabia’s human rights record and possibly reassess Washington's security assistance for Riyadh.

Trump’s national security advisor: Biden admin ‘sitting still’ amid growing China-Russia-Iran influence

President Joe Biden’s administration is doing nothing to counteract steps by China, Russia and their allies to work more closely together, jeopardizing US interests and undermining its global influence, former White House National Security Adviser John Bolton has said.

Pentagon chief arrives in Iraq on a surprise visit

US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin has arrived in Iraqi capital Baghdad on an unannounced visit following meetings in Jordan.

US weighs sanctions on Chinese companies over “Iran surveillance buildup”: Report

The US is considering new sanctions on Chinese surveillance companies over sales to Iran's security forces, the Wall Street Journal has reported citing people familiar with the matter.

Report reveals Bush ordered CIA to find replacement for Yasser Arafat

Former US President George W Bush had ordered the CIA to search for a replacement for Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat after the escalation of the second Intifada in 2001, recently released British documents has revealed.

Pompeo defends Saudi Arabia despite Khashoggi murder: Book

Publishing a new book, former US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo threw his full support for Riyadh, despite the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, which has been widely blamed on Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

CENTCOM confirms drones attack US base in Syria

The US Military's Central Command has confirmed that one of the country's bases in a strategic southern Syrian region has come under drone attacks.

White House to ask Congress to approve F-16 sales to Turkey

The administration of President Joe Biden plans to ask Congress to approve a $20bn sale of new F-16 jets to Turkey, the Wall Street Journal has reported.

Pentagon misled public on deadly drone raid in Kabul: Report

Erroneous assumptions and biases by US analysts led to the Kabul drone attack that killed ten civilians, including seven children, during the Pentagon’s chaotic August 2021 withdrawal from Afghanistan, an internal military investigation has found.

US lawmakers to investigate “secret oil deal” between Biden, Saudis

The top-ranking Republican on the US House Oversight and Reform Committee has announced an investigation into whether President Joe Biden forged a secret agreement with Saudi Arabia to help Democrats in November’s midterm elections by driving down oil prices.

Turkish military operation in Syria threatens US forces: Army

The US military has announced recent Turkish airstrikes in Syria “threatened the safety” of American soldiers still in the country. It claimed that further escalations could “compromise efforts to defeat the remnants of the Islamic State (Daesh) terrorist group.”

US intelligence report reveals UAE efforts to meddle in American political system: Report

A classified US intelligence report states that the United Arab Emirates (UAE), a close ally of the United States in the Middle East, has engaged in an extensive effort to influence American political decisions.

Russian FM says US seeking to weaken EU

The United States is aiming to weaken the European Union, both militarily and economically, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has stated.

Saudi crown prince mocked Biden in private: Report

Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, the kingdom’s 37-year-old de facto ruler, has reportedly mocked US President Joe Biden in private while questioning his mental state, according to a report.

Reports say Biden re-evaluating US-Saudi relationship

US President Joe Biden has reportedly said it’s time for the United States to rethink its relationship with Saudi Arabia, while also defending his recent visit to the Arab country.

US approves multibillion-dollar arms sales to Saudi Arabia and UAE

The United States has approved massive arms sales to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates worth more than $5 billion. It comes amid criticism of the Arab states' ongoing military aggression in Yemen which has inflicted heavy civilian casualties.

Russia on Pelosi’s visit: World has no place for US hegemony

Russia says the recent visit to Taiwan by US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is “a clear provocation” against China, and urges Washington to understand that the world is no place for US hegemony.

Analyst: China-US confrontation inevitable as power transition takes place

An Iranian international affairs analyst says a confrontation between China and the United States is inevitable as China challenges the power of the US.

Biden disputes Saudi official’s account of meeting with MbS

US President Joe Biden hints the foreign minister of Saudi Arabia was not truthful in his account of the US leader’s meeting with the kingdom’s crown prince, Mohammed bin Salman (MbS).

Biden says he raised Khashoggi murder with MbS

US President Joe Biden says he raised the 2018 murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi during his meeting with Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and that he told the Saudi leader he believed him to be responsible for Khashoggi’s death.

Palestinians demonstrate against Biden’s Middle East visit

Hundreds of Palestinians have staged a demonstration in the West Bank to voice their anger over US President Joe Biden’s visit to the occupied territories on his first Middle East trip as the US president.

Nasrallah says Biden to push Saudis for increasing oil production

Hezbollah Secretary General Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah said US President Joe Biden is visiting the region with the aim of getting Saudi leaders to pump new crude supplies into the world oil market.

Report: US mulls lifting weapons sale ban to Saudi Arabia

The administration of US President Joe Biden is discussing the possible lifting of its ban on US sales of offensive weapons to Saudi Arabia, but any final decision is expected to hinge on whether Riyadh makes progress toward ending the war in neighboring Yemen, according to four people familiar with the matter.

White House: US officials discussing air defense capabilities with Arab nations

US officials are discussing air defense capabilities with the Persian Gulf leaders in the face of "a threat from Iran", a White House spokesman says.

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