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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.

Biden to rescind designation of Afghanistan as non-NATO ally

US President Joe Biden has notified the Congress of his intent to rescind the designation of Afghanistan as a major non-NATO ally, according to a statement published by the press service of the White House on Wednesday.

Veteran Iranian diplomat: US-Venezuela thaw move for the better

A veteran Iranian diplomat says relations between the United States and Venezuela are likely to make a turn for the better, as each side rethinks its policy toward the other in light of global developments.

Analyst: Biden using Saudi trip as platform to win 2nd term

US President Joe Biden, who as a presidential candidate had vowed to make Saudi Arabia a “pariah”, is pursuing a multi-pronged agenda by embarking on a controversial trip to the kingdom, an Iranian political analyst says.

China’s Tehran envoy: US had 16 peaceful years over two centuries

China’s ambassador to Tehran says US Secretary of State Antony Blinken’s remarks last month about Washington’s policies regarding Beijing is a new page in a series of lies, adding over the last two centuries, the US has only experienced 16 years in peace.

Expert: US needs oil, Biden sinking

The high inflation and the soaring fuel prices in the US are gnawing away at President Joe Biden’s popularity, so he is going back on his election campaign promises to find new financial resources, a political expert says.

US officials in Saudi Arabia for talks over Iran, energy

Two senior US officials visited Saudi Arabia this week for talks that included global energy supplies, Iran and other regional issues, the White House announced on Thursday.

Report: CIA chief met with MbS in Jeddah

US President Joe Biden’s CIA director reportedly had an unannounced meeting with Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman last month in Jeddah.

US base in Iraq comes under rocket attack

Two Katyusha rockets hit an air base housing US military experts and agencies in Iraq's western province of Anbar on Saturday, the Iraqi military confirmed.

President Raisi: Iran opposed to war, unilateralism

Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi says the Islamic Republic is opposed to war and unilateralism.

Report: Ain al-Asad base in Iraq comes under attack

Reports coming out of Iraq say the Ain al-Asad base that hosts US forces has come under a missile and drone attack. The base is in Iraq’s western province of al-Anbar.

Kataeb Hezbollah: Resistance capable of defending Iraqi airspace

Iraq’s Kataeb Hezbollah says resistance groups in the country are capable of defending its airspace, stressing that this gives them deterrence against any airstrikes by the US.

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