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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.

US says ‘troubled’ by UAE hosting Syria president

Washington is disappointed and troubled by Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's visit to the United Arab Emirates and that does not support efforts to ‘legitimise’ him, State Department spokesperson Ned Price says.

Saudi FM holds talks with US’ Blinken, EU’s Borrell over Iran, Yemen

Saudi Arabia's Foreign Minister Prince Faisal Bin Farhan has separately met with US Secretary of State Antony Blinken and High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Josep Borrell. The Saudi diplomat talked about various issues, including the Vienna talks on the revival of the Iran nuclear deal and Yemen, with American and European officials.

Taliban accuse US of breaking its promises

The acting Afghan foreign minister has accused the United States of not following through on the commitments it made during the talks in Qatar’s Doha.

Report: Who is Daesh leader killed in US operation in Syria?

Before the United States announced that Abu Ibrahim al-Hashimi al-Qurayshi was killed in Syria, some speculated that the Daesh leader didn’t even exist. Here’s what media outlets know about the terrorist chief.

US approves arms sale to Saudi Arabia, UAE

The US State Department has approved sales of weapons and warplanes to Middle East allies, namely the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Saudi Arabia and Jordan.

Many civilians killed in US operation in Syria

Several civilians, including women and children, have been killed in US special operation in northwest Syria, according to residents and fighters.

Biden, Qatari emir to discuss Iran, energy

US President Joe Biden and Qatar's emir, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani, will discuss a range of issues including Iran and energy security in the aftermath of a potential Russian invasion of Ukraine, US officials say.

Syria nabbed US teacher charged with helping Daesh bombers

A US citizen has been captured in Syria and transferred into the custody of the FBI. The woman, believed to be a former teacher, played an active role in helping Daesh terrorists train women and children as suicide bombers in the war-torn country.

US cancels military aid for Egypt over rights concerns

The US has announced that it is canceling $130 million in military aid to Egypt over human rights concerns. The move comes just days after Washingto approved a $2.5 billion arms sale to Cairo.

Iran and Russia demand withdrawal of foreign troops from Syria

Iran and Russia have called for the complete withdrawal of foreign forces from Syria. Tehran and Moscow have argued that the latest spate of deadly violence in Hasakah Province is the upshot of illegal presence of occupation troops, particularly Americans.

Syria says US behind Hasakah violence, seeking to revive Daesh

Syria’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations Bassam Sabbagh says the US is behind the latest spate of deadly violence in the northeastern province of Hasakah. He warned that Washington is seeking to revive the Daesh terror group so that it can justify its occupation of the Arab country.

Iran: US war on terror only brought civilian deaths

The secretary general of Iran’s High Council for Human Rights has blasted the United States’ war on terror, saying it only killed civilians and demolished their homes.

Erdogan: US supporting terrorists in Syria

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has once again criticized the United States’ support for ‘terrorist organizations’ in Syria.

US says has many scenarios for ‘Russian invasion’ of Ukraine

Washington has prepared 18 response scenarios in case Russia decides to invade Ukraine as the West fears it might do, Under-Secretary of State Victoria Nuland claims.

US military facility in Syria under rocket attack

A military facility housing American troops in Syria’s eastern province of Dayr al-Zawr has come under attack with rockets fired from nearby areas. Earlier, several rockets had hit an Iraqi military base housing American troops near Baghdad International Airport.

Russia: US realizes pressure on Syria not working

The United States has realized that the policy of rising pressure on Syria is not working, rather the situation in the war-ravaged country can be stabilized by providing humanitarian assistance, a Kremlin envoy told TASS.

Largest US base in Syria under rocket attacks

A multiple rocket attack took place on the largest American airbase in eastern Syria on Tuesday. Damascus views the US military presence on Syrian soil as an attack on the Arab country's sovereignty.

US charges two Iranians with interference in 2020 election

The US Department of Justice (DOJ) has indicted two Iranian nationals for QUOTE interfering in the 2020 US presidential election. The DoJ has alleged they used wide-ranging cyber and disinformation efforts in an attempt to sow doubt in the election process. Tehran has categorically dismissed the claims.

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