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Egypt withdraws from US-led anti-Iran initiative

Egypt withdraws from US-led anti-Iran initiative

Egypt has pulled out of the U.S. effort to forge an “Arab NATO” with key Arab allies, according to four sources familiar with the decision, in a blow to the Trump administration’s strategy to contain Iranian power.

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The Irish Times on US-Iran tensions

The Irish Times on US-Iran tensions

Donald Trump’s decision to designate Iran’s Revolutionary Guard as a terrorist organisation may be unprecedented, but it is hardly surprising. The United States already views Iran as a “state sponsor of terror” and has previously imposed sanctions on the guard. But, in keeping with Trump’s foreign policy, it’s not at all clear what end is served by making such a hostile move now.

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Trump administration to label IRGC terror group

Trump administration to label IRGC terror group

The Trump administration is reportedly planning to designate Iran’s Revolutionary Guards as a terrorist organisation, in an unprecedented step aimed at escalating Washington’s campaign of “maximum pressure”.

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The Trump Administration wants a war with Iran

The Trump Administration wants a war with Iran

Here’s the foreign-policy question of questions in 2019: Are President Donald Trump, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, and Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, all severely weakened at home and with few allies abroad, reckless enough to set off a war with Iran? Could military actions designed to be limited—say, a heightening of the Israeli bombing of Iranian forces inside Syria, or possible US cross-border attacks from Iraq, or a clash between American and Iranian naval ships in the Persian Gulf—trigger a wider war?

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Bolton steering Trump and the US into another ME war

Bolton steering Trump and the US into another ME war

I was surprised to see my commanding general in the conference room that December 2001 day. Almost immediately following 9/11, he had been in Kuwait at Camp Doha overseeing the logistics of the Afghanistan War efforts alongside my direct commander and a small team from our Theater Support Command. Now, a mere two months later, he was back.

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 The right may finally get its war on Iran

The right may finally get its war on Iran

John Bolton has never made a secret of his burning desire to stoke a war between the United States and Iran. But Bolton is not the only one on Donald Trump’s national security team who dreams of such a military confrontation. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has joined with Bolton in recent months to prepare a case for possible war with Iran.

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Iran loses last link to the West

Iran loses last link to the West

Mohammad Javad Zarif, a devout and faithful servant of the Islamic Republic, was always a suspect quantity in the eyes of the West—and yet it is somewhat odd that Iran’s foreign minister, who tendered his resignation Monday, was even more suspected by the radicals in his own country.

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Iran has been lucky in its enemies

Iran has been lucky in its enemies

The 40th anniversary of Iran’s 1979 revolution this month predictably showcased the mix of breast-beating and victimhood that so characterises the theocratic nationalists who rule the Islamic Republic. Even Hassan Rouhani, the pragmatic president now more beholden to the regime’s hardliners after President Donald Trump last year pulled the US out of the nuclear deal struck with Iran in 2015, has lent full-throated voice to the jingoistic chorus.

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