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US to deploy 1,500 troops to Middle East amid tensions with Iran

US to deploy 1,500 troops to Middle East amid tensions with Iran

The US will send hundreds of additional troops and a dozen fighter jets to the Middle East in the coming weeks to counter what the Pentagon has said is an escalating campaign by Iran to plan attacks against the US and its interests in the region. And for the first time, Pentagon officials on Friday publicly blamed Iran and its proxies for recent tanker bombings near United Arab Emirates and a rocket attack in Iraq.

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Kuwaiti concerns over the Strait of Hormuz

Kuwaiti concerns over the Strait of Hormuz

According to Reuters, Kuwait is looking at Iranian threats to block the Strait of Hormuz with concern, the Kuwait News Agency (KUNA) on Sunday quoted Deputy Foreign Minister Khaled al-Jarallah as saying.

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Tensions in the Iranian parliament

Tensions in the Iranian parliament

The plenary session of the Iranian Parliament today erupted in tension following protests by a number of fundamentalist MPs to a meeting between some reformist MPs with former President, Seyed Mohammad Khatami.

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Iran attempts to mediate between India and Pakistan

Iran attempts to mediate between India and Pakistan

The Iranian Foreign Minister has commented on mediation attempts between India and Pakistan, saying: “I have spoken with the Pakistani FM and am also in touch with Indian authorities to see what can be done. Continued tensions are not good for our region.”

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Iran's role in reducing tensions between India and Pakistan

Iran's role in reducing tensions between India and Pakistan

An analyst of Subcontinent affairs in Iran believes: “Considering Iran’s historic ties with India and Pakistan, and the wide-ranging interests of New Delhi in Chabahar Port, Pakistan’s view of Tehran’s ability to act as mediator in recent tensions with India is not far from reality.”

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