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US Defense Secretary To Travel To Middle East
LONDON: US Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin will travel to the Middle East on Thursday to meet with leaders in Bahrain and the UAE. In Bahrain, Austin will meet with senior government officials to affirm the strength of the US’ defense partnership and discuss joint priorities in the Middle... Read more
Iran-backed Hackers Accused of Targeting Critical US Sectors
WASHINGTON: Hackers linked to the Iranian government have been targeting a “broad range of victims” inside the United States, including by deploying ransomware, according to an advisory issued Wednesday by American, British and Australian officials. The advisory says that in recent months, Iran has exploited computer vulnerabilities exposed by... Read more
US, UN Call For De-Escalation In Yemen’s Marib
LONDON: An alliance between Ankara and Addis Ababa is fueling concerns that Turkish drones will be used in Ethiopia’s escalating civil war. AL-MUKALLA: The US and the UN called on the Iran-backed Houthis to stop their deadly offensive on Yemen’s central city of Marib and comply with peace efforts... Read more
Iran Seized Vietnamese Oil Tanker: US Officials
DUBAI: Iran seized a Vietnamese-flagged oil tanker in the Gulf of Oman last month and still holds the vessel, two US officials told The Associated Press on Wednesday, revealing the latest provocation in Mideast waters as tensions escalate between Iran and the United States over Tehran’s nuclear program. Iran’s... Read more
US, Egypt Conduct Joint Naval Maneuvers
CAIRO: The Egyptian and US navies conducted joint maneuvers in the Red Sea to protect maritime navigation, confront threats, enhance cooperation and exchange experiences. Egypt’s Defense Ministry said the training included various naval combat activities that focused on strengthening maritime security procedures in the Red Sea. It added that... Read more
Israel Envoy To Brief US Over Ban On Palestinian Groups
TEL AVIV: Israel is sending an envoy to Washington amid a deepening rift with the Biden administration over six outlawed Palestinian rights groups, a Foreign Ministry official said Tuesday. Israel last week designated the prominent Palestinian human rights groups as terrorist organizations, sparking international criticism and repeated assertions by... Read more
Hezbollah Accuses US of Meddling in Lebanon’s Port Probe
BEIRUT: Hezbollah accused the US on Wednesday of interfering in Lebanon’s investigation into last year’s massive explosion at the Beirut port, with the aim of implicating the militant group and its allies. Hezbollah lawmaker Hassan Fadallah’s response to criticism from a State Department spokesperson comes amid a developing crisis... Read more
US Says Return to Vienna Nuclear Talks with Iran Must Happen Soon
WASHINGTON: The United States believes an “imminent” return to indirect talks in Vienna over a return to the Iran nuclear deal is necessary because the process cannot go on indefinitely, State Department spokesman Ned Price said on Thursday. Price said a diplomatic path remained open and noted that Tehran... Read more
Biden Aide Tells Israeli Official Diplomacy Best Way to Keep Iran From Getting Nuclear Bomb
WASHINGTON D.C.: White House national security adviser Jake Sullivan told his Israeli counterpart Eyal Hulata on Tuesday that President Joe Biden’s administration believes diplomacy is the best way to make sure Iran never gets a nuclear weapon, the White House said. Sullivan also noted at the White House meeting... Read more
US National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan Headed to Egypt as Israel-Hamas Tensions Rise
WASHINGTON: President Joe Biden’s national security adviser Jake Sullivan is heading to Cairo on Wednesday for talks with Egyptian government officials about rising tensions between Israel and Hamas. The Biden administration is leaning heavily on Egypt, which has long played a role as mediator between Israel and Hamas, for... Read more