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In 2013, after Syrian dictator Bashar Assad crossed President Obama's red line and used chemical weapons on innocent civilians, a U.S. official told the ... that Obama's retaliatory strike would likely be “just muscular enough not to get mocked” but not so devastating that it would elicit a response from Iran ...
Obama and his second secretary of state, John Kerry, hailed the accord as a historic way to end Assad's chemical weapons program without firing a single shot. “It turns out ... Third, Trump's strikes were limited and for now have not provoked a broader conflict with Assad's backers in Syria, Russia, and Iran.

Saudi Arabia's intervention in Yemen at the head of a coalition in March 2015, the deaths of hundreds of Iranian pilgrims during the Hajj of 2015 and the execution of Shia leader Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr in 2016, put more hurdles in its relationship with Iran. In the aftermath of Nimr's execution, Iranians attacked ...
Barack Obama conceded Iran is the world's leading supporter of international terrorism but like Bush and Clinton preceding him, he did nothing to destroy that evil threat to our Arab and Israeli ... Now with two hawks at his side, President Trump can end the threat of the Iranian jihadists once and for all.
When Trump extended Iran's sanctions relief in January, he pledged it would be the last time unless European allies agree to a supplemental deal to fix what the president sees as the fundamental problems with the nuclear pact negotiated by the Obama administration. And while negotiations with the ...
“If we withdrew our troops anytime soon, ISIS would come back, the war between Turkey and the Kurds would get out of hand, and you'd be giving Damascus to the Iranians without an American presence, and Russia and Iran would dominate Syria. “It'd be the single worst decision the president could make ...

A former undercover informant says he provided evidence to the FBI during President Obama's first term that Russia was assisting Iran's nuclear program even as billions in new U.S. business flowed to Moscow's uranium industry. William Douglas Campbell told The Hill his evidence included that Russia ...
Iran's navy made a point of harassing and humiliating the US Navy in 2016 after then-President Barack Obama had sealed the Iran deal, but under ... in January 2016, when Iran's navy seized two US Navy rivernine boats and the 10 sailors on board after the ship wandered into Iranian waters due to ...
John Brennan, Obama's former Central Intelligence Agency chief, surveilled American citizens — some senators — as Obama pushed the Iran deal and Brennan was never charged with that crime. Obama alone with Hillary Clinton's campaign and the Democratic National Campaign used a fictional dossier ...
Sanctions could be imposed for both, but those for long-range missiles would likely be harsher and kick in more automatically if Iran tested or transferred them. Those sanctions could also target Iranian entities that were exempted from penalties under the nuclear deal. The Iran deal's critics argue the ...
President Trump has chosen John Bolton, a hawk on North Korea and Iran, to be his next national security adviser. The appointment comes just as those ... "No fix will remedy the diplomatic Waterloo Mr. Obama negotiated," Bolton wrote in the Wall Street Journal in January. "Mr. Trump correctly sees Mr.
The conventional wisdom in Washington has it that Mike Pompeo's appointment as secretary of state is bad news for the fate of the Iran nuclear deal. ... "After having invested 13 years of diplomatic efforts, during the Bush and Obama administrations, to contain Iran's nuclear capabilities, now is not the time ...
America's European allies should move heaven and earth to preserve the flawed Iran nuclear deal after recent comments from Iranian Supreme Leader ... President Obama's eight years of passive policy towards Iran and North Korea allowed both dictatorships to develop their capabilities to challenge the ...
“Today, I am announcing our strategy, along with several major steps we are taking to confront the Iranian regime's hostile actions and to ensure that Iran never, and I mean never, acquires a nuclear weapon,” the president announced, setting a major course change from the Obama administration's ...
The two will discuss infrastructure projects, Russia's role in Syria, the Saudi-led intervention in Yemen and the Iranian nuclear deal, a senior ... Trump comes as Riyadh and Washington forge improved relations following tensions resulting from the Obama administration's handling of the Iran nuclear deal.
The story claims the $400 million fees come from money that was "lost" in an illegal transaction with Iranian hard-liners. We suspect the reference comes from a $400 million payment made to Iran in 2016 for that amount which was part of a $1.7 billion settlement. PolitiFact fact-checked claims that this ...
The contrast between the Trump administration's approaches to North Korea and Iran indicates how difficult it will be for the president to fulfill his ... After several months of secret contacts between U.S. and Iranian officials, Obama signed off on the start of a formal negotiation process in November 2013.

Netanyahu's address came as Trump and Congress are considering their options on the Iranian nuclear deal, which the president decertified in October. ... Netanyahu, who fiercely opposed the Iran deal negotiated under President Barack Obama, suggested Trump should be willing to scrap the agreement ...
A judge in a civil case focused on a 2003 attack by Iran-backed terrorists says the Trump administration has notified the court it's complying with the 2015 multiparty deal designed to restrict Iran's nuclear ... President Donald Trump has criticized the nuclear deal signed during the Obama administration.
The parent of one young American woman murdered by an Iranian-backed terrorist group during her junior year abroad in Israel discovered the FMS ... In a recent phone call, Richman said Trump should release all the documents regarding the Obama administration's payment of Iran's claim, including the ...
Look, see—there really are actual Iranian bases in Syria and real Iranian troops on the Golan Heights. Iran really did spend the $140 billion on weapons, not its own people—who riot in the streets against the regime. What bugs me isn't that the Obama administration and its media surrogates were wrong ...
The White House at the time denied the payment was "ransom." But critics of the Iran nuclear agreement and the Obama administration's engagement with Iran accused the White House of emboldening Tehran by flooding its economy with cash. Trump has frequently criticized the Iran nuclear agreement, ...
As thousands of Iranians took to the streets, critics immediately bellowed that the protests proved that the Iran deal was a failure because it had not ... could argue that since the Iranian regime was going to try to blame the United States and accuse it of being behind the protests regardless, Obama should ...
His main qualification: He seemed to be the opposite of Barack Obama, especially with regard to Iran and to Syria. In their eyes, Obama's sins were many, but ... Some U.S. critics saw Obama flipping sides in the Middle East altogether, courting Iranian friendship. As I wrote in 2016, I don't think Obama was ...
The White House at the time denied the payment was "ransom." But critics of the Iran nuclear agreement and the Obama administration's engagement with Iran accused the White House of emboldening Tehran by flooding its economy with cash. Trump has frequently criticized the Iran nuclear agreement, ...
Yet India's relations with Iran have remained generally stable in recent years, notwithstanding hiccups during the period of peak sanctions against Tehran by the U.S. administration of Barack Obama and the current narrative created by President Donald Trump's ad-hoc foreign policy. The Iranian president's ...
In one of her many melodramatic performances in front of the UN Security Council, US Ambassador Nikki Haley said that the Iranian protesters were a “powerful exhibition of brave people who have become ... Iran is failing at every level despite the terrible deal made with them by the Obama Administration.
That is a significant misrepresentation of the nature of the Iranian threat and the role that Iran's nuclear program plays in it. This over-focus has already badly distorted our policy toward Iran and the Middle East under Obama and Trump, threatening our allies and our interests. As I have discussed at great ...
As thousands of Iranians took to the streets, critics immediately bellowed that the protests proved that the Iran deal was a failure because it had not ... could argue that since the Iranian regime was going to try to blame the United States and accuse it of being behind the protests regardless, Obama should ...
Yes, he has slapped terror designations on Iranian entities to penalize them financially, but so did Obama. Moreover, Obama — for all his readiness to criticize Israel for its settlement policy and the Saudis for not seeing the need to “share” the region with the Iranians — was very responsive to both on their ...
Referring to US President Donald Trump's moves against the landmark accord, the Iranian foreign minister said, “Before becoming the Republican Party's candidate, Trump gave a speech and emphasized that if he were to become president, his priority would be tearing up the JCPOA. Now, approximately ...
For the next year, the U.S. provided logistical support to the Saudi effort in Yemen, despite the Obama administration's very public concerns about the large number of civilian casualties, the unclear degree to which the Iranians were really behind the Houthis, and the possibility that the chaos caused by the ...
As dumbfounding as it may have been for the Obama administration to supposedly knowingly permit a multi-billion-dollar terrorist-subsidizing drug ring to operate on U.S. soil so as not to scuttle Iran deal negotiations, 2018 began with the conclusion of a high-profile court case illuminating illicit Iranian ...
Team Obama never understood the reality of the Iranian hardliners or their exigent threat to the United States. Still, we've gained a new insight into this philosophy over the past couple of days. It has come in the form a Twitter showdown between New York Times columnist Bret Stephens and former Obama ...
The White House on Thursday was poised to renew sanctions relief for Iran after a day earlier reacting with cautious optimism to the possibility of eventual talks with North Korea – developments that 18 months ago would have seemed more probable from the presidencies of Barack Obama or Hillary ...
The Iranian people have suffered long enough under an oppressive regime. More than 450 individuals have been arrested and at least 20 are dead after massive protests in support of government reform broke out across the country. These brave protestors refuse to accept the regime's constant violation of ...
President Donald Trump has been egging on Iranian protestors on Twitter, a staggering turnaround from his predecessor's work to keep American fingerprints off of dissent in Iran—and his approach may open the door for hard-liners in Iran to crack down on demonstrators and then blame America for the ...
The White House has seized on anti-government protests rocking Iran as glittering vindication of its criticisms of the Obama administration's approach to the leadership in Tehran. President Donald Trump and other senior administration figures are loudly cheering the Iranian demonstrators, sensing an ...
Donald Trump has claimed money given to Iran by Barack Obama when he was President was used to fund terrorism and corruption. The US President said "all of the ... "The people of Iran are finally acting against the brutal and corrupt Iranian regime," his tweet also said. "The people have little food, big ...
Iran cannot become a nuclear power any more, because the deal established an effective observation regime. The deal will contribute to regional Middle East stability, as without the Iranian nuclear deal, the countries hitherto concerned about Iran, will no more have a reason to be worried. The Iranian ...
As a first step, the three-term senator called on Trump to give a public address on why the Iran nuclear deal has "failed" and to lay out what a better deal would look like. In 2009, Obama condemned "unjust actions" as Iranian leaders thwarted an uprising known as "Green Revolution" after a disputed ...
The Trump administration has made it clear that it does not believe the nuclear deal with Iran goes far enough. One of the individuals that played a role in the negotiations of the deal, Trita Parsi, is in Louisville to talk about the deal and what might happen next. Parsi is president of the Iran-American Council ...
Look, see—there really are actual Iranian bases in Syria and real Iranian troops on the Golan Heights. Iran really did spend the $140 billion on weapons, not its own people—who riot in the streets against the regime. What bugs me isn't that the Obama administration and its media surrogates were wrong ...
The parent of one young American woman murdered by an Iranian-backed terrorist group during her junior year abroad in Israel discovered the FMS ... In a recent phone call, Richman said Trump should release all the documents regarding the Obama administration's payment of Iran's claim, including the ...
As first reported in Foreign Policy, American career diplomat Chris Backemeyer, the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Iranian Affairs, is to be moved to a new ... Planning Team largely due to attacks from conservative media outlets focusing on her role in helping to craft the Obama administration's Iran policy.
Reza Sayah: Under President Barack Obama, the U.S. policy with Iran was cautious engagement on some issues. With the election of ... Reza Sayah: Iran-based pro-Iranian political analyst Seyed Hosseini says better relations between Washington and Tehran is good for Iraq. But that won't happen, ...
WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — US President Donald Trump believes that Russia and Iran have been engaged in the Syrian crisis because of former US President Barack Obama's lack of determination. "He [Obama] said 'you never going to do it, don't ever violate the 'red line'. They have violated the red line, ...
One civil servant, Sahar Nowrouzzadeh, was pushed out of a top advisory role on Iran policy at the State Department after conservative media attacked her for having a played a role on former President Barack Obama's Iran nuclear deal. The impending appointment of Peek comes amid growing tension ...
"My dad was dead when the US negotiated my release from prison in #Iran, but if he was alive he'd have been deeply appreciative of all efforts to get me out," Rezaian, an Iranian-American journalist who was held in one of Iran's most notorious prisons, tweeted Monday. "If for some reason, though, he was ...
Clinton attacks Trump's handling of Iran, North Korea ... Trump on Friday accused Iran of violating the landmark 2015 accord, blaming the Iranians for a litany ... the deal, even though evidence has pointed to Iranian compliance, "makes ... Clinton, who as secretary of state for President Barack Obama began ...


 

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