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U.S. deploys more troops to Middle East, blames Iran for tanker attacks

May 24 2019

WASHINGTON The United States on Friday announced the deployment of 1,500 troops to the Middle East, describing it as an effort to bolster defenses against Iran as it accused the country's Revolutionary Guards of direct responsibility for this month's tanker attacks. | Video

Why U.S.-Iran tensions could quickly escalate into a crisis

May 24 2019

WASHINGTON/UNITED NATIONS Three years ago, when Iran's military captured 10 U.S. sailors after they mistakenly strayed into Iranian waters, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif jumped on the phone in minutes and worked out the sailors' release in hours. | Video

Trump doubts U.S. needs to send more troops to Middle East

May 23 2019

WASHINGTON President Donald Trump said on Thursday he did not think additional U.S. troops are needed in the Middle East to counter Iran, casting doubt on a Pentagon plan to bolster forces in the region. | Video

Pentagon mulling military request to send 5,000 troops to Middle East: officials

May 23 2019

WASHINGTON The U.S. Department of Defense is considering a U.S. military request to send about 5,000 additional troops to the Middle East amid increasing tensions with Iran, two U.S. officials told Reuters on Wednesday. | Video

Trump tells aides he does not want U.S. war with Iran

May 17 2019

WASHINGTON U.S. President Donald Trump has told his top advisers he does not want to get the United States involved in a war with Iran, three U.S. officials said on Thursday.

Exclusive: Eyeing Iran, U.S. sending more Patriot missiles to Middle East

May 10 2019

WASHINGTON Acting U.S. Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan has approved a new deployment of Patriot missiles to the Middle East, a U.S. official told Reuters on Friday, in the latest U.S. response to what Washington sees as a growing threat from Iran.

Exclusive: U.S. commander says he could send carrier into Strait of Hormuz despite Iran tensions

May 10 2019

WASHINGTON The commander overseeing U.S. naval forces in the Middle East told Reuters on Thursday that American intelligence showing a threat from Iran will not prevent him from sending an aircraft carrier through the vital Strait of Hormuz, if needed.

As Venezuela tensions mount, U.S. to deploy hospital ship to region

May 07 2019

As tensions with Venezuela mount, the United States is planning to announce on Tuesday the deployment of a military hospital ship to the region, U.S. officials say, in the latest sign of the Pentagon's limited, and targeted, involvement in the crisis. | Video

China putting minority Muslims in 'concentration camps,' U.S. says

May 04 2019

WASHINGTON The United States accused China on Friday of putting well more than a million minority Muslims in "concentration camps," in some of the strongest U.S. condemnation to date of what it calls Beijing's mass detention of mostly Muslim Uighur minority and other Muslim groups.

U.S. intelligence on Venezuela 'very good,' acting defense chief says

May 03 2019

WASHINGTON Acting U.S. Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan dismissed concerns about a potential intelligence failure on Venezuela like the one that preceded the 2003 U.S. invasion of Iraq, and said top U.S. officials had held talks at the Pentagon on Friday.

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