Biden orders airstrikes against “Iran-backed” armed groups facilities in Syria

The US military struck facilities in eastern Syria used by Iran-backed armed groups Thursday, saying President Joe Biden’s new administration was sending Tehran a message after recent rocket attacks on US troop locations in Iraq. In its first military action against Iran-linked groups since Biden became president five weeks ago, the US Defense Department said… Continue reading Biden orders airstrikes against “Iran-backed” armed groups facilities in Syria

Biden’s CIA pick William Burns to focus on China threat

Veteran US diplomat William Burns, nominated to lead the CIA, pledged Wednesday to keep the agency free of politics and said China would be his main focus if confirmed. Burns was picked by President Joe Biden to replace retiring Central Intelligence Agency Director Gina Haspel and to help restore an air of independence after former… Continue reading Biden’s CIA pick William Burns to focus on China threat

Qatari FM in Iran, as Doha Seeks Mediation on Nuclear Issue

Qatar’s foreign minister met his Iranian counterpart Monday, after Doha signaled its intention to mediate between Tehran and Washington over a landmark nuclear deal, an AFP journalist said. The meeting comes as the 2015 deal between Iran and world powers limiting Tehran’s nuclear programme in exchange for international sanctions relief is hanging by a thread.… Continue reading Qatari FM in Iran, as Doha Seeks Mediation on Nuclear Issue

Moscow, Tehran hold talks, Iran nuclear deal needs to be rescued

Moscow and Tehran called for the rescue of the 2015 Iran nuclear deal Tuesday, as the two countries’ foreign ministers held their first talks since US President Joe Biden took office. His election has raised hopes the landmark 2015 deal might be salvaged after the accord was largely left in tatters when the previous White… Continue reading Moscow, Tehran hold talks, Iran nuclear deal needs to be rescued

Iran nuclear deal parties prepare for US return to accord

The remaining parties to the ailing 2015 Iran nuclear deal said on Monday they were preparing for the possible return of the US to the pact as President-elect Joe Biden readies to take office next month. Biden, who takes office on January 20, has signalled Washington would rejoin the so-called Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action… Continue reading Iran nuclear deal parties prepare for US return to accord

MPs urge UK to lead effort to replace Iran nuclear deal

UK lawmakers on Wednesday urged Britain to spearhead an international effort to replace the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, in a new report calling for tougher relations with Tehran. Parliament’s watchdog foreign affairs committee said the deal to rein in Iran’s ballistic missile programme — known formally as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) —… Continue reading MPs urge UK to lead effort to replace Iran nuclear deal

Saudi rulers congratulate Biden over US election

Saudi Arabia’s king and its powerful crown prince Sunday congratulated Joe Biden on winning the US presidential election, state media said, a day after TV networks declared him the victor. King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman sent congratulatory messages to US president-elect Biden and vice-president-elect Kamala Harris, the official Saudi Press Agency reported.… Continue reading Saudi rulers congratulate Biden over US election