Iraqi leader to seek arms with deferred payment on U.S. visit

Apr 12, 2015

Iraqi leader to seek arms with deferred payment on U.S. visit

Iraq’s prime minister will seek President Barack Obama’s help to acquire billions of dollars in drones and other U.S. arms to fight the Islamic State group during a U.S. visit this week, a senior Iraqi official said. Facing a cash crunch due to a ...

Iran deal could stumble on sensitive nuclear monitoring

Apr 11, 2015

Iran deal could stumble on sensitive nuclear monitoring

Beefing up international monitoring of Iran’s nuclear work could become the biggest stumbling block to a final accord between Tehran and major powers, despite a preliminary deal reached a week ago. As part of that deal, Iran and the powers agreed that United Nations ...

Saudi airstrikes in Yemen nothing short of genocide, Iran's leader claims

Apr 10, 2015

Saudi airstrikes in Yemen nothing short of genocide, Iran's leader claims

Iran’s leader on Thursday condemned as genocide the military intervention by its main regional rival, Saudi Arabia, in Yemen, escalating Tehran’s rhetoric against the two-week-old airstrike campaign. Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said Saudi Arabia would not emerge victorious from the war in Yemen, where Iran-allied ...

Apr 9, 2015

Saudi-led air war on Yemen rebels gets U.S. refueling help

The United States has started daily aerial refueling for warplanes in the Saudi-led coalition carrying out airstrikes in Yemen, the Pentagon said Wednesday. The first refueling flight took place on Tuesday night with a U.S. Air Force KC-135 Stratotanker providing fuel for a F-15 ...

Retaking Anbar to be Iraq's next battle, al-Abadi says

Apr 9, 2015

Retaking Anbar to be Iraq's next battle, al-Abadi says

Iraq’s prime minister said Wednesday that the country’s “next battle” is to retake Anbar province from the Islamic State jihadi group, his most direct statement yet on Baghdad’s target after Tikrit. “Our next stand and battle will be here in the land of Anbar ...

Iran naval presence off Yemen established

Apr 9, 2015

Iran naval presence off Yemen established

Iran sent two warships to the Gulf of Aden on Wednesday, state media reported, establishing a military presence off the coast of Yemen where Saudi Arabia is leading a bombing campaign to oust the Iran-allied Houthi movement. The destroyer Alborz and support ship Bushehrsailed ...

Apr 8, 2015

China-backed infrastructure bank OK's Iran's entry

Iran has been approved as a founding member of the Beijing-backed Asian Infrastructure Bank (AIIB), China’s finance ministry said Tuesday, just days after Tehran sealed a historic framework agreement on its nuclear program. Tehran’s application was backed by other founding members on Friday, the ...

Apr 7, 2015

Iraqi leader says 'only' 152 homes, shops burned in Tikrit offensive

Iraq’s prime minister said Monday that “only” 152 homes and shops were burned in Tikrit, where pro-government forces have been accused of carrying out abuses after retaking the city. Haider al-Abadi did not specify who burned the structures or when the fires took place, ...