Pentagon to Deploy Patriot Missiles, Radar Systems, Support Personnel to Saudi Arabia After Devastating Oil Facilities Attack

The Pentagon announced on Thursday that “it plans to send four radar systems, a battery of Patriot missiles and about 200 support personnel to bolster Saudi Arabia’s defenses after the largest-ever attack on the kingdom’s oil facilities this month.” These latest comments “added details to the Pentagon’s announcement on Friday about U.S. plans to deploy […]

Trump Says Restraint is Greatest Strength Against Iran for Now as He Weighs Options; Issues New Sanctions Against Iranian Central Bank

President Trump hinted that he doesn’t want to use military action immediately to retaliate against Iran in the wake of last week’s Saudi Arabian oil field attacks and said “he believes showing restraint shows far more strength and he wants to avoid an all-out war.” However, Trump “laid out new sanctions on the Iranian central […]

U.S. Says Saudi Arabian Attacks Originated from SW Iran; Trump Looking at Retaliatory Options, Wants to Avoid Military Intervention

A U.S. official said on Tuesday that the United States believes that Iran is behind the Saturday attack that “crippled Saudi Arabian oil facilities.” The U.S. believes the attack “originated in southwestern Iran.” Three anonymous officials “said the attacks involved both cruise missiles and drones, indicating that they involved a higher degree of complexity and […]

Trump Hints that Iran Likely Behind Weekend’s Attack on Saudi Arabian Oil Fields, But Holding Back on Military Options for Now

President Trump announced on Monday that Iran appears to be behind the explosive attack that rocked Saudi Arabian oil facilities, but Trump “stressed that military retaliation was not yet on the table in response to the strike against a key U.S. Mideast ally.” After the attack, oil prices soared on the threat of possible war […]

Khashoggi’s Chilling Last Words Released: ‘Don’t cover my mouth. I have asthma… You’ll suffocate me.’

Newly-released audio recounts “Washington Post” journalist Jamal Khashoggi’s last words to his killers were a request for them to not cover his mouth and suffocate him. Turkey’s “Sabah” newspaper, which has close ties to the Turkish government, “published new details of a recording of Khashoggi’s conversation with members of a Saudi hit squad sent to […]

New Laws Allow Saudi Arabian Women to Travel Freely Without Male Escort for First Time

Easing restrictions on how women travel, Saudi Arabia issued new laws on Friday that will allow women to travel independently without a male escort for the first time. The new laws will allow both women and men to apply for passports to give them the freedom to travel as they wish. The new laws will […]

Iranian, UAE Officials Meet for 1st Time in 6 Years ‘To Discuss Maritime Security Amid an Increase in Tensions in the Persian Gulf’

Iranian and UAE officials met for the first time in six years in Tehran “to discuss maritime security amid an increase in tensions in the Persian Gulf, both countries confirmed Wednesday.” The UAE enjoys a close relationship with Iran’s top rival, Saudi Arabia, which signifies the importance of the meeting. In 2016, the UAE had […]

U.N. Report Points Finger at Saudi Arabia, Including the Crown Prince, For Journalist Jamal Khashoggi’s Death; Recommends Next Steps in Investigation

There is now evidence to support that Saudi Arabia, including Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, are responsible for “The Washington Post” writer Jamal Khashoggi’s death, according to the United Nations report released on Wednesday. The report noted “that there is credible evidence, warranting further investigation of high-level Saudi officials’ individual liability, including the Crown Prince’s.” […]