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As Pompeo Tours Middle East, Iran Maintains Air of Confidence – for Now

By Edward Carney

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is currently on a nine-country tour of the Middle East, and while in Egypt on Thursday he delivered a speech that was largely focused on galvanizing resistance to the spread of Iranian influence across the region while reassuring allies that the pending US pullout from Syria will not diminish its commitment to that same goal. The Associated Press published excerpts of that speech including the Secretary of State’s rebuke of the former presidential administration, which spearheaded the nuclear agreement that current President Donald Trump pulled out of in May.

Syria the current crisis

Syria the current crisis

By INU Staff

INU- Following Donald Trump’s announcement that he would withdraw US troops from Syria, saying that ISIS had been defeated in the country, many were confused. After all, it was not so long ago that the US National security advisor John Bolton promised that American troops would stay in Syria until all Iranian and Iranian-backed troops had left the country in order to stop the Iranian Regime from turning Syria into a proxy state.

Iraq Pm Must Ditch Iranian Appointees to Cabinet

By INU Staff

INU - The Iraqi parliament blocked new Prime Minister Dr Adel Abdul Mahdi’s appointments to key ministerial posts twice in December, mainly because certain party blocs oppose Mahdi’s insistence on appointing Faleh al-Fayadh as Interior Minister.

State Department Reassures Us Allies, but Anxiety Persists Over Iran’s Regional Influence

By Mahmoud Hakamian

On Tuesday, Reuters reported that US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo had met with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Brazil, where he promised that the US would continue working closely with the Jewish state to manage the situation in war-torn Syria and to address ongoing concerns over the expansion of Iranian influence there and throughout the Middle East. State Department spokesman Robert Palladino also underlined the commitment to containing Iran. He noted that Pompeo and Netanyahu had “discussed the unacceptable threat that regional aggression and provocation by Iran and its agents poses to Israeli and regional security.”

Turkey Shows Affinity for Iran

By Edward Carney

On Thursday, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani traveled to Istanbul to hold talks with his Turkish counterpart, Recep Tayyip Erdogan. The previous day, Voice of America News declared that talks between the two leaders would be taking place at a “tense time,” given the announcement on Wednesday that US President Donald Trump would be withdrawing American troops from Syria. Despite previous indications that the White House had pivoted toward a strategy specifically aimed at obstructing the expansion of Iranian influence in and around Syria, Trump now insists that the only reason for a US troop presence during his administration was the fight against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant – a fight that he now considers to be largely concluded.

Announcement of US Withdrawal from Syria Meets with Resistance

By Edward Carney

On Wednesday morning, US President Donald Trump posted a tweet in which he lent credence to rumors of a planned withdrawal of American troops from Syria, where a civil war is still dragging on among the dictator Bashar al-Assad, small and fractured rebel groups, and the remnants of the Islamic State militant group, or ISIL. Trump’s tweet declared that this latter group had been “defeated” and that this objective was the “only reason for being there under the Trump Presidency.”

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