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Despite Teasing Unilateral Action, US Appears Committed to Consensus-Building on Iran

By Edward Carney

It was widely reported on Monday that new information had come to light indicating that the White House National Security Council had previously asked the Pentagon to formulate options for a military strike on Iran. The request apparently came in response to an incident last year in which Iran-backed militants fired mortars into the vicinity of the American embassy in Baghdad. Although no one was injured in the attack, it raised new alarms over the growing extent of Iranian influence in the surrounding region, and the prospective consequences for Western interests.

Pompeo Rebukes Obama Mid-East Policy; Reiterates Importance of Confronting Iran

By INU Staff

INU- US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo rebuked former President Barack Obama's policies in the Middle East and outlined the new US vision for the region, during a speech at the American University in Cairo on Thursday.

Pompeo said that “America is a force for good in the Middle East” - something that Donald Trump had reasserted during his two years in office - and that the "misguided" policies of the previous administration are over. He said that Obama’s “wishful” thinking has diminished the US’s role in the regime and emboldened the Iranian Regime.

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.”

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