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Jul21

Saudis agree to more US troops as Iran tensions rise

By: RFE/RL Source: RFE/RL Saudi Arabia’s King Salman has approved the hosting of U.S. troops for the first time since Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein was toppled in 2003, as the two allies bolster cooperation amid rising tensions with Iran.“Based on mutual cooperation between Saudi Arabia and the United States of America, and their desire to enhance everything that could preserve the security of the region and its stability…King Salman gave his approval to host American forces,” a Defense Ministry spokesman was quoted by Saudi state news agency SPA as saying on July 19.Saudi officials provided only limited details about the agreement. But senior U.S. defense officials...

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May16

US pulls some staff from Iraq as Iran tensions rise

By: Michael Bowman Source: VOA News CAPITOL HILL — The United States on Wednesday ordered its non-emergency employees to leave Iraq, as American lawmakers worried openly about a potential march to war with Iran. The drawdown of personnel at the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad and America’s consulate in Irbil came as the Trump administration warned of potential threats against American forces in the Middle East from Iran or Iranian-backed proxies. “This threat stream, let me tell you, is real,” said a senior State Department official on Wednesday. “This is an imminent threat to our personnel.” “I’ve seen all the intelligence because I have people on the ground. I...

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Apr25

Sri Lanka President requests resignation of security officials after Easter attacks

By: Anjana Pasricha Source: VOA NEW DELHI —  Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena has asked two top security officials to resign in the wake of the deadly Easter Sunday blasts, as officials revealed new details about the suicide bombers who carried out the attacks that killed more than 350 people. The president’s call to the police chief, Pujith Jayasundara, and defense secretary, Hemasiri Fernando, to step down came a day after he promised in a televised address to take stern action against officials who did not share with him the intelligence alerts that came from India days prior to the bombing of churches and luxury hotels. The president also holds the defense...

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