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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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Apr10

Libya: Peace talks not possible amid fighting, UN envoy

UN special envoy for Libya Ghassan Salame By: RFE/RL Source: RFE/R The United Nations’ special envoy to Libya has hinted that next week’s planned peace conference could be postponed amid ongoing fighting between rival militias for control of the capital, Tripoli. In a statement on April 9, Ghassan Salame expressed hope that the meeting will be convened as soon as conditions permit, saying: “We cannot ask people to take part in the conference during gunfire and air strikes.” The UN had planned to hold a conference in the southwestern town of Ghadames from April 14 to April 16 to discuss a way out of the country’s eight-year conflict. Last week, militia commander...

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