Iran

White House Senior Advisor Jared Kushner attends a conference on peace and security in the Middle East in February.

Kushner Launches Middle East Peace Plan

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U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo walks toward a plane to depart Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, on June 24.

U.S. Intelligence Undercuts Trump’s Case on Iran-al Qaeda Links

Despite claims by Pompeo, Tehran and al Qaeda have been at odds more often than they've been aligned since 9/11.

President Donald Trump jokes about a letter given to him by a sheriff after meeting with sheriffs from across the country in the Diplomatic Reception Room at the White House Feb. 11 in Washington, D.C.

Dear President Trump, Let’s Talk About Iran

An open letter to the U.S. president on how to deal with the Islamic Republic—and his own administration.

Istanbul mayoral candidate Ekrem Imamoglu of the Republican People’s Party (CHP) celebrates his win in the mayoral election rerun on June 23.

Erdogan Gambles and Loses—Again

Plus: New U.S. sanctions on Iran, migration enforcement ramps up in Mexico, and what to watch in the world this week.

Gen. Amir Ali Hajizadeh, the head of the aerospace division of Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps, speaks to media next to debris from a downed U.S. drone in Tehran on June 21.

The World This Weekend

Trump backs down from Iran strikes, the Pentagon gets a new chief, and Istanbul returns to the polls.

U.S. National Security Advisor John Bolton listens to U.S. President Donald Trump talk to reporters during a cabinet meeting of on February 12.

Trump’s National Security Council Is Replicating Reagan’s Chaos

If John Bolton isn’t careful, he could go the way of William Clark, whose hawkish policies sowed White House discord.

U.S. President Donald Trump (from left), Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, and National Security Advisor John Bolton attend a bilateral meeting with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau at the White House on June 20.

Why Trump Decided Not to Attack Iran

Officials say the president is looking for a peaceful solution to the crisis.

Brian Hook, the U.S. Special Representative for Iran, testifies before a House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee at the Capitol in Washington on June 19.

What Comes Next With Iran

Plus: Another EU summit looks likely, Turkey prepares for mayoral election showdown, and the other stories we’re following today.

Iranian demonstrators carry a portrait of Iranian Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and an effigy of U.S. President Donald Trump at a rally in Tehran on May 10.

Trump Is Playing Iran’s Game of Drones

Contrary to popular belief, drones aren’t further destabilizing global conflicts—they’re creating a way for leaders to de-escalate crises.

A U.S. Navy RQ-4 Global Hawk drone, an example of which is seen here on June 11, 2012, was shot down by Iranian IRGC surface-to-air missiles near the Strait of Hormuz.

Did Iran Just Invite a U.S. Attack?

“This country will not stand for it,” Trump says after drone shootdown.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speaks from the State Department briefing room in Washington on June 13.

Iran’s Carefully Coded Message

The recent strikes make clear that Iran’s enemies won’t be able to bypass it in the Persian Gulf.

Iranian Quds Force commander Qassem Soleimani attends Iranian supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei's meeting with the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) in Tehran, Iran on Sept. 18, 2016.

The Islamic Republic of Recklessness

You might not think high-risk aggression is in Iran’s national interest, but leaders in Tehran have long disagreed.

Conservative MP Boris Johnson leaves his home in London on June 13.

Here Comes Boris

Plus: Egypt’s Mohamed Morsi dies in court, the United States sends more troops to the Middle East, and the other stories we’re following today.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani addresses a High-Level Meeting on Nuclear Disarmament during the 68th United Nations General Assembly at U.N. headquarters in New York City on Sept. 26, 2013.

A Dangerous Game of Nuclear Brinkmanship

By threatening to breach the nuclear deal, Tehran hopes to scare Europe into prodding the United States back to the negotiating table. It may not work.

Then-Marine Corps Lt. Gen. Kenneth McKenzie, nominee to be general and commander of the U.S. Central Command, testifies during a Senate Armed Service Committee confirmation hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington on Dec. 4, 2018.

New Centcom Chief Walks Tightrope on Iran as Trump Adds Troops

Gen. Kenneth McKenzie must strike a balance between sending a strong deterrent signal and provoking a war in the Middle East.

Iran's President Hassan Rouhani attends the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) summit in Bishkek on June 14.

Iran in Retreat From Nuclear Deal

Plus: Hong Kong enters its second week of protest, Mexico begins its migration crackdown, and what to watch in the world this week.

A from Iranian news agency Tasnim reportedly shows an Iranian navy boat trying to control the fire from the Norwegian-owned Front Altair tanker in the Gulf of Oman on June 13.

The World This Weekend

Fallout continues after tanker attacks, protests rage in Hong Kong, and talks resume in Sudan.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speaks from the State Department briefing room in Washington on June 13.

Some U.S. Allies Balk at Blaming Iran for Tanker Attack

Conflicting accounts of the incidents in the Gulf of Oman stir further confusion in an increasingly volatile region.

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