Iran’s supreme leader authorized infowar campaign during US election

Hezbollah and Russia also spread disinformation to try to influence the 2020 presidential election, a newly released US intelligence report says.

Al-Monitor Staff | 2020 US election | Mar 16, 2021
al-monitor Russian President Vladimir Putin (L) meets with Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei in Tehran on Nov. 1, 2017. A US intelligence report says that Russia tried to damage Joe Biden and that Iran tried to damage Donald Trump in the 2020 presidential election. Photo by DMITRY AZAROV/AFP via Getty Images.

Saudi Arabia to take ‘necessary measures’ to protect oil after drone attack

Riyadh wants international support to prevent future attacks, foreign minister says alongside Russian counterpart.

Al-Monitor Staff | Defense/Security cooperation | Mar 11, 2021

Intel: US hinders Syria’s return ‘to normal,’ UAE foreign minister says

Flanked by Russia's Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, Abu Dhabi's top diplomat criticized the US-led campaign to economically isolate Syria under President Bashar al-Assad.

Al-Monitor Staff | Syria Conflict | Mar 9, 2021

Does ‘Syrian trio’ of Russia, Iran and Turkey have a future?

There are signs that the Astana talks on the Syrian war — which began in 2017 and are sponsored by Moscow, Ankara and Tehran — have little prospect of making progress going forward.

Kirill Semenov | Syria Conflict | Feb 19, 2021

US stands firm as Turkey proposes to ‘find solution’ over S-400

The State Department urged ally Ankara to get rid of the Russian air defense system

Al-Monitor Staff | NATO | Feb 10, 2021