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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.

Biden leaves Syria on back burner as war marks 10 years

In his first months in office, President Joe Biden's team has signaled that Syria’s civil war won’t be among his top foreign policy priorities.

Elizabeth Hagedorn | Syria Conflict | Mar 15, 2021
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Biden's deputy secretary of state nominee OK'd by Senate committee

The Senate Foreign Relations Committee approved moving Wendy Sherman's nomination to the full Senate, with some Democrats and Republicans who had disagreed with her on the Iran deal voting to confirm her anyway.

Adam Lucente | Iran Deal | Mar 11, 2021
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US hits Iranian officials with travel restriction over ‘gross human rights violations’

For the first time, the Biden administration targets alleged IRGC interrogators over inhumane detention of protesters.

Al-Monitor Staff | Iran-US tensions | Mar 9, 2021
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Biden administration reviewing old authorizations for military force

There is bipartisan pressure from Congress to repeal the September 11 and Iraq War era authorizations following a US airstrike in Syria that was approved without congressional approval.

Adam Lucente | | Mar 9, 2021
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