US top diplomat for Iran Brian Hook steps down

Hook was a key figure in the Trump administration's pressure campaign against Iran.

Al-Monitor Staff | Iran Deal | Aug 6, 2020
al-monitor State Department Special Representative for Iran Brian Hook testifies during a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing on US-Iran policy on Oct. 16, 2019, in Washington, DC. Photo by Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images).

Pentagon contradicts Trump’s claim on Beirut ‘attack’

US Defense Secretary Mark Esper contradicted Donald Trump's suggestion that the explosion in Beirut was an "attack," saying instead that it was likely caused by an accident.

Jared Szuba | Trump | Aug 5, 2020

Intel: Key senator mounts bid to force Trump to declassify report on Soleimani strike

The top Democrat on the Senate’s Middle East panel isn’t dropping the fight to force the Donald Trump administration to declassify the legal justification for the January strike that killed Iranian Quds Force commander Maj. Gen. Qasem Soleimani in Iraq.

Bryant Harris | Trump | Jul 22, 2020

Intel: House passes bill forcing Trump to sanction Turkey over Russian missiles

The House passed legislation today that would force President Donald Trump to slap sanctions on Turkey over its purchase of the Russian S-400 missile defense system.

Bryant Harris | NATO | Jul 21, 2020

Intel: Trump, Sisi address Nile dam dispute and Libya war

President Donald Trump and Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi discussed the Nile dam dispute with Ethiopia as well as the Libya war by phone today.

Bryant Harris | Water Issues | Jul 20, 2020