Middle East

They’re No.14! Iran Claims Dramatic Rise in World Military Power Index

After a giddy 12 months that heralded a rise in domestic speedboat production, the enhanced ability to attack mock wooden aircraft carriers and a failed missile test that resulted in the surprise “martyrdom” of 12 of its own sailors, Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani claimed Thursday the country has raced up global defense power rankings from number 23 to 14.

FILE - In this July 2, 2012 file photo, an Iranian Revolutionary Guard speedboat escorts a passenger ship, near the spot where an Iranian airliner was shot down by a U.S. warship 24 years ago killing 290 passengers in Persian Gulf. While U.S. President Donald Trump angered Iran with his …

Democrats Skip Foreign Policy, National Security at Nevada Debate

Neither the moderators nor the candidates at Wednesday’s Democrat Party debate took the time to discuss national security or foreign policy issues in-depth, instead spending significant portions of the broadcast discussing former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s history of racist and sexist comments.

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - FEBRUARY 19: Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) (C) makes a point as Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and former Vice President Joe Biden (R) raise their hands during the Democratic presidential primary debate at Paris Las Vegas on February 19, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. …

Ben Rhodes: Trump’s Middle East Policy Is ‘Schizophrenic’

Appearing Thursday on MSNBC’s “Deadline: White House,” former Obama Deputy National Security Advisor Ben Rhodes claimed President Donald Trump’s foreign policy in the Middle East is “schizophrenic” after warning Iran it will face consequences for an attack on the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad, Iraq.  

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