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An Abrupt Move That Stunned Aides: Inside Trump’s Aborted Attack on Iran

September 23, 2019
Peter Baker, Michael Crowley, Eric Schmitt | The New York Times
By the time President Trump met with congressional leaders on the afternoon of June 20, he had already decided to retaliate against Iran for shooting down an American surveillance drone. But for once, he kept his cards close to the vest, soliciting advice rather than doing all of the talking.
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Pentagon Weighs Sending More Military Assets to Mideast

September 20, 2019
Nancy Youssef, Gordon Lubold | The Wall Street Journal
The Pentagon is considering sending additional antimissile batteries, another squadron of jet fighters and added surveillance capabilities to the Middle East to shore up the military’s regional presence in the wake of the attack last weekend on Saudi Arabia’s petroleum industry, U.S. military officials said.
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What attacks on Saudi oil sites mean for the U.S. and Iran

September 19, 2019
Yamiche Alcindor | PBS NewsHour
In Riyadh on Wednesday, Saudi Arabia showcased evidence it says proves Iran’s involvement in weekend airstrikes on two major Saudi oil facilities. Iran denies the claim, and given the strained relations between the two countries, how should the U.S. respond?
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Trump’s Challenge: Can His Word on Iran Be Trusted?

September 18, 2019
David Sanger | The New York Times
President Trump must now confront that problem as he struggles with one of the most critical national security decisions of his presidency. Over the next few days or weeks, he will almost certainly face the reality that much of the world — angry at his tweets, tirades, untruths and accusations — could be disinclined to believe the arguments advanced by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and others that Iran bears responsibility for the attack.
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With Oil Under Attack, Trump’s Deference to Saudis Returns

September 17, 2019
Peter Baker, David Sanger | The New York Times
After oil installations were blown up in Saudi Arabia over the weekend, President Trump declared that the United States was “locked and loaded,” a phrase that seemed to suggest he was ready to strike back. But then he promised to wait for Saudi Arabia to tell him “under what terms we would proceed.”
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Iran Rejects U.S. Accusations Over Saudi Oil-Facility Attacks

September 16, 2019
Vivian Salama, Summer Said, Dion Nissenbaum | The Wall Street Journal
Iran denied U.S. accusations that it was behind Saturday’s strikes on Saudi oil facilities, as Riyadh and Washington rushed to respond to attacks that sent futures soaring and threatened to spark a broader clash with Tehran.
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Trump Discussed Easing Iran Sanctions, Prompting Bolton Pushback

September 12, 2019
Jennifer Jacobs, Saleha Mohsin, Jenny Leonard, David Wainer | Bloomberg
President Donald Trump discussed easing sanctions on Iran to help secure a meeting with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani later this month, prompting then-National Security Advisor John Bolton to argue forcefully against such a step, according to three people familiar with the matter.
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At the End of a Chaotic G7 Meeting, Trump Changes His Tone on China and Iran. Again.

August 27, 2019
Michael Shear, Peter Baker | The New York Times
President Trump shifted his tone on the trade war with China yet again on Monday, expressing confidence that the two sides can reach a deal and calling President Xi Jinping a “great leader” three days after branding him an “enemy.”
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New audio reveals the dramatic moments leading up to Iran's capture of a British Tanker

July 23, 2019
Andrea Mitchell | NBC News
New audio is revealing the dramatic moments leading up to the capture of that British tanker in the Strait of Hormuz on Friday, escalating tensions between Tehran and the West.
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