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Family concludes former FBI agent Robert Levinson died in Iran

March 26, 2020
Pete Williams | NBC News
The family of former FBI agent Robert Levinson, who disappeared 13 years ago on an island off Iran, said Wednesday that he died while being held in Iran as the longest-held hostage in American history.
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Senate passes bipartisan bill limiting Trump's military authority

February 14, 2020
Manu Raju | CNN
The Senate has passed the Iran War Powers resolution, a rare measure that has bipartisan support despite the fact that it is opposed by President Donald Trump and aimed at reining in his ability to use military action against Iran without congressional approval.
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With some GOP support, Senate primed to pass measure restricting Trump on Iran

February 13, 2020
Karoun Demirjian | The Washington Post
The Senate is expected to pass a measure Thursday limiting President Trump’s ability to act militarily against Iran, in lawmakers’ latest bipartisan attempt to compel the White House to involve them in foreign policy decisions.
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Veterans Differ With Trump Over Injuries From Iran Missile Attack

January 23, 2020
Nancy Youssef, Michael M. Phillips | The Wall Street Journal
President Trump said the head injuries suffered by American service members in an Iranian missile strike weren’t “very serious,” prompting angry replies from some veterans advocates.
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‘Four embassies’: The anatomy of Trump’s unfounded claim about Iran

January 14, 2020
Philip Rucker, Josh Dawsey, John Hudson, Shane Harris | The Washington Post
“I can reveal I believe it probably would’ve been four embassies,” he said in an interview Friday with Fox News Channel. Based on what is known so far, Trump’s statement was at best an unfounded theory and at worst a falsehood. At each turn in the commander in chief’s rapidly evolving narrative of why he authorized the Jan. 3 drone strike that killed Iranian Maj. Gen. Qasem Soleimani, the machinery of government scrambled to adapt and respond.
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Esper Says He Saw No Evidence Iran Targeted 4 Embassies, as Story Shifts Again

January 13, 2020
Peter Baker, Thomas Gibbons-Neff | The New York Times
The sharp disparity between the president and his defense secretary only added to the public debate over the Jan. 3 strike that killed Iran’s most important general and whether there was sufficient justification for an operation that escalated tensions with Iran, aggravated relations with European allies and prompted Iraq to threaten to expel United States forces.
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Trump now claims 4 embassies were targeted by Iran; still no public evidence

January 11, 2020
Kaitlan Collins | CNN
President Donald Trump on Thursday asserted that Iranian Gen. Qasem Soleimani was plotting to blow up a US embassy before he was killed by a US drone strike last week, later saying that the Iranian general was threatening multiple American embassies overseas.
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Exclusive: Iran Strike Won't Slow Trump's Cuts To National Security Council

January 11, 2020
| NPR
President Trump's national security adviser said tensions with Iran won't slow his plans to shrink the size of the National Security Council.
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Foreign Policy on the 2020 Campaign Trail

January 10, 2020
Foreign policy dominated the debate on Capitol Hill and on the campaign trail as candidates spoke out against rising hostilities with Iran. Bernie Sanders narrowly leads in the Des Moines Register/CNN/Mediacom Iowa Poll, just 3 weeks before the Iowa caucuses.
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