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To Contain Iran, Trump’s Newest Line in the Sand Looks a Lot Like Obama’s President Hassan Rouhani of Iran, watching the National Army Day parade in Tehran last month. Credit Reuters Image

May 18, 2019
David Sanger | The New York Times
Pressed this week to define President Trump’s goals in escalating military and economic pressure on Iran, one of his top foreign policy aides ticked through a familiar list: End the country’s support for terrorism, stop its missile launches and then, most important, keep Iran more than a year away from the capability to build a nuclear weapon.
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Trump Tells Pentagon Chief He Does Not Want War With Iran

May 17, 2019
Mark Landler, Maggie Haberman, Eric Schmitt | The New York Times
President Trump has sought to put the brakes on a brewing confrontation with Iran in recent days, telling the acting defense secretary, Patrick Shanahan, that he does not want to go to war with Iran, administration officials said, while his senior diplomats began searching for ways to defuse the tensions.
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Iran Accuses U.S. of Framing It for Tanker Sabotage to Provoke Conflict

May 15, 2019
Nancy Youssef, Sune Engel Rasmussen, Aresu Eqbali | The Wall Street Journal
Iran vigorously denied a U.S. claim that it was behind attacks on four oil tankers in the Persian Gulf that set the Middle East on edge, as the Trump administration confronted mounting skepticism from allies abroad and Democrats at home. Iran accused officials in the Trump administration of trying to pull it into a war with the U.S. and its regional allies.
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U.S. Bolsters Its Gulf Defenses to Counter Iran

May 14, 2019
Nancy Youssef | The Wall Street Journal
The U.S. military plans to deploy a Patriot antimissile system to the Persian Gulf area and will beef up its naval presence in response to growing threats from Iran, the Pentagon said.
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Trump Will Nominate Shanahan as Defense Secretary, White House Says

May 10, 2019
Nancy Youssef, Gordon Lubold | The Wall Street Journal
President Trump intends to nominate Pat Shanahan to become his next secretary of defense, moving to formally fill the post that Mr. Shanahan has held in an acting capacity since January, the White House said.
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U.S. sends aircraft carrier to “warn Iran”

May 6, 2019
Hallie Jackson | NBC News
The US is sending a “clear and unmistakable message” to Iran by dispatching an aircraft carrier and bomber task force to the Middle East.
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Pentagon Approves More Troops for Southern Border

April 30, 2019
Nancy Youssef | The Wall Street Journal
The Pentagon has approved a request from the Department of Homeland Security for 320 additional U.S. troops at the southern border, and has approved expanded authorities that allow them to come into direct contact with migrants and asylum seekers, defense officials said.
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Probe Clears Acting Defense Secretary of Favoring Boeing While at Pentagon

April 25, 2019
Nancy Youssef, Gordon Lubold | The Wall Street Journal
The Defense Department Office of Inspector General has concluded that evidence doesn’t show that acting Defense Secretary Pat Shanahan sought preferential treatment for his longtime former employer, Boeing Co. , while serving in government, removing a major hurdle for his formal nomination to the post.
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At Least Three Americans Killed in Afghanistan Blast

April 9, 2019
Nancy Youssef, Gordon Lubold | The Wall Street Journal
At least three American service members and a civilian contractor were killed in a Taliban attack on a convoy in Afghanistan on Monday, U.S. military officials said.
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