The U.S. on Tuesday laid more blame on Iran for Saturday's devastating attacks on oil facilities in Saudi Arabia.
A U.S. official told Reuters that the attack had originated in southwestern Iran and three officials said the attacks involved both cruise missiles and drones.
The officials did not provide evidence but the revelations do indicate a higher degree of complexity and sophistication than initially thought.
The attack on the world's biggest crude oil processing plant knocked out half of Saudi Arabia's oil production.
Defense Secretary Mark Esper on Tuesday called out Iran during his meeting with Bahraini Crown Prince Salman bin Hamad Al-Khalifa.
(SOUNDBITE) (English) MARK ESPER, DEFENSE SECRETARY, SAYING: "As we've seen from recent events, Iran continues to violate international norms and instead promote instability and danger in the region." Iran has denied it was behind the attacks, which were claimed by Yemen's Houthi rebels in their fight against a Saudi-led coalition.
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said on Twitter: "The U.S. is in denial if it thinks that Yemeni victims of 4.5 yrs of the worst war crimes wouldn't do all to strike back." Zarif adding..
"Perhaps it's embarrassed that $100s of blns of its arms didn't intercept Yemeni fire." The U.S. has long sold weapons to Saudi Arabia, including munitions used to fight the Houthis in Yemen.
The spike in tensions between Iran and the U.S. appears to have derailed any chance of negotiations… after President Donald Trump pulled the U.S. out of a multi-party nuclear agreement, seeking a better deal.
[NFA] President Donald Trump will sharply reduce the number of U.S. forces in Afghanistan from 4,500 to 2,500 by mid-January, the Pentagon announced on Tuesday, stopping short of a full withdrawal from America's longest war. Colette Luke has the latest.
Trump and Secretary Mark Esper had clashed in recent months, most notably over Trump's threat to use active duty troops to suppress street protests over racial injustice in the United States during the summer. This report produced by Jonah Green.
After the conclusion of 2+2 dialogue between India and US in New Delhi, the Spokesperson for US State Department, Morgan Ortagus, said the India-US relations go beyond political parties and that the bilateral cooperation between New Delhi and Washington DC will remain important irrespective of the outcome of the upcoming presidential elections. "It's incredibly important for Secretary Pompeo and Secretary Esper to go to India, and have this 2+2 (dialogue). Our relationship between the United States and India has been around for very long time and will be around for decades and much longer in the future. The relationship goes beyond political parties...We believe that the values that bind us together will be important for whoever wins this presidential election," Ortagus told ANI on October 28.
One of the highlights of the latest edition of the India-US 2+2 dialogue was the signing of the Basic Exchange and Cooperation Agreement. The pact, signed during the visit of US Secretaries of State and Defence - Mike Pompeo and Mark Esper - to meet their Indian counterparts - Subrahmanyam Jaishankar and Rajnath Singh - in Delhi, will provide Indian forces sensitive data from American military satellites. This is being pegged as a major boost for India amid the stand-off with China along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in Ladakh. Air Marshal Dhiraj Kukreja (retd) and former Foreign Secretary Kanwal Sibal help decode the significance of this agreement in a conversation with Hindustan Times' Aditi Prasad. Watch the full video for more.
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U.S. President Donald Trump has told allies he plans to pardon his former national security adviser Michael Flynn, a source familiar with the situation said on Tuesday (November 24). Gloria Tso reports.
Saudi Arabia's de facto ruler, Mohammed bin Salman, has enjoyed close ties, some would say a free pass, with Donald Trump in the White House. Joe Biden has promised that if he becomes U.S. president, that will change. Lucy Fielder reports.
In a historic first visit by a Gulf Arab nation, a United Arab Emirates delegation arrived in Israel on Tuesday, accompanied by top U.S. officials, to cement a normalization deal signed last month. Adam Reed has more.
"You have to thank Trump" posters in Hebrew suddenly started appearing on minibuses in Tel Aviv this week, as Republican ads brought the race for the White House onto the streets of Israel. Democrats are also targeting American-Israelis. They arranged a 40% discount with the courier service DHL for voters whose home states require overseas ballots to be sent by mail. Emer McCarthy reports.
During ministerial meeting on Universal Health Coverage, Union Health Minister, Harsh Vardhan said that COVID-19 has made us realise the importance of strong public health systems. "In 2019, UNGA adopted a declaration on Universal Health Coverage which India aims to make a reality for citizens," said Harsh Vardhan. He further added, "COVID-19 has made us realise the importance of strong public health systems. We need to integrate public health surveillance and data sharing in the primary and secondary health care, spurred by design reforms to expand and build IT enabled disease monitoring systems. We also need to strengthen epidemiological intelligence capacity."