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These are Royal Saudi Air Force F-15 jets from the US. They can't take Russian or Chinese bombs. They rely on US support.

Trump and Saudi Arabia could basically brush off the Khashoggi crisis — and that’s been the norm

Unless Saudi Arabia's impulsive new leader, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, chooses to blow up the US-Saudi alliance against all conventional wisdom, both sides are likely to brush off Jamal Khashoggi's disappearance.
A US Marine Corps CH-53E Super Stallion prepares to take off aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Iwo Jima while transiting the Bab al Mandab Strait, June 7, 2018.

Iran has found a new way to harass US warships, and it’s got the US Navy on edge

The US Navy says that it hasn't had an unsafe or unprofessional interactions with Iran's military in more than a year. But even with that seeming stalemate, Iranian forces have found a way frustrate the US.
Members of the 5th Special Forces Group conducting weapons training during counter-ISIS operations at the al-Tanf garrison in southern Syria.

A US base in Syria is a huge thorn in Russia and Iran’s side — but they can’t do much more than complain about it

Moscow, Tehran, and the Syrian government have repeatedly accused the US of training Islamic State fighters at the al-Tanf garrison without offering any credible evidence. And that seems as if it's all they can do to undermine the US.

Oil spikes to its highest level in almost 4 years as Iran sanctions loom

Oil prices rallied to near four-year highs Wednesday, erasing earlier losses as markets weighed the largest rise in US crude inventories this year against looming oil sanctions against Iran.
Will US Air Force pilots in Syria be targeted by Russian-made missile defenses?

Russian missile defenses arrive in Syria — and US and Israeli fighters could be in the crosshairs

The US, like Israel, has vowed to continue operations in Syria until Iran backs off. With a very small ground presence in Syria, the US largely relies on air power to protect its forces.
A oil pump is seen at sunset outside Scheibenhard

Oil prices will ‘certainly’ go above $90 after sanctions on Iran and Venezuela ‘tighten the market,’ says energy and geopoliti...

Iran supply fears will help drive oil "certainly" past $90 and likely above $100 in the coming months, Richard Mallinson, energy and geopolitics expert and co-founder of Energy Aspects told BI. Venezuela "played a really important role in accelerating the shift in the market" as well since 2016
Iran fires missiles at targets in Syria

Iran made a ridiculous excuse after shooting itself with a failed ballistic missile

Iran on Monday fired a barrage of ballistic missiles at what it called terrorist militants in Syria, but Kurds in Iran's northeast reported soon after that they had been struck by one of the missiles.
President Donald Trump chairing a UN Security Council meeting in New York on Wednesday.

Trump accuses China of attempting to meddle in the 2018 midterms, tells world leaders ‘they do not want me or us to win’

President Donald Trump on Wednesday accused China of attempting to interfere in the 2018 midterms. He was addressing world leaders as the chair of a UN Security Council meeting in New York.
President Donald Trump is attempting to pressure Iran into negotiating a new nuclear deal.

After being laughed at, Trump to double down on Iran criticism as head of UN Security Council

President Donald Trump's speech on Tuesday took a hard line of Iran that criticized the theocratic regime's behavior while expressing support for its people that live under strict Islamic law. Trump is expected to keep up his attack on Iran when he chairs the UN Security Council on Wednesday.
World leaders at the United Nations General Assembly laughed at President Donald Trump on Tuesday after he boasted about his administration's accomplishments.

Trump’s laughed-at UN speech shows the US has lost its moral high ground

At the UN General Assembly in 2018, world leaders think it's funny that Trump claims to be an effective president. But the scramble to engage with Iran, a country that traffics deeply in violent anti-semitism while accusing Trump of Nazi inclinations, is no joke.