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An EA-18G Growler lands on the aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln, which the Trump administration ordered to the Middle East to confront Iran.

The US and Iran are still on a military collision course, despite Trump’s calling off airstrikes last minute

Experts believe Iran's military and its proxy forces will continue to confront the US due to the sanctions that are damaging Iran's economy.
National Security Advisor John Bolton (R) listens to U.S. President Donald Trump talk to reporters during a meeting of his cabinet in the Cabinet Room at the White House February 12, 2019 in Washington, DC.

Trump’s closest advisers are pushing him to go to war with Iran, but the president is so far resisting

Trump has so far resisted calls for military action, and on Thursday night abruptly reversed a decision to hit Iran with air strikes.
An undated U.S. Air Force handout photo of a RQ-4 Global Hawk unmanned aircraft. The U.S. Air Force has decided to scrap its Northrop Grumman Corp high-altitude unmanned surveillance plane program and instead extend the life of its U-2 aircraft into the 2020s, according to a government official and a defense analyst. Loren Thompson, chief operating officer of the Virginia-based Lexington Institute, said the Air Force decision was based on the cost of the Global Hawk unmanned planes, and that the service would investigate using a marine version with different sensors that Northrop is developing for the Navy.

A US strike on Iran would be disastrous for the region — and likely for the US

An Iranian attack on a US drone has brought the countries to the brink of war. But a US strike on Iran would be counterproductive — even dangerous.
A C-130J Hercules aircraft flying in the Middle East

US forces in Africa have accused Chinese troops nearby of harassing pilots and even trying to sneak into their base

A US admiral has accused Chinese forces in Africa of harassing US pilots, interfering with flight ops, and even trying to slip onto a US base.
1,000 more troops are headed to the Middle East to confront Iran

The US is sending 1,000 more troops to the Middle East to confront Iran after the recent tanker attacks

In the wake of several attacks on commercial shipping, the Pentagon has decided it needs more troops on the ground in the Middle East to check Iran.
An oil tanker is seen after it was attacked at the Gulf of Oman

The US military is building a case against Iran with clearer images from the latest tanker attacks

The US military just released nearly a dozen photos that it alleges point to Iran's culpability in the latest tanker attacks.
An MQ-9 Reaper remotely piloted drone aircraft performs aerial maneuvers over Creech Air Force Base

An Iranian boat reportedly fired a missile at a US drone right before the tanker attack

The US drone reportedly spotted Iranian vessels closing on the two tankers before it was fired upon.
Two F-35C Lightning II aircraft

F-35 stealth fighter is still struggling with a string of big problems even as the Pentagon talks about ramping up production

America's most expensive weapon ever is still facing some troubling problems as the Pentagon prepares to make the jump to full-rate production.
A F-35C Lightning II

China says it has developed a new radar system that can spot US stealth fighters at incredible distances

China says it has a powerful radar that can see through US stealth, but certain limitations prevent it from being the death of the fifth-gen fighter.

China could be a far more formidable US rival than the Soviet Union ever was

The US is locked in competition with China, which experts suspect could give the US a run for its money in ways the Soviet Union never could.