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UK joins US Strait of Hormuz mission; Iran slams sanctions

Britain said Monday that it would join a U.S.-led naval security mission in the Strait of Hormuz, where Iran’s seizure of merchant vessels has raised tensions with the West. Earlier, …


UPDATED: Thu., July 25, 2019, 12:09 p.m.

Royal Navy warship becomes first to escort British tankers through Gulf strait

The British navy has begun escorting vessels traveling through the Strait of Hormuz after Iranian forces seized a British-flagged tanker.


Britain mounts diplomatic response for Iran to release tanker

Britain mobilized a diplomatic broadside – but no immediate military action – against Iran on Saturday in retaliation for its seizure of the Stena Impero, a British-flagged tanker, in the …


UPDATED: Fri., July 19, 2019, 8:55 p.m.

Iran’s seizure of UK tanker in Gulf seen as escalation

Iran has seized a British-flagged oil tanker Friday and briefly detained a second vessel in the Strait of Hormuz, intensifying tensions with the West


UPDATED: Thu., July 18, 2019, 5:56 p.m.

American warship destroys Iranian drone in Strait of Hormuz

President Donald Trump says a U.S. warship destroyed an Iranian drone in the Strait of Hormuz after the drone came within threatening distance of the ship


US fears Iran seized UAE-based tanker in Strait of Hormuz

A small oil tanker from the United Arab Emirates traveling through the Strait of Hormuz entered Iranian waters and turned off its tracker two days ago, leading the U.S. to …


Britain sending destroyer to Gulf amid Iranian threats

Iran on Friday demanded the British navy release an Iranian oil tanker seized last week off Gibraltar, accusing London of playing a “dangerous game” and threatening retribution, while London announced …


Britain says Iranian vessels tried to block tanker in Gulf

The British navy said Thursday it stopped three Iranian paramilitary vessels from disrupting the passage of a British oil tanker through the Strait of Hormuz in a brief but tense …


UPDATED: Wed., July 3, 2019, 5:22 p.m.

Rouhani: Iran will enrich uranium to ‘any amount we want’

Iran’s president warned that Tehran will increase its enrichment of uranium to “any amount that we want” beginning on Sunday, putting further pressure on European nations to save its faltering …


UPDATED: Tue., July 2, 2019, 5:01 p.m.

Iranians say US sanctions hurt the people, not government

While opinions differ across Tehran’s Grand Bazaar about the ongoing tensions between the U.S. and Iran over its unraveling nuclear deal, there’s one thing those in the beating heart of …


US gets no commitment from NATO for help on Iran threat

NATO allies gave the U.S. no firm commitments that they will participate in a global effort to secure international waterways against threats from Iran, acting Defense Secretary Mark Esper said …


UPDATED: Mon., June 24, 2019, 12:27 p.m.

Trump signs order imposing sanctions on Iran supreme leader

President Donald Trump signed an executive order on Monday targeting Iran’s supreme leader and his associates with financial sanctions, the latest action the U.S. has taken to discourage Tehran from …


Airlines reroute flights after Iran downs US military drone

Airlines rerouted flights Friday to avoid airspace near the Strait of Hormuz after Iran shot down a U.S. military surveillance drone there and American aviation officials warned that commercial jetliners …


UPDATED: Fri., June 21, 2019, 7:52 p.m.

Retired WSU prof: Canceled strikes against Iran may buy goodwill

President Donald Trump said Friday the U.S. was “cocked and loaded” to retaliate against Iran for downing an unmanned American surveillance drone, but he canceled the strikes 10 minutes before …


UPDATED: Thu., June 20, 2019, 2:06 p.m.

Trump suggests Iran’s shootdown of drone was accidental

President Donald Trump declared Thursday that “Iran made a very big mistake” in shooting down a U.S. drone but suggested it was an accident rather than a strategic error. Asked …


UPDATED: Thu., June 20, 2019, 10:39 p.m.

U.S.-registered planes barred over Mideast areas amid tensions

The U.S. on Friday barred American-registered aircraft from flying over parts of the Persian Gulf and the Gulf of Oman amid heightened tensions after Iran’s Revolutionary Guard shot down a …


UPDATED: Wed., June 19, 2019, 4:11 p.m.

US Navy: Mine in tanker attack bears Iran hallmarks

The limpet mines used to attack a Japanese-owned oil tanker near the Strait of Hormuz last week bore “a striking resemblance” to similar mines displayed by Iran, a U.S. Navy …


UPDATED: Thu., June 13, 2019, 9:39 p.m.

U.S. says Iran removed unexploded mine from oil tanker

The U.S. military on Friday released a video it said showed Iran’s Revolutionary Guard removing an unexploded limpet mine from one of the oil tankers targeted near the Strait of …


Top Iran diplomat warns US it cannot ‘expect to stay safe’

Iran’s foreign minister warned the U.S. on Monday that it “cannot expect to stay safe” after launching what he described as an economic war against Tehran, taking a hard-line stance …


US aircraft carrier deployed over Iran remains outside Gulf

A U.S. aircraft carrier the White House ordered to the Mideast over a perceived threat from Iran remains outside of the Persian Gulf amid efforts to de-escalate tensions between Tehran …


UPDATED: Tue., May 14, 2019, 8:38 p.m.

Saudi Arabia says its oil pipeline was hit by drones

An oil pipeline that runs across Saudi Arabia was hit by drones, the Saudi energy minister said, as regional tensions flare just days after what the kingdom says was an …


Britain warns US-Iran conflict could break out ‘by accident’

Britain warned Monday that armed conflict might be sparked “by accident” amid rising tensions between the United States and Iran, as U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo held talks with …


Iranian commander threatens to close Strait of Hormuz to U.S.

The deputy commander of Iran’s powerful Revolutionary Guard said Iranian forces will close the strategic Strait of Hormuz to the United States and its allies if they “threaten” the Islamic …