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Mike Pompeo: Qassem Soleimani is causing trouble in Iraq and Syria ... we need to raise the cost for him | The National - July 2018 |

We are the good guys, they are the bad guys. Delivering war planes for peace in the Middle East!!

U.S. Isolated at U.N. as Push to Ramp Up Pressure on Iran Fails | Foreign Policy - Sept. 21, 2020 |

Pompeo announces $23b sale of F-35s, other arms to UAE, links it to Israel peace | Times of Israel |

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said he had authorized the sale in keeping with the administration's Middle East peace efforts, and directly tied the arms sale to the UAE's decision to normalize ties with Israel.

"This is in recognition of our deepening relationship and the UAE's need for advanced defense capabilities to deter and defend itself against heightened threats from Iran," Pompeo said in a statement.

Lawyers file evidence of Yemen war crimes in 3 jurisdictions

Chairman Aims to Reassure Allies in Middle East

Army Gen. Mark Milley is meeting with national and military leaders to assure allies and partners in the region and deter Iran from malign behavior. Milley is carrying an important message to U.S. allies and service members on a whirlwind trip around the world.

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He is also talking to allies about Iran and the malign activities they sponsor throughout the region.

"They're the world's number one sponsor of terrorism. They have conducted a wide variety of support to terrorist organizations throughout the Middle East region, and that's widely known," Milley said.

Deterring Iran from further hostile acts is on the minds of U.S. allies in the Middle East, the chairman said. But countering Iran is tough because they can lash out overtly, nation versus nation, or covertly, via cyber attacks or attacks by Iranian-sponsored or -funded terror groups.

Milley also answered a question about thefiring of Navy Secretary Richard Spencer . He said Defense Secretary Dr. Mark T. Esper made the decision for good reasons, and the decision is a matter for civilian leaders. Milley added that he supports Esper's decision.  

Pompeo Will Not Meet Turkish FM, Will Speak With Patriarch Bartholomew on Turkey Trip

In Istanbul, Pompeo will meet the Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople (present-day Istanbul), Bartholomew I, "to discuss religious issues in Turkey and the region and to promote our strong stance on religious freedom around the world," the State Department said.

Pompeo is expected to meet with Netanyahu to discuss "Iran's malignant behavior"

Pompeo is expected to arrive in Israel to meet with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to discuss the Abraham Accords, "and our joint efforts to address Iran's malign activities."

He will then visit three Arab countries, including the United Arab Emirates that recently normalized its ties with Israel in a White House-brokered agreement. Pompeo is expected to meet with Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed "to discuss security cooperation and regional issues," in Abu Dhabi.

He will then travel to Qatar, to meet with Emir Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani and Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani "to discuss bilateral and regional issues, including the importance of Gulf unity."

His final stop will be in Saudi Arabia, where he will meet with Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, the State Department said.

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Iraqi Defense Minister Amir Hatami Visits Tehran 'Working To Combat Terrorism'

by Oui on Sun Nov 15th, 2020 at 02:35:33 PM EST
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Saudi-US partnership critical to confronting Iran, Pompeo says after Prince Faisal meeting | Gulf News - Oct. 15, 2020 |

Following the meeting, Pompeo said on Twitter that it was "past time" that Iran lived up to its commitment to global regulations regarding money laundering and financing of terror, calling on Tehran to ratify both the Palermo Convention and Terrorist Financing Convention.

Pompeo also praised American and Saudi relations, saying, "The US-Saudi partnership is critical as we confront Iran's destabilising behaviour.

by Oui on Sun Nov 15th, 2020 at 04:49:04 PM EST
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