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Ex-Pentagon chief Mattis warns US cannot survive without allies

Ex-Pentagon chief Mattis warns US cannot survive without alliesFormer US Defense Secretary Warned Wednesday that the United States cannot survive without its allies, days after the G7 summit showed President Donald Trump out of step with America’s key partners. “An oft-spoken admonition in the Marines is this: When you’re going to a gunfight, bring all your friends with guns,” Mattis wrote in the Wall Street Journal, in his first public comments since quitting in a policy dispute with Trump last December. “A leader must display strategic acumen that incorporates respect for those nations that have stood with us when trouble loomed,” Mattis wrote.



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US, allies planning naval escort for Gulf tankers: Pentagon

US, allies planning naval escort for Gulf tankers: PentagonThe United States and its allies are discussing plans to provide naval escorts for oil tankers through the Gulf, a top US general said Thursday after Iranian military vessels menaced a British tanker. General Mark Milley, nominated to become the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told a Senate hearing that the US has a “crucial role” in enforcing freedom of navigation in the Gulf. Milley, currently chief of staff of the army, confirmed less specific remarks by current Joint Chiefs Chairman General Joseph Dunford earlier this week.



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Trump arrives at G20 complaining about allies Germany, India and his host, Japan

Trump arrives at G20 complaining about allies Germany, India and his host, JapanTrump criticized India for imposing tariffs on U.S. products, and again complained that Japan and Germany were not contributing enough to mutual defense treaties.



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Pompeo asks allies to step up on Iran surveillance

Pompeo asks allies to step up on Iran surveillanceUS Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Monday encouraged Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates to do more to ensure maritime surveillance with Iran, which days earlier shot down an American drone. Pompeo flew to the US allies just as President Donald Trump, who often complains of allies freeloading off Washington, called for Asian nations in particular to share more of the cost of security in the oil-rich Gulf. Pompeo, meeting with Abu Dhabi’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed, said he was hoping that more than 20 countries including the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia would work together on building maritime security.



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How U.S. Allies in the Middle East are Responding to Rising Tensions with Iran

How U.S. Allies in the Middle East are Responding to Rising Tensions with IranThe impact of escalation is likely to be most acute in the Gulf region



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Trump to sanction allies over Iran oil, causing new friction

Trump to sanction allies over Iran oil, causing new frictionThe United States said Monday it would start imposing sanctions on friends such as India that buy Iranian oil, in its latest aggressive step to counter Tehran that could jeopardize US relationships. One targeted country, Turkey, vowed to defy the US demands that sent global crude prices spiraling higher, although President Donald Trump tweeted that his close ally Saudi Arabia would “more than make up” for cuts in Iranian oil. In seeking to reduce Iran’s oil exports to zero, the Trump administration is targeting the country’s top revenue maker in its latest no-holds-barred move to crush the economy and scale back the clerical regime’s influence.



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Hezbollah warns U.S. over sanctions against Iran and allies

Hezbollah warns U.S. over sanctions against Iran and alliesLebanon’s Hezbollah raised the prospect of retaliation by Iran and its allies over U.S. sanctions, saying on Wednesday that all options were on the table were Washington to take steps that “threaten our nation”. Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah, leader of the heavily armed Iranian-backed Shi’ite group, said the United States’ move this week to designate Iran’s Revolutionary Guards as a terrorist organization reflected a failure of U.S. policy in the Middle East. Iran and its allies, which include Hezbollah, had so far made do with condemnation in response to the U.S. sanctions, said Nasrallah, before adding that this was “not a permanent and fixed policy”.



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Trump and GOP Allies Want Investigation of Mueller Probe's Roots

Trump and GOP Allies Want Investigation of Mueller Probe's RootsGraham said at a news conference that Attorney General William Barr should appoint a new special counsel to examine why the U.S. government, under President Barack Obama, decided to open an investigation into Russian election interference in 2016, and whether it was an excuse to spy on Trump’s campaign. “Was it a ruse to get into the Trump campaign?” Graham said at the news conference.



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Thaksin Says Thai Election ‘Rigged’ as Allies Challenge Army

Thaksin Says Thai Election ‘Rigged’ as Allies Challenge ArmyReeling off a litany of election irregularities, Thaksin said the military regime “clearly is afraid” and its proxy party Palang Pracharath would lead a “very unstable government” if it doesn’t have a majority in the lower house of parliament. Earlier, allies in Thaksin’s Pheu Thai party claimed victory and said it would seek to form a government. “Whether or not the junta’s leaders now allow the pro-democracy parties to form a government, they will find a way to stay in charge,” Thaksin wrote in an op-ed published in the New York Times.



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House passes broad anti-hate resolution after pressure from Omar allies

House passes broad anti-hate resolution after pressure from Omar alliesThe House passed a broad resolution condemning hate after backlash from a number of factions across the Democratic Party forced changes to a bill that originally focused on anti-Semitism.



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