Middle East

Iran state TV: Iranian forces seize foreign oil tanker, crew

Iran's paramilitary Revolutionary Guard forces seized a foreign oil tanker accused of smuggling oil, Iran's state TV reported Thursday. The vessel appears to be a United Arab Emirates-based tanker that had disappeared off trackers in Iranian territorial waters over the weekend.

Search and rescue operation underway for US sailor reported missing in the Arabian Sea

Several Navy ships are searching for a missing sailor in the Arabian Sea after a “man overboard” was reported Wednesday by the USS Abraham Lincoln, according to a U.S. Navy 5th Fleet statement.

House votes to block sale of weapons to Saudi Arabia

President Donald Trump, who has sought to forge closer ties with Riyadh, has pledged to veto the resolutions of disapproval that passed the Democratic-led House largely along party lines.

Cyprus detains 12 Israelis for 8 days over alleged rape

A Cyprus court has ordered 12 Israelis vacationing on the east Mediterranean island nation to remain in police custody for eight days after a 19-year-old British woman alleged that she was raped.

Iran foreign minister not giving up hope tensions with US can be resolved

Iran and the United States were only "a few minutes away from a war" after Iran shot down an American spy drone last month, Iran's foreign minister said Thursday, but the diplomat said he remains hopeful that escalating tensions might somehow be resolved.

USS Boxer arrives in 5th Fleet waters amid tensions with Iran

Thousands of sailors and Marines sailed into 5th Fleet waters Monday as an amphibious assault group led by the USS Boxer deployed to the region, where tensions are flaring between the U.S. and Iran.

Pentagon identifies Green Beret killed in Afghanistan

Sgt. Maj. James G. Sartor was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 10th Special Forces Group (Airborne), out of Fort Carson, Colo., and was supporting Operation Freedom's Sentinel at the time of his death.

Iran says it aided foreign oil tanker in the Strait of Hormuz

Iran says it came to the assistance of a foreign oil tanker that broke down in the Strait of Hormuz as international concern is mounting over the fate of an Emirati-linked ship that went missing in Iranian waters three days ago.

Top diplomat: Iran must build missiles for defense

Iran's foreign minister said Wednesday that his country has no choice but to manufacture missiles for defense purposes — comments that come after a remark by the top diplomat that seemed to suggest the missiles could be up for negotiations.

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