Susannah George, The Associated Press

  • The damaged Panama-flagged, Japanese owned oil tanker Kokuka Courageous, that the U.S. Navy says was damaged by a limpet mine, is seen behind a U.S. sailor during a trip organized by the Navy for journalists, off Fujairah, United Arab Emirates, Wednesday, June 19, 2019. (Fay Abuelgasim/AP)
    US envoy on Iran says Trump wants diplomacy, not war

    President Donald Trump’s Iran policy is ultimately aimed at bringing Tehran to the negotiating table, the U.S. special envoy for Iran testified Wednesday as lawmakers demanded clarity about the administration’s strategy in the Middle East.

  • Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman poses during a group picture ahead of Islamic Summit of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) in Mecca, Saudi Arabia, June 1, 2019. (AP Photo/Amr Nabil)
    Lawmakers challenge Trump official over Saudi arms sale

    Lawmakers on Wednesday grilled a State Department official over President Donald Trump’s decision to sell arms to Saudi Arabia without congressional review, with the top Democrat on the House panel describing the move as a “slap in the face.”

  • Soldiers of the 1st Brigade, 101st Airborne Division fire their M777A2 howitzer during a fire mission at Fire Base Saham, Iraq, on Jan. 24, 2019. (Spc. Gyasi Thomasson/U.S. Army)
    US to send 1,500 troops to Middle East, say officials

    U.S. officials say the Trump administration has notified Congress about a planned deployment to the Middle East amid heightened tensions with Iran.

  • President Donald Trump and Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi of Calif., attend the 38th Annual National Peace Officers' Memorial Service at the U.S. Capitol, Wednesday, May 15, 2019, in Washington. (Evan Vucci/AP)
    Pelosi warns Trump against war in Mideast; Dems demand info

    House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Wednesday that the U.S. must avoid war with Iran, and she declared the White House has “no business” moving toward a Middle East confrontation without approval from Congress.

  • In this May 23, 2017, file photo, National Security Agency director Adm. Mike Rogers testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington. (Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP)
    As Russia probe began, Trump called on spy chiefs for help

    Two months before special counsel Robert Mueller was appointed in the spring of 2017, President Donald Trump picked up the phone and called the head of the largest U.S. intelligence agency.

  • In this Sept. 21, 2016, file photo, Iran's Revolutionary Guard troops march in a military parade marking the 36th anniversary of Iraq's 1980 invasion of Iran, in front of the shrine of late revolutionary founder Ayatollah Khomeini, just outside Tehran. (Ebrahim Noroozi/AP)
    US to designate Iran Revolutionary Guard a terrorist group

    The Trump administration is preparing to designate Iran’s Revolutionary Guard a “foreign terrorist organization,” an unprecedented move against a national armed force that could have widespread implications for U.S. personnel and policy in the Middle East and elsewhere.