By Pooya Stone

The leader of an Iraqi Shia militia, backed by Iran, threatened to take hostage “all” US citizens in Iraq in the event of a conflict between the US and Iran.

Abu Alaa al-Wala’i, head of the Kata’ib Sayyid al-Shuhada (KSS) militia, made the threat on Wednesday during an interview with al-Dijla, an Iraqi television station close to the Fatah Coalition, which represents the Shiite militias, or Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF), in Iraq’s parliament.

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By Pooya Stone

The US Department of State has published highlights of its Iran policy over the past week in a fact sheet summarizing 19-23 August.

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo highlighted Iran's threats to Middle East peace and security in an address to the United Nations Security Council on 20 August 2019.

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By Pooya Stone

US officials say that a US military MQ-9 drone was shot down over Dhamar governate, in Yemen, which is just southeast of the Houthi-controlled capital Sanaa; the second incident of its kind this year.

One official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, said the drone was shot down late on Tuesday by a surface-to-air missile operated by the Iran-backed Houthis, confirming the statement of Houthi military spokesman Yahya Saria, but did not give any specifics. The official said that, whilst losing the armed military drone made by California-based General Atomics, was expensive, it was not unprecedented and the US would not have a major response.

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By Jubin Katiraie

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani threatened the safety of international waterways, on Wednesday, if Iran’s oil exports are cut to zero.

During a meeting with Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, Rouhani said: “World powers know that in the case that oil is completely sanctioned and Iran’s oil exports are brought down to zero, international waterways can’t have the same security as before. So unilateral pressure against Iran can’t be to their advantage and won’t guarantee their security in the region and the world.”

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By Jubin Katiraie

Mike Pompeo, the United States Secretary of State, has cautioned against allowing an arms embargo on Iran to expire in October 2020, tweeting that it was like a "#CountdownToTerror”.

This push to extend the embargo is part of the US’s ongoing maximum pressure campaign against Iran, designed to change Iran's behaviour and implemented after the US left the Iran nuclear deal in May 2018 and began reimposing sanctions.

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