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President-elect Joe Biden's nominee for budget chief, Neera Tanden, has deleted tweets critical of Republican senators who are likely going to vote on her appointment, The Daily Beast reported. Since November 1, 2020, Tanden has deleted tweets critical of GOP senators like Mitch McConnell, Joni Ernst, and Susan Collins. The Senate is likely going to be controlled by the Republican Party under the Biden administration, and Tanden may need GOP senators' votes to assume the OMB role. The Senate was controlled by the Republican Party during President Donald Trump's administration, and is likely to remain that way during the Biden presidency. If Tanden is voted in as budget chief, she will be the first woman of color to hold the office.
Persons: Joe Biden's, Neera Tanden, Biden, Tanden, Mitch McConnell, Joni Ernst, Susan Collins, McConnell, Cory Gardner, Collins, Ernst, Cornyn, Perdue, Tillis, Donald Trump's, Moscow Mitch, Manuel Balce Ceneta, Tanden's, Drew Brandewie, GOP Sen, John Cornyn, Jake Sherman, Mike Segar Ali Gharib, Briana Gray, Bernie Sanders, Hillary Clinton, Eliza Relman, Clinton, Barack Obama's Organizations: Daily, Management, Republican Party, OMB, GOP, Biden, Capitol, Senate, Democratic Party, Center for American Progress, BuzzFeed News, Convention, REUTERS, Center for American, The New York Times, Affordable, Business Locations: Philadelphia, ThinkProgress, Iraq
BUSHThe photograph of President Bush appears on the U.S. Department of Defense website here . The photograph was not taken on Thanksgiving eve, but Obama did call troops to thank them for their service and served Thanksgiving dinner to the homeless and veterans on Thanksgiving 2015, according to CNN here and here . In 2019, he made a surprise visit to Afghanistan on Thanksgiving eve to visit troops ( here and here ). None of the photographs shown were taken on Thanksgiving eve. While President Trump did play golf on Thanksgiving Day in 2020, he also spoke to members of the military and thanked them for their service.
Persons: Bill Clinton, George W, Bush, Barack Obama, Donald Trump, Trump, , George Bush, Donald J, CLINTON, Clinton, William Jefferson Clinton, BUSH, Camp, David, OBAMA, Obama, TRUMP, “ Donald Trump, Read Organizations: United, Trump, Joint Endeavor, , NATO, Force, U.S . Department of Defense, Task Force, U.S . News, Bagram, CNN, T, Congressional Country Club, Reuters, Trump National Golf Club, White House Locations: Tuzla AB, Bosnia, Herzegovina, “ Bosnia, Croatia, Hungary, Bondsteel, Kosovo, Camp Bondsteel, Iraq, Afghanistan, Bethesda , Maryland, Bethesda, Md, Washington, Virginia
Air strike kills IRGC commander at Iraq-Syria border - Iraqi officials
  + stars: | 2020-11-30 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -0.99   time to read: +1 min
BAGHDAD (Reuters) - An air strike killed a commander of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards at the Iraq-Syria border sometime between Saturday and Sunday, Iraqi security and local militia officials said on Monday. The vehicle was carrying weapons across the Iraqi border and was hit after it had entered Syrian territory, two Iraqi security officials separately said. Iran-backed Iraqi paramilitary groups helped retrieve the bodies, the two officials said, without elaborating or giving the exact time of the incident. Local military and militia sources confirmed the account, although Reuters was unable to verify independently that an Iranian commander had been killed. Iraqi officials fear a conflagration ahead of President-elect Joe Biden taking office because he is viewed as less confrontational with Iran than the Trump administration.
Persons: Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, Donald Trump, Joe Biden, Trump, Qassem Soleimani, Abu Mahdi al Organizations: Guards, Local, Reuters Locations: BAGHDAD, Iraq, Syria, Syrian, Iran, Iraqi, Tehran, Israel, United States
Oil prices slip in cautious trade ahead of OPEC+ meet
  + stars: | 2020-11-30 | by ( Florence Tan | ) www.reuters.com + 0.00   time to read: +3 min
FILE PHOTO: The sun sets behind a crude oil pump jack on a drill pad in the Permian Basin in Loving County, Texas, U.S. November 24, 2019. The group held an initial round of talks on Sunday, but has yet to reach consensus on oil output policy for 2021 ahead of key meetings on Monday and Tuesday, four OPEC+ sources told Reuters. “While we base-case a 3-month delay to prevent a return to a global oil surplus through 1Q21, not all producers appear onboard,” Goldman Sachs analysts said. The winter wave of infections is expected to crimp global oil demand by 3 million bpd, they said, which would only partially be offset by heating and restocking demand in Asia. ANZ estimated that the oil market surplus could run as high as 1.5 million to 3 million bpd in first half of 2021 if OPEC+ did not extend cuts.
Persons: Angus Mordant, Brent, ” Goldman Sachs Organizations: REUTERS, . West Texas, of, Petroleum, OPEC, Reuters, ANZ Locations: SINGAPORE, Loving County , Texas, U.S, Russia, OPEC, Asia, Iraq, United States, China
Oil prices tumble 2% as OPEC+ members argue over 2021 policy
  + stars: | 2020-11-30 | by ( Florence Tan | ) www.reuters.com + 0.00   time to read: +3 min
FILE PHOTO: The sun sets behind a crude oil pump jack on a drill pad in the Permian Basin in Loving County, Texas, U.S. November 24, 2019. The group held an initial round of talks on Sunday, but has yet to reach consensus on oil output policy for 2021 ahead of key meetings on Monday and Tuesday, four OPEC+ sources told Reuters. “While we base-case a 3-month delay to prevent a return to a global oil surplus through 1Q21, not all producers appear onboard,” Goldman Sachs analysts said. The winter wave of infections is expected to crimp global oil demand by 3 million bpd, they said, which would only partially be offset by heating and restocking demand in Asia. ANZ estimated that the oil market surplus could run as high as 1.5 million to 3 million bpd in first half of 2021 if OPEC+ did not extend cuts.
Persons: Angus Mordant, Brent, ” Goldman Sachs Organizations: REUTERS, . West Texas, of, Petroleum, OPEC, Reuters, ANZ Locations: SINGAPORE, Loving County , Texas, U.S, Russia, OPEC, Asia, Iraq, United States, China
There's a lot of dissatisfaction and fatigue within OPEC+, S&P Global Platts says
  + stars: | 2020-11-30 | by ( Abigail Ng | ) www.cnbc.com sentiment -0.97   time to read: +1 min
It is "striking" that Iraq has made strong negative comments about OPEC+ production quotas ahead of the alliance's meeting this week, one oil watcher said. The group is expected to consider delaying its output increase, scheduled for January 2021, at its two-day meeting starting Monday. A lot of dissatisfaction, a lot of fatigue among a lot of members with having put in these cuts for so long because of Covid. "A lot of dissatisfaction, a lot of fatigue among a lot of members with having put in these cuts for so long because of Covid," he said. "And with these vaccines perhaps around the corner, some of these countries aren't willing to maybe play ball for much longer."
Persons: Herman Wang, Covid, Herman Wang S, CNBC's, Wang, it's, Andrey Rudakov Organizations: P Global, P, Bloomberg, Getty Locations: Iraq, East, Sokolovka, Udmurt Republic, Russia
President-elect Joe Biden has nominated Neera Tanden to be the head the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). Tanden, CEO of Center for American Progress (CAP), has been criticized in the past for her leadership style. In 2018, colleagues of Tanden said she was "impossible to trust" after she named a victim of sexual harassment in a company meeting, BuzzFeed reported at the time. President-elect Joe Biden's transition team announced Monday it had nominated Neera Tanden to be head the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) in the Biden administration. Business Insider has contacted Tanden, CAP, and the Biden transition team for comment.
Persons: Joe Biden, Neera Tanden, Tanden, BuzzFeed, Joe Biden's, Biden, Ali Gharib, Mary, Neera, Hilary Clinton's, ThinkProgress, Clinton, Read, Josh Holmes, Mitch McConnell, Gharib Organizations: Management, Budget, Center for American Progress, Twitter, Center, American Progress, CAP, BuzzFeed, New York Times, White, Biden Locations: Iraq
OPEC warned on Monday that the "immense challenges" caused by the Covid-19 pandemic were likely to persist into 2021, as the group of oil producers continues high-stakes negotiations over an extension to its production cut agreement. "The pandemic continues to rage with cases soaring in many regions around the world. It continues to affect adversely the global economy and, consequently, the world energy markets, in an unprecedented manner." Oil prices, which had been on track to increase by over 20% this month, fell on Monday. Oil demand continues to lag
Persons: Abdelmadjid Attar, Ehsan Khoman, Cornelia Meyer Organizations: Reuters, APS, Brent, U.S, West Texas Locations: OPEC, Asia, United Kingdom, Europe, United States, Iraq, UAE
Days after the assassination of Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, a top Iranian nuclear scientist, retired US Navy Adm. William McRaven said that retaliation is all but inevitable. I don't see any way around it," McRaven, former head of US Special Operations Command and the Navy SEAL who oversaw the bin Laden raid, said on ABC's "This Week." Retired Navy Adm. William McRaven, the former Navy SEAL and special operations commander who oversaw the bin Laden raid, said Sunday that Iranian retaliation for the assassination of a prominent nuclear scientist is all but certain. "The Iranians are going to be in a position where they have to retaliate," McRaven said. McRaven had a distinguished career as a Navy SEAL, serving as the 11th commander of Joint Special Operations Command and the ninth commander of US Special Operations Command.
Persons: Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, William McRaven, McRaven, Israel, Martha Raddatz, Fakhrizadeh, Ali Shamkhani, Iran's, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, Martyr Fakhrizadeh, Hassan Rouhani, Qassem, Esmaeil Qaani, Soleimani, Biden, Joe, Osama bin Laden Organizations: US, Operations Command, Navy SEAL, Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, Nissan, Fars News Agency, Supreme National Security Council, Force, ABC Locations: Iranian, Iran, Tehran, Fars, Iraq, Israel, Gen
Retired Navy Adm. Mike Mullen, a former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said Sunday that Trump's recent personnel purge at the Pentagon was troubling. "It's pretty difficult to think that over the course of 50 or 60 days you can do something constructive, but you can do something that's really destructive," Mullen said. Both said they were worried by the administration's rushed attempts to withdraw thousands of US troops from Iraq and Afghanistan. Mike Mullen, a retired Navy admiral and formerly the top US military officer, sounded the alarm Sunday over the recent Pentagon leadership purge, noting that there is still time for President Donald Trump and his team to do "something that's really destructive." The next day, the chief of staff to the secretary of defense and the top civilian Pentagon policy and intelligence officials resigned.
Persons: Mike Mullen, Mullen, William McRaven, administration's, Donald Trump, " Mullen, Bush, Obama, Chuck Todd, Trump, Anthony Tata, Barack Obama, Christopher Miller, Trump's, McRaven, We've, we've, Biden Organizations: Joint Chiefs of Staff, Pentagon, US, Operations Command, Trump, Joint Chiefs, Staff, Press, Trump loyalists, Fox News, Navy SEAL, Department of Defense, Trump's Locations: Iraq, Afghanistan, United States, Iran
Saudi and Israeli sources say that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman met covertly on November 22, the first such meeting between Israeli and Saudi leaders. Full normalization between Saudi Arabia and Israel remains unlikely in the near term, but defense and intelligence cooperation will continue to advance in the coming months. Saudi Arabia, and in particular its high-profile development projects like Neom, are reliant on advanced technologies such as biotech, agricultural tech and cyber technologies to succeed. However, Saudi Arabia has not yet shown that it's prepared to make the jump to normalization with Israel without the formation of a Palestinian state. Domestic backlash in Saudi Arabia could also cause notable security concerns.
Persons: Benjamin Netanyahu, Prince Mohammad bin Salman, Mike Pompeo's, Netanyahu, Saudi Crown Prince, Yossi Cohen, Mike Pompeo, Donald Trump, Abu Dhabi's, Prince Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Evan Vucci, Joe Biden, Biden, Saudi Arabia's, Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz, it's, King Salman, Prophet Muhammad Organizations: Saudi, Reuters, Street, Saudi Crown, Iran, United, United Arab, Trump White House, AP, Congress, Trump, Saudi Press Agency, Handout, United Arab Emirates, Initiative Locations: Saudi Arabia, Israel, Saudi, Neom, United States, Arab Gulf, United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Sudan, Riyadh, Evan Vucci Saudi Arabia, Iran, Yemen, Saudi Arabian, Iraq, Lebanon, Syria, Pakistan, Indonesia, Malaysia, Bangladesh, Palestinian, France
CAIRO (Reuters) - Islamic State claimed responsibility on Sunday for attacking the Siniya oil refinery in northern Iraq, according to a statement posted on the group’s official channel. The statement said two Katyusha rockets were used in the attack. It gave no further details on any casualties.
Organizations: Islamic State Locations: CAIRO, Islamic, Iraq
Iraq halts operations at small oil refinery after rocket attack
  + stars: | 2020-11-29 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -1.00   time to read: 1 min
TIKRIT, Iraq (Reuters) - Iraq has shut down operations at a small refinery in the north after two rockets hit a fuel storage tank and caused a fire earlier on Sunday, two refinery officials said. Officials said halting operations at the Siniya refinery, which has a 30,000 barrel-per-day refining capacity, came after fire spread to a nearby pipeline network.
Organizations: Reuters, Officials Locations: TIKRIT, Iraq
Rocket hits small oil refinery in Iraq's north, no casualties - officials
  + stars: | 2020-11-29 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -0.99   time to read: 1 min
TIKRIT, IRAQ - (Reuters) - A rocket hit a small oil refinery in northern Iraq on Sunday, causing fire and minor damage, two refinery officials said. Firefighters are still trying to contain the fires, refinery and local officials said, which broke out after the rocket hit a fuel storage depot inside the Siniya refinery. There were no reports of casualties at the refinery, which is near Iraq’s largest oil refinery of Baiji in the Northern Salahuddin province.
Organizations: Firefighters Locations: TIKRIT, IRAQ, Iraq, Iraq’s, Baiji, Northern Salahuddin
TIKRIT, Iraq (Reuters) - A rocket hit a small oil refinery in northern Iraq on Sunday, causing a fire at a fuel storage tank and forcing a complete shutdown of operations after the blaze spread to a nearby pipeline network, two refinery officials said. Islamic State claimed responsibility for attacking the Siniya refinery, in a statement posted on the group’s official channel. A spokesman for the state-run Northern Refineries Co, which manages a number of Iraqi refineries, earlier told Iraq’s state news agency that two rockets had hit the Siniya refinery, causing a fire that it said had been controlled. Officials said halting operations at the Siniya refinery, which has refining capacity of 30,000 barrels per day, was a safety measure to prevent further damage. There were no reports of casualties at the facility, which is near Iraq’s largest oil refinery of Baiji in the Northern Salahuddin province.
Persons: , Hamid Younis Organizations: Reuters, Islamic State, Co, Officials, Islamic Locations: TIKRIT, Iraq, U.S, Iraq’s, Baiji, Northern Salahuddin
Ami Neiberger-Miller is a writer, the founder of a PR and design services firm, and an advocate for gold star families. She is the surviving sister of US Army Specialist Christopher Neiberger, who was killed in combat in Iraq in August 2007. Life was looking up, and we headed to the beach in Georgia for a week of much needed rest with some friends. We flew home to DC the next day to get ready for the family to arrive for the burial service. I did fine on the business part, but when I got to the family part I cried and felt embarrassed.
Persons: Ami Neiberger, Miller, Christopher Neiberger, it's, I'd, Chris, Chip Somodevilla, , you've, Lean, Read Organizations: US, Army, Arlington National Cemetery, DC, The, Washington, Steppingstone LLC, Twitter Locations: Iraq, Washington, Georgia, Florida, Arlington, , Neiberger, Arlington , Virginia, IRAs, Washington , DC
Opinion | Dear Joe, It’s Not About Iran’s Nukes Anymore
  + stars: | 2020-11-29 | by ( Thomas L. Friedman | ) www.nytimes.com + 0.00   time to read: +3 min
After Trump scrapped the nuclear deal, Iran abandoned its commitments to restrict its enrichment of uranium that could be used for a nuclear bomb. But since Biden’s election, Iran has said it would “automatically” return to its nuclear commitments if Biden lifts the crippling sanctions imposed by Trump. Only after those sanctions are lifted, said Tehran, might it discuss regional issues, like curbs on Iran’s precision missile exports and capabilities. (Iran has a network of factories manufacturing its own precision-guided missiles.) The Saudis have been trying to do the same versus Iran’s proxies in Yemen, who have fired on its airports.
Persons: Biden, Trump, he’ll Organizations: United Arab, Trump, Biden, Hezbollah Locations: Iran, Israel, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, United Arab Emirates, Tehran, Lebanon, Yemen, Syria, Iraq, U.S, Gaza
He was named Biden’s national security adviser on Monday. Haines held several posts at Columbia University after leaving the Obama administration in 2017. Senator and Secretary of State Kerry will act as “climate czar” in the Biden Administration, the president-elect’s campaign announced on Monday. Cohen served as the chief operating officer at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services in the Obama administration. CHIEF OF STAFF: RON KLAINA longtime Biden adviser with experience in responding to the Ebola pandemic, Klain was picked for the chief of staff role that sets the president’s agenda.
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TEHRAN — Iran's supreme leader on Saturday vowed to retaliate, a day after the dramatic assassination of the country's leading nuclear scientist in a roadside attack and pledged to continue Iran's nuclear work. Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei promised "definitive punishment" in a statement on his official website on Saturday. Later on Twitter he promised to pursue the "brutal mercenaries" behind the ambush and killing of scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, near Tehran on Friday. The damaged car of Iranian nuclear scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh after it was attacked near the capital Tehran on Friday. IRIB / AFP - Getty ImagesIn January, frayed tensions between Washington and Tehran reached boiling point after President Trump ordered the assassination of one of Iran's top military generals, Qassem Soliemani.
Persons: Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, Khamenei, Fakhrizadeh's, Fakhrizadeh, Hassan Rouhani, Rouhani, Donald Trump's, Trump, Iran's, Donald Trump, Joe Biden, ATTA KENARE, Donald Trump retweeted, Yossi Melman, Robert Oppenheimer, IRIB, Qassem, Benjamin Netanyahu, Netanyahu, John Brennan, Majid Takht Ravanchi, Antonio Guterres, Inga Rhonda King, Ali Arouzi, Adela Suliman Organizations: Twitter, Iran's Defense Ministry, NBC News, West, Getty, Zionist, U.S . State Department, White House, CIA, NBC, Pentagon, United Nations, . Security, Islamic Republic News, Reuters, Associated Press Locations: TEHRAN —, Tehran, Iran, Absard, Damavand, Israel, AFP, Washington, U.S, Baghdad, Jan, Iraq, London
FILE PHOTO: Sailors man the rails as aircraft carrier USS Nimitz with Carrier Strike Group 11, and some 7,500 sailors and airmen depart for a 6 month deployment in the Western Pacific from San Diego, California, U.S., June 5, 2017. REUTERS/Mike BlakeDUBAI (Reuters) - U.S. aircraft carrier USS Nimitz was deployed to the Gulf this week, days before the killing of Iran’s top nuclear scientist, although the U.S. Navy said on Saturday the deployment was not related to any specific threat. “There were no specific threats that triggered the return of the Nimitz Carrier Strike Group,” Commander Rebecca Rebarich, spokeswoman for the U.S. Navy’s Bahrain-based Fifth Fleet, said in an emailed statement after the carrier deployed on Wednesday. Rebarich said the redeployment was related to a U.S. drawdown in Iraq and Afghanistan. “This action ensures we have sufficient capability available to respond to any threat and to deter any adversary from acting against our troops during the force reduction,” she said.
Persons: Mike Blake DUBAI, Rebecca Rebarich, Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, Donald Trump’s, Rebarich Organizations: Nimitz, Carrier Strike, REUTERS, Reuters, U.S, aircraft, U.S . Navy, Nimitz Carrier Strike, Navy’s Locations: Pacific, San Diego , California, U.S, Navy’s Bahrain, Tehran, Iran, Iraq, Afghanistan
But just because Trump is about to be kicked out of the White House doesn't mean he can't cause problems on the way out. Brett Bruen was the director of global engagement in the Obama White House and a career American diplomat. Withdrawing would be challenging, while the political and security consequences of staying the course would be high. The political, economic, and security consequences would be considerable. Using the White House and official acts like a citizenship ceremony for his party's national convention were obscene and obviously a violation of the rules.
Persons: Trump, Brett Bruen, Obama, Donald Trump's, Joe Biden, begrudgingly, Biden Organizations: White, Obama White House, Global, Trump, Biden, Treasury Department, Islamic State, Republican Locations: American, COVID, Iraq, Afghanistan, Tehran . China, Beijing, Venezuela, Cuba, United States
Some hard-liners argued that the killing of Mr. Fakhrizadeh showed that Tehran should give up on holding out for a new start with Mr. Biden, if only because restraint was emboldening its foes. “If you don’t respond to this level of terrorism, they may repeat it because now they know Iran won’t react,” the conservative political analyst Foad Izadi said in an interview from Tehran. Israel for decades has embraced a strategy of targeted assassinations in attempting to slow down potential progress toward the development of a nuclear weapon among its hostile neighbors. Israeli intelligence agencies have been linked to the killings of scientists working for Egypt in the 1960s and for Iraq in the 1970s for the same reason, historians say. Iran first accused Israel of killing one of its scientists when he dropped dead in his laboratory after a poisoning in 2007, and a series of more violent attacks on Iranian scientists between 2010 and 2012 have been widely attributed to Israel as well, too.
Persons: Mr, Fakhrizadeh, Biden, Foad Izadi, Israel Organizations: Mr, Saturday Locations: Tehran, Iran, , Israel, Egypt, Iraq
Three killed in clashes in Iraq after cleric's followers storm protest camp
  + stars: | 2020-11-27 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -0.99   time to read: +1 min
Slideshow ( 3 images )NASIRIYA, Iraq (Reuters) - Supporters of Shi’ite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr stormed an anti-government protest camp in the southern Iraqi city of Nasiriya on Friday, and at least three people were killed and dozens wounded in the clashes, a Reuters witness and a medical source said. Followers of Sadr carrying pictures of the cleric marched to the central al-Haboubi square, where anti-government protesters have held a sit-in since 2019, after Friday prayers. They fire gunshots and threw petrol bombs at the protesters’ tents, leading the protesters to fight back, the Reuters witness said. A hospital source said the protesters died from bullet wounds. Sadr, a long-time adversary of the United States, also opposes Iranian influence in Iraq.
Persons: Moqtada al, Sadr, Sadrists, Mustafa al Organizations: Reuters Locations: Iraq, Iraqi, Nasiriya, Tahrir, Baghdad, Iraq’s, Sadr, United States
A view shows the scene of the attack that killed Prominent Iranian scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, outside Tehran, Iran, November 27, 2020. Iran pointed the finger at Israel, while implying the killing had the blessing of the departing Trump. He was the only Iranian scientist named in the International Atomic Energy Agency’s 2015 “final assessment” of open questions about Iran’s nuclear programme. The IAEA’s report said he oversaw activities “in support of a possible military dimension to (Iran’s) nuclear programme”. Michael Mulroy, a senior Pentagon official earlier during Trump’s administration, said Fakhrizadeh was Iran’s most senior nuclear scientist and his killing would set back its nuclear programme.
Persons: Donald Trump’s, Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, Joe Biden, Barack Obama’s, Javad Zarif, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, , Trump, ” Hossein Dehghan, Fakhrizadeh, Tasnim, Obama, Biden, Robert Malley, Biden’s, Malley, Qassem Soleimani, Benjamin Netanyahu, ” Netanyahu, Michael Mulroy, Netanyahu, Mike Pompeo, Israel, Tzachi Hanegbi Organizations: Reuters, West Asia News Agency, REUTERS, U.S, Trump . Foreign, Twitter, House, Pentagon, State Department, CIA, Biden, International Atomic Energy, Israeli, Iran, Tel Locations: DUBAI, Iranian, Tehran, Iran, WANA, Israel, , United States, U.S, Baghdad, Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Tel Aviv
“It’s Iran, Iran, Iran,” Israeli cabinet minister Tzachi Hanegbi told Israel’s Army Radio when asked about the visit. SAUDI KING NOT INFORMEDSunday’s meeting was held in the presence of U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Israel’s spy chief, Israeli media said. There was limited talk of the meeting on Saudi social media, but some opposition figures denounced the visit. Despite this, normalisation is not expected to happen while King Salman is alive, said a well-connected Saudi source and a foreign diplomat in Riyadh. The Saudi source and the diplomat said the Saudi king was kept in the dark about Netanyahu’s visit.
Persons: Mohammed Bin Salman, Benjamin Netanyahu, Mikhail Klimentyev, Joe Biden, Washington’s, Tzachi Hanegbi, Prince Mohammed bin Salman, Donald Trump, Biden, Barak Obama’s, Trump, Sunday’s, Mike Pompeo, Israel’s, Pompeo, Netanyahu, King Salman, Mohammed bin Salman, , Neil Quilliam, Prince Mohammed’s, Benny Gantz, Gantz Organizations: Saudi Arabia's Crown, Sputnik, REUTERS, Israel’s Army Radio, Saudi, Hezbollah, Iran’s Revolutionary Guard, SAUDI KING, United Arab, MbS, normalisation, Chatham House, Defence Locations: RIYADH, JERUSALEM, Saudi, Iran, Osaka, Japan, Jerusalem, Kremlin, Neom, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, Tehran, , U.S, Israel, Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, Gulf, Yemen, Lebanese, SAUDI, United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Sudan, UAE, Tel Aviv
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