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An F/A-18E Super Hornet is launched from the flight deck of the  USS Abraham Lincoln in the Arabian Sea last Thursday. Iran claimed Trump is being ‘goaded’ by national security adviser John Bolton into starting a war. Handout photograph: Reuters

Tensions between Iran and the United States have intensified after Tehran warned the US not to threaten the country following inflammatory comments by(...)

US president Donald Trump with his national security adviser, John Bolton, in the White House. Photograph: Doug Mills/New York Times

US president Donald Trump warned Tehran to stop threatening America and suggested the US would destroy the Islamic Republic if there was a military c(...)

An F/A-18E Super Hornet is launched from the flight deck of the US Navy  aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln in the Arabian Sea on Thursday. Handout photograph: Reuters

Escalation by the US and Iran could rapidly result in a catastrophic collision, due either to deliberate action or miscalculation, the International C(...)

John Bolton, the US national security adviser, looking on from the background as President Donald Trump meets with Nato secretary general Jens Stoltenberg at the White House. Photograph: Doug Mills/The New York Times

Only one person can save us from the dangerous belligerent in the White House. And that person is Donald Trump. How screwed up is that? Will the pre(...)

US president Donald Trump with White House national security adviser John Bolton: Taking on Iran presents a different challenge than Iraq given Tehran’s formidable military capacity. Photograph: Carlos Barria

Is the United States moving closer to war? This week, uncomfortable memories of the run-up to the Iraq conflict were in the air in Washington as (...)

US national security advisor, John Bolton (background) looks on during a meeting between president Donald Trump and president of Chile, Sebastian Piñera in the Oval Office in September, 2018. Photograph: Oliver Contreras/The Washington Post/Getty

In a scene evocative of the 1980s and 1990s and 2000s, a Republican administration has sent US naval forces to the Persian Gulf. As a mark of his infl(...)

President Donald Trump addresses troops during a surprise visit to  Al Asad Air Base in Iraq in December. Photograph: Al Drago/ The New York Times

The United States ordered staff to vacate US embassies and consulates in Iraq on Wednesday amid signs of mounting tensions between the United States a(...)

A handout photo  showing the  US aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln passing through the Suez Canal on May 9th.  Photograph: EPA

The United States’ military presence in the Gulf used to be a serious threat but now it is an opportunity, a senior commander of Iran’s Revolutionary (...)

Iranian president Hassan Rouhani and the head of Iran’s nuclear technology organisation Ali Akbar Salehi inspecting nuclear technology on the occasion of Iran National Nuclear Technology Day in Tehran last month. Photograph: EPA/Iranian Presidency Office

When the Trump administration withdrew from the Iran nuclear deal in May 2018, the other signatories to that landmark accord – France, Germany, Britai(...)

Venezuelan president Nicolás Maduro attends a ‘march to reaffirm the absolute loyalty’ of the Venezuelan army. Photograph: HO/PresidencyGetty

After Tuesday’s military uprising that was either stillborn, or never existed in the first place, Venezuela returned to what now passes for normal in (...)

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