Joint Russia-Iranian forces operating in Syria warned the Trump administration over the weekend that further American strikes on the war-torn country will unleash a “lethal response,” according to official statements aimed at ratcheting up tension with the United States following a string of fresh airstrikes on Syrian strongholds.
Federal authorities have no way to measure whether years-long efforts to combat violent extremists have proven effective, according to a new government oversight report that is prompting calls for the Trump administration to scrap Obama-era efforts to downplay the threat of radical Islamic terrorists in its counter-terrorism operations.
The Trump administration is undertaking a critical review of Obama administration-era policies permitting the sale of American airplanes to Iran, which have been used in the past to ferry weapons to terrorists and conduct other illicit activities, according to U.S. officials familiar with the situation.
The Trump administration announced on Friday that it had leveled a package of new economic sanctions against North Korea, Russia, and China over efforts by individuals in these countries to support an illicit nuclear arms network that feeds North Korea’s nuclear program, according to an announcement by the Treasury Department.
Saudi Arabia is still believed to be seeking nuclear weapons technology in a bid to counter the threat posed by Iran’s nuclear program, which continues to operate in an advanced manner despite the landmark nuclear agreement, according to a new report by a proliferation monitoring organization that labeled the Kingdom as a nuclear “newcomer.”