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Iraq Backs Production Cut’s 9-Month Extension by OPEC

OPEC and allies are poised to keep their oil production cuts in place for at least 9 more months after Iraq supported such an extension, which removed one of the final obstacles remaining to an agreement. The proposal represents the latest attempt by producers of oil from the Saudis to Russians to increase prices and revive their own economies. The negotiations are being followed closely elsewhere as they could affect things from the Exxon Mobile share price to Nigerian sovereign bonds and the Brazilian real. Twenty-four representatives from different... 
 

Hassan Rouhani Re-Elected President in Iran

Thanks to a big turnout from the urban middle class, Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani was re-elected by a landslide Saturday, allowing him to continue his quest of expanding personal freedoms as well as opening the ailing economy of Iran to investors from around the globe. Likely just as important, said analysts, the lopsided victory will enable Rouhani to strengthen his position of the reformist and moderate faction as Iran prepares for the end of supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei’s rule. Of the more than 41 million votes that were cast,... 
 

U.S. State Department: Syria’s Assad Hides Atrocities with Crematorium

The United States said on Monday that it believes the government of Syria has constructed a big crematorium close to its Saydnaya Military prison as part of its effort to hide the mass atrocities that are carried out inside the notorious prison. U.S. officials have put the onus on the Russians to rein in the Syrian regime. The U.S. State Department Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs’ acting assistant secretary Stuart Jones outlined new declassified intelligence with photos and said that Russia, who supports the regime of President Bashar al-Assad,... 
 

U.S. Close to Arms Deal Worth $100 Billion with Saudi Arabia

The U.S. is close to the completion of a number of arms deals that add up to over $100 billion with Saudi Arabia, said a senior official in the White House a week before President Donald Trump is scheduled to visit the Gulf Coast kingdom. The official asked for anonymity, but said that the arms package could up end being even as high as $300 billion during the next decade to help boost the defense capabilities of Saudi Arabia. The officials said the final stages are taking place of a series of different deals. The package was developed to coincide... 
 

Advocate Groups Welcome Relaxing of Saudi Male Guardianship Rule

The King of Saudi Arabia has reportedly issued a new order that allows women to benefit from some government services without consent of a male guardian. The new move by the kingdom to allow women additional control of their life choices by relaxing its controversial system of male guardianship was welcomed tentatively as one more small step for Saudi women. Saudi Arabia is considered one of the world’s most gender segregated countries in the world, where women are constantly being supervised by a guardian, who is male, are not allowed to drive... 
 

Transgender Emiratis Sue to Be Recognized as Men

A pair if citizens from the United Arab Emirates asked a court in Abu Dhabi to have their names and genders changed on all state records. The two, who were born women, have brought an unprecedented case in their request to be recognized as men, said their lawyer this week. Al-Bayan the state newspaper reported on the lawsuit this week. The two plaintiffs only identified by initials as A.M., 28, and H.S., 26, asked the court for the gender and name changes following their surgery for gender reassignment and hormone therapy. H.S. said with his gender... 
 

Saudi Arabia: Cinemas, Opera House Could be Opened

The government of Saudi Arabia has said that one day it could open cinemas as well as build an opera house. This week, the man who is spearheading the entertainment reforms in the kingdom played down the opposition by the powerful religious authorities of changes they consider sinful. During the 1970s, Saudi Arabia had a few cinemas, but its clerics persuaded authorities to shutter them reflecting the increased Islamist influence across the Arab region during that time. Cinemas remain banned in the country and while there are concerts that started... 
 

Pope Francis Speaks of Tolerance During Cairo Mass

On Saturday, Pope Francis spoke of tolerance as well as co-existence during his Mass in Egypt at a military stadium. The Pope is visiting Egypt as part of a trip that is designed to create a brotherhood between Christians and Muslims and to forge solidarity with persecuted Coptic Christians in the country. His trip to the country in North Africa is just a few weeks following the bombing on Palm Sunday of two of the Coptic churches that left 45 dead. There was heavy security that could be seen surrounding the Pope when he entered the stadium in Cairo... 
 

Israel Strikes Military Site in Syria Near Damascus

Syria state media has reported that an Israeli missile strike created a huge explosion and subsequent fire at a Syria military site close to the international airport in Damascus. The Sana news agency reported that warehouses and a fuel tank had been heavily damaged. However, sources with the Syrian rebels said that an arms depot operated by the Hezbollah group from Lebanon, which is an ally of the Syria government forces and fighting alongside them, was hit. Israel said that the explosion has been consistent with the policy it has to prevent Iran... 
 

More Than 1 Million Expats Will Leave Saudi in Amnesty Campaign

According to Saudi government officials, 1 million or more migrant workers will leave Saudi Arabia under an amnesty campaign that is currently taking place. The campaign, which is three months long, allows those that have overstayed in the country with correct visas or documents to leave without facing penalties or fines for violating visa rules. Those that exit under the amnesty campaign become exempt from the requirement of an exit fingerprint and can return to Saudi Arabia legally at a later date. To apply for amnesty, workers need to go on the... 
 

Freed Egyptian-American Aid Worker Welcomed by President Trump

Aya Hijazi, an aid worker who is Egyptian-American was welcomed on Friday by President Donald Trump after being freed after three years of detention in Egypt. The White House had quietly worked on securing her release earlier in the week, said White House officials. Trump said everyone was very pleased that Aya was back home and it was an honor having her visit the Oval Office. Trump spoke during a brief opportunity for photos and less than one full day after a plane from the U.S. government had landed in Washington with her aboard. Hijazi, who... 
 

Emirates Cuts Back on Flights to U.S. Citing White House Curbs

The largest airline in the Middle East Emirates slashed flights to the U.S. by 20% on Wednesday citing a drop in passenger demand due to tougher security measures imposed by the U.S. and the White House administration’s attempts to ban travelers from six nations that are Muslim majority. The decision by the carrier, which is owned by the government of Dubai, is the strongest sign to date that the new measures imposed on travelers bound to the U.S. from the Middle East could take a financial toll on Gulf airlines that have expanded quickly across... 
 

Israel Will Not Negotiate With Hunger Strike Inmates

Israel said it would not negotiate with hundreds of prisoners who are Palestinian and started a hunger strike pressing for better prison condition, said a minister for the government on Tuesday. He added that the protest’s organizer was put into solitary confinement. If continued, the strike, which Palestinian leader Marwan Barghouti jailed during the second uprising of the Palestinians started, would be the biggest in the past few years. The strike could also heighten tensions between Israel and Palestinians during a time of renewed attempts... 
 

Saudi Woman Forcibly Returned After Seeking Asylum

A woman from Saudi Arabia who sought asylum in Australia was detained in the Philippines during a layover and subsequently returned on Wednesday to Riyadh, the capital of Saudi Arabia. Dina Ali Lasloom, in a video that was self-recorded, said authorities in the Philippines held her at the airport in Manila after confiscating her passport. Her videos have circulated across social media the past two days. In one video she states her name and that she is from Saudi Arabia but fled the country to seek asylum in Australia, adding she was in fear of violence... 
 

U.S. Secretary of State Tillerson Takes U.S. Stance on Syria to Russia

On Tuesday, United States Secretary of State Rex Tillerson took with him a message from the world powers to Moscow. The unified message denounced Russia’s support for Syria and took on the traditional role of the U.S. as the West’s leader on behalf of the Trump administration. Tillerson left on Tuesday for Russia after being in Italy where he had met different foreign ministers in the Group of Seven. They were also joined by allies from the Middle East to form a united position related to Syria, which was placed atop the international agenda... 
 

Alleged Chemical Attack Kills 58 in Idlib

Fifty-eight people were killed while dozens more were wounded in what has been called a chemical attack on a town held by rebels in northwest Syria, says a monitoring organization. Reports by the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said that strikes by either Russian jets or the Syrian government caused a number of people to choke. Unconfirmed reports later said that aircraft fired rockets at clinics that had been treating survivors from the previously bombing in Khan Sheikhoun. The government of Syria has denied repeatedly the use of chemical weapons.... 
 

Israeli Jets Fired At By Syria Following Airstrikes

Syria has fired missiles at warplanes from Israel that were on a mission to destroy a convoy of weapons destined for Hezbollah the Lebanese militant group that is Iranian backed. That prompted Israel to deploy the missile defense system it has. This incident was a rare military exchange between the pair of hostile neighbors. Military officials from Israel said its military aircraft hit a number of targets inside Syria and when back within airspace that is Israeli controlled a number of anti-aircraft missiles were then launched by Syria toward the... 
 

Kuwait Eyeing Higher Healthcare Fees for Expats

Kuwaiti officials are planning an increase in healthcare fees for expats in their buildup toward a complete segregation of care at hospitals for citizens and expats, said reports from two reliable sources. Sources were cited by the Kuwait Times saying that the process of restricting services at public hospitals to just Kuwaitis would be a gradual one because of the lack of sufficient capacity in private hospital across the country. However, other measures including higher fees for healthcare services as well as the denial of access to a specific... 
 

Bahrain Claims Militant Group Linked to Iran Involved in Attacks

Bahrain over the weekend said it uncovered a militant group of 54 members linked to Iran that is suspected of being involved with the recent security forces attacks including the organization of a January prison break. It was one of the largest operations by Bahrain security forces against a suspected militant group that Bahrain blames for the increase in armed attacks in the kingdom where the Fifth Fleet from the U.S. is based. Tensions have run high in the kingdom since 2016 after local authorities increased their crackdown on dissent, banned... 
 

President Trump Signs Second Travel Ban

On Monday, United States President Donald Trump signed another executive order that bans immigration from six countries that are Muslim-majority. However, the new order exempted Iraq from the previous order and reinstated a temporary ban on refugees from all countries. This latest travel ban arrives just six weeks after the original one signed by Trump caused major chaos in airports around the globe, before federal courts blocked it. The new one removed language in the first one that banned refugees from Syria indefinitely and called for the prioritizing... 
 

Iran President to Visit Kuwait and Oman

A top official in Iran said on Tuesday that Gulf Arab states should seize the opportunity that Hassan Rouhani the President of Iran is visiting Kuwait and Oman to improve ties, by warning that a chance of this magnitude passes very quickly. Rouhani is scheduled to visit both Kuwait and Oman Wednesday, which will mark the first visit by Rouhani to the two Gulf States since he took power back in 2013. The six Gulf Cooperation Council Arab member states, in particular Saudi Arabia, have accused Iran of the use of sectarianism as a way to interfere... 
 

Trump to Discuss Middle East Air Carriers with U.S. Airlines

On Thursday, President Donald Trump will meet with the CEOs of the top U.S. airlines and one issue is sure to be a divisive force during the meeting. That issue is what will be done about three Middle East based airlines – Etihad, Emirates and Qatar Airways. Over the last 15 years, the three cash rich carriers based in the Middle East have clawed their way to the front of the global airline market. Of recent, the expansion of the three has created a direct competition with the trio of U.S. top airlines American, United and Delta. The three... 
 

Iran Denies Visas to Wrestlers from the United States

On Friday, Iran banned wrestlers from the United States from participating in Freestyle World Cup competition later this month. The denial of visas was in response to the executive order by President Donald Trump that forbids visas for any Iranians for the next 90 days, said the official Iranian news agency IRNA. A senior cleric in Iran vowed that his country was going to continue its missile program even though it has received threats from the White House administration that new sanctions were being prepared. Bahram Ghasemi a spokesperson for the... 
 

Anger Mounts in Europe and Middle East Over Travel Ban

A parliamentary committee in Iraq asked the government on Sunday to reciprocate against the immigration curbs implemented by the U.S. on citizens of 7 Muslim dominated countries. The government of Iraq has not yet commented on the executive order made by President Donald Trump that barred immigrants from those seven nations from entering for the next 90 days. The order also banned the admission of refugees from Syria for an indefinite period and a ban of 120 days for all refugees. However, officials in Iraq said they would lobby the administration... 
 

U.S. President Aims at Keeping Terrorists Out of the Country

On Friday, U.S. President Donald Trump set a hard line tone on the country’s national security by ordering new, strict screening of refugees to ensure that radical Islamic terrorists do not enter the U.S. Trump visited the Pentagon and was joined by his Defense Secretary Jim Mattis to sign the executive order that brought sweeping changes to the refugee policies in the U.S. and put his plans into motion to build up the military. Trump said the government wants to make sure it does not admit the very threats into country that our soldiers are battling... 
 

Oman Joins Muslim Saudi-led Coalition to Fight Against Terrorism

Oman has traditionally been resistant to efforts from Gulf Arab states to close ranks against the Islamic Republic if Iran. However, it has now joined a coalition led by Saudi Arabia of Muslim nations to fight against terrorism, both Gulf and Saudi sources have said this week, The sultanate showed a willingness to be part of an alliance of 40 countries in a letter sent to the Saudi Arabia Deputy Crown Prince and Defense Minister Mohammed bin Salman, said sources. Although it is rare that difference become aired publicly, Oman long stood out amongst... 
 

Netanyahu Calls UN Vote Shameful Over Settlements

Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called a UN vote to stop settlement activities on occupied land shameful. Netanyahu stressed that Israel was not going to abide by the vote on Friday taken by the UN Security Council’s 15 members. Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas through a spokesperson said the resolution had been a huge blow to Israel’s policy. The resolution was able to pass when the United States did not veto it, breaking with a longstanding practice by the Americans. Washington traditionally has sheltered Israel from any condemnatory... 
 

Fifteen Shia in Saudi Arabia Given Death Sentences for Spying

A Saudi Arabia court has handed down 15 death sentences for spying. The fifteen defendants found guilty of spying for Iran were amongst 32 that consisted of 30 members of the Shia Muslim minority of Saudi Arabia, one Iranian national and one Afghan, that went to trial during February. Saudi prosecutors had accused the defendants of treason, putting together a spy ring through collaboration with the Iran intelligence and the passing of sensitive data regarding military zones. Over the last year, tensions have escalated between Saudi Arabia, which... 
 

Twenty-two Arrested by Israel Officials Over Wildfires

Security officials in Israel have detained 22 people on arson suspicion or the incitement of arson said law enforcement late Friday. The fires began Tuesday and erupted across the country due to parched forests, burning down a number of homes and forcing thousands to flee. Two prisons had to be evacuated. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Friday said a large number of fires had been set and he described it as terror, a term that is usually given to describe Palestinian militant attacks. There is for incitement and terror as well as for... 
 

Coalition Led By Saudis Declares Ceasefire for 48 Hours in Yemen

A military coalition led by Saudi Arabia declared a ceasefire of 48 hours on Saturday in Yemen, with a condition that the Shiite rebels abide by the ceasefire and allow more humanitarian assistance to enter Taiz and other besieged cities. SPA, the news agency in Saudi Arabia carried an official statement from the military coalition saying the truce goes into effect on Saturday at 12:00 p.m. Yemeni time and could be given a renewal. The coalition however warned rebels that are known as the Houthis, against any military movement of any kind. This... 
 

Turkey President Could Lead Country Through 2029

Turkey President Tayyip Erdogan could continue, as the country’s leader through 2029 with greater executive powers under new proposals that the AK Party, which is the current ruling party, is hoping will go to a referendum in the spring of 2017, officials said on Wednesday. Erdogan and supporters argue that Turkey is in need of strong leadership of what it calls an executive presidency that is similar to the system in France or the U.S., to avoid coalition governments that are often fragile that hurt its development during the past. Opponents... 
 

Gulf Executives Ready to Work With President-Elect Trump

Gulf executives, who at one time were upset with the campaign of Donald Trump because of comments made regarding Muslims, have taken a more conciliatory tone after he was elected president and said they are open for business with the U.S.  In Dubai, large placards that display the name of the president-elect and the support he had for a DAMAC DAMAC.DU project to construct a gated community, golf course and spa are visible on the outskirts of the city. Links between Trump as well as other firms in the U.S. with business in the Gulf are strong. In... 
 

Israel Conservatives Hail Win by Donald Trump

After giving congratulations to Donald Trump the new U.S. Presidential elect and thanking Hillary Clinton the defeated Democratic nominee for her continued friendship with Israel, Israeli Minister of Education Naftali Bennett and Chairman Bayit Yehudi said the Palestinian State era is now over. Bennett added that the victory by Trump was an opportunity for Israel to retract immediately the thought of an individual Palestinian state in the middle of Israel. He added that it would hurt security. This is what the new President elect feels, since it... 
 

Three Military Trainers from the U.S. Killed in Jordan

Three U.S. military trainers, who were assigned to help with an upgrade to the armed forces of Jordan, were shot and killed Friday at an Air Force base in Jordan. The alarming confrontation raised questions over the relationship between the U.S. and one of its longtime allies. A spokesperson for the Jordanian military said that the trainers had failed to stop when approaching a gate at the base, but the Pentagon said the circumstances surrounding the shooting were still being examined. The deaths come one year close to the day after a police captain... 
 

Saudi Arabia Able to Stand Economic Challenges, OIC Chief Resigns

The Minister of State from Saudi Arabia insisted that the oil rich kingdom can face the different economic challenges at both local and worldwide levels despite the drop in the price of oil. Essam Bin Saad, who also is a Cabinet Member and the acting Minister of Information and Culture, said that the kingdom’s government headquartered in the capital of Riyadh can keep a public fiscal space that is better, preserve reserves and bring its public debt down. The Ministerial Council in Saudi Arabia reiterated that measures that have been enacted of... 
 

Workers from India Fly Home Following Talks in Saudi Arabia

In August, it was estimated that 10,000 workers from India were stranded in Saudi Arabia. The first group of workers from India with the Saad Group was flown home late Thursday following a meeting of officials from each of the governments. The minister of state from India for its external affairs VK Singh ended a visit to Saudi Arabia Friday to help the Indian workers who were laid off to repatriate. The official held a meeting with the Deputy Minister of Social Development and Labor of Saudi Arabia Ahmed Al-Humaidan in what was called productive... 
 

President Sisi Losing Confidence of Egyptians

A cartoon that appeared across social media depicts an Egyptian drowning with only a hand protruding out of the water, waving to get help. The next strip shows Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi jumping into the water and taking the watch of the drowning man and then turning his back. That cartoon has captured the mood amongst angry and desperate Egyptians who have been hit hard with increases in taxes, soaring inflation in food prices and cuts in subsidies from the state. Some fear there will be a repeat of the huge street protests that drove... 
 

Israel Cuts Ties with UNESCO Due to Disagreement over Holy Site

Israel announced the suspension of ties with the United Nations group UNESCO, which is in charge of the preserving of history and culture, after a draft decision said that Israel ignores ties to Judaism in the holiest site of the religion. The draft decision shows the importance that Jerusalem has to all of the three monotheistic religions – Christianity, Islam and Judaism, but does not mention why the city is significant to Jews or Christians. In Paris on Thursday, the resolution was passed by a UNESCO Executive Board’s subsidiary body. The... 
 

Syrian Attack Plan Refugee Kills Himself While in Custody

A Syrian refugee who was suspected of the planning of a bomb attack on an airport in Berlin strangled himself with his own shirt while in detention, said law enforcement officials on Thursday. Investigators believe Jaber Albakr, who was 22 and arrived in 2015 in Germany, was close to carrying out a terrorist attack. Police in Germany said that Albakr’s behavior suggested he was linked with ISIS. Law enforcement officials arrested Albakr on Sunday following a two-day manhunt. On the night of October 12, the suspect took his own life while in a... 
 

Boat Bound for Gaza Intercepted and Escorted to Israeli Port

A boat that was carrying 13 female pro-Palestinian activists was given an escort to shore at a port in Israel Thursday after it was intercepted by the Israeli navy when attempting to break the blockade Israel has on the Gaza Strip, said the military. The Israeli military added that the women, who were on board, including a Nobel peace laureate, had been transferred to authorities for processing. Israel Interior Ministry spokesperson Sabine Haddad said 11 of the 13 passengers had been detained for four days and then would all be deported. Haddad... 
 

Government of Saudi Arabia Says Workers Can Be Fired

New reforms the Ministry of Civil Services has introduced in Saudi Arabia, means that workers for the government will no longer be guaranteed raises in pay and can now be fired. Not only can workers for the government now be fired, but they will receive mandatory assessments to determine eligibility for pay increases or bonuses. These new reforms that the Ministry announced officially took effect at the beginning of the new Islamic year, which was October 2, said a local news agency. The reforms aim to increase employees’ performance, productivity... 
 

Iran and Saudis End Hopes for Oil Deal for OPEC

On Tuesday, Iran and Saudi Arabia ended any hopes that oil producers in OPEC would reach a deal that limits output this week in Algeria. Trusted sources within the oil producing cartel said the big differences between Tehran and the Kingdom were too wide to bridge. This meeting is just consultative, as everyone will be heard including the consumers and the secretariat of OPEC, said Khalid al-Falih the Energy Minister of Saudi Arabia. Bijan Zanganeh the Oil Minister of Iran said it was not the time to make decisions. He said that decision making... 
 

United Nations Suspends Aid Following Direct Hit of Convoy

The United Nations has suspended all aid convoys for Syria after its convoy of vehicles carry humanitarian aid was attacked near Aleppo by warplanes on Monday. The UN convoy had been given proper permits and all parties involved in warring including Russia as well as the U.S. were notified, said a spokesperson for the UN. Eighteen of 31 vehicles that contained winter clothing, medical supplies and wheat were destroyed. A local, senior official from the Syrian Arab Red Crescent was one of the civilians killed in the incident. The U.S. expressed its... 
 

British Ambassador to Saudi Arabia Converts to Islam

The British Ambassador to Saudi Arabia was showered with congratulations from the Islamic world after word was released that he had converted to Islam as well as carried out his first Hajj pilgrimage to Mecca that was also the first one ever performed by a senior diplomat from the UK. Simon Collis conversion to Islam was made public following the posting of pictures on an account in Twitter that showed him and Huda his wife, wearing traditional white garments that Muslim pilgrims wear, while the two stood in front of Britain’s consulate in Mecca. The... 
 

United States and Russia Seal Ceasefire in Syria

The U.S. and Russia working together against the terrorist militant group Islamic State and an affiliate of al-Qaeda in Syria revived a truce that compels Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s ground and air forces to pull back allowing in new humanitarian aid that is badly needed. Those were details that emerged on Saturday as John Kerry the U.S. Secretary of State and Sergey Lavrov the Foreign Minister of Russia ended another marathon session in Geneva that represents their latest push towards ending the devastating complex Syria war. The breakthrough... 
 

Benjamin Netanyahu and Mahmoud Abbas Agree to Moscow Meeting

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Mahmoud Abbas the Palestinian President agreed in principle to meet in Russia with the Foreign Ministry saying that more attempts are going to be made to renew the peace process between Israel and Palestinians Vladimir Putin the Russian President is attempting to arrange the meeting of Netanyahu and Abbas, said the foreign ministry in Russia on Thursday. A spokesperson for the ministry in Moscow said Netanyahu and Abbas agreed to meet by no date has been established for the meeting. The spokesperson’s... 
 

Britain and Iran Exchange Ambassadors As Relations Thaw More

Ties between Iran and the UK are now fully restored thanks to the appointment by both countries of ambassadors following a strain in diplomatic relations for five years. This follows the successful negotiation of a nuclear deal and the lifting of the economic sanctions that the west placed upon Iran. Despite the two ambassadors Nicolas Hopton from the UK in Tehran and Hamid Baeidinejad for Iran in London now in place, the leadership of Iran continues to mistrust the UK. In June of 2015, the Ayatollah Ali Khamenei who is the Supreme Leader of Iran... 
 

British Airways Resumes Flights to and from Iran

British Airways is planning to resume its flights to Tehran on Thursday evening, the most recent restored link the West has made with Iran since lifting sanctions this past January following the nuclear program accord. A Boeing 777 jetliner will take off at 9:00 p.m. from London en route to Tehran, which will be the first flight for British Airways into Iran since 2012. Its service to Iran was suspended at that time amidst tightening sanctions by the West over the nuclear program in Iran. British Airways is planning to operate its service into Iran... 
 

Qatar Gives Illegal Residents Grace Period of Three Months

Illegal residents living in Qatar have been given a grace period of three months to leave the Middle East Gulf State without having legal consequences prior to the introduction of the changes taking place in the labor laws within the country. This grace period is Qatar’s first in over a decade, according to reports from local news. The country’s Ministry of the Interior announced last this week that residents who are illegal could report to the department of Search and Followup from Sept 1 to December 1 in order to arrange their leaving of the... 
 

Iranian Vessels Intercept United States Destroyer

A United States Navy official has said that four vessels from the Iranian Revolutionary Guard carried out an intercept at high speeds of the USS Nitze on Tuesday near Strait of Hormuz waters, calling the incident unprofessional as well as unsafe. The navy official said that two of the Iranian vessels turned away but not until they come to within less than 300 yards from the guided-missile destroyer of the U.S., as it crossed international waters. Only after it sent multiple audio and visual warnings did the Iranian vessels turn away. The incident... 
 
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