The Russian-led anti-terrorist campaign in Syria has taken center stage at the Gas Exporting Countries Forum in Tehran, where President Putin met with Iranian leaders and praised their country’s role in rooting out terrorism in the region.
The US government has approved the potential sale of up to four warships to Saudi Arabia, along with weapons, training and logistics support. Lockheed Martin Corp. is the principal contractor in the $11.25 billion deal, which is still being negotiated.
The last-ditch Republican effort to block the Iran nuclear deal has been defeated in the Senate. An amendment to stop the US from lifting sanctions on Iran until the release of US prisoners and recognition of Israel could not muster enough votes to pass.
President Barack Obama’s push to get congressional approval for the Iran nuclear deal has run into opposition, even after envoys from the UK, Germany and Russia told US lawmakers that rejecting the agreement would be a “nightmare.”
Obama and the State Department’s plan for Iran is to slowly undermine the country while US hawks are still committed to Plan A, which is to immediately destroy Iran, says independent political analyst Dan Glazebrook.