Iran Election: Ebrahim Raisi Is Headed to Presidency as Rivals Concede

Rival candidates conceded the election to Mr. Raisi, Iran’s judiciary chief, a close ally of the supreme leader who has a record of grave human rights violations.

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Iran’s Proxies in Iraq Threaten U.S. With More Sophisticated Weapons

Iran-backed militias in Iraq are suspected of carrying out recent drone strikes on sensitive American targets in Iraq, evading U.S. defenses.

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Second Close Call Between Iranian and American Vessels Raises Tensions

The tense encounters come as the two countries have resumed talks over renewing the 2015 nuclear agreement. The latest episode ended only after an American warship fired warning shots.

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Iran’s Foreign Minister, in Leaked Tape, Says Revolutionary Guards Set Policies

Mohammad Javad Zarif, the Iranian foreign minister, described a rivalry with a powerful and widely revered military leader, Qassim Suleimani.

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Biden Seeks Update for a Much-Stretched Law That Authorizes the War on Terrorism

The legal basis for the war against Al Qaeda and its successors is aging and frayed, but how to replace it has long bedeviled lawmakers.

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In a Dangerous Game of Cat and Mouse, Iran Eyes New Targets in Africa

Fifteen people arrested in Ethiopia were part of what American and Israeli officials said was a foiled Iranian plot against diplomats from the United Arab Emirates.

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In Abrupt Reversal of Iran Strategy, Pentagon Orders Aircraft Carrier Home

After weeks of escalation and threatening language, the Defense Department is sending mixed messages as the anniversary of the death of an Iranian general nears.

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Pentagon Sends More B-52s to Middle East to Deter Iranian Attacks on U.S. Troops

The flights came a week after President Trump warned Tehran following rocket strikes on the U.S. Embassy in Iraq.

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To Deter Iranian Attacks on U.S. Troops, Pentagon Orders B-52 Flights to Middle East

It was the second time in three weeks that Air Force bombers had conducted long-range flights near Iranian air space on short notice.

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Brazen Killings Expose Iran’s Vulnerabilities as It Struggles to Respond

After suffering a string of audacious attacks, Tehran faces an agonizing choice: embracing hard-liner demands for swift retaliation, or trying to make a fresh start with the Biden administration.

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Assassination Threatens Fate of Iran Nuclear Deal

The killing of Iran’s top nuclear scientist is likely to impede the country’s military ambitions. Its real purpose may have been to prevent the president-elect from resuming diplomacy with Tehran.

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For Trump, Defying Mideast Truisms Produced Breakthroughs and Backfires

Disregarding norms and accepted wisdom, President Trump went his own way in the Middle East and, in some cases, got what he wanted.

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Pompeo Threatens to Close U.S. Embassy in Iraq Unless Militias Halt Attacks

U.S. and Iraqi officials say they are surprised by the proposed retreat, which could set back American efforts to fight the Islamic State and to limit Iranian influence.

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Two Are Accused of Hacking U.S. Websites With Pro-Iran Messages

The cyberattacks were in retaliation for the death of Maj. Gen. Qassim Suleimani of Iran in a U.S. military airstrike in January, according to a federal indictment unsealed Tuesday.

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Failing to Override a Veto, Senate Falls Short of Curbing Trump’s Iran War Powers

The defeat of the measure allows President Trump to continue to act unilaterally on Iran, in defiance of Congress.

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Trump Vetoes Measure Demanding Congressional Approval for Iran Conflict

The president said the resolution was an “insulting” move to limit his powers as commander in chief.

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