Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on Tuesday (Jun 26) lambasted United States President Donald Trump’s withdrawal from a deal with Iran on its nuclear program, and said Iranians will not give in to US pressure but would defend their independence and Islamic values.
As the Trump administration has promised to help Christians and other religious minorities who faced genocide at the hands of the Islamic State, the U.S. government has resettled only 10 Christian refugees from Iraq and Syria since the beginning of 2018.
Syrian state media reported Monday that an airstrike against pro-government forces in the far east of the country caused casualties, while Iraqi officials said 20 Shiite paramilitaries were killed just across the border.
Vice President Mike Pence assured conservative Christian activists and donors Saturday night that the Trump administration is still following through on its promise to provide direct assistance to Iraqi and Syrian Christians despite complaints that some religious minorities groups have not seen the promised aid.
Despite relative calm returning to southern Israel after more than 100 mortars and rockets were fired from the Gaza Strip, Israel is at its closest point to war since Operation Protective Edge four years ago, a senior IDF officer in the Southern Command said on Thursday.
The arrest and imprisonment of Stephen Lennon, better known as Tommy Robinson, has set off protests around the world. Lennon is a British right-wing activist who's been outspoken about the growing influence of Islam in that country. Some have compared him to a 'whistleblower.'
Israel is pointing a finger at Iran for being behind the most serious escalation on it’s southern front in four years.
Iranian officials are plotting with U.S. allies across the globe to develop a series of measures meant to counter new sanctions by the Trump administration following its abandonment of the landmark nuclear deal, setting up a global economic showdown between America and its allies over their future business dealings with the Islamic Republic.
Iran and Saudi Arabia were among the Middle Eastern countries whose records on religious freedom were severely criticized on Tuesday, with the publication of the US State Department’s International Religious Freedom Report for 2017.