Pompeo says he visited Iraq due to Iran's "escalating activity"
Pompeo during his visit, stressed that Washington is committed to protecting the sovereignty of Iraq
US Secretary of State leaves Baghdad after a brief visit during which he met with Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi
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A second Syrian rebel faction, the former US equipped Hamza Brigade, based in ES area shelled Assad loyalist positions located north of Aleppo city. The faction states its in response to Assad loyalists and Iran bombing civilians in Idlib and Hama.
Iraqi government source: US Secretary of State arrives in Baghdad and meet Iraqi Prime Minister
Iran's FM Zarif: Iran has decided to stop implementing "some" of commitments it used to fulfill voluntarily "for now" due to "Europeans showing they're incapable of resisting US pressures"
Iran working with Venezuela "to establish a safe haven for its terrorist proxies," according to @VP.
CVN 72 secured from its CAS exercise with USAF and Romanian elements on Sunday, the Navy says
US Secretary of State Pompeo arrives in Baghdad, Iraq on an unannounced visit.
Iran moving ballistic missiles by boat, US officials tell CNN
The Abe Lincoln CSG includes Carrier Strike Group 12, the CVW-7 air wing: VFA-143 Pukin Dogs FA-18E, VFA-103 Jolly Rogers FA-18F, VFA-86 Sidewinders FA-18E, VFA-25 Fist of the Fleet FA-18E, VAQ-140 Patriots EA-18G, VAW-121 Bluetails E2D, HSC-5 Nightdippers MH-60S, HSM-79 Griffins MH-60R, VRC-40 Det. 3 Rawhides C-2A, CarStrkgru 12 warships (others may be picked up or operate with the Group when in the Persian Gulf): Leyte Gulf (CG-55); Bainbridge (DDG-96), Mason (DDG-87) and Nitze (DDG-94).
Acting SecDef Shanahan on threats from Iran: "We're very prudent and we're very measured but our focus remains the same: combat a clandestine insurgency, rebuild security in Iraq." Adds, "We have credible reporting.getting in the right posture for that dynamic environment."
According to @US_EUCOM, Abe's planned port visit to Split, Croatia, had been cancelled in order to get to Centcom sooner
On the carrier deployment - DOD confirms that the Abe's CSG was expected to spend a significant amount of time in CENTCOM on this deployment, but the new Iran threat expedited its arrival
DOD also confirms that the request for additional forces in the region started at Centcom in response to "recent and clear indications" that Iran and proxy forces were preparing to possible attack US troops in the region
DOD is confirming that @CENTCOM is tracking a number of "credible threats" from Iran against US troops in the region
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US officials suggest recent intelligence may indicate otherwise but @CENTCOM told the @DoD_IG that while Iran "maintains significant capability to threaten US forces in Syria. Iran's priority is to defeat ISIS, which it sees as an existential threat"
Iranian Revolutionary Guard spokesman: We have sufficient capacity to react decisively in the event of any possible attack.
Spokesman for the Iranian Revolutionary Guard: Entering the arena of confrontation with Iran will not lead to any result
Iran FM to announce "diminishing commitments" to nuclear deal to envoys of five remaining signatories on Wednesday, Rouhani to send letter
Paris: Europe will have to impose sanctions if Iran retracts parts of the nuclear deal
U.S. officials say the bomber task force being sent the Middle East will likely include four B-52 bombers.
Iranian Foreign Minister Zarif: Any attempt to ignite a war with Iran is a "suicide" for those who carry out it
Iranian Foreign Minister: Bolton's remarks are part of his move and his partners in Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Israel against Iran
Saudi Crown Prince and US Secretary of State discuss developments in the region
"We do not seek war with the Iranian government, but we will defend US personnel, our allies and our interests in the region" per @ChiefPentSpox statement re: Iran
deployment of USS Abraham Lincoln Carrier Strike Group and a bomber task force to Middle East "a prudent step in response to indications of heightened Iranian readiness to conduct offensive operations against US forces and our interests" per @ChiefPentSpox
Pompeo says US sees activity indicating possible 'escalation' from Iran, as the air group carrier is on its way to the Gulf area
Khamenei: The dawns of Ramadan shouldn't be missed; they're a great opportunity. If we don't grasp it, in this hectic world, we won't have another chance of private contemplation with ourselves, our hearts and our God.
Khamenei: Dear friends. Ramadan is a great opportunity; it is an opportunity to establish bonds with the people; an opportunity to help the poor; but above all, an opportunity to engage in worship and getting closer to God. It is an opportunity to enjoy divine mercy and divine banquet.