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The US Navy guided-missile destroyer USS Porter conducts strike operations while in the Mediterranean Sea. The US Defense Department said the operations were part of a cruise missile strike against Syria on April 7, 2017.  (photo by REUTERS/Ford Williams)

White House warning meant to deter Syria chemical attack

Tuesday, Jun. 27, 2017 | Laura Rozen, Back Channel

The Donald Trump administration made it clear to Assad’s forces that it won’t allow another gas attack.

Trump administration welcomes financial watchdog’s Iran sanctions reprieve

Monday, Jun. 26, 2017 | Laura Rozen, Back Channel

Treasury Department experts prevail as the United States endorses the Financial Action Task Force’s decision to indefinitely suspend countermeasures on Iran.

Kushner bolsters Trump Middle East peace push

Wednesday, Jun. 21, 2017 | Laura Rozen, Back Channel

By dispatching his son-in-law, the president has made it clear to both sides that he’s serious about wanting a deal. But will that be enough?

US struggles to calm new Syria flashpoints

Monday, Jun. 19, 2017 | Laura Rozen, Back Channel

Even as the Trump administration says it wants to avoid clashing with Assad and his allies, experts say a lack of a clear US strategy in Syria makes confrontation more likely.

US urges dialogue to ease Qatar crisis

Tuesday, Jun. 6, 2017 | Laura Rozen, Back Channel

Diplomats hope mediation will cool diplomatic crisis between Qatar and its Gulf rivals.

US, Russia hold secret talks over south Syria safe zone

Thursday, Jun. 1, 2017 | Laura Rozen, Back Channel

US and Russian officials are quietly negotiating a deal over a proposed "de-escalation" zone near the border with Jordan.

Trump goes on Iran-bashing tour

Monday, May. 22, 2017 | Laura Rozen, Back Channel

Iran has replaced the Islamic State as Donald Trump’s boogeyman during his first trip abroad, to the delight of the Saudis and Israel.

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