Biden calls Saudi king as US readies report on Khashoggi killing

Reuters reports the US intelligence assessment concluded "the crown prince approved and likely ordered the murder of Khashoggi.”

Elizabeth Hagedorn | Khashoggi | Feb 25, 2021
al-monitor Friends of murdered Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi hold posters bearing his picture as they attend an event marking the second-year anniversary of his assassination in front of Saudi Arabia Istanbul Consulate, on Oct. 2, 2020. Photo by OZAN KOSE/AFP via Getty Images.

CENTCOM chief warns Iran over strikes on Erbil, Saudi Arabia

Gen. Kenneth "'Frank" McKenzie warned Iran in the boldest statement yet from the Biden administration over the attacks.

Jared Szuba | Iran-US tensions | Feb 24, 2021

Intel: Blinken tells Egypt that human rights are 'central' to US relationship

Secretary of State Antony Blinken also expressed concern over Egypt’s planned procurement of Su-35 fighter aircraft from Russia.

Elizabeth Hagedorn | Human rights | Feb 23, 2021

RAND report advocates development over defense in the Middle East

The report said US policy is outdated and has not led to security in the region.

Al-Monitor Staff | | Feb 23, 2021

Kataib Hezbollah denies role in recent Iraq rocket attacks

The high-profile, Iran-backed militia denied responsibility for attacks on US targets in Iraq.

Al-Monitor Staff | | Feb 23, 2021