Iran tensions: 1,500 US troops head to Middle East as Trump seals $7bn Saudi arms sale

White House downplays prospect of conflict but blames Iran for tanker bombings and Iraq attack The US will send hundreds of additional troops and a dozen fighter jets to the Middle East in the coming weeks to counter what the Pentagon has said is an escalating campaign by Iran to plan attacks against the US and its interests in the region. And for the first time, Pentagon officials on Friday publicly blamed Iran and its proxies for sent up to 10,000 military reinforcements to the region. The acting defence secretary, Patrick Shanahan, later said planners hadnt settled on a figure. The US currently has about 70,000 troops across the Middle East. Tension had been rising with Iran for more than …

Iran nuclear deal: what has Tehran said and what happens next?

Hassan Rouhanis move to alter commitments amid crippling US sanctions outlined What has Iran announced? Iran has suspended commitments it made under the terms of the 2015 nuclear deal, which lifted sanctions on the country in exchange for limits on Tehrans nuclear programme. The deal was reached after years of negotiations. Hassan Rouhani, president of Iran, said Tehran would hang on to its stocks of excess enriched uranium and heavy water instead of exporting them. He threatened to resume enriching uranium above a limit set out in the deal unless there was progress on sanctions relief. What did the deal say about these commitments? The removed waivers on nuclear co-operation with Iran, including the shipment abroad of excess supplies, perversely …