Things heating up with Iran
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Started by metmike - May 9, 2019, 7:54 p.m.

Iran-US tensions escalate as Trump imposes new sanctions

"The United States announced harsh new sanctions on Iran as tensions surge between the decades-long rivals.

President Donald Trump issued an executive order on Wednesday to sanction Iran's steel, aluminium, copper and iron sectors, which provide crucial foreign currency earnings for its crippled economy. Trump also threatened further action unless Tehran "fundamentally" changed its behaviour."

By metmike - May 11, 2019, 3:43 p.m.
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US sends Patriot missile system to Middle East amid Iran tensions

"A warship, USS Arlington, with amphibious vehicles and aircraft on board, will also join the USS Abraham Lincoln strike group in the Gulf.

And US B-52 bombers have arrived at a base in Qatar, the Pentagon said.

The US said the moves were a response to a possible threat to US forces in the region by Iran, without specifying. Iran dismissed the claim as nonsense."

Infographic showing how Patriot defence system works

The Patriot system can counter ballistic missiles, cruise missiles and advanced aircraft.