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President Donald Trump speaks to reporters with National Security Adviser John Bolton looking on in the Oval Office at the White House in Washington, May 3, 2019.

Trump and Iran may be on the brink of a war that would likely be devastating to both sides

A war with Iran would likely be disastrous and further destabilize a region that's been consumed by conflict for years.
President Donald Trump holds up a memorandum that reinstates sanctions on Iran after he announced his decision to withdraw the United States from the 2015 Iran nuclear deal in the Diplomatic Room at the White House May 8, 2018 in Washington, DC.

27 Republicans just joined Democrats to block Trump from going to war with Iran without congressional approval

"This is the only way to stop Trump from starting another costly war. Constitutional rights aren't optional and endless war isn't inevitable."
U.S. Air Force F-22 Raptors arrive at Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar

US Air Force F-22 stealth fighters have returned to the Middle East amid a tense standoff with Iran

The arrival of these fifth-generation stealth fighters comes as US troops, equipment, and military assets are being deployed to deter Iran.
National Security Advisor John Bolton (R) listens to U.S. President Donald Trump talk to reporters during a meeting of his cabinet in the Cabinet Room at the White House February 12, 2019 in Washington, DC.

Trump’s closest advisers are pushing him to go to war with Iran, but the president is so far resisting

Trump has so far resisted calls for military action, and on Thursday night abruptly reversed a decision to hit Iran with air strikes.
An undated U.S. Air Force handout photo of a RQ-4 Global Hawk unmanned aircraft. The U.S. Air Force has decided to scrap its Northrop Grumman Corp high-altitude unmanned surveillance plane program and instead extend the life of its U-2 aircraft into the 2020s, according to a government official and a defense analyst. Loren Thompson, chief operating officer of the Virginia-based Lexington Institute, said the Air Force decision was based on the cost of the Global Hawk unmanned planes, and that the service would investigate using a marine version with different sensors that Northrop is developing for the Navy.

A US strike on Iran would be disastrous for the region — and likely for the US

An Iranian attack on a US drone has brought the countries to the brink of war. But a US strike on Iran would be counterproductive — even dangerous.
President Donald Trump holds up a memorandum that reinstates sanctions on Iran after he announced his decision to withdraw the United States from the 2015 Iran nuclear deal in the Diplomatic Room at the White House May 8, 2018 in Washington, DC.

How the Trump administration got into a showdown with Iran that could lead to war

The Trump administration has rejected suggestions it's moving toward war after deploying military assets in response to unspecified threats.
1,000 more troops are headed to the Middle East to confront Iran

The US is sending 1,000 more troops to the Middle East to confront Iran after the recent tanker attacks

In the wake of several attacks on commercial shipping, the Pentagon has decided it needs more troops on the ground in the Middle East to check Iran.
French President Emmanuel Macron speaks with President Donald Trump ahead of a meeting at the Prefecture of Caen, on the sidelines of D-Day commemorations marking the 75th anniversary of the World War II Allied landings in Normandy, France, June 6, 2019.

Iran just took its boldest action yet against the nuclear deal to ‘blackmail’ US allies and isolate Trump

Iran is responding to the US's maximum pressure campaign with "maximum blackmail" aimed at driving a wedge between Trump and the US's European allies.

The oil tanker attacks could make a US-Iran military showdown inevitable, experts warn

Experts warn that Iran could soon begin targeting US assets in the Middle East and stage attacks on Americans in the region.
Photo of the smoking tanker from the News Agency Of The (IRIB) Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting (iribnews)

Oil is surging after a suspected torpedo attack on 2 tankers in the Gulf of Oman

Oil prices jumped at least 3% as traders feared Middle-Eastern tensions could reduce crude supplies.