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Democratic lawmakers are concerned President Donald Trump is "inching" the US toward war with Iran.

There’s a lurking danger the US-Iran powder keg in the Persian Gulf could be ignited in Iraq

The US and Iran say they don't want a Persian Gulf war, but there's a risk that an Iran-backed militia could start it by attacking Americans in Iraq.

Here’s the heavy US and UK naval firepower ready near Iran if the tanker tensions boil over

The UK and US both have many warships in the region that have proven their mettle in backing down Iranian threats.
A Marine Corps Super Stallion CH-53 lands on USS Boxer on June 24. The Wall Street Journal reported that an Iranian helicopter came within a few yards of landing on the amphibious carrier.

USS Boxer had a bizarre and dangerous encounter with an Iranian chopper right before the ship destroyed a drone

The Wall Street Journal reporter Rory Jones was aboard the USS Boxer in the hours before it downed an Iranian drone in the Persian Gulf.
President Donald Trump does not want to reduce arms sales to Saudi Arabia as a response to Jamal Khashoggi's disappearance.

The 3-letter word that’s missing from the showdown with Iran

Behind the latest tensions is the US desire for the control of a resource that Iran is in a unique position to challenge, writes Michael T. Klare.
Iran's fast attack craft, the type repeatedly used to harass ships in the Persian Gulf.

Iranian gunboats trying to seize a British oil tanker were scared away by the Royal Navy

"Threats to international freedom of navigation require an international solution," a Defense Department spokesman said to INSIDER.

Iran may be playing on a key US weakness to flip the tanker mining crisis on its head and spike oil prices

Iran can keep mining tankers carrying a fifth of the world's oil supply, and the US military can't do much to stop it.
The Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln in the Indian Ocean, January 18, 2012.

Here’s why the US aircraft carrier sent to confront Iran isn’t sailing up to its doorstep

The US military sent tons of firepower to the Middle East as a show of force to Iran, but it is holding back amid fears tensions could boil over.

Iran warns US warships are in range of its missiles as 2 destroyers sail into the Persian Gulf

An Iranian official said Friday that "even our short-range missiles can easily reach" US warships that sailed into the Persian Gulf on Thursday.
The Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln in the Indian Ocean, January 18, 2012.

Why the US suddenly decided to send an aircraft carrier and bombers to check Iran

The US got intel hinting at a possible Iranian attack on US interests, so Washington decided to move additional firepower to the region as a warning.
Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS The Sullivans transits the Strait of Hormuz in front of amphibious assault ship USS Essex, October 10, 2018.

Here’s what it looked like when 2 Iranian speedboats zipped by a US warship carrying the top commander in the Middle East

US and Iranian vessels have not had an "unsafe or unprofessional" incident in more than a year, but they had a close encounter last week.