For the first time in decades, the United States’ supremacy in missile technology is at risk, as world powers compete over new technology that could entirely redefine the battlefield
President Donald Trump announced Shanahan's departure in a tweet and said Army Secretary Mark Esper would be the new acting Pentagon chief.
The United States ratcheted up pressure on Iran, announcing the deployment of 1,000 additional troops to the Middle East, as Tehran set a 10-day countdown for world powers to fulfil their commitments for a nuclear deal abandoned by Washington.
Initial findings of an investigation led by the United Arab Emirates of May 12 attacks on oil tankers point to the likelihood that a state was behind the bombings, the UAE says.
"China can and should have a cooperative relationship with the rest of the region," US Acting Defence Secretary Patrick Shanahan said at the Shangri-La Dialogue in Singapore.
President Trump agrees to joint US-Turkey study on Washington's concerns over the sale of the Russian missile defence system to Ankara, Middle East Eye reports.
Tehran and Washington have this month been escalating rhetoric against each other, following US President Donald Trump's decision to try to cut Iran's oil exports to zero and beef up the US military presence in the Gulf.
Comments by Pentagon chief Patrick Shanahan come amid a war of words between Washington and Tehran as both sides accuse the other of dangerously ratcheting up tensions.
The US’s most recent sanctions on Iranian oil exports have created a backlash, among them the latest incident to take place in contentious waters.
US sends amphibious assault ship and a Patriot missile system to Middle East to counter alleged threats from Iran, despite Tehran shrugging off recent US deployment in the region.
Arab residents complain about a lack of basic services and discrimination by local administrations run by the YPG, the Syrian offshoot of the PKK terror group.
US depends on allies in the region, including Saudi Arabia, to counter Iranian influence. In April, the US moved ahead with part of a THAAD missile defence system sale to the kingdom.
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