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President Trump Says Iran Appears To Be “Standing Down” Following Missile Attack; Vows New Sanctions

 In a 10-minute White House speech on Wednesday, President President Donald Trump said Tehran “appears to be standing down” after its missile attack on U.S. targets in Iraq.  Trump vowed to keep up the pressure on Iran with “punishing” new sanctions on top of the heavy economic restraints already in place, but didn’t suggest the U.S. would be taking any additional military action in response. “Iran appears to be standing down, which is a good thing for all parties concerned and a very good thing for the world,” Trump said. “No American or Iraqi lives were lost because of the precautions taken, the dispersal of forces and an early warning system that worked very well.” ...Read more

Dozens Killed In Stampede At Iranian General’s Funeral

More than 50 people were killed in a stampede Tuesday during a massive funeral procession in Iran for a top general assassinated in a US drone strike. As crowds packed the hometown of Revolutionary Guards commander Qasem Soleimani, a hugely popular figure in the Islamic republic, more than 50 people were killed and 212 people injured in a stampede in Kerman. ...Read more