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Ex-FBI agent who vanished in Iran pleads for help in mysterious video

In a case that’s gotten little media coverage, unknown captors have been holding retired FBI agent Robert Levinson hostage for the last five years, some believe in Iran. But a new video released on Friday looks like it may elevate the story to the level of a true international crisis.…

Video posted of former FBI agent missing in Iran

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The family of a former FBI agent who vanished in Iran in 2007 has released a hostage video showing him alive and asking for help. The video shows Robert Levinson, looking gaunt, asking for the U.S. government’s help “to answer the requests of the group that has…

Iran airs footage of U.S. drone, protests ‘violation’

TEHRAN — Iran made a formal protest on Thursday over a US drone entering “deep” into its eastern airspace last week, and aired footage of what appeared to be the downed aircraft on state television. Swiss ambassador Livia Leu Agosti was summoned to the foreign ministry and told the incident…

Obama rejects Republican ‘appeasement’ claims

WASHINGTON — With the icy riposte “ask Osama bin Laden,” President Barack Obama on Thursday rebutted Republican claims he is blind to the threat from radical “thugs” and guilty of appeasing US enemies. Obama’s use of lethal force as US commander-in-chief against Al-Qaeda and other groups has partly insulated him…

Republicans urge covert ops against Iran, Syria

Republican US presidential candidates have redoubled their public calls for “covert” operations against Iran and Syria, including sabotage, assassination and aid to opposition forces. Former House speaker Newt Gingrich, who has led the calls for secret war, told a gathering of party activists on Wednesday he would use “covert capability”…

Republicans slam Obama on Israel, Iran

WASHINGTON — Republican White House hopefuls slammed US President Barack Obama’s policy towards Israel on Wednesday, charging he has undermined its security, set back Middle East peace efforts, and coddled Iran. Speaking to hundreds of their party’s Jewish activists, the candidates called for “regime change” in Iran and Syria and…

U.S. opens ‘virtual embassy’ to enter Iran

WASHINGTON — The United States on Tuesday opened a virtual online embassy to reach out to Iranians despite the absence of official ties, vowing to break through the Islamic regime’s “electronic curtain.” Iranian authorities have already voiced anger over the virtual embassy, accusing the United States of seeking to interfere…

Kucinich: Is Obama stumbling into war with Iran?

Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-OH) on Monday questioned whether the Obama administration was trying to provoke Iran into an armed conflict. The Iranian government claimed on Sunday that it had shot down a RQ-170 Sentinel — a U.S. high-altitude reconnaissance drone — that had flown into Iran’s eastern airspace. The Pentagon…

Saudi Arabia may join nuclear arms race: ex-spy chief

Saudi Arabia may consider acquiring nuclear weapons to match regional rivals Israel and Iran, its former intelligence chief Prince Turki al-Faisal said on Monday. “Our efforts and those of the world have failed to convince Israel to abandon its weapons of mass destruction, as well as Iran… therefore it is…

No indication drone lost in Iran was shot down: Pentagon

The Pentagon said Monday there is no indication that a US drone lost in Iranian territory was shot down, contradicting Tehran’s claims. Iranian media said late Sunday that an RQ-170 unmanned aerial vehicle was shot down after making an incursion into Iran’s eastern airspace. The RQ-170 Sentinel is a high-altitude…

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