Saudi King invites survivor and victims’ relatives of New Zealand shooting to make holy pilgrimage to the Hajj

Saudi King invites survivor and victims’ relatives of New Zealand shooting to make holy pilgrimage to the Hajj

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Donald Trump: No comment on whether he will ask Saudis about Jamal Khashoggi killing

President Donald Trump says Mohammad bin Salman is doing a “spectacular job,” refused to DISCUSS slain Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi

IRAN CRISIS: Saudi Arabia won’t hesitate to defend itself

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The latest on developments in the Persian Gulf region and elsewhere in the Mideast amid heightened tensions between the U.S. and Iran 

The U.S. military command that oversees the Mideast has confirmed an explosion outside the U.S. Embassy compound in Baghdad and says there are no U.S. or coalition casualties.

A spokesman for U.S. Central Command, Bill Urban, says in a statement that Iraqi Security Forces are investigating Sunday’s incident.

A State Department spokesman says that “a low-grade rocket” landed within the International Zone near the U.S. Embassy and that there was no significant damage or impact on any U.S.-inhabited facility.

Analysis Iran Threatens the Saudi-U.S. Axis Without Taking Direct Responsibility

The flow of news continues from the Persian Gulf at a rapid pace. On Tuesday, sites connected to the oil industries of Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates were reportedly hit for the second time this week. And according to a New York Times report, the White House is considering military plans against Iran, one of which includes the dispatch to the region of a huge taskforce of 120,000 soldiers. (U.S. President Donald Trump denied the report on Tuesday.) Iran’s choice of targets is already causing unusual volatility in the oil market and is of concern to the Trump administration.