Latest Mike Pompeo News

US says attack on Saudi oil site was an Iranian 'act of war'

Sep. 19, 2019 12:45 AM EDT

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Wednesday called the attack on Saudi Arabia's oil installations an "act of war" against the kingdom by Iran, as the Saudis displayed missile and drone wreckage and cited other evidence they said shows the raid was "unquestionably sponsored...

Despite tough talk, Trump leery of foreign conflict

Sep. 19, 2019 12:09 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A president with few ideological constants, Donald Trump has consistently been leery of getting entangled in overseas military engagements. It's a stance shaped by his belief that wars in places like Vietnam, Afghanistan and Iraq have drained America's resources at home and its reputation...

Trump names hostage envoy O'Brien national security adviser

Sep. 18, 2019 8:45 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Wednesday named Robert O'Brien, his chief hostage negotiator and an established figure in Republican policy circles, as his new national security adviser. O'Brien, the fourth person in two years to hold the job, becomes the administration's point person on...

Saudis couldn't stop oil attack, even with top US defenses

Sep. 18, 2019 8:02 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Saudi Arabia spent billions to protect a kingdom built on oil but could not stop the suspected Iranian drone and missile attack, exposing gaps that even America's most advanced weaponry failed to fill. In addition to deciding whether that firepower should be turned on Iran in retaliation,...

Oil price drops for 2nd day despite heightened Gulf tensions

Sep. 18, 2019 5:10 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Oil prices retreated for a second day Wednesday even as the Saudi military blamed Iran for recent attacks to critical oil infrastructure and U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo called the strike an "act of war." Benchmark U.S. crude fell 2% to close at $58.11 per barrel. It fell nearly 5.7%...

The Latest: Saudi minister: 50% of crude reduction restored

Sep. 17, 2019 8:56 PM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The Latest on tensions in the Persian Gulf and the fallout after weekend attack on major oil sites in Saudi Arabia (all times local): 10 p.m. Saudi Arabia's energy minister says 50% of the production cut by the attack on its oil processing plant has been restored. Prince...

Trump strains to balance diplomacy, military threat to Iran

Sep. 17, 2019 6:48 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration tried to balance diplomacy with fresh talk of military action Tuesday in response to the fiery missile and drone attack on the heart of Saudi Arabia's oil industry — a strike marking the most explosive consequence yet of the "maximum pressure" U.S. economic...

ICC judges authorize appeal against Afghanistan rejection

Sep. 17, 2019 12:58 PM EDT

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — International Criminal Court judges said Tuesday that the court's prosecutor can appeal against the rejection of her request to open an investigation into crimes linked to the long-running conflict in Afghanistan. In April, a panel of judges rejected the proposed...

Jihad, history link Taliban to al-Qaida in Afghanistan

Sep. 17, 2019 8:50 AM EDT

ISLAMABAD (AP) — The Taliban promised Washington during months of negotiations that the United States would never again be attacked from Afghan soil. Such a pledge would have included al-Qaida, which planned the 9/11 attacks from inside Afghanistan. Yet jihad, or holy war, and a shared history continue to...

AP FACT CHECK: Trump contradicts aides, self on Iran talks

Sep. 16, 2019 8:48 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — It's one of the most commonly heard phrases around the White House as aides seek to explain Donald Trump's thinking: "The president has made clear that ..." But saying so doesn't make it so. And on the question of a theoretical meeting between U.S. and Iranian leaders, it's not clear at...