The U.S. vs. Iran Tense Rhetoric Pushes Middle East Closer to Accidental War

With U.S. President Donald Trump and Iranian leader Hassan Rouhani trading taunts and threats, tensions between the two countries are reaching an all-time high. The slightest misstep could trigger yet another full-blown, armed conflict in the Middle East.
U.S. President Donald Trump speaks at a NATO summit, flanked by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and National Security Adviser John Bolton

U.S. President Donald Trump speaks at a NATO summit, flanked by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and National Security Adviser John Bolton

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Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei

Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei

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Visitors to the old main bazaar in Tehran: "The young people have lost faith in the future."

Visitors to the old main bazaar in Tehran: "The young people have lost faith in the future."

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