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Thursday, May 14, 2015

None of America's mid-east allies trust Obama on Iran deal

CAMP DAVID, Md. — President Obama on Thursday offered Saudi Arabiaand smaller states in the Arab world new defenses against potential missile attacks and maritime and cyberthreats from Iran, an effort to allay their fears that a nuclear accord with Tehran will empower their main rival in the Middle East.
But in a daylong meeting here, Mr. Obama stopped short of offering a formal defense pact that would obligate the United States to come to the nations’ aid if they were attacked. Instead, he tried to reassure them that he was committed to their security and willing to help them counter Iran. The Saudis and other Arab nations in the Gulf Cooperation Council say that lifting oil and financial sanctions, as called for in the nuclear deal, will allow Iran to expand its influence from Iraq to Syria to Yemen...

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