These are some of the headlines we are tracking for you in this episode of On the News Line:
Awarding state sponsors of terrorism
A CIA medal for a Saudi Prince. Saudi Crown Prince Muhammad bin Nayef has been awarded the George Tenet medal for what the US Central Intelligence Agency views for his efforts to fight terrorism. Tenet award is named after George Tenet who served as Director of Central Intelligence from July 1997 to July 2004. Back in 2015, a CIA report was declassified, slamming Tenet in particular for failing to thwart Osama bin Laden despite years of warnings and threats from al-Qaeda. His failure is blamed for the 9/11 attacks, in which 15 Saudi nationals were involved. There have been some reports suggesting that several members of the Saudi royal family had been listed as sponsors of al-Qaeda terrorist group.
US shares war crimes with Saudi Arabia in Yemen
It was supposed to be a operation that would be the first military win which could help decrease attacks at home. But it turned out to be a major embarrassment instead. The recent US raid in Yemen was approved by the new US president over dinner according to a report. It was meant to target al-Qaeda but missed its reported target and severely damaged a local clinic, mosque, and school. A number of civilians were killed, women and children included. The attack carried by the US Navy SEALs added insult to injury in a country which is already being bombarded heavily daily by its northern neighbor since March 2015.
Iran's response to Trump
In their millions, Iranians throughout the country flooded the streets on Friday to mark the 38th anniversary of the victory of the Islamic Revolution. During the rallies Iranians chanted slogans against US President Donald Trump whose actions, since taking power last month, have been met with criticism in many countries. The protesters also expressed their gratitude to the people of America who have been venting their anger at Trump’s discriminatory policies including his travel ban on 7 Muslim nations. This year’s rallies came as the US has ratcheted up the hawkish rhetoric against Iran following Tehran’s test-firing of a missile in late January. Trump warned Iran that the White House put the country on notice. Washington also slapped Tehran with fresh economic sanctions over its missile program among other issues.