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The European Union's foreign policy chief, Josep Borrell, talks to reporters Tuesday at the European Parliament in Strasbourg, France. The same day, the U.K., France and Germany announced they were lodging a dispute against Tehran under the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, or JCPoA, better known as the Iran nuclear deal. Jean-Francois Badias/AP hide caption

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Debris from Ukraine International Airlines Flight 752, which was shot down after takeoff from Iran's Imam Khomeini airport, on the outskirts of Tehran. Social Media/via Reuters hide caption

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Some Canadians Are Angry At The U.S. Over Iran's Downing Of Flight 752

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Defense Secretary Mark told NPR on Monday that the U.S. has the constitutional authority to strike Iranian proxies in Iraq and Iran on its home soil in retaliation for attacks on American forces. Jacquelyn Martin/AP hide caption

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Afghan Army commandos attend their graduation ceremony after a 3 1/2-month training program, at the Commando Training Center on the outskirts of Kabul, Afghanistan, on Monday. Rahmat Gul/AP hide caption

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Robert O'Brien's first order of business when he took over the NSC in September was to make cuts in what he saw as a bloated foreign policy wing. Nicholas Kamm/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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Exclusive: Iran Strike Won't Slow Trump's Cuts To National Security Council

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Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin announce new sanctions on Iran at the White House on Friday. Nicholas Kamm/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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A child's shoe sits amid the rubble of the Ukrainian jetliner, which carried 176 people to their deaths when it plunged from the sky outside Tehran on Wednesday. Borna Ghassemi/ISNA/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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At the White House on Wednesday, national security adviser Robert O'Brien hears President Trump address the nation on the ballistic missile strike that Iran launched against Iraqi air bases housing U.S. troops. Alex Brandon/AP hide caption

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A rescue worker combs the wreckage of a Ukraine International Airlines plane near Iran's Imam Khomeini International Airport on Wednesday. All 176 people on board died in the crash, which Ukraine is now investigating. Ebrahim Noroozi/AP hide caption

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Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (left) attends a ceremony with Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, in November. The Saudi crown prince was in the UAE for talks that were expected to focus on the war in Yemen and tensions with Iran. Mohamed Al Hammadi/AP hide caption

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Saudi Arabia Sought Dialogue With Iran. Then The U.S.-Iranian Conflict Escalated

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A protester waves the Iraqi flag in Baghdad on Wednesday. Both the U.S. and Iran have launched attacks in Iraq in the past week — including the Iranian missile strike on bases housing U.S. military personnel. Khalid Mohammed/AP hide caption

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What We Know: Iran's Missile Strike Against The U.S. In Iraq

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The Day That Never Happened

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Search and rescue workers at the crash site of a Ukrainian Boeing 737 outside Tehran, Iran. The plane crashed just after takeoff, killing all 176 aboard. Anadolu Agency via Getty Images hide caption

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Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the U.S. strike against a top Iranian military commander "fit perfectly within our strategy in how to counter the threat of malign activity from Iran." dpa Picture-Alliance via Getty Images hide caption

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Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif in 2018. He was interviewed by NPR on Tuesday. Elias Williams for NPR hide caption

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Transcript: NPR's Full Interview With Iran's Foreign Minister

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During a funeral procession on Monday, mourners surround a truck carrying the coffins of Iranian Maj. Gen. Qassem Soleimani and others who were killed in Iraq by a U.S. drone strike. Majid Saeedi/Getty Images hide caption

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