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Bolton's departure eases risk of war, gives Pompeo a boost

The abrupt firing or resignation on Tuesday - depending on who you believe - of the United States' famously moustachioed and notoriously hawkish National Security Adviser John Bolton, came as a shock but not necessarily a surprise.

In the short term, fears of edging into a new war overseas - as remains a worry in the case of Iran - may be temporarily eased somewhat by Mr Bolton's departure.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 12, 2019, with the headline 'Bolton's departure eases risk of war, gives Pompeo a boost'. Print Edition | Subscribe