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Missile attack on US embassy in Baghdad

At least four rockets have targeted the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad’s heavily fortified Green Zone, two Iraqi security officials said. The area is home to diplomatic missions and the seat of Iraq’s government, Three of the missiles struck within the perimeter of the American Embassy, the officials said. Another hit …

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New drone attack on US forces in Iraq

Two armed drones targeting an air base in western Iraq were shot down on Tuesday, an official of the U.S.-led coalition fighting the Islamic State group said.  “Two fixed-wing drones rigged with explosives were engaged and destroyed by defensive capabilities at the Iraqi Al-Asad Air Base early this morning,” the …

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Baghdad green zone hit by rocket fire

Two rockets struck Baghdad’s heavily fortified Green Zone, home to the U.S. embassy, causing property damage but no casualties, Iraq’s military said early Sunday. One rocket was destroyed by the embassy’s C-RAM defense system. Another fell near a national monument, causing damage to two civilian vehicles, the statement said. An …

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British shoot down drone over Syria

A British warplane that is part of a U.S.-led coalition shot down a drone this week near a base where U.S. troops are stationed in southern Syria, officials said on Thursday. The base, known as Tanf, is located in a strategic area near Syria’s Tanf border crossing with Iraq and …

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Israeli missile attack leaves one Syrian dead

A Syrian soldier was killed Thursday in an Israeli missile raid from the occupied Golan Heights into southern Syria, state media reported. “At around 12:50 am, the Israeli enemy carried out an air raid with several missiles in the direction of the occupied Syrian Golan and targeting several positions in …

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BREAKING NEWS – Hezbollah commander killed in Yemen, country demands answers from Lebanon

Hizbullah military commander and expert Akram al-Sayyed has died in artillery shelling in Yemen’s Marib governorate, Yemeni Information, Culture and Tourism Minister Moammar al-Aryani has said, describing the development as “a painful blow to Tehran’s regime and its sectarian militias.” “Al-Sayyed, 35, had entered Yemen in August 2017 among a …

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Lebanon sides with Syria on Latakia attack

Lebanon’s Foreign Ministry on Tuesday strongly condemned an Israeli strike on Syria’s Latakia port that reportedly destroyed an Iranian weapons shipment. In a statement, the Ministry said “Lebanon’s government and people will always stand by the Syrian Arab Republic in what preserves its security, stability and the safety of its …

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Latakia port on fire after Israeli air attack

Fires caused by an Israeli “aggression” at Syria’s Latakia port on Tuesday had been extinguished, leaving material damage, but the status of any casualties was unclear, Syria’s state media reported. Five explosions rocked the port city after an Israeli “aggression” hit the port’s container yard, sending fire trucks racing to …

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Israelis attack Syrians sending arms to Lebanon

An Israeli missile strike killed five pro-Iran militiamen near Damascus on Saturday, a war monitor said, while state media said two Syrian soldiers were wounded in the attack. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the strike “destroyed a Hizbullah and Iranian weapons and ammunition” convoy heading towards Lebanon. …

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BREAKING NEWS – Israeli airstrikes near Damascus

Israel carried out air strikes on targets near Damascus early on Friday, triggering Syrian air defences but causing no casualties, Syrian state media reported, the second such attack in just over two weeks. The Israeli military declined to comment on the report. A Syrian military source quoted by state media …

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Yemenis rejoice as UN condemns Houthis

Yemenis from all walks of life have hailed the UN blacklisting of Iran-backed Houthis for killing children in the war-torn country and renewed calls for tougher measures against the rebels, including designation as a terrorist organization. Yemeni politicians, human rights activists and journalists who have long advocated shaming and naming …

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Iraq missile attack on Balad air base

Five rockets Wednesday evening targeted Iraq’s Balad air base, with two of the projectiles falling near an area used by US contractors without causing casualties, a security official told AFP. “There were no victims or damage,” the official said. Balad air base, north of Baghdad, is used by US company …

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UK in talks with Saudi over Iran

Britain’s Foreign Minister Dominic Raab met with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman on Monday and discussed Iran in addition to bilateral ties and climate change, the British foreign office said. Raab’s visit comes as global powers work to revive a 2015 nuclear deal with Iran that Saudi Arabia had …

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Protests break out in Iraq ahead of Pope’s visit

At least five protesters were killed and more than 175 people injured on Friday in clashes between demonstrators and security forces in the southern Iraqi city of Nassiriya, a Reuters witness and other sources said. Among the fatalities, most died from bullet wounds, a hospital source said, adding that about …

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Israeli jet strike against Iran allies in Syria

Syria said Israel bombed Iranian-backed militia bases near the Iraqi border in the early hours of Wednesday, in a raid which military defectors and Western intelligence sources said was one of Israel’s most extensive in recent months. Syrian news agency SANA and state media said Israel had struck sites in …

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New rocket attack on Baghdad green zone

At least eight Katyusha rockets landed in Baghdad’s heavily fortified Green Zone in an attack targeting the U.S. Embassy, causing some minor damage on the compound on Sunday, the Iraqi military and the embassy said on Sunday. The Iraqi military said an “outlaw group” fired eight rockets. Most of the …

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Iraqi human rights activists flee at gunpoint

Hasanain Alminshid had received death threats for his human rights activism for years, but ignored most of them. After his mentor was gunned down outside a police station, he finally made the difficult choice to flee Iraq. “It’s too dangerous now. There have been killings in the open in front …

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Iraqi oil targetted by rocket fire

Rockets landed near a district that houses foreign workers in Iraq’s oil industry early on Monday, including U.S. oil service company Halliburton, but caused no damage or casualties, oil and police sources said. Police said three Katyusha rockets were launched around 3 a.m. local time and hit the Burjesia residential …

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Pompeo warns Iraq about further retaliation

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo warned Iraq’s prime minister that the United States would take measures in self-defense if attacked, according to a statement on Monday after a rocket attack on an Iraqi base that houses U.S. troops helping fight Islamic State. Pompeo spoke to Prime Minister Adel Abdul …

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New Iraqi missile strikes against Americans

Multiple rockets fell on Saturday morning inside Iraq’s Taji military base that houses U.S.-led coalition troops, for the second time in a week, security sources told Reuters. An Iraqi colonel inside the base told Reuters he heard at least 10 rockets hit the base and said he could now hear …

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Syria monitor: Missile attack kills 26, mostly Iranians

A missile attack targeting government outposts in Syria’s northern region killed 26 pro-government fighters, mostly Iranians, a Syria war monitoring group said Monday, amid soaring Mideast tensions between regional archenemies Israel and Iran. Iranian media gave conflicting reports about the overnight incident amid speculation that it was carried out by …

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