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Breaking: New Blasts heard in Baghdad’s Green Zone near US Embassy

Published 2020-01-05 22:14:55 by News Desk in Iraq

Loud explosions, sirens have been reported in the Iraqi capital’s heavily fortified Green Zone housing foreign embassies, including the American diplomatic missions. Several rockets have hit the Green Zone not far from the American embassy, Reuters reported, citing witnesses on the ground. Loud sirens can be heard in Baghdad. There has been no information about any casualties or damage so far. It is the second such incident targeting the Green Zone in just a few days since a top Iranian commander was killed on orders from Washington. On Saturday, at least two rockets also hit the area not far from… Read on ->

Tags: Baghdad, Iraq

Turkish military is on the way to Libya: Erdogan

Published 2020-01-05 22:09:37 by News Desk in North-Africa, Turkey

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Sunday that Turkish forces have embarked on a military mission to Libya for “coordination and stability”. “Our troops are gradually departing to Libya. They will coordinate [their action with the GNA] there. Our goal is to support the legitimate government”, Erdogan said, cited by CNN Turk, adding that “the goal is to support a legitimate government. This will not hurt our agreement. The task of the Turkish military there is to ensure a ceasefire, not to fight. On the other hand, by supporting a legitimate government, prevent a humanitarian catastrophe”. The Turkish parliament green-lighted… Read on ->

Tags: Libya, Turkey

Soleimani’s assassination opens new phase for whole Middle East: Hezbollah chief

Published 2020-01-05 18:23:25 by News Desk in Iran, Lebanon, Middleeast

The assassination of Qassem Soleimani has opened a new phase for the whole region, the leader of Lebanon’s Hezbollah, Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah, has said, calling for attacks on US soldiers and military assets. The “Iraqi resistance will not let a single US soldier stay in Iraq” after the killing of the Iranian Quds force commander, Nasrallah said in a televised speech on Sunday. The Hezbollah leader, however, warned against harming any American civilians, as such acts will only play into the hands of US President Donald Trump, adding that every US military asset and serviceman in the region is fair… Read on ->

Tags: Hezbollah, Lebanon, Nasrallah, Soleimani

Iraqi Parliament votes to end US military presence in Iraq

Published 2020-01-05 17:48:20 by News Desk in Iraq

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The Iraqi Parliament has passed a resolution to demand the termination of all the foreign troop presence in the country, Sky News Arabia broadcaster reported. During an extraordinary session convened on Sunday, the legislative body also voted to terminate the agreement with the US-led coalition fighting Daesh. “The government commits to revoke its request for assistance from the international coalition fighting Islamic State due to the end of military operations in Iraq and the achievement of victory,” the resolution read. “The Iraqi government must work to end the presence of any foreign troops on Iraqi soil and prohibit them from… Read on ->

Tags: Iraq

Breaking: Iraqi PM calls on Parliament to end US military presence in Iraq

Published 2020-01-05 16:12:15 by News Desk in Iraq

Iraq’s caretaker PM has asked the parliament to take measures to remove foreign troops from the county in the wake of a US targeted assassination of a top Iranian general and a commander of Iraqi militia. Speaking at an emergency parliament session on Sunday, Adil Abdul Mahdi said the American side notified the Iraqi military about the planned airstrike minutes before it was carried out. He stressed that his government denied Washington permission to continue with the operation. Qassem Soleimani, the commander of Iran’s Quds Force, and Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, the deputy commander of Iraq’s Popular Mobilization Force, were killed… Read on ->

Tags: Iraq

First US troops from Fort Bragg deploy to Middle East amid tensions with Iran: video

Published 2020-01-05 15:41:21 by News Desk in Iran, Iraq

Hundreds of US troops were deployed from Fort Bragg, North Carolina, on Saturday, to reinforce the US military presence in the Middle East amid fears of escalation, following the killing of Iranian General Qasem Soleimani. Footage filmed on Saturday by the US military, shows troops loading cargo planes and lining up to board a plane with their rifles. One airman said he was making plans for New Year’s Eve when he got alerted and called in to serve. At least 750 additional soldiers were deployed to the region, with around 3,000 more prepared for possible deployment in the next… Read on ->

Tags: Iran, Iraq

Iraqi Parliament begins vote on whether or not to expel US troops

Published 2020-01-05 15:24:24 by News Desk in Iran, Iraq

BEIRUT, LEBANON (3:10 P.M.) – The Iraqi Parliament has begun their session today to vote on whether or not to expel the U.S. Armed Forces from the country. According to reports, the Iraqi Parliament was delayed on Sunday after they initially failed to reach quorum; however, enough ministers have arrived over the last hour to begin the session. If the Iraqi Parliament votes to expel the U.S. Armed Forces from Iraq, this would mark the first time since 2003 that American troops were not inside the country. The vote comes just three days after the U.S. Armed Forces assassinated the… Read on ->

Tags: Iraq, US

Iran may retaliate with cyber-attack against US: Homeland Security

Published 2020-01-05 14:53:25 by News Desk in Iran

Iran’s leadership may execute a terrorist attack or a cyberattack against the US’ critical infrastructure after the killing of Iranian IRGC-Quds Force commander Qassem Soleimani, the US Department of Homeland Security said in a statement on Saturday following the US air forces’ operation targeted at the general. “Iran maintains a robust cyber program and can execute cyber attacks against the United States. Iran is capable, at a minimum, of carrying out attacks with temporary disruptive effects against critical infrastructure in the United States,” the statement said. According to the document, Tehran “likely views terrorist activities as an option to deter… Read on ->

Tags: Iran, US

Iranian media posts never before seen photos of Qassem Soleimani and Hassan Nasrallah

Published 2020-01-05 14:03:40 by News Desk in Iran, Iraq, Lebanon

BEIRUT, LEBANON (1:45 P.M.) – The Iranian media posted before seen photos of the late Quds Force commander Major-General Qassem Soleimani and Hezbollah’s Secretary-General Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah on Sunday. In the photos that were released on Sunday, the men can be seen posing for photos, praying, and conversing with one another. The Hezbollah leader’s son, Mohammad Jawad Nasrallah, would later share a photo of the two men. Major-General Qassem Soleimani was assassinated by the U.S. Armed Forces on Thursday, January 2nd, while he was traveling through the Greater Baghdad area. Also in the vehicle with Soleimani was the Deputy… Read on ->

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Tags: Nasrallah, Soleimani

Russia highlights Qassem Soleimani’s role in fight against ISIS

Published 2020-01-05 13:42:35 by News Desk in Iran, Iraq, Syria

The Russian Defense Ministry has highlighted the contribution of Iranian Revolutionary Guards’ Quds Force commander Qassem Soleimani, who was killed in a US strike at Baghdad airport, to combating the Islamic State in Syria. “Under the direct leadership of Qassem Soleimani, armed resistance against international terrorist groups ISIL and Al-Qaeda was organized in Syria and Iraq long before the so-called international coalition led by the US. His personal contribution to the fight against ISIL on the territory of Syria is undisputed,” the Russian Defense Ministry said in a statement published on Friday. According to this statement, the killing of Soleimani… Read on ->

Tags: Iran, Iraq, Russia, Soleimani, Syria

Trump brags about spending $2 trillion on military as he issues more threats to Iran

Published 2020-01-05 13:28:02 by News Desk in Iran, World-News

US President Donald Trump has stepped up his threats against Iran, vowing to retaliate if the Islamic Republic attacks America. “The United States just spent two trillion dollars on military equipment,” he tweeted on Sunday. “We are the biggest and by far the best [military] in the world!” “If Iran attacks an American Base, or any American, we will be sending some of that brand new beautiful equipment their way…and without hesitation!” As is often the case, it’s not clear where President Trump got the $2-trillion number from. The incumbent administration did start spending more on defence after years of… Read on ->

Tags: Iran, US

Thousands of Iranians flock to streets of Ahvaz to attend Qassem Soleimani’s funeral: video

Published 2020-01-05 10:49:33 by News Desk in Iran

BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:20 A.M.) – Thousands of people poured into the streets of Ahvaz, Iran on Sunday to bid farewell to the long-time commander of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps’ Quds Force, Major-General Qassem Soleimani. Major-General Soleimani was killed on Thursday, January 2nd, while leaving the Baghdad International Airport that evening. In addition to Soleimani, the deputy commander of Iraq’s Popular Mobilization Units (Hashd Al-Shaabi), Abu Mahdi Al-Mohandes, was also killed by the U.S. drone strike.

Tags: Ahvaz, Iran, Soleimani

Syrian Army begins heavily targeting southern Aleppo as offensive approaches

Published 2020-01-05 10:13:51 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:0 A.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) units have begun targeting the locations of the armed groups in the southern region of the Aleppo Governorate, as they prepare to launch a new offensive in this area. According to a field report from Aleppo, the Syrian Arab Army have begun heavily targeting the jihadist defenses in the southern countryside of the governorate, hitting a number of sites along the strategic Aleppo-Idlib (M-5) Highway. In addition to striking the jihadist defenses, the Syrian Arab Army has also increased their presence in southern Aleppo by sending several units of reinforcements… Read on ->

Tags: Aleppo, Syria

UK sends 50 SAS troops to Iraq amid increased tensions over Soleimani assassination

Published 2020-01-05 09:46:49 by News Desk in Iraq

On Saturday, The Telegraph reported that back in 2007, then-UK Foreign Secretary David Miliband, at the very last moment, called off a Special Air Service (SAS) strike on Qasem Soleimani after he was allegedly identified as the mastermind behind a campaign against UK troops in Iraq’s southern port city of Basra. About 50 members of the UK’s Special Air Service (SAS) have been sent to Iraq to help with potential evacuation of Britons in the aftermath of a US drone strike which killed General Qasem Soleimani, head of Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC)’s elite Quds Force on Friday, according to… Read on ->

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Tags: Iraq

Al-Shabaab terrorists attack military base in Kenya that houses US soldiers

Published 2020-01-05 09:36:40 by News Desk in World-News

Al-Shabaab jihadists have attacked a military base in Kenya which houses US soldiers along with local troops. The army said they managed to repulse the assault, killing four militants. The attack was on Camp Simba naval base in Manda Bay in Lamu County on Kenya’s coast, bordering Somalia. Lamu County Commissioner Irungu Macharia told the Daily Nation local newspaper that “heavily armed” militants stormed the compound at 4am local time. Witnesses heard gunfire coming from the base The spokesperson for the Defense Ministry, Colonel Paul Njuguna, later said that the attackers tried to seize the Manda airstrip near the base… Read on ->

Tags: Kenya

US President Trump sends scathing threat to Iran about retaliation for Soleimani

Published 2020-01-05 01:13:59 by News Desk in Iran

BEIRUT, LEBANON (1:00 A.M.) – U.S. President Donald Trump responded to the Iranian leadership’s threats to retaliate following the assassination of the Quds Force commander Major-General Qassem Soleimani. Using his official Twitter account, Trump threatened to hit Iran “VERY FAST AND VERY HARD” if they attempt to avenge Soleimani’s death. “Iran is talking very boldly about targeting certain USA assets as revenge for our ridding the world of their terrorist leader who had just killed an American, & badly wounded many others, not to mention all of the people he had killed over his lifetime, including recently….” Trump then accused… Read on ->

Tags: Iran, Trump

Qatari FM meets with Iranian President after US assassination of Soleimani

Published 2020-01-05 01:01:42 by News Desk in Iran

Qatari Foreign Minister Mohammed bin Abdulrahman bin Jassim Al Thani met with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani in Tehran on Saturday, reportedly to offer his condolences over the death of Iranian Quds Force General Qasem Soleimani. Footage shows the arrival of Mohammed bin Abdulrahman bin Jassim Al Thani and other Qatari officials, who shook hands with Rouhani before sitting down for a meeting. Soleimani was killed in a US airstrike at Baghdad’s international airport in the early hours of Friday morning. Soleimani’s body is expected to be transported to Tehran where a funeral ceremony will take place on Sunday, before being… Read on ->

Tags: Iran, Qatar

Haftar-led Libyan Army bombs strategic Mitiga Airport

Published 2020-01-05 00:18:36 by News Desk in North-Africa

BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:00 A.M.) – The Libyan National Army (LNA) carried out new strikes over the strategic Mitiga Airport in northern Libya this evening, causing significant damage to the installation. According to reports, the Libyan National Army bombed the Mitiga Airport to prevent the delivery of more Turkish military drones and equipment. The reports said the Libyan National Army destroyed a hangar that housed some Turkish military drones that were recently used against the forces loyal to Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar. At least 20 people were killed as a result of this attack on the Mitiga Airport, which is the… Read on ->

Tags: Haftar, Libya, Mitiga

Iran raises red flag of ‘revenge’ over sacred mosque in Qom: video

Published 2020-01-05 00:01:00 by News Desk in Iran

A red flag symbolizing blood unjustly shed and a call for avenging the dead was hoisted on the Jamkaran Mosque in the holy province of Qom during a ceremony on Saturday. A picture of slain Iranian general Qasem Soleimani and a red ‘Ya la-Tharat al-Husayn’ flag were carried to the mosque rooftop where the flag was unfurled and hoisted. Soleimani and Ali Ebrahimi, also known as Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, were killed in a US airstrike at Baghdad’s international airport in the early hours of Friday morning.   Credit: Ruptly

Tags: Iran, Qom

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