Thursday, January 9, 2020

Iran: Iran strikes back at US with missile attack at 2 military bases in Iraq

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Iran struck back at the United States early Wednesday for killing a top Revolutionary Guards commander, firing a series of ballistic missiles at two military bases in Iraq housing American troops in a major escalation between the two longtime foes.

It was Iran’s most direct assault on America since the 1979 seizing of the U.S. Embassy in Tehran, and Iranian state TV said it was in revenge for the U.S. killing of Revolutionary Guard Gen. Qassem Soleimani, whose death last week in an American drone strike near Baghdad prompted angry calls to avenge his slaying. A U.S. and Iraqi officials said there were no immediate reports of casualties, though buildings were still being searched.

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Saturday, January 4, 2020

Iraq: Qassem Soleimani, powerful Iran general, killed in US airstrike in Iraq

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The Pentagon said Thursday that the U.S. military has killed Gen. Qassem Soleimani, the head of Iran’s elite Quds Force, at the direction of President Donald Trump.

An airstrike killed Soleimani, architect of Iran’s regional security apparatus, at Baghdad’s international airport Friday, Iranian state television and three Iraqi officials said, an attack that’s expected to draw severe Iranian retaliation against Israel and American interests.

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Monday, October 28, 2019

Syria: Islamic State (ISIS) leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi killed in a US special forces raid

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Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the leader of the militant group Isis, was killed on Saturday in a US special forces raid in north-western Syria, President Donald Trump announced from the White House on Sunday.

Trump announced the death Sunday, after hinting at the news on Twitter on Saturday night, tweeting, “Something very big has just happened!”

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Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Iraq: US-led coalition confirms airstrikes against ISIS for Operation Will of Victory

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The US-led coalition in Iraq has, for the first time, confirmed its participation alongside Iraqi Security Forces in its “Will of Victory” operation to defeat the remnants of Islamic State [ISIS], as well as offensives conducted by Kurdish forces in Northern Syria.

“CJTFOIR [Coalition Joint Task Force for Operation Intent Resolve] conducted a series of strikes against Daesh [Arabic acronym for ISIS] facilitators this week in Nineveh in support of the Iraqi Security Forces,” read a Monday tweet from Operation Inherent Resolve (OIR), the moniker for the US-led coalition against ISIS.

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Sunday, June 23, 2019

Colombia: Colombian armed groups recruiting desperate Venezuelans, army says

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Venezuela’s crisis is spilling across the border into Colombia as Marxist rebels and right-wing paramilitaries recruit migrants to strengthen their ranks, according to five Colombian military commanders.

Violence still simmers in Colombia despite a 2016 peace deal with leftist FARC rebels, meant to end five decades of conflict. Dissident FARC fighters, the rebel National Liberation Army (ELN), right-wing paramilitaries and drug-trafficking gangs are battling each other and the military.

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