January 7, 2020

Iranian foreign minister says US ‘will pay’ for its ‘act of war’

Cindy Smith/ABC News(TEHRAN, Iran) -- Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif says the United States "will pay" for its actions and must "be prepared for the consequences" in the wake of the death of Maj. Gen. Qassem Soleimani, the head of Iran's elite Quds Force who was killed by an American airstrike in Iraq last week. In a sit-down interview with Zarif in Tehran on Tuesday, ABC News Chief Global Affairs Correspondent Martha Raddatz asked, "Are you concerned that a strong response ..
January 7, 2020

Twenty-four Australians arrested for deliberately setting fires this season

imamember/iStock(SYDNEY) -- Two dozen Australians in the state of New South Wales have been arrested since early November for intentionally setting fires as record-large blazes continue to burn across the country. There have been 24 people charged with deliberately setting fires among 183 facing legal action in the state, according to the New South Wales Police Force. In addition to those facing the most serious charges of starting fires intentionally, authorities said another 53 people are fa..
January 7, 2020

Crowds in Iran mourn death of Iranian general, call for revenge against US

omersukrugoksu/iStock(TEHRAN, Iran) -- Hundreds of thousands of Iranians took to the streets in cities across the country on Monday for a day of mourning for Gen. Qassem Soleimani, the commander of Iran's elite Quds Force who was killed in Iraq by a U.S. drone strike last Thursday. The demonstrations were a show of strong support for the Iranian government, even in cities that have been the source of anti-government protests in recent months and historically. The Trump administration has s..
January 7, 2020

Pentagon says no plan to withdraw American troops from Iraq

gorodenkoff/iStock(WASHINGTON) -- The Pentagon has no plans to withdraw U.S. troops from Iraq, senior defense officials said on Monday, despite a vote by the Iraqi Parliament over the weekend to kick foreign forces out of the country and a decision by the U.S. and NATO to suspend operations against the Islamic State there. The non-binding vote followed the U.S. drone strike that killed Iranian general Qassem Soleimani and sparked outrage in Tehran as hundreds of thousands of mourners took to th..