March 13, 2020

US military conducts airstrikes in Iraq in retaliation for rocket attack that killed 2 Americans

Ivan Cholakov/iStock(WASHINGTON) -- The U.S. military conducted airstrikes in various locations inside Iraq on Thursday targeting an Iranian-backed militia group it says is responsible for Wednesday's rocket attack that killed two American service members, a British service member and wounded 14 others. In a statement, the Pentagon characterized the strikes as "defensive, proportional, and in direct response to the threat posed by Iranian-backed Shia militia groups" to coalition bases in Ir..
March 12, 2020

In Iran, coronavirus has led to shortage of supplies — and reliable information

Rainer Puster/iStock(TEHRAN, Iran) -- Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif called for lifting all U.S. sanctions on Iran in a letter to the U.N. secretary general as part of an effort to battle the coronavirus outbreak, Abbas Mousavi, a ministry spokesperson, tweeted on Thursday. Twenty days after official confirmation of the nation's first coronavirus infection, top officials have complained of slow imports of medical supplies due to sanctions and restrictions on banking. Iran has..
March 12, 2020

Trump defends coronavirus travel ban on Europe, says it’s going to ‘work out well’

Stefan_Alfonzo/iStock(WASHINGTON) -- President Trump on Thursday continued to project optimism about the coronavirus crisis a day after his controversial speech to the nation and imposing travel ban on much of Europe, saying that’s “it’s going to work out well for everybody.” “I think it’s going to work out well for everybody, but it’s a world problem. You do need separations in some cases. You have some areas that are heavily infected and some areas that are not. But we do need separation for a..
March 12, 2020

Two Americans among three service members killed in rocket attack on base in Iraq: Officials

US Army(WASHINGTON) -- Two American service members and one British service member were killed in a rocket attack on a base in Iraq on Wednesday, according to two U.S. officials. The attack has the potential to once again ratchet up tensions in the Middle East. The U.S.-led coalition confirmed in a statement that 12 others were wounded when 18 107-mm Katyusha rockets impacted the large training facility at Camp Taji -- which houses U.S. troops -- at 7:35 p.m., local time in Iraq. Following the a..