Rockets hit Iraq base hosting U.S. troops: military

World Jan 13, 2020

Rockets hit Iraq base hosting U.S. troops: military

A volley of rockets slammed into an Iraqi airbase north of Baghdad where U.S. forces have been based, wounding four local troops, the Iraqi military said on Sunday. Its statement said eight Katyusha-type rockets landed on Al-Balad airbase, wounding two Iraqi officers and two airmen. Al-Balad ...

Condemnation, protests spread after Iran admits to shooting down airliner

World Jan 12, 2020

Condemnation, protests spread after Iran admits to shooting down airliner

Iran's admission that it shot down a Ukrainian airliner, killing all 176 aboard, has provoked international outrage and triggered protests against Iranian authorities in Tehran and other cities, including one in which Britain's ambassador was detained. In what President Hassan Rouhani called a "disastrous mistake," ...

Iran admits 'unintentionally' shooting down Ukrainian airliner

World Jan 11, 2020

Iran admits 'unintentionally' shooting down Ukrainian airliner

Iran announced Saturday that its military "unintentionally" shot down the Ukrainian jetliner that crashed early Wednesday, killing all 176 aboard, after the government had repeatedly denied Western accusations that it was responsible. The plane was shot down hours after Iran launched a ballistic missile attack ...

Trump ups Iran accusations, says four U.S. embassies targeted

World Jan 11, 2020

Trump ups Iran accusations, says four U.S. embassies targeted

Confronted by persistent questions about his military action in the Middle East, President Donald Trump and his top officials offered a string of fresh explanations Friday, with Trump now contending Iranian militants had planned major attacks on four U.S. embassies. Just hours earlier, Secretary of ...

NATO critic Trump now floats expanding group to include Middle East

World Jan 10, 2020

NATO critic Trump now floats expanding group to include Middle East

U.S. President Donald Trump on Thursday said he supported expanding the North American Treaty Organization to include Middle Eastern nations, as the United States seeks to limit its troop footprint globally. "I think that NATO should be expanded and we should include the Middle East, ...

Iran sends mixed signals as tensions with U.S. apparently ease

World Jan 10, 2020

Iran sends mixed signals as tensions with U.S. apparently ease

Iran sent mixed signals Thursday as tensions with the U.S. appeared to ease, with President Hassan Rouhani warning of a "very dangerous response" if the U.S. makes "another mistake" and a senior commander vowing "harsher revenge" for the killing of a top Iranian general. Both ...

U.S. and Iran draw back from brink but new threats show crisis not over

World Jan 9, 2020

U.S. and Iran draw back from brink but new threats show crisis not over

Iran spurned U.S. President Donald Trump's call for a new nuclear pact and a commander threatened more attacks after both sides appeared to back off from intensified conflict following the U.S. killing of an Iranian general and Tehran's retaliatory missile strikes. Concern that the Middle ...