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8 Rockets Hit Iraqi Air Base

Four Iraqi officers are wounded at Balad Air Base

(Newser) - Eight rockets landed on an Iraqi air base Sunday and injured four Iraqi officers—but who perpetrated the attack remains unclear. Iraq's military says the Katyusha rockets struck Balad Air Base, which hosts foreign contractors and US troops roughly 46 miles north of Baghdad, CNN reports. Al Jazeera notes... More »

Iran: Our Missile Strikes 'a Slap in the Face' to the US

But no reports of US or coalition casualties so far, though Tehran claims dozens

(Newser) - The US military says it is still assessing casualties from Iranian missile strikes on two bases in Iraq that house US and coalition troops—but Tehran claims the impact was devastating. Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei on Wednesday called the barrage of missiles in retaliation for the killing of Gen. Qasem... More »

Iran: We Just Fired 'Tens' of Missiles at US Bases

But whether they've done any damage is unclear

(Newser) - Iran struck back at the US for the killing of a top Iranian general early Wednesday, firing a series of surface-to-surface missiles at multiple Iraqi air bases housing US troops and warning the US and its allies in the region not to retaliate. US officials confirmed airstrikes at the al-Asad... More »

Trump Vows to Retaliate if Iraq Expels US Troops

'It'll make Iranian sanctions look somewhat tame'

(Newser) - President Trump doubled down on his threat to attack Iranian cultural sites Sunday—and threatened Iraq, as well. The president responded to the Iraqi parliament's vote to expel all US troops by warning that the US could hit them with "sanctions like they've never seen before."... More »

Philippines Ready to Evacuate Workers From Iraq, Iran

Duterte tells military to prepare for deployment

(Newser) - Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has ordered the military to prepare to deploy its aircraft and ships "at any moment’s notice" to evacuate thousands of Filipino workers in Iraq and Iran, reflecting Asia’s growing fears for its citizens amid a potential outbreak of violence in the Middle East.... More »

Iraq Votes to Eject All Foreign Troops

5K US troops would have to leave in vote taken 2 days after drone strike killed Iranian general

(Newser) - Iraq's parliament has voted to expel the US military from the country, reports the AP . Lawmakers voted Sunday in favor of a resolution that calls for ending foreign military presence in the country. The resolution's main aim is to get the US to withdraw some 5,000 US... More »

US Drone Strike Kills Top Iranian General

Qasem Soleimani was killed at Baghdad airport

(Newser) - Iran vowed "harsh retaliation" after its top general was killed by an American drone strike in Iraq Thursday night. The Pentagon confirmed that it had taken "decisive action" against Maj. Gen. Qasem Soleimani, who was killed as he left the Baghdad airport in a convoy with leaders of... More »

Iran's Leader Responds to Trump's Threat

'You can't do anything,' says supreme leader, as anti-US protests continue in Iraq

(Newser) - Anti-American protests continued for a second straight day near the US embassy in Iraq on Wednesday, prompting US forces to fire tear gas at one point. However, Reuters reports that protesters have withdrawn after a militia umbrella group told demonstrators to disperse. Meanwhile, US-Iran tensions were rising over the situation.... More »

After Attack on US Embassy, a Tweet From Trump

Mob smashes door, sets fire to reception area in Baghdad

(Newser) - Dozens of angry Iraqi Shiite militia supporters broke into the US Embassy compound in Baghdad on Tuesday after smashing a main door and setting fire to a reception area, prompting tear gas and sounds of gunfire. An AP reporter at the scene saw flames rising from inside the compound and... More »

After US Counterstrike, a Key Question

Will violence between US forces and Iranian-backed forces escalate or diminish?

(Newser) - Over the weekend, the US launched a total of five airstrikes —three in Iraq and two in Syria—against a militia it blames for rocket attacks against Americans. Now that militia, as well as Iran, is condemning the airstrikes and warning about retaliation. The details:
  • The target: The US
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US: We Just Hit Iraq and Syria

The US is targeting militia blamed for killing an American

(Newser) - The US says it has carried out military strikes in Iraq and Syria targeting a militia blamed for an attack that killed an American contractor, the AP reports. US forces conducted "precision defensive strikes" against five sites of Kataeb Hezbollah, an Iran-backed Iraqi militia, Defense Department official Jonathan Hoffman... More »

US: Missiles Are Moving Into Iraq, and They're Not Iraqi

The culprit is apparently Iran

(Newser) - Ballistic missiles are appearing in Iraq, US officials say—only they're not Iraqi. Details are scant, but Iran has apparently taken advantage of Iraqi unrest by sneaking short-range missiles into the country, the New York Times reports. Seems Iran is using Shiite militias under its control to move and... More »

Iraqi PM's Big Announcement After Deadly Protest Day

Day after dozens killed in clashes with security forces, Adel Abdul Mahdi says he'll resign

(Newser) - Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi said Friday he'll submit his resignation to parliament, a day after more than 40 people were killed by security forces and following calls by Iraq's top Shiite cleric for lawmakers to withdraw their support of the country's leadership. In a statement,... More »

Security Forces Kill 40 Protesters in 24 Hours

The death toll rises in Iraq

(Newser) - Security forces shot dead 40 anti-government protesters in over 24 hours amid spiraling violence in the capital and Iraq’s south, security and medical officials said, one day after an Iranian consulate was torched, per the AP . Iran condemned the burning of its consulate in the holy city of Najaf... More »

Protesters Torch Iran Consulate

Death toll in Iraq protests hits 350

(Newser) - Anti-government protesters burned down an Iranian consulate building in southern Iraq on Wednesday, while six protesters were killed by security forces who fired live rounds amid ongoing violence in the country, Iraqi officials say. Protesters torched the consulate in the holy city of Najaf in the evening, the AP reports.... More »

'Deeply Troubled' Defense Secretary Fires Navy Chief

Navy Secretary Richard Spencer has been told to resign

(Newser) - Well, that settles it: Navy Secretary Richard Spencer just got fired. Defense Secretary Mark Esper demanded his resignation Sunday amid turmoil over a pending military review of a tarnished Navy SEAL, Fox News reports. Esper sought Spencer's resignation "after losing trust and confidence in him regarding his lack... More »

Pence Goes on a Surprise Trip Abroad

The VP lands in Iraq to discuss the Islamic State

(Newser) - Vice President Mike Pence made an unannounced visit to Iraq on Saturday in the highest-level American trip since President Donald Trump ordered a pullback of US forces in Syria two months ago, the AP reports. Flying in a C-17 military cargo jet to preserve the secrecy of the visit, Pence... More »

Iraqi Protesters Attack Iran Consulate, Take Down Flag

Crackdown has killed more than 250

(Newser) - Dozens of Iraqi protesters attacked the Iranian consulate in the Shiite holy city of Karbala on Sunday, scaling the concrete barriers ringing the building, bringing down an Iranian flag, and replacing it with the Iraqi flag, eyewitnesses said. Security forces fired in the air to disperse the protesters who threw... More »

Why Millions Are Protesting Worldwide

From Chile to Iraq to Hong Kong, people are upset

(Newser) - In Hong Kong, it was a complicated extradition dispute involving a murder suspect. In Beirut, it was a proposed tax on the popular WhatsApp messenger service. In Chile, it was a 4-cent hike in subway fares. Recent weeks have seen mass protests and clashes erupt in far-flung places triggered by... More »

US Troops Leaving Syria Will Head to Iraq

In Kabul, Defense Secretary Mark Esper says troops will not be coming home

(Newser) - Defense Secretary Mark Esper says that all US troops leaving Syria will go to western Iraq and the American military will continue operations against the Islamic State to prevent its resurgence. Esper, who arrived in Kabul on Sunday, did not rule out the idea that US forces would conduct counterterrorism... More »

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