Report: ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi killed during U.S. strike in Syria
dpa, Hamburg, Germany The US military targeted ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi in a raid in north-western Syria on Saturday, broadcaster CNN reported, citing a senior US defense official. The CIA assisted in locating the ISIS leader, the official said, according to the report. Newsweek also reported on the... Read more
BREAKING: Vice President Pence makes ceasefire deal with Turkish President
UPDATE 10/17/19 1:45 p.m. EST U.S. Vice President Mike Pence announced that a ceasefire has been reached between Turkey and the U.S. According to CNBC, Pence and Secreatary of State Mike Pompeo were in Turkey to negotiate with Turkish President Recep Erdogan. It’s been nearly a week since Turkey... Read more
Trump calls for cease-fire in Syria, installs sanctions on Turkey over military strikes
dpa, Hamburg, Germany US President Donald Trump imposed a raft of sanctions and doubled tariffs on Turkey on Monday over Ankara’s assault on north-east Syria. The US announcement followed a rare and vocal bipartisan barrage of criticism for the Republican president’s withdrawal of US troops from Syria, which critics... Read more
Turkey loses it’s first soldier in Syrian clash with Kurdish fighters
dpa, Hamburg, Germany A Turkish soldier was killed in the cross-border offensive in north-eastern Syria, the Turkish Defence Ministry said on Friday. This is Turkey’s first reported military fatality in Operation Peace Spring that started on Wednesday. The ministry said three soldiers were wounded in clashes with the Syrian-Kurdish... Read more
Kurdish fighters holding down northern city, beating back Turkish & Syrian army
dpa, Hamburg, Germany The Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) have repelled an attempt by Turkish troops and their Syrian allies to enter Syria’s northern city of Ain Issa, Kurdish sources said. On Wednesday, Turkey launched a long-threatened military offensive in northern Syria with airstrikes and artillery fire, later sending... Read more
South Korea gets new set of stealth fighters thanks to the U.S.
dpa, Hamburg, Germany South Korea has for the first time publicly put on display some of the 40 stealth fighter jets it had ordered from the United States, which have been severely criticized by North Korea. The presentation of four F-35A fighter jets and other weapons took place on... Read more
Iran takes next step in nuclear deal rollbacks, declares program will be “without limits”
By Farshid Motahari dpa Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said Iran’s nuclear program will be “without limits” when it launches the third phase of its withdrawal from the 2015 nuclear deal on Friday. “In the third phase the Iranian nuclear agency starting Friday will implement without limits everything that is... Read more
Iran wants billions in credit before reopening nuclear talks with the European Union
dpa, Hamburg, Germany Iran said on Wednesday that Europe must offer 15 billion dollars in credit before the two sides can start any fresh nuclear negotiations, a senior Iranian diplomat said on Wednesday. Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araghchi said the loan package recently discussed during talks in Paris would... Read more
Iran confirms rocket launch went wrong, says communication satellite still intact
dpa, Hamburg, Germany Iran confirmed on Monday that an explosion had taken place at its launch site in central Semnan, but said the “accident has nothing to do with the start of our communications satellite.” Government spokesman Ali Rabiei added that no one had been killed in the explosion,... Read more
U.S. military now needs permission from Iraqi PM before it can provide air support to ground troops
dpa, Hamburg, Germany All military planes will need authorization from Iraqi Prime Minister Abdel Abdel-Mahdi to fly in Iraqi airspace, a statement said on Thursday, days after an explosion took place at a weapons depot in Baghdad. Iraqi or non-Iraqi reconnaissance flights, fighter jets, helicopters and drones must get... Read more

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