Rocket strikes on United States in Iraq seen as message from Iran

Renewed rocket attacks on US targets in Iraq show Iran-aligned factions are heaping pressure on the government while Tehran may be seeking leverage over America’s new administration, analysts say. Iraq, scarred by years of war and insurgency, has been a strategic battleground for arch-foes the United States and Iran, both allies of Baghdad who remain […]

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German ‘Islamic State leader’ handed lengthy prison sentence

A notorious Iraqi preacher said to be the Islamic State jihadist group’s de facto leader in Germany was sentenced to 10 years and six months in prison by a German court on Wednesday. The 37-year-old Ahmad Abdulaziz Abdullah Abdullah, better known as Abu Walaa, was accused of directing a jihadist network which radicalised young people […]

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Russian air assault kills 21 Islamic State jihadists in Syria: Monitor

A wave of air strikes by government ally Russia killed at least 21 Islamic State group jihadists in the Syrian desert over the past 24 hours, a monitor said Saturday. The 21 were killed in at least 130 air strikes “carried out over the past 24 hours by the Russian air force targeting the ‘Islamic […]

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Biden administration won’t rule out response to rocket attack in Iraq

A worker cleans shattered glass on February 16, 2021 outside a damaged shop following a rocket attack the previous night in Arbil, the capital of the northern Iraqi Kurdish autonomous region. Safin Hamed | AFP | Getty Images The Biden administration on Tuesday would not rule out a potential retaliation against those┬ábehind Monday’s deadly rocket […]

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NATO to agree larger Iraq training force as violence rises

BRUSSELS: NATO defence ministers are set to expand the military alliance’s training mission in Iraq once the coronavirus pandemic eases, senior officials and diplomats said, potentially cementing a broader role for the Atlantic alliance in the Middle East. Ministers are set to agree plans on Thursday during a video conference, potentially taking the mission from […]

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