Qassem Soleimani

  • Jul- 2020 -
    28 July
    Satellite image obtained courtesy of Maxar Technologies shows a mockup aircraft carrier being prepared in the Iranian port of Bandar Abbas on February 15. Maxar Technologies/AFP

    Iran Military Exercise in Gulf ‘Irresponsible and Reckless:’ US Navy

    The US Navy criticized Iran as "irresponsible and reckless" for conducting an exercise involving firing a missile at a replica aircraft carrier in Gulf waters.

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  • 20 July
    Mourners hold up pictures of General Qassem Soleimani at his funeral in January 2020.

    Iran Executes Man Convicted of Spying for CIA, Mossad

    Iran executed a man convicted of spying for the US and Israel, including helping to locate former General Qassem Soleimani.

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  • 10 July
    Armed Reaper drones support Operation Barkhane

    World Entering New Military ‘Drone Age:’ UN Expert

    The world is entering a military 'second drone age' with uncontrolled proliferation and no standards governing their use, a United Nations expert told the UN Human Rights Council.

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  • Jun- 2020 -
    18 June
    A general view shows the US embassy across the Tigris river in Iraq's capital Baghdad on January 3, 2020.

    Rockets Hit Baghdad’s Green Zone for the Fifth Time in 10 Days

    Rockets hit Baghdad's Green Zone, home to the US embassy, on Thursday, the fifth such attack in 10 days.

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  • 16 June
    Baghdad International Airport, Iraq

    Rockets Hit Near Baghdad Airport: Iraq Military

    Three rockets hit near Baghdad airport overnight without causing any damage, Iraq's security forces said on Tuesday, marking the fourth such attack in just over a week.

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  • May- 2020 -
    28 May
    Iran's new combat vessels include speedboats, coastal patrol boats and submarines, according to state TV

    Iran Guards Warn US After Receiving New Combat Vessels

    Iran’s Revolutionary Guards on Thursday warned the United States against its naval presence in the Gulf as they received 110 new combat vessels. The vessels included Ashura-class speedboats, Zolfaghar coastal patrol boats, and Taregh submarines, state television reported. “We announce today that wherever the Americans are, we are right next to them, and they will feel our presence even more in the near future,” the Guards’ navy chief Rear Admiral Alireza Tangsiri said during a ceremony in southern Iran. Iran and the United States have appeared to be on the brink of an all-out confrontation twice in the past year. The latest confrontation between the arch-foes came after the United States accused the Guards of harassing its ships in the Gulf in mid-April. “Advancing while remaining defensive is the nature of our work,” said Guards commander Major General Hossein Salami. “But this does not equal passivity against the enemy,” he added, noting that Iran “will not bow down to any foe.” According to Salami, the Guards’ navy had been instructed to expand Iran’s naval power until it can adequately defend “territorial independence and integrity, protect naval interests and pursue and destroy the enemy.” Decades-old acrimony between the two worsened in 2018 when …

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  • 22 May
    Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, speaks during a ceremony in Tehran

    Iran’s Khamenei: Fight to ‘Liberate Palestine’ Is ‘Islamic Duty’

    Iran’s supreme leader said it was an “Islamic duty” to fight for the “liberation of Palestine” in a landmark speech Friday amid rising tensions with regional arch-enemy Israel. Ayatollah Ali Khamenei lashed out at Western governments and their Arab “puppets” for supporting the Jewish state, in his first ever address marking Quds (Jerusalem) Day. The 80-year-old leader also appeared to confirm for the first time that Iran has helped to provide Palestinians with arms. The remarks came at the end of a week that saw Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu launch a Twitter tirade against Khamenei and reports that the two sides carried out cyber attacks on each other. “The aim of this struggle is the liberation of the entire Palestinian land” and “the return of all Palestinians to their country,” Khamenei said in the speech broadcast live on state television. “The policy of normalizing the presence of the Zionist regime in the region is one of the major policies of the United States of America,” he said. “Some Arab governments in the region, which play the role of U.S. puppets, have provided the necessary preconditions for this, such as economic ties and the like; these efforts are completely fruitless and sterile. …

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  • Mar- 2020 -
    13 March
    USS Harry S. Truman aircraft carrier

    US extends carrier strike group Middle East mission, sends Patriot missile defense system to Iraq

    The US is moving Patriot air defense systems into Iraq and deployed a second aircraft carrier to the Middle East for the first time since 2012 amid tensions with Iran

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  • Jan- 2020 -
    30 January
    Iraqi Counter Terrorism troops inspect their weapons before conducting a cordon and search training exercise outside Mosul, Iraq

    US-led Coalition and Iraq resume operations against ISIS

    Iraq and the US-led Coalition will resume joint operations against ISIS, nearly a month after attacks bases hosting American personnel forced a pause in the mission

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  • 26 January
    Baghdad US embassy Iraq

    Rockets hit US embassy in Baghdad amid standoff with Iran

    Multiple rockets struck the US embassy compound in Baghdad on Sunday amid a wider standoff between the US and Iran-backed militias in Iraq

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