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Iraq commemorates top commander killed in U.S. strike

Feb 11, 2020 - 7:10 PM

Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis was the deputy head of the Hashed al-Shaabi, a loose network of paramilitary groups formed in 2014 to fight jihadists that has since been absorbed into the Iraqi state

TRIBUTE. Iraqi's national security adviser Faleh Fayyad (L), who also is a leader of the Popular Mobilisation Froce known as the Hashed al-Shaabi, addresses a memorial service held in Baghdad's high-security Green Zone on February 11, 2020 to mark 40 days since the killing of Iran's late top general Qasem Soleimani (portrait-Centre-L) and Iraqi paramilitary commander Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis (C-R) in a US drone strike near Baghdad airport last month. Photo by Sabah Arar/AFP

Over 100 U.S. troops suffered brain injury in Iran attack – Pentagon

Feb 11, 2020 - 10:39 AM

Trump had dismissed reported injuries as 'headaches' and 'not very serious'

SOLDIER. U.S. troops from the Army's 82nd Airborne Division get some rest at Green Ramp before they head out for a deployment to the Middle East on January 4, 2020 in Fort Bragg, North Carolina. Photo by Andrew Craft/Getty Images/AFP

[ANALYSIS] General Qasem Soleimani's asymmetrical legacy

Feb 06, 2020 - 12:56 PM

Even before his death, one of General Soleimani’s ultimate legacies – the activation of the Iranian Corridor – was able to carry out calibrated responses to achieve Tehran’s crucial foreign policy aims

FALSE: ‘Actual video’ of U.S. strike that killed Qasem Soleimani

Jan 24, 2020 - 11:58 AM

The footage is from a video game simulator called AC-130 Gunship Simulator: Special Ops Squadron

11 U.S. troops wounded in last week's Iran attack on Iraq base – Central Command

Jan 17, 2020 - 11:57 AM

The US military has previously maintained there were no casualties

An image grab from footage obtained from the state-run Iran Press news agency on January 8, 2020 allegedly shows rockets launched from the Islamic republic against the US military base in Ein-al Asad in Iraq. - Iran fired "more than a dozen" ballistic missiles, against two airbases in Iraq where US and coalition forces are based, the Pentagon said. "At approximately 5.30 pm (2230 GMT) on January 7, Iran launched more than a dozen ballistic missiles against US military and coalition forces in Iraq," Assistant to the Secretary of Defense for Public Affairs Jonathan Hoffman said in a statement. (Photo by - / IRAN PRESS / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT - AFP PHOTO / HO / IRAN PRESS NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS FROM ALTERNATIVE SOURCES, AFP IS NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR ANY DIGITAL ALTERATIONS TO THE PICTURE'S EDITORIAL CONTENT, DATE AND LOCATION WHICH CANNOT BE INDEPENDENTLY VERIFIED - NO RESALE - NO ACCESS ISRAEL MEDIA/PERSIAN LANGUAGE TV STATIONS/ OUTSIDE IRAN/ STRICTLY NI ACCESS BBC PERSIAN/ VOA PERSIAN/ MANOTO-1 TV/ IRAN INTERNATIONAL /

Syria says Israel behind aerial attack against military airport

Jan 15, 2020 - 7:21 AM

The attack adds to the growing tension in the Middle East after a US drone killed Iranian general Qasem Soleimani

Israeli soldiers and armoured vehicles are pictured on November 19, 2019 near the border with Syria in the annexed Golan Heights. - Israel's anti-missile defence system intercepted four rockets fired from neighbouring Syria on Tuesday, the army said. "Four launches were identified from Syria towards Israeli territory which were intercepted by the Israeli air defense systems," the Israeli army said in a statement. (Photo by JALAA MAREY / AFP)

Malacañang says 'standby fund' for Middle East evacuation not needed

Jan 14, 2020 - 2:56 PM

Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo says President Duterte did not follow through with his request for Congress to hold a special session on the Middle East as tension in the region has so far de-escalted

MANDATORY EVACUATION. The Baghdad International Airport, in a file photo taken April 30, 2019. The Philippine government ordered mandatory evacuation for its citizens in Iraq on January 8, 2020. Photo from Shutterstock

Iraq warns of economic 'collapse' if Trump blocks oil cash

Jan 13, 2020 - 1:57 PM

'We're an oil-producing country. Those accounts are in dollars. Cutting off access means totally turning off the tap,' an first Iraqi official says

US President Donald Trump speaks from the White House on January 8, 2020 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images/AFP)

Iran agrees de-escalation 'only solution' to solve crisis with U.S.

Jan 13, 2020 - 7:51 AM

Security was stepped up in Iran's capital after a vigil the previous night for those killed in the air disaster turned into an angry protest and police temporarily arrested the British ambassador for being there

ROCKETS. An image grab from footage obtained from the state-run Iran Press news agency on January 8, 2020 allegedly shows rockets launched from the Islamic republic against the US military base in Ein-al Asad in Iraq. (Photo by Iran press/AFP)

U.S. piles on the sanctions against Iran

Jan 11, 2020 - 8:16 AM

The sanctions are the latest salvo in a US-Iranian confrontation that risked sliding into war a week ago with the deadly US drone attack on general Qasem Soleimani

TRUMP. US President Donald Trump speaks during a "Keep America Great" campaign rally at Huntington Center in Toledo, Ohio, on January 9, 2020. Photo by Saul Loeb/AFP

After Soleimani’s death, Instagram shuts down Iranian accounts

Jan 11, 2020 - 8:04 AM

News agencies, human rights activists and influencers have their accounts deactivated

SOLEIMANI. Illustration by Sofiya Voznaya for CODA STORY.

U.S. House votes to curb Trump war power on Iran

Jan 10, 2020 - 10:47 AM

'We cannot allow our country to be lied into another war,' says Democrat Ayanna Pressley

IRAN CRISIS. US President Donald Trump speaks from the White House on January 8, 2020 in Washington, DC, addressing the Iranian missile attacks (Win McNamee/Getty Images/AFP)

Canadian PM Trudeau says Iranian missile shot down Ukrainian jet

Jan 10, 2020 - 7:46 AM

Trudeau's comments come as images posted on social media increasingly pointed to a catastrophic mistake by Tehran's air defense batteries bringing the down Ukraine International Airlines Flight PS752 in flames

People stand near the wreckage after a Ukrainian plane carrying 176 passengers crashed near Imam Khomeini airport in Tehran on January 8, 2020. All 176 people on board a Ukrainian passenger plane were killed when it crashed shortly after taking off from Tehran on January 8, Iranian state media reported. State news agency IRNA said 167 passengers and nine crew members were on board the aircraft operated by Ukraine International Airlines. ROHHOLLAH VADATI / ISNA / AFP

The Middle East's Che Guevara? Killing elevates Soleimani as icon, martyr

Jan 09, 2020 - 9:48 AM

Inside a Beirut airport, black-clad women carry his portraits as they walk through the arrivals hall, chanting 'death to America'

Protesters hold pictures of Iranian commander Qasem Soleimani, during a demonstration outside the US consulate in Istanbul, on January 5, 2020, two days after top Iranian commander Qasem Soleimani was killed by a US drone strike. - A US drone strike killed top Iranian commander Qasem Soleimani at Baghdad's international airport on January 3, dramatically heightening regional tensions and prompting arch enemy Tehran to vow "revenge". (Photo by Yasin AKGUL / AFP)

Trump pulls back from war with Iran

Jan 09, 2020 - 7:48 AM

(UPDATED) 'The president has made clear that he does not have a coherent strategy to keep the American people safe,' House speaker Nancy Pelosi says

(FILES) In this file photo taken on October 11, 2019 US President Donald Trump speaks to the press at the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, DC. - President Donald Trump leaves Washington for a rally with supporters and a Thanksgiving break at his Florida home on November 26, 2019 but impeachment storm clouds threaten to spoil the party. Before boarding Air Force One, the president will act out the quirky annual ritual of pardoning two enormous turkeys, sparing them from the national day of feasting on Thursday. (Photo by Nicholas Kamm / AFP)

Iran and the U.S.: Months of escalating tensions

Jan 08, 2020 - 1:15 PM

Here's a timeline of the spiralling tension between the US and Iran

NOT WAR. Protesters demonstrate outside the White House on January 7, 2020 in Washington, DC. Photo by Alex Wroblewski/Getty Images/AFP

Iraq pro-Iran factions ramp up threats to U.S. after Iran missiles

Jan 08, 2020 - 10:04 AM

(3RD UPDATE) This comes hours after Tehran launches more than a dozen ballistic missiles at Iraqi bases where US troops are located

REVENGE. A handout picture provided by the office of Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei shows him addressing a meeting in Teharn on January 8, 2020. Photo by HO/Iranian Supreme Leader's website/AFP

Oil spikes, stocks plunge after Iran attacks

Jan 08, 2020 - 9:29 AM

'It's not going to be pretty today,' says one trader, reacting to the initial reports of Iran's first response to the US assassination of military commander Qasem Soleimani

A gasoline attendant fills up a car with gas at a gasoline station in Quezon City on Tuesday, April 16, 2019. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Iran fires missiles at U.S. troop bases in Iraq

Jan 08, 2020 - 8:24 AM

(4th UPDATE) 'We don't retreat in the face of America,' says Iranian President Hassan Rouhani

MISSILES. This still image from an Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting video shot on January 8, 2020, allegedly shows rockets launched from Iran againts the US military base in Ein-al Asad in Iraq. AFP PHOTO/Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting

NATO taking 'some personnel' out of Iraq

Jan 08, 2020 - 7:37 AM

US and allied foreign troops in Iraq are concerned they might be targeted by Iran or allied Iraqi militias in retaliation to Friday's killing of Qasem Soleimani

A picture taken on November 20, 2019 shows a NATO flag at the NATO headquarters in Brussels, during a NATO Foreign Affairs ministers' summit. - NATO Foreign Affairs ministers are meeting ahead of a NATO leaders' summit in London on December 3 and 4, 2019. (Photo by Kenzo TRIBOUILLARD / AFP)

Zarif says informed by U.N. that U.S. has denied him visa

Jan 07, 2020 - 8:37 PM

So far there has been no official confirmation from Washington that it has rejected Mohammad Javad Zarif's visa application

ZARIF. This file photo shows Iran foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif Khonsari at the Palais Egmont in Brussels on January 11, 2018. File photo by John Thys/AFP

U.S. embassy in PH issues security alert following rising tension in Middle East

Jan 07, 2020 - 8:07 PM

The United States Embassy says heightened tension in the Middle East may bring security risks to Americans living abroad

US EMBASSY. The US Embassy in the Philippines advises Americans in the country to keep a low profile amid rising tensions in the Middle East. File photo by AFP

Dozens killed in stampede at Iran general's funeral

Jan 07, 2020 - 6:25 PM

(3rd UPDATE) Reports say more than 50 people were killed and 212 people were injured in the stampede in Kerman

MOURNING. Iranian mourners gather during the final stage of funeral processions for slain top general Qasem Soleimani, in his hometown Kerman on January 7, 2020. Photo by Atta Kenare/AFP

Iran designates U.S. forces 'terrorists' for killing general

Jan 07, 2020 - 4:06 PM

The bill was an amended version of a law that declared the United States a 'state sponsor of terrorism' and its forces in the region 'terror groups'

RESTING SOLDIERS. U.S. troops from the Army's 82nd Airborne Division get some rest at Green Ramp before they head out for a deployment to the Middle East on January 4, 2020 in Fort Bragg, North Carolina. Photo by Andrew Craft/Getty Images/AFP

Pentagon contradicts Trump, says attacking Iran cultural sites would be war crime

Jan 07, 2020 - 11:38 AM

Trump tweets the US would attack sites 'very high level and important to Iran and the Iranian culture'

ANCIENT GRANDEUR. An Iranian family look at the 'Gate of All Nations' at the ancient Persian city of Persepolis near Shiraz in southern Iran on September 26, 2014. Behrouz Mehri/AFP

2020 with a big bang: This week's outlook

Jan 07, 2020 - 10:00 AM

What’s at stake and what can we expect this week in the aftermath of the assassination of the general who had shaped the battlefield in the Middle East and helped direct Assad’s war in Syria?

Iranians report being stopped, facing delays at U.S. border

Jan 07, 2020 - 9:51 AM

More than 60 travelers who were detained at length over the weekend and questioned about their political views at Washington state's border with Canada

DEMONSTRATION. Iranian women take part in a demonstration against American "crimes" in the capital Tehran on January 3, 2020 Photo by Atta Kenare/AFP

Duterte creates body to craft evacuation plan for OFWs in Middle East

Jan 07, 2020 - 9:42 AM

(3rd UPDATE) Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu, a former special envoy to the Middle East, is set to fly to the region to meet with officials of countries hosting Filipino workers

EVACAUTION PLANS. President Rodrigo Duterte orders select Cabinet secretaries to draft plans to evacuate Filipinos from the Middle East. Malacañang photo

Soleimani killing offers chance for Iran rulers to rally popular support

Jan 07, 2020 - 8:55 AM

There has been a genuine outpouring of emotion and anti-American sentiment among Iranians

PROTEST. Iranians march on January 5, 2020 in the streets of the northwestern city of Ahvaz to pay homage to top general Qasem Soleimani, after he was killed in a US strike in Baghdad. Photo by Hossein Mersadi/Fars news/AFP

Letter on U.S. pullout from Iraq sent by 'mistake'

Jan 07, 2020 - 8:40 AM

The head of the US military's Task Force Iraq informed his Iraqi counterparts in a letter dated Sunday, January 5 that troops were preparing to leave

A mock US flag is painted on the ground for cars to drive on in the Iraqi capital Baghdad on January 3, 2020, following news of the killing of Iranian Revolutionary Guards top commander Qasem Soleimani in a US strike on his convoy at Baghdad international airport. (Photo by AHMAD AL-RUBAYE / AFP)

U.S. lawmakers to vote on curbing Trump war powers – Pelosi

Jan 07, 2020 - 8:20 AM

US lawmakers will vote on a war powers resolution aimed at putting a check on Trump's military actions after he ordered the killing of Qasem Soleimani

(COMBO) This combination of file pictures created on January 17, 2019 shows a photo taken on January 9, 2019, of US Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi , in Washington, DC and a photo taken on January 14, 2019, of US President Donald Trump in Washington, DC. President Donald Trump insisted January 23, 2019 that his State of the Union speech next week will take place in the chamber of the lower house of Congress, regardless of the Democratic speaker's attempt to disinvite him. The spat about where the annual political set-piece will be staged is a sideshow to the struggle between the White House and Democrats in Congress over the now 33-day partial government shutdown.Trump wrote to Speaker Nancy Pelosi, saying: "It would be so very sad for our Country if the State of the Union were not delivered on time, on schedule, and very importantly, on location!"  SAUL LOEB, Jim WATSON / AFP

Iran nuclear deal hangs by thin thread

Jan 06, 2020 - 10:39 PM

Iran has not said it wants to quit the agreement, leaving some room for the deal's remaining parties to try to save it, according to analysts

IRAN NUCLEAR DEAL. This file photo taken on July 14, 2015, shows Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif arriving to the final plenary meeting of a nuclear deal at UN's IAEA headquarters in Vienna, Austria. File photo by Joe Klamar/Pool/AFP

Prospect of U.S.-Iran conflict threatens Gulf economies

Jan 06, 2020 - 10:10 PM

Saudi economist Fadhl al-Bouenain says a US-Iran war would further dampen economic growth in Gulf Cooperation Council states, just as many of them are attempting to diversify towards a post-oil future

GULF ECONOMIES. This file photo taken on September 20, 2019, shows employees of Aramco oil company working in Saudi Arabia's Abqaiq oil processing plant. File photo by Fayez Nureldine/AFP

NATO to review Iraq mission after Iran general slain

Jan 06, 2020 - 8:53 PM

'The North Atlantic Council will address the situation in the region,' a NATO official says

NATO. A picture taken on November 20, 2019, shows a NATO flag at the NATO headquarters in Brussels, during a NATO Foreign Affairs ministers' summit. File photo by Kenzo Tribouillard/AFP

Duterte wants 'standby fund' for Filipinos' evacuation from Middle East

Jan 06, 2020 - 7:30 PM

'We do not know what would be the end result of that crisis.... Kinakabahan ako,' says President Rodrigo Duterte

PRESIDENT'S ORDERS. President Rodrigo Duterte delivers a speech after signing into law the General Appropriations Act on January 6, 2020. Malacañang photo

Huge crowds in Iran mourn general killed by U.S. drone

Jan 06, 2020 - 3:58 PM

(UPDATED) Supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei presides over prayers for the slain head of the Revolutionary Guards' Quds Force

HOMAGE. Protesters hold pictures of Iranian commander Qasem Soleimani, during a demonstration outside the US consulate in Istanbul, on January 5, 2020, two days after top Iranian commander Qasem Soleimani was killed by a US drone strike. Photo by Yasin Akgul/AFP

Japan's Abe 'deeply worried' by Middle East tensions

Jan 06, 2020 - 3:19 PM

Japan walks a fine line in balancing its key alliance with Washington and its longstanding relations and interests with Iran

SHINZO ABE. Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe speaks at a press conference at the 8th trilateral leaders' meeting between China, South Korea and Japan in Chengdu, in southwest China's Sichuan province on December 24, 2019. File photo by Wang Zhao/AFP

Pompeo sees 'real likelihood' Iran will try to hit U.S. troops

Jan 06, 2020 - 11:10 AM

The US has about 60,000 troops in the region, including around 5,200 in Iraq. Washington orders thousands more soldiers to the Middle East on January 3, after Qasem Soleimani's killing.

An Iranian man walks past a mural painted on the walls of the former US embassy in the capital Tehran on January 4, 2020, one day after Soleimani and other members of Iraq's pro-Iranian paramilitary group Al-Hashed Al-Shaabi were killed in a US air strike near Baghdad international airport. - Soleimani, the 62-year-old deputy commander of the Revolutionary Guards, will be laid to rest next week in his hometown of Kerman as part of three days of ceremonies across the country, the Revolutionary Guards said. (Photo by ATTA KENARE / AFP)

Trump warns Iran against retaliation, threatens cultural sites

Jan 06, 2020 - 9:38 AM

US President Donald Trump also says he would impose 'very big sanctions' on Iraq if it follows through on a parliament vote calling for the expulsion of US troops based in the country

US President Donald Trump participates in a roundtable on empowering families with education choice at the White House on December 9, 2019 in Washington,DC. (Photo by Brendan Smialowski / AFP)

PNP profiling ‘sympathizers’ of slain Iran commander Soleimani

Jan 06, 2020 - 9:16 AM

PNP officer-in-charge Lieutenant General Archie Gamboa says they have not monitored any threats in the Philippines so far

ASSASSINATED.  In this picture taken on September 14, 2013, the commander of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard's Quds Force, Gen. Qasem Soleimani, receives condolences following the death of his mother in Tehran. Photo by Mehdi Ghasemi/ISNA/AFP

Mourners pack Iran city as top general's remains return

Jan 05, 2020 - 4:59 PM

Qasem Soleimani's remains and those of 5 other Iranians killed in the US drone strike are expected to be flown to Tehran for more tributes on Sunday evening, January 5

MOURNING. A large crowd surrounds the coffins of slain top commander Qasem Soleimani and Iraqi paramilitary chief Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, as they are transported atop a vehicle after their arrival at Ahvaz International Airport in southwestern Iran on January 5, 2020. Photo by Fatemeh Rahimavian/Fars news/AFP

Saudi 'not consulted' over U.S. strike to kill Iran general

Jan 05, 2020 - 4:41 PM

Saudi Arabia is vulnerable to possible Iranian reprisals after Tehran vowed 'revenge' following the strike that killed powerful commander Qasem Soleimani in Iraq

File photo by Yasin Akgul/AFP

Fury, tears as crowds mourn Iran commander killed by U.S.

Jan 05, 2020 - 12:02 PM

Iranian Ambassador to the UN Majid Takht calls the assassination of powerful general Qasem Soleimani as an 'act of war' by the United States

MOURNING. Mourners carry the coffins of slain Iraqi paramilitary chief Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, Iranian military commander Qasem Soleimani and 8 others towards the Imam Ali Shrine in the shrine city of Najaf in central Iraq during a funeral procession on January 4, 2020. Photo by Haidar Hamdani/AFP

Trump says US targeting 52 sites in Iran, as tension mounts

Jan 05, 2020 - 8:27 AM

'The USA wants no more threats,' US President Donald Trump tells Iran after he ordered the assassination of powerful Iranian general Qasem Soleimani

WARNING. President Donald Trump warns Iran the US "wants no more threats" after he ordered the assassination of powerful Iranian general Qasem Soleimani. File hoto by Jim Watson/AFP

Iraq PM attends mourning for commanders killed in US strike

Jan 04, 2020 - 5:23 PM

Adel Abdel Mahdi joins Muhandis associate Hadi al-Ameri, Shiite cleric Ammar al-Hakim, and other pro-Iran figures in a large crowd

MOURNING. In this file photo, Iraq's Prime Minister Adel Abdel Mahdi speaks during a symbolic funeral ceremony in Baghdad on October 23, 2019. Photo by Ahmad Al-Rubaye/AFP

Iran top general to be laid to rest on January 7 in hometown

Jan 04, 2020 - 4:03 PM

The general, who died aged 62, was one of Iran's most popular public figures

KILLED. A file handout picture released by the office of Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on October 1, 2019, shows Qasem Soleimani, Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) Major General and commander of the Quds Force. Handout photo from Khamenei.Ir/AFP

Killing Soleimani: Trump acted where other U.S. leaders saw big risks

Jan 04, 2020 - 8:45 AM

Analysts say the killing of Qasem Soleimani was no small decision

QASEM SOLEIMANI. An image grab taken from a broadcast by Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting (IRIB) on October 1, 2019, shows Qasem Soleimani, Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) Major General and commander of the Quds Force. File photo by IRIB TV/AFP

DFA urges Filipinos to cancel all travel to Iraq after U.S. killing of top Iran general

Jan 03, 2020 - 11:05 PM

The Department of Foreign Affairs also urges Filipinos in Iraq to stay in close coordination with their employers and the Philippine embassy should mandatory evacuation become necessary

Iran vows revenge after U.S. kills top general in Baghdad strike

Jan 03, 2020 - 6:23 PM

(3rd UPDATE) Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei swiftly vows 'severe revenge' for Qasem Soleimani's death, the biggest escalation yet in a feared proxy war between Iran and the US on Iraqi soil

REVENGE. A handout picture released by the official website of Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei shows him during a meeting in Tehran on September 17, 2019. AFP PHOTO/IRANIAN SUPREME LEADER'S OFFICE

How the world is reacting to U.S. killing of top Iran general

Jan 03, 2020 - 5:21 PM

(UPDATED) The assassination is praised by US President Donald Trump's Republicans but elsewhere there are warnings it could inflame regional tensions

WORLD REACTS. A mock US flag is painted on the ground for cars to drive on in the Iraqi capital Baghdad on January 3, 2020, following news of the killing of Iranian Revolutionary Guards top commander Qasem Soleimani in a US strike on his convoy at Baghdad international airport. Photo by Ahmad Al-Rubaye/AFP