Iran’s Khamenei Defends Revolutionary Guard in Rare Friday Sermon
A handout photo made available by Iran’s Supreme Leader Office shows Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei waving during a Friday prayer ceremony in Tehran, Iran, 17 January 2020 In his first Friday sermon delivery since 2012, Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has defended the Islamic Revolutionary Guard... Read more
Iran’s Supreme Leader Rebukes U.S. in Rare Friday Sermon
Iran’s supreme leader struck a defiant tone in a rare public sermon on Friday, calling the United States an “arrogant power” and telling tens of thousands of chanting worshipers that God’s backing had allowed his country to “slap the face” of the United States. In his first such address... Read more
8 Americans Were Hurt in Iranian Strike, Military Says, Despite US President Trump Statements
Eight American troops were flown from their Iraqi bases after showing signs of concussions from Iranian missile strikes, the military said on Thursday, despite earlier statements by President Trump that no Americans had been injured. Col. Myles B. Caggins III, a spokesman for the American-led coalition in Baghdad, added... Read more
American Family Stuck in Saudi Arabia While Father Stands Trial
BEIRUT, Lebanon — Five months after Saudi Arabia released a doctor with dual Saudi-American citizenship from jail, he and seven family members remain barred from leaving the kingdom while he stands trial on charges the United States contends are meritless, a son and a senior State Department official said.... Read more
U.S. Military Resumes Joint Operations With Iraq
BAGHDAD — The United States military resumed joint operations with Iraq on Wednesday, military officials said, ending a 10-day pause that began after an American airstrike killed a top Iranian military commander in Baghdad. The decision to restart military operations came less than two weeks after Iraq’s Parliament voted... Read more
IRGC Commander Warns Iran will ‘Retaliate at any Scale’ Against Enemy Countries
Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) chief commander Hossein Salami has issued another warning to Iran’s ‘enemies’, vowing that the Islamic Republic would immediately retaliate against their possible unfriendly steps. “Enemies should be careful because the Iranian nation is great, strong and resistant; we tell America, England, Israel, and their... Read more
Iranian Navy to Receive Sophisticated Drones
Iran Navy’s commander says the force will soon be flying sophisticated unmanned aerial vehicles from its warships, saying the new gear will be even more versatile than the Navy’s current lineup of drones in terms of range and other technologies. “Today, the Navy’s warships are equipped with drones that... Read more
Russia Slams Israel Over Last Week’s Attack on Damascus
BEIRUT, LEBANON (6:45 P.M.) – The Russian Ambassador to Israel, Anatoly Viktorov, told i24News on Wednesday that Israel’s attack on southern and western Damascus last week was a violation of international law and needs to be halted. “In our contacts with our Israeli colleagues,” he said, “we are trying... Read more
Israel Calls on UN to Recognize Hezbollah as a Terrorist Organization
BEIRUT, LEBANON (4:00 P.M.) – Israeli Foreign Minister Yisrael Katz has called on the United Nations to declare Lebanon’s Hezbollah a terrorist organization. Katz welcomed U.N. Secretary-General António Guterres’ report against Hezbollah in which he called on the Lebanese government to disarm all armed groups, Channel 7 television reported... Read more
ISIS Terrorists Break Out of Prison in Mosul
BEIRUT, LEBANON (3:45 P.M.) – Several Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL/IS/Daesh) terrorists managed to break out of a prison in Mosul on Wednesday after killing two Iraqi police officers. A number of prisoners escaped from al-Tasfirat prison in al-Faisaliah area in Mosul, the capital city of the Nineveh Governorate. According to... Read more