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3 American troops wounded in new Iraqi rocket attack, Pentagon says

Five sites south of Baghdad have been hit by U.S. war planes; Jennifer Griffin has the details from the Pentagon.

Dozens of rockets slammed into an Iraqi base north of Baghdad Saturday wounding three American and two Iraqi troops.
The Pentagon said later Saturday that two out of the three American troops wounded in the rocket attack in Iraq…

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IDF indicates Iran scaling back terror activity in light of coronavirus

The Israel Defense Forces indicated Monday its primary foe in the region, Iran, was curbing its activities as it grapples with a major outbreak of the coronavirus.

IDF Spokesperson Hidai Zilberman told reporters that the military noted a decrease in the amount of activity in the region by Israel’s enemies, without specifically naming Iran.

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Was Iranian IRGC General ‘Siamand Mashhadani’ killed in US airstrikes?

US airstrikes carried out in Iraq just after midnight on Friday may have killed an Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps general supposedly named Siamand Mashhadani. Reports online in Arabic and in other local media have claimed he was killed in the attacks on five locations of pro-Iranian Kataib Hezbollah warehouses that the US carried out in…

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Israel’s schools to be shuttered until after Passover due to virus – reports

The National Security Council and the education and health ministries were holding deliberations Thursday on whether to order the closure of elementary, middle and high schools throughout the country to contain the spread of the coronavirus.
Despite Education Minister Rafi Peretz saying earlier in the day that the country’s schools would remain…

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U.S. Launches Retaliatory Airstrikes In Iraq After Missile Attack

The United States on Thursday evening launched a series of airstrikes in Iraq, against an Iranian-backed militia group suspected of firing an earlier rocket attack that killed and wounded American and British troops.
“The United States conducted defensive precision strikes against Kata’ib Hizbollah facilities across Iraq,” the Pentagon said in a…

Arson suspected in fire at Israel-run refugee school in Greece

A school for refugees started by Jewish and Arab Israelis was burned down over the weekend in what administrators say is a suspected case of arson.
The International School of Peace for Refugee Children on the Greek island of Lesbos was destroyed in the fire on Saturday night. In a statement, the school said the blaze was a suspected case of…

Israel protests Russian FM Lavrov’s meeting with Islamic Jihad leader

Israel registered an official protest with Moscow on Thursday, after Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov met with Palestinian Islamic Jihad secretary-general Ziyad al-Nakhala.Israel’s interim Ambassador in Russia Eli Belocerkovsky told Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov, who also met with Nakhala on Wednesday night, that Islamic…

Two US troops killed in rocket attack on base near Baghdad

Two US troops and a British national were killed in a rocket attack on Iraq’s Taji military camp north of Baghdad on Wednesday. Unidentified aircraft carried out airstrikes against Iranian-backed militias in eastern Syria soon after the attack, killing at least 18 Iraqi nationals.

A US official told AFP that one US soldier, one US contractor and…

Lebanese man pleads guilty to violating U.S. export laws

A Lebanese national charged with conspiring to export drone parts and technology from the U.S. to Iranian-backed Hezbollah militia in Lebanon has pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to violate U.S. export laws.
Issam Hamade pleaded guilty Monday in federal court in Minnesota. His brother, Usama Hamade, faces similar counts and is also…

U.S. Sending Missile Defense to Iraq After Attack from Iran, Which Already Has A New Weapon

The United States is deploying missile defenses to Iraq in the wake of January’s strikes from Iran, which has since unveiled a new missile capable of cross-border attacks.
Marine General Kenneth McKenzie, head of U.S. Central Command, told the House Armed Services Committee on Tuesday that the Pentagon was “in the process of bringing air defense…

Officers foil attempted stabbing outside Jerusalem Old City – police

Border Police officers arrested a man who attempted to stab them outside Jerusalem’s Old City, the Israel Police said Tuesday.
According to police, the man took out a knife and attempted to attack the officers stationed at a police post near Damascus Gate.
The officers wrestled the man to the floor and arrested him. No injuries were reported.

Israeli-made oral vaccine for coronavirus on track, but testing will take months

An effective Israeli-developed vaccine for coronavirus is on track to be ready for testing within “a few weeks,” though it won’t be available for months because of the lengthy and sometimes bureaucratic testing and approval process, a member of the development team said Tuesday.
Chen Katz told The Times of Israel that the new oral vaccine for…

US Sanctions Idle at Least Quarter of Iranian Oil Rigs

At least a quarter of Iran‘s oil rigs are out of action as US sanctions strangle the Islamic Republic’s vital oil industry, according to a Reuters review of financial documents and industry sources, dealing a potentially long-term blow to its oil industry.

The lack of rig activity could damage the OPEC member’s capacity to produce oil from older…

Israel uses anti-terror conference in Morocco to rally world against Iran

Israel used its participation in an international anti-terrorism conference in Morocco last week, which was dedicated mainly to the re-emerging threat from al-Qaeda, to call for stronger action against Iran.
Upon returning to Israel from the two-day conference in Marrakech, Dana Benvenisti-Gabay, the head of the Foreign Ministry’s regional…

After Soleimani, Iran sends Shamkhani to Iraq to take control

Iran sent Ali Shamkhani, the Secretary of the Supreme National Security Council of Iran, to Iraq in order to try to control Iraq’s political future, according to reports and insider accounts. Shamkhani is a key figure in Iran. Even as Iran struggles to contain the coronavirus pandemic which has led to more than 7,000 infections and deaths among…

NYC woman indicted for hate crime after attacking Israeli student on subway

“She was yelling at him, shouting at him, ‘Allahu Akbar’… ‘Allah will kill you,’ the victim told Fox News
New York City prosecutors have formally indicted a woman suspected of assaulting an Israeli college student after verbally abusing her on the subway.
Footage of the incident, filmed in late December, shows 38-year-old Zarinah Ali using…

Netanyahu: All those traveling to Israel ordered to 14-day quarantine

Netanyahu added that the move was essential to protect public safety, and will be upheld for two weeks
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced on Monday that all travelers entering Israel will be required to enter into a 14-day quarantine amid concerns over the novel coronavirus.
“After a day of complex discussions, we have made a decision,”…

Prosecutors to seek death penalty for Poway synagogue shooter

SAN DIEGO, California — Prosecutors in California plan to seek the death penalty against a former college student accused of carrying out a 2019 attack on a San Diego-area synagogue that left one woman dead and three others wounded.
The San Diego County prosecutors said during a court hearing Thursday that they will ask for the death sentence…