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Hezbollah leader urges its fighters to attack US soldiers

Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah urged on Sunday its fighters to attack U.S. soldiers in the region in retaliation for the assassination of Iranian top commander Qassem Soleimani by the United States.
Source: Xinhua | 2020/1/6 16:12:28

Tension brews in eastern Syria after assassination of Iranian general

Iranian-backed forces evacuated its positions in the city of al-Bukamal in the eastern countryside of Deir al-Zour in eastern Syria to avoid a possible US strike as the latter carried out military training in a nearby energy field, a war monitor reported.
Source: Xinhua | 2020/1/6 14:23:20

Iran takes final step to end commitments to nuke deal

Iran on Sunday announced the fifth and final step to end its commitments to the landmark 2015 nuclear deal, official IRNA news agency reported.
Source: Xinhua | 2020/1/6 6:38:56

Iraqi parliament asks gov't to end presence of foreign forces in Iraq

The Iraqi parliament on Sunday passed a draft law requiring the government to end the presence of foreign forces in Iraq and prevent them from using Iraqi airspace and water.
Source: Xinhua | 2020/1/5 23:01:51

Iran calls Trump 'terrorist in a suit'

Iran condemned Donald Trump on Sunday as a “terrorist in a suit” after the US president threatened to hit 52 Iranian sites hard if Tehran attacks Americans or US assets in retaliation for the killing of Iran's top military commander Qassem Soleimani.
Source: Reuters | 2020/1/5 22:08:41

Thousands mourn Soleimani in Ahvaz

A tide of mourners wept and beat their chests in the Iranian city of Ahvaz on Sunday, paying homage to top general Qasem Soleimani, after he was killed in a US strike in Baghdad, Iraq.
Source: AFP | 2020/1/5 22:03:42

Canada warns nationals against risks of traveling to Middle East

Canada updated a travel advisory on Saturday for its citizens travelling to the Middle East due to intensified U.S.-Iran conflicts after Iran's top general was killed by a U.S. airstrike.
Source: Xinhua | 2020/1/5 15:29:52

Trump threatens to hit 52 Iranian targets if Tehran retaliates after Soleimani killing

US President Donald Trump warned Iran Saturday that America has targeted 52 Iranian sites and Iran will be hit "very fast and very hard" if it attacks any American or US assets.
Source: Xinhua | 2020/1/5 13:32:27

Chinese, Russian FMs discuss Gulf tensions, cooperation at UN Security Council over phone

Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi exchanged views and coordinated stances with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov in a phone call late Saturday over the escalating tensions in the Gulf region.
Source: Xinhua | 2020/1/5 11:51:50

3 mortar rounds hit air base housing US troops in Iraq's Salahudin province

Three mortar rounds on Saturday struck Balad air base, which houses US troops in Iraq's central province of Salahudin, without causing human casualties, a provincial security source said.
Source: Xinhua | 2020/1/5 11:18:33

Rouhani says US to pay price for killing Iranian general

Iran's President Hassan Rouhani said Saturday that the United States will pay a heavy price for assassination of Qassem Soleimani, former commander of the Quds Force of Iran's Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC), official IRNA news agency reported.
Source: Xinhua | 2020/1/5 11:09:40

Russian, Turkish FMs voice concern over U.S. killing of Iranian commander

Lavrov and Cavusoglu expressed deep concern about the possible serious consequences of the U.S. action for peace and stability in the Middle East region.
Source: Xinhua | 2020/1/5 10:25:32

Killing of Iranian commander violates int'l law: Russian, Iranian FMs

The ministers emphasized that U.S. actions are a gross violation of fundamental international law and do not contribute to finding solutions to the complex problems that have accumulated in the Middle East.
Source: Xinhua | 2020/1/5 10:15:23

NATO suspends training mission in Iraq

The Canadian-commanding NATO mission in Iraq has suspended its training task after a US airstrike killed an Iranian commander, Canadian newspaper The Globe and Mail reported Saturday.
Source: Xinhua | 2020/1/5 10:12:59

Rocket hits Green Zone in Iraq's Baghdad

A Katyusha rocket on Saturday landed on the heavily fortified Green Zone in central Baghdad, but no reports about casualties, an Interior Ministry official said.
Source: Xinhua | 2020/1/5 9:46:19

US-led coalition, Iraqi military deny airstrike north of Baghdad

The US-led coalition fighting the Islamic State (IS) militant group and the Iraqi military on Saturday denied any airstrike north of Baghdad.
Source: Xinhua | 2020/1/4 18:03:12

Oil prices surge on US-Iran tensions

The US airstrike that had killed one of Iran's most powerful generals sent oil prices significantly higher on Friday, as market participants feared an escalation of the tensions in the Middle East could disrupt energy flows in the region.
Source: Xinhua | 2020/1/4 17:16:10