US will face ‘crushing’ response: Iranian military general

The US will face a “crushing” response for further military action, said a senior Iranian general on Wednesday, according to the state-run Fars news agency. “Any new American mischief from now on will face a stronger, more crushing and broader response,” Iranian Armed Forces

US warns ships in Middle East waterways of possible Iran action

The US government is warning ships across Middle East waterways crucial to global energy supplies that there’s the “possibility of Iranian action against US maritime interests” in the region.The US Maritime Administration put out the warning Tuesday, citing the rising threats after

US Air Force launches 52 f-35s in rapid succession as part of planned exercise

Ismaeel Naar The US Air Force (USAF) launched 52 F-35s on Monday in rapid succession in a show of military might as part of an exercise out of its Hill Air Force Base to test combat readiness to deploy fighter jets en mass. The exercise has been planned for months to test the capabilities in the

Will Iran respond with a limited attack or pick a high-value target and invoke the full wrath of the US?

US President Donald Trump’s decision to humiliate Iran with the assassination of a national hero on Jan. 2 is a calculated gamble and probably represents the best of a set of bad alternatives. Trump inherited a weak hand after the George W. Bush Administration destroyed the century-old balanc

Hundreds of Iraqis storm US Embassy in Baghdad following airstrikes

Hundreds of angry supporters of an Iraqi Shia militia broke down the US embassy gate door on Tuesday 31 December 2019, storming inside the compound as gunshots and sirens rang out. Security guards inside the US embassy fired stun grenades at protesters outside the gates of the compound. The protes

In the face of adversity, Holy Land Christians unite for Christmas

By Emily Judd Threatened with extinction and political conflict, Christians in the Holy Land are using Christmas as an opportunity to promote unity among their different denominations With Christians now less than two percent of the population in Israel and the West Bank, demographic numbers are a

Russia, backed by China, casts UN veto on Syria to block cross-border aid

  United Nations - Russia, backed by China, on Friday 20 December 2019 cast its 14th UN Security Council veto since the start of the Syrian conflict in 2011 to block cross-border aid deliveries from Turkey and Iraq to millions of Syrian civilians. The resolution drafted by Belgium, Kuwait and

Lebanon turns to World Bank and IMF as country faces economic meltdown

Lebanon’s caretaker prime minister Saad Hariri reached out to the heads of the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank as the impasse puts the country on the precipice of an economic meltdown Mr Hariri “expressed to [World Bank president David] Malpass and [IMF Managing Director

EU welcomes clear UK Conservative victory as clarity over Brexit

European diplomats on Thursday welcomed the clarity an apparently decisive election victory for the Conservative Party gave to Britain’s stalled withdrawal from the EU, but said it would be challenging to agree on a trade deal by the end of 2020. Exit polls showed the Conservatives of Boris J

Airstrikes kill five pro-Iran fighters in Syria: Monitor

 Beirut - Airstrikes by unidentified warplanes have killed five pro-Iran fighters in Syria’s eastern province of Deir Ezzor near the Iraqi border, a Britain-based war monitor said on Sunday 12-8-2019. The strikes late Saturday targeted “positions of Iranian forces and allied militi

Hezbollah operative gets 40 years in prison for plotting terror in New York

NEW YORK - An American of Lebanese decent was convicted of providing material support to Hezbollah by seeking targets in New York City for terrorist attacks. He was sentenced, December 3, to 40 years in prison. Ali Kourani, 35, was sentenced in Manhattan federal court by Judge Alvin K. Hellerstein

US urges probe of ‘excessive’ use of force in Iraq

Washington - The US on Monday 3 December 2019 called recent violence in Nasiriyah, Iraq in which at least 29 people died “shocking and abhorrent,” calling on the Iraqi government to investigate and punish those responsible for the “excessive” use of force. Iraqi security for

India’s court set to deliver verdict on temple dispute

 New Delhi - India’s security forces were on high alert ahead of the Supreme Court’s verdict on Saturday in a decades-old land title dispute between Muslims and Hindus over plans to build a Hindu temple on a site where Hindu hard-liners demolished a 16th century mosque in 1992, spar

Vietnam arrests eight in connection with UK truck deaths

 Hanoi - Police in Vietnam have arrested eight people in relation to the discovery of 39 dead Vietnamese in a truck near London last month, state media said on Monday 11-4-2019. British police last week charged two men with manslaughter over the deaths of the group, whose bodies were found ins

ISIS names Baghdadi successor, threatens US

ISIS confirmed the death of its leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi and named his replacement as Abu Ibrahim al-Hashimi al-Quraishi, the extremist terror group said a statement released Thursday 31 October 2019 . “We mourn you... commander of the faithful,” an audio statement read by Abu Hamza

Schumer warns Trump may shut down the government over impeachment

By Burgess Everett It's a nightmare scenario for Washington: A government shutdown smack in the middle of the House's impeachment inquiry of President Donald Trump. And Chuck Schumer says he's "increasingly worried" that it might come to fruition. As he and Majority Leader Mitch McConnell battle

Iraqi cleric al-Sadr calls for early election

Baghdad - Populist Shia cleric Moqtada al-Sadr on Monday 28 October 2019 called on Iraqi Prime Minister Adil Abdul Mahdi to announce early parliamentary elections overseen by the United Nations and without the participation of existing political parties. Al-Sadr’s bloc, Saeroon, which came fi

Samir Geagea announces resignation of his ministers from Hariri cabinet

The head of the Lebanese Forces Party Samir Geagea said in a televised speech late on Saturday that the challenges facing the country are unprecedented. “We have not seen any serious intention by the Lebanese officials to address the crises,” Geagea said. Geagea announced the resignati