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    The top U.S. commander for the Middle East said Thursday that the United States will keep the current 2,500 troops in Iraq for the foreseeable future, and he warned that he expects increasing attacks on U.S. and Iraqi personnel by Iranian-backed militias determined to get American forces out. Marine Gen. Frank McKenzie said in an interview with The Associated Press at the Pentagon that despite the shift by U.S. forces to a non-combat role in Iraq, they will still provide air support and other military aid for Iraq's fight against the Islamic State. Noting that Iranian-backed militias want all Western forces out of Iraq, he said an ongoing uptick in violence may continue through December. Gen. Kenneth McKenzie, commander of the United States Central Command, testifies before the House Armed Services Committee on the conclusion of military operations in Afghanistan and plans for future counterterrorism operations on Wednesday, Sept. 29, 2021, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (Rod Lamkey/Pool via AP) DOJ FORFEITS LARGEST-EVER WEAPONS CACHE SEIZED FROM IRANIAN VESSELS "They actually want all U.S. forces to leave, and all...
    BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraq said on Monday it has detained a top leader of the Islamic State group and a longtime al-Qaida operative in a cross-border operation. Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi tweeted the news, identifying the man as Sami Jassem, who oversees the Islamic State group’s financial operations and served as the deputy leader of IS under the late Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. He described it as “one of the most difficult” cross border intelligence operations ever conducted by Iraqi forces. Iraqi intelligence officials told The Associated Press that Jassem was detained in an identified foreign country and transported to Iraq few days ago. They spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak of the operation on the record. Jassem worked with al-Qaida in Iraq leader Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, before he was killed by the Americans in Iraq in 2016. He assumed various security positions in Iraq, and moved to Syria in 2015, after the Islamic State group, an al-Qaida offshoot, declared its caliphate in 2014 and became the deputy of Abu Bakr...
    (CNN)US commanders who led the war in Afghanistan are wrestling with the country's collapse to the Taliban, with some ruing the "pretty horrible mistakes" the US military made along the way and one of them flatly declaring America's longest war was not worth the price. "The 20-year war in Afghanistan was -- for the results that we have achieved -- not worth the cost," Karl Eikenberry, both a commander in Afghanistan from 2005 to 2007 and ambassador to the country from 2009 to 2011, tells CNN's Jake Tapper in a two-hour documentary that airs Sunday. In "America's Longest War: What Went Wrong in Afghanistan," Tapper conducts in-depth interviews with eight US commanders who led the war effort over two decades and four administrations, and who speak with new candor about decisions made by their commanders-in-chief that they believe undermined the war effort and might have prevented its success. In the interviews with the former military leaders and others, Tapper examines the mission and the missteps, how political decisions hurt the ability of service members to succeed, whether the Pentagon misrepresented...
    Meet Joe Biden, America’s drunken sailor. When Mr. Biden first came to Washington during the previous mini-Ice Age, federal debt was about $450 billion — a quaint little figure when you think about it these days. In the 48 years since Mr. Biden arrived on the banks of the Potomac, federal debt has exploded. Today, it stands at $28 trillion — a figure that is literally beyond comprehension. If Carl Sagan were still alive and we asked him to explain the enormity of it, he would say, “Wait? How big is that?” Mr. Biden would reply, apparently: “Not big enough.” And Sagan would respond, “Wait? Who let Joe Biden be president?” The last time Joe Biden was allowed near the White House, he tacked more than $8 trillion to the national debt — mostly for all those “shovel-ready” projects that were not ready. Instead of “shovel-ready,” America suffered through the slowest recession-recovery in modern times. To Mr. Biden’s credit, it took him and President Obama eight years to blow through all that money. That’s always been Mr. Biden’s specialty: burning other people’s money in Washington. Spending your money we have no hope of repaying —...
    NAJAF, Iraq — Pope Francis met with Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, one of the most senior clerics in Shiite Islam, in Iraq’s holy city of Najaf on Saturday to deliver a message of peaceful coexistence, urging Muslims to embrace Iraq’s long-beleaguered Christian minority.  The historic meeting in al-Sistani’s humble home was months in the making, with every detail painstakingly discussed and negotiated between the ayatollah’s office and the Vatican.  When the time came, the 84-year-old pontiff’s convoy, led by a bullet-proof vehicle, pull up along Najaf’s narrow and column-lined Rasool Street, which culminates at the golden-domed Imam Ali Shrine, one of the most revered sites in the world for Shiites. He then walked the few yards to al-Sistani’s modest home, which the cleric has rented for decades.  A group of Iraqis wearing traditional clothes welcomed him outside. As a masked Francis entered the doorway, a few white doves were released in a sign of peace.  The closed-door meeting was to touch on issues plaguing Iraq’s Christian minority. Al-Sistani is a deeply revered figure in Shiite-majority Iraq and his opinions on...
    POPE Francis held a symbolic meeting with one of the most powerful figures in Iraq on the second day of his landmark trip to the war-ravaged country. The Pontiff had a 45-minute heart-to-heart with Grand Ayatollah Ali al Sistani - the nation's top Shia cleric - at the Islamic scholar's home in the holy city of Najaf. 5Pope Francis held a symbolic meeting with Grand Ayatollah Ali al SistaniCredit: AP:Associated Press 5The meeting came on the second day of his landmark trip to the war-ravaged countryCredit: AFP The Catholic leader arrived in a bullet-proof vehicle and as he entered the small house white doves were released - to reflect the peaceful theme of his visit. After the meeting, Sistani - who rarely meets with prominent figures - called on the world's religious leaders to hold "great powers" to account and for wisdom and sense to prevail over war. It's reported during the face-to-face Sistani "affirmed his concern that Christian citizens should live like all...
    NAJAF, Iraq (AP) — Vatican says Pope Francis thanked Iraq’s top Shiite cleric for having ‘raised his voice in defense of the weakest.’ Copyright © 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
    NAJAF, Iraq (AP) — After meeting pope, Iraq’s top Shiite cleric says Christians should live in peace and enjoy rights like all other Iraqis. Copyright © 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
    NAJAF, Iraq (AP) — After historic meeting with pope, Iraq’s top Shiite cleric says religious authorities have role in protecting Christians. Copyright © 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
    More On: iraq Songs and swords greet Pope Francis on Iraq arrival Bipartisan bill introduced to repeal Iraq War authorization after Biden bombed Syria 10 rockets strike Iraqi base hosting US troops In oil-rich Iraq, a few women buck norms, take rig site jobs NAJAF, Iraq — Pope Francis met with Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, one of the most senior clerics in Shiite Islam, in Iraq’s holy city of Najaf on Saturday to deliver a message of peaceful coexistence, urging Muslims to embrace Iraq’s long-beleaguered Christian minority.  The historic meeting in al-Sistani’s humble home was months in the making, with every detail painstakingly discussed and negotiated between the ayatollah’s office and the Vatican.  When the time came, the 84-year-old pontiff’s convoy, led by a bullet-proof vehicle, pull up along Najaf’s narrow and column-lined Rasool Street, which culminates at the golden-domed Imam Ali Shrine, one of the most revered sites in the world for Shiites. He then walked the few yards to al-Sistani’s modest home, which the cleric has rented for decades.  A group of Iraqis wearing traditional clothes welcomed him...
    By ANMAR KHALIL and NICOLE WINFIELD, Associated Press NAJAF, Iraq (AP) — Pope Francis is set to meet with Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, one of the most senior clerics in Shiite Islam, in Iraq's holy city of Najaf on Saturday to deliver a message of peaceful coexistence, urging Muslims to embrace Iraq's long-beleaguered Christian minority. The historic meeting in al-Sistani's humble home was months in the making, with every detail painstakingly discussed and negotiated between the ayatollah's office and the Vatican. The closed-door meeting will touch on issues plaguing Iraq's Christian minority. Al-Sistani is a deeply revered figure in Shiite-majority Iraq and and his opinions on religious matters are sought by Shiites worldwide. On the few occasions where he has made his opinion known, the notoriously reclusive al-Sistani has shifted the course of Iraq's modern history. In the years after the 2003 U.S.-led invasion he repeatedly preached calm and restraint as the Shiite majority came under attack by al-Qaida and other Sunni extremists. The country was nevertheless plunged into years of sectarian violence. His 2014 fatwa, or religious edict, calling...
    NAJAF, Iraq (AP) — Pope Francis is set to meet with Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, one of the most senior clerics in Shiite Islam, in Iraq’s holy city of Najaf on Saturday to deliver a message of peaceful coexistence, urging Muslims to embrace Iraq’s long-beleaguered Christian minority. The historic meeting in al-Sistani’s humble home was months in the making, with every detail painstakingly discussed and negotiated between the ayatollah’s office and the Vatican. The closed-door meeting will touch on issues plaguing Iraq’s Christian minority. Al-Sistani is a deeply revered figure in Shiite-majority Iraq and and his opinions on religious matters are sought by Shiites worldwide. On the few occasions where he has made his opinion known, the notoriously reclusive al-Sistani has shifted the course of Iraq’s modern history. In the years after the 2003 U.S.-led invasion he repeatedly preached calm and restraint as the Shiite majority came under attack by al-Qaida and other Sunni extremists. The country was nevertheless plunged into years of sectarian violence. His 2014 fatwa, or religious edict, calling on able-bodied men to...
    NAJAF, Iraq (AP) — Pope Francis meets Iraq’s top Shiite cleric, Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, in historic encounter to encourage coexistence. Copyright © 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
    The White House is still not clear about who is responsible for the attack with ten rockets that hit the Ain al Asad military base this Wednesday, where at least two thousand US servicemen are housed. | 03/03/2021 | ionicons-v5-c16: 12 | . | USA- The White House assured this Wednesday that he is still investigating the attack against an Iraqi base in which troops of U.S and he did not rule out retaliating, but said he will avoid any « hasty » response that could inflame tensions in the region. The spokeswoman for the White House, Jen psaki, I affirm that Washington it is not yet clear who is responsible for the attack with ten rockets that hit the military base of Ain al Asad, in the Iraqi province Al Anbar (west), which is home to about two thousand military Americans. « If we think this deserves an answer, we will take action again, in the way and at the time we choose. We reserve that option, » Psaki said. « What we will not do is make a hasty or ill-informed...
    President Joe Biden said Iran should view its decision to authorize US bombings in Syria as a warning that it can expect consequences for its support for militant groups that threaten US interests or personnel. “They cannot act with impunity. Be careful, ”Biden commented after a reporter asked him what message he intended to send with the airstrikes, which, according to the Pentagon, destroyed several buildings in eastern Syria, but did not intend to eradicate the militia groups that used them. to facilitate attacks inside Iraq. US government officials defended the airstrikes, saying they were legal and appropriate, adding that they removed facilities that housed valuable “competencies” used by Iranian-backed militia groups to attack US and allied forces in the United States. Iraq. John Kirby, the Pentagon’s chief spokesman, said Congress was notified before the attacks were carried out, after two Air Force F-15E jets launched seven missiles, destroying nine facilities and severely damaging another two. , leaving them “functionally ruined”. He commented that the facilities, located at “entry checkpoints” on the border, had been used...
    The United States bombed alleged pro-Iranian militia positions in Syria, the first attack ordered by President Joe Biden since coming to power, the Pentagon reported. “Under instructions from President Biden, US military forces tonight carried out air strikes against infrastructure used by Iranian-backed militant groups in eastern Syria,” Washington said in a statement. The United States claimed that the air strikes destroyed “several facilities” located at a border checkpoint near Iraq and used by Kataib Hezbollah and another pro-Iranian militia. The Pentagon explained that the bombing is a response to recent attacks against US troops and the international coalition in Iraq, as well as “continuous threats” against these personnel. “This operation sends an unequivocal message: President Biden will act to protect US and coalition personnel,” the Pentagon said in its statement. The US embassy in Baghdad was the target of an attack on Monday when two Katiusha-type rockets hit outside its facilities in the middle of the Green Zone. A week earlier, on the 15th, an American soldier was injured and a contractor died in Erbil, the capital...
    Reuters December 23, 2020 0 Comments Top U.S. national security officials agreed on Wednesday on a proposed range of options to present to President Donald Trump aimed at deterring any attack on U.S. military or diplomatic personnel in Iraq, a senior administration official told Reuters. The meeting was spurred by an attack on Sunday in which rockets landed in Baghdad’s heavily fortified Green Zone compound targeting the U.S. Embassy and causing some minor damage, the Iraqi military and the embassy said. The so-called principals committee group, including acting Defense Secretary Chris Miller, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and national security adviser Robert O’Brien met at the White House, said the official, who requested anonymity. A “range of options” would be presented soon to Trump, said the official, who would not describe the content of the options or say whether they included military action. “Each one is designed to be non-escalatory and to deter further attack,” the official said. After the meeting, Trump, without giving evidence, said on Twitter that the rockets on Sunday were from Iran and “we hear...
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Top U.S. national security officials met at the White House on Wednesday and agreed on a proposed range of options to deter any attack on U.S. military or diplomatic personnel in Iraq, a senior administration official told Reuters. The official said the so-called principals committee group of officials, including acting Defense Secretary Chris Miller, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and national security adviser Robert O'Brien, discussed the situation at the White House. They agreed on a "range of options" that will be presented soon to U.S. President Donald Trump, the official said. (Reporting By Steve Holland; Editing by Chizu Nomiyama) Copyright 2020 Thomson Reuters. Tags: Iran, United States, Iraq, Middle East
    An undisclosed number of suspects have been reportedly arrested in connection to the assassination of top Iranian nuclear scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh last month, an Iranian official told local media Tuesday. "The perpetrators of this assassination, some of whom have been identified and even arrested by the security services, will not escape justice," Hossein Amir Abdollahian, an Iranian parliamentary adviser, said in an interview with Al-Alam TV, Reuters reported, citing semi-official news agency ISNA. UK, GERMANY, FRANCE CALLS IRAN NUCLEAR MOVES 'DEEPLY WORRYING'  Iran has blamed Fakhrizadeh’s death on Israel, which has been suspected in previous killings of Iranian nuclear scientists. Iranian authorities have given conflicting accounts of how Fakhrizadeh was killed while riding in a convoy through the town of Absard outside Tehran on Nov. 27. In this photo released by the official website of the Iranian Defense Ministry, military personnel stand near the flag-draped coffin of Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, a scientist who was killed on Friday, during a funeral ceremony in Tehran, Iran, Monday, Nov. 30, 2020. (Iranian Defense Ministry via AP) The defense ministry initially...
    TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — The chief of Iran’s paramilitary Revolutionary Guard threatened Saturday to go after everyone who had a role in a top general’s January killing during a U.S. drone strike in Iraq. The guard’s website quoted Gen. Hossein Salami as saying, “Mr. Trump! Our revenge for martyrdom of our great general is obvious, serious and real.” U.S. President Donald Trump warned this week that Washington would harshly respond to any Iranian attempts to take revenge for the death of Gen. Qassem Soleimani, tweeting that “if they hit us in any way, any form, written instructions already done we’re going to hit them 1000 times harder.” The president’s warning came in response to a report that Iran was plotting to assassinate the U.S. ambassador to South Africa in retaliation for Soleimani’s killing at Baghdad’s airport at the beginning of the year. “We took out the world’s number one terrorist and the mass murderer of American troops and many, many troops and many people all over the world,” Trump said. “Qasem Soleimani is dead. He’s dead. Bad guy....
    ISIS' feared leader 'The Professor' ratted out 68 top jihadis before becoming the terror organisation's chief. Amir Mohammed Abdul Rahman al-Mawli al-Salbi offered up the names of al-Qaeda fighters when he was arrested in Iraq in 2008, according to declassified US intelligence files. 5The leader of Isis offered up the names of al-Qaeda fighters, it's claimedCredit: Twitter 5Salbi, known as 'The Professor', was appointed after former leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi blew himself up in October last yearCredit: Reuters Terror experts say the news, revealed in declassified documents, will send shock waves through the death cult Salbi grassed on men responsible for plotting assassinations, kidnappings and bombings - and even gave spies the name of al-Qaeda's second-in-command in Iraq, who was killed by American forces eight months later. The rat's intel has now been exposed after three interrogation reports were released by the Combating Terrorism Centre, a research body at the United States Military Academy in West Point, New York. The reports, seen by The Daily Telegraph, stated: “Detainee identified a number of photographs of ‘HVI’ [high value individuals] from the Mosul...
    Tehran, Iran — Iran executed a man convicted of providing information to the United States and Israel about a prominent Revolutionary Guard general later killed by a U.S. drone strike, state TV reported on Monday. The report said the death sentence was carried out against Mahmoud Mousavi Majd, without elaborating. The country's judiciary had said in June that Majd was "linked to the CIA and the Mossad," the Israeli intelligence agency, and alleged that Majd shared security information on the Guard and its expeditionary unit, called the Quds, or Jerusalem Force, which Qassem Soleimani commanded. Get Breaking News Delivered to Your Inbox Soleimani was killed in an American drone strike in Baghdad in January. The strike also killed Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, deputy commander of Iran-backed militias in Iraq known as the Popular Mobilization Forces, and five others. Iran later retaliated for Soleimani's killing with a ballistic missile strike targeting US forces in Iraq. That same night, the Guard accidentally shot down a Ukrainian jetliner in Tehran, killing 176 people.
    BAGHDAD (AP) — France’s foreign minister warned of the persistent threat from the Islamic State group in a visit to Iraq on Thursday, his first official trip outside the European Union since the coronavirus pandemic erupted. Jean-Yves Le Drian met with his Iraqi counterpart, Fuad Hussein, in Baghdad; the two discussed a broad range of subjects, from IS prisoners of French origin held in Iraqi jails, to the continuing threat posed by IS militants and France’s ongoing investment projects in the country. Le Drian said there were “disturbing” signs of an IS resurgence and that gains made to dislodge the group should not be reversed. IS-related attacks have increased in parallel with the coronavirus outbreak in Iraq, and as the U.S.-led coalition withdrew from bases across the country’s north in a planned drawdown of forces. Iraqi security forces recently launched a new operation to root out IS sleeper cells in Diyala province, where militants are able to exploit ongoing territorial disputes between the federal government and the semi-autonomous Kurdish region. France is a member of the U.S.-led coalition that assisted...
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