Tag Archives: Middle East

Iranian President Confirmed Dead In Helicopter Crash

CBS News reports: Iran’s President Ebrahim Raisi, along with the country’s foreign minister and others, were found dead Monday morning hours after their helicopter crashed in dense fog in a mountainous region of the country’s northwest, state media reported. Raisi was 63. The crash comes at hugely a tumultuous time for the Middle East amid the Israel-Hamas war, during which …

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Helicopter Carrying Iranian President Crashes In Forest

The Associated Press reports: A helicopter carrying Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi suffered a “hard landing” on Sunday, Iranian state media reported, without immediately elaborating. Raisi was traveling in Iran’s East Azerbaijan province. State TV said the incident happened near Jolfa, a city on the border with with the nation of Azerbaijan, some 600 kilometers (375 miles) northwest of the Iranian …

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NYT: Israel Hits Iranian Air Base In “Limited” Strike

The New York Times reports: The Israeli military struck Iran early on Friday, according to two Israeli and three Iranian officials, in what appeared to be Israel’s first military response to Iran’s attack last weekend but one whose scope, at least initially, appeared to be limited. The Iranian officials said that a strike had hit a military air base near …

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World Leaders Urge Israel Not To Escalate Against Iran

The Hill reports: “We have condemned, we have intervened, we will do everything to avoid an escalation, an inferno,” French President Emmanuel Macron said to French media BFMTV and RMC. Macron added that France will try to “convince Israel that we must not respond by escalating,” and, instead of attacking Tehran, work to “isolate Iran, increase sanctions and find a …

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Israel Reports Minor Damage From Iranian Attack

The New York Times reports: Israel’s war cabinet was set to meet on Sunday afternoon, officials said, hours after Iran fired hundreds of exploding drones and missiles in what was believed to be its first direct attack on Israel after years of a shadow war. Nearly all of the volleys were intercepted, and those that made impact caused only minor …

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IDF Says Iran Has Launched Drone Strikes On Israel

The Jerusalem Post reports: The IDF announced on Saturday night that Iran has launched dozens of drones directly from its territory against Israel, in a radical change from its usual use of proxies. The military said that it is ready to shoot them down, though air defense is not hermetic. The IDF’s shoot-down capabilities include aircraft, Iron Dome, David’s Sling, …

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Fatal Jordan Attack Was Mistaken For “Friendly Drone”

The New York Times reports: Air defenses failed to stop a deadly attack on a U.S. military outpost in Jordan on Sunday because the hostile drone homed in on its target at the same time an American drone was returning to the base, two U.S. officials said Monday. The return of the American surveillance drone to the remote resupply base …

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Three US Troops Killed By Drone In Jordan, 25 Injured

The Stars & Stripes reports: Three U.S. service members were killed and 25 injured Sunday in a one-way drone attack at a small U.S. base in northeast Jordan, near the Syria border, U.S. Central Command announced. The attack is another escalation of the hostilities between the U.S. and enemies in the Middle East following the Hamas attack on Israel on …

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Families Of Hostages Storm Israeli Parliament Meeting

Reuters reports: A group of relatives of Israelis held hostage by Palestinian gunmen in Gaza stormed a parliamentary committee session in Jerusalem on Monday, demanding that the lawmakers do more to try to free their loved ones. The action by about 20 people signaled growing domestic dissent in the fourth month of the Gaza war against Hamas. One woman held …

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Pakistan Carries Out Strike Inside Iranian Territory

Reuters reports: Pakistan used killer drones and rockets to strike separatist Baloch militants inside Iran on Thursday, Pakistani authorities said, two days after Tehran said it had attacked the bases of another group within Pakistani territory. Iranian media said several missiles hit a village in the Sistan-Baluchestan province that borders Pakistan, killing at least nine people. Earlier reports said three …

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REPORT: Israel In Talks To Resettle Gazans In Congo

The Times Of Israel reports: The “voluntary” resettlement of Palestinians from Gaza is slowly becoming a key official policy of the government, with a senior official saying that Israel has held talks with several countries for their potential absorption. Zman Israel, The Times of Israel’s Hebrew sister site, has learned that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s coalition is conducting secret contacts …

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Israel Says It Will Withdraw Some Troops From Gaza

The New York Times reports: The Israeli military announced on Monday that it will begin withdrawing several thousand troops from Gaza at least temporarily, in what would be the most significant publicly announced pullback since the war began. The military cited a growing toll on the Israeli economy following nearly three months of wartime mobilization with little end in sight …

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Israel Says Gaza War Will Continue For “Many Months”

The Hill reports: Israel expects the war in Gaza will go on for “many more months,” Israel Defense Forces (IDF) Chief of the General Staff Herzi Halevi said. “The war will continue for many more months, and we will operate in various ways – so that the achievement will be preserved over time,” Halevi said in a press conference Tuesday. …

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Netanyahu Visits Gaza, Vows War Will Continue

Axios reports: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday vowed to continue waging war against Hamas in Gaza, despite a growing number of international calls for a ceasefire. While visiting Israeli troops in northern Gaza, Netanyahu said: “Whoever talks about stopping, there is no such thing.” He also posted a video to X on Monday with the comment: “With our …

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Attacks Spur BP To Pause Shipments Through Red Sea

CNN Business reports: BP said Monday that it would pause all shipments through the Red Sea because of increased attacks on vessels by Houthi militants in Yemen. “In light of the deteriorating security situation for shipping in the Red Sea, BP has decided to temporarily pause all transits through the Red Sea,” the company said in a statement. “We will …

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Pentagon Says US Warship Was Attacked In Red Sea

The Associated Press reports: An American warship and multiple commercial ships came under attack Sunday in the Red Sea, the Pentagon said. Yemen’s Houthi rebels later claimed attacks on two ships they described as being linked to Israel, but did not acknowledge targeting a U.S. Navy vessel. The attack potentially marked a major escalation in a series of maritime attacks …

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NBC News: Israel-Hamas Ceasefire May Be Extended

NBC News reports: A senior Arab official with “direct knowledge of negotiations” confirms to NBC News that there will be a truce extension. Details were still being finalized and the deal could still collapse, the source added. Yesterday, Hamas released 17 hostages, including a 4-year-old American, Abigail Edan. In exchange, Israel released 39 Palestinian prisoners, all of whom are minors, …

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Hamas Releases 25 Hostages, Aid Supplies Reach Gaza

The New York Times reports: Twenty-five hostages held in Gaza, including 12 Thai nationals and 13 other women and children, were released from captivity on Friday, the Egyptian government said, the first people to be freed under a cease-fire between Israel and Hamas that took effect hours earlier. The hostages were transferred to Egypt as part of a prisoner exchange …

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Gaza Ceasefire Begins Ahead Of Release Of Hostages

Reuters reports: Combat between Israeli troops and Hamas fighters halted on Friday for the first time in seven weeks in a temporary truce ahead of the planned release of Israeli hostages held by the militants in exchange for jailed Palestinians. No big bombings, artillery strikes or rocket attacks were reported, although Hamas and Israel both accused each other of sporadic …

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REPORT: Four-Day Israel-Hamas Truce Starts Tomorrow

Reuters reports: Israel and Palestinian Islamist group Hamas will start a four-day truce on Friday morning with a first group of 13 Israeli women and child hostages released later that day, mediators in Qatar said. The agreement – the first in a brutal, near seven-week-old war – would begin at 7 a.m. local time (0500 GMT) and involve a comprehensive …

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