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Live updates: US-Iran tensions after Qassem Soleimani's killing

Live updates: US-Iran tensions after Qassem Soleimani's killing
US hits Iran with more sanctions following Tehran's retaliatory attack in Iraq after Soleimani's assassination
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Canadian FM says 57 Canadian victims in plane crash, not 63
1 year ago

Canada's Foreign Minister Francois-Philippe Champagne said in a news conference on Friday that the number of Canadian victims from Ukrainian International Airlines flight PS752 is 57, not 63 as was first stated.

Champagne said that the government will create an emergency task force to help the families of the plane crash victims, and is coordinating with the UK, Ukraine, Sweden, and Afghanistan to help the families of the other plane crash victims as well.

'No to America, no to Iran': Thousands protest against foreign influence across Iraq
1 year ago

Huge crowds of protesters hit the streets of several Iraqi provinces on Friday, rallying against the government and rejecting both US and Iranian presences in the country.

"No to America and no to Iran, Sunnis and Shias are brothers," anti-government protesters in Babil province chanted.

Basrans chanted, "In our souls, in our blood, we will be for you Iraq," while the people in Nasiriyah, a restive city about 200km away, were chanting "Neither America nor Iran, our revolution is a young revolution."

Read more here.

US targeted Iranian military official in Yemen, but failed
1 year ago

The United States military tried, but failed, to take out another senior Iranian commander on the same day a US drone strike killed the Revolutionary Guard's top general, Qassem Soleimani, US officials said Friday.

The officials said a military air attack targeted Abdul Reza Shahlai, a high-ranking commander in Iran's Islamic Republican Guard Corps but the mission was not successful. The officials spoke to the Associated Press news agency on condition of anonymity in order to discuss a classified mission. 

The Pentagon declined to discuss the highly classified operation.

US sanctions eight senior Iranian officials over ties to missile attacks
1 year ago

The United States imposed new sanctions on Iranian industries and officials on Friday in retaliation for Tehran's missile attack on US troops in Iraq this week, senior Trump administration officials said. 

The newly sanctioned individuals include: Ali Shamkhani, the secretary of Iran's Supreme National Security Council; Mohsen Rezai, a Khamenei adviser; Mohammad Reza Naqdi, the deputy coordinator of the IRGC; Mohammad Reza Ashtiani and Ali Abdollahi, senior Iranian military leaders; Ali Asghar Hejazi, the director of Khamenei's security office; Mohsen Qomi, Khamenei's deputy adviser for international affairs and adviser on international communications. 

The eighth individual was not identified.

Read more here.

US says American troops staying in Iraq after Baghdad urges withdrawal plan
1 year ago

American troops will not be leaving Iraq, the US State Department announced on Thursday, hours after Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi said he informed Secretary of State Mike Pompeo that US forces should start working on a withdrawal plan.

"America is a force for good in the Middle East," State Department spokeswoman Morgan Ortagus said in a statement on Thursday. 

"Our military presence in Iraq is to continue the fight against ISIS [Islamic State (IS) group] and as the Secretary has said, we are committed to protecting Americans, Iraqis, and our coalition partners."

Trump believes Iran was targeting four US embassies
1 year ago

US President Donald Trump said Iran probably had targeted the US embassy in Baghdad and was aiming to attack four US embassies when its top general, Qassem Soleimani, was killed in a US drone strike.

"We will tell you probably it was going to be the embassy in Baghdad," Trump said in a clip of an interview on Fox News. "I can reveal that I believe it would have been four embassies."