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Fury, tears as crowds mourn Iran commander killed by U.S.

Jan 05, 2020 - 12:02 PM

Iranian Ambassador to the UN Majid Takht calls the assassination of powerful general Qasem Soleimani as an 'act of war' by the United States

MOURNING. Mourners carry the coffins of slain Iraqi paramilitary chief Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, Iranian military commander Qasem Soleimani and 8 others towards the Imam Ali Shrine in the shrine city of Najaf in central Iraq during a funeral procession on January 4, 2020. Photo by Haidar Hamdani/AFP

Trump says US targeting 52 sites in Iran, as tension mounts

Jan 05, 2020 - 8:27 AM

'The USA wants no more threats,' US President Donald Trump tells Iran after he ordered the assassination of powerful Iranian general Qasem Soleimani

WARNING. President Donald Trump warns Iran the US "wants no more threats" after he ordered the assassination of powerful Iranian general Qasem Soleimani. File hoto by Jim Watson/AFP

Iran top general to be laid to rest on January 7 in hometown

Jan 04, 2020 - 4:03 PM

The general, who died aged 62, was one of Iran's most popular public figures

KILLED. A file handout picture released by the office of Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on October 1, 2019, shows Qasem Soleimani, Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) Major General and commander of the Quds Force. Handout photo from Khamenei.Ir/AFP

Pope Francis calls for 'humanitarian corridors' for migrant rescues

Jul 07, 2019 - 7:10 PM

Pope Francis says 'the international community cannot accept such grave incidents'

Emergency workers recover bodies after an airstrike killed nearly 40 at Tajoura Detention Center, east of Tripoli on early July 3, 2019. - Nearly 40 migrants were killed and more than 70 wounded in an air strike on their detention centre in a suburb of the Libyan capital Tripoli, an emergency services spokesman told AFP. "This is a preliminary assessment and the toll could rise," said spokesman Osama Ali. He said 120 migrants were detained in the hangar, which was directly hit by the strike. (Photo by Mahmud TURKIA / AFP)

Iran reports previous incident with 'spy drone' in May

Jun 23, 2019 - 9:29 PM

Iran Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif says a 'spy drone' widely used for carrying out military strikes entered Iranian airspace

Syria regime air strikes kill 4 civilians – monitor

Jun 23, 2019 - 9:11 PM

The region is supposed to be protected by a September buffer zone deal

Trump says U.S. backs Israel '100%' over Gaza escalation

May 06, 2019 - 9:48 AM

Gaza Strip's health ministry says among those killed by Israel's retaliatory airstrikes were a pregnant woman and a four-month-old baby

VICTIMS. An injured Palestinian baby cries at a hospital in Beit Lahia, northern Gaza strip on May 5, 2019.  Photo by Anas Baba/AFP

The week in photos: April 14-20, 2018

Apr 21, 2018 - 8:19 PM

This week's selection of photo highlights here and around the world

People celebrate at the end of the Color Run 2018 race in front of the Eiffel Tower in Paris, on April 15, 2018.The Color Run is a five kilometres paint race without winners nor prizes, while runners are showered with colored powder at stations along the run. / AFP PHOTO / CHRISTOPHE SIMON

Britain at UN says Syria strikes were 'right and legal'

Apr 14, 2018 - 11:14 PM

British Ambassador Karen Pierce says the military action aims to 'alleviate further humanitarian suffering'

SYRIA CRISIS. Smoke billows behind destroyed buildings in the former rebel-held town of Saqba in the Eastern Ghouta region on the outskirts of Damascus on April 10, 2018. Photo by AFP

UN probes reports of 'serious harm to civilians' in Afghan airstrike

Apr 03, 2018 - 5:10 PM

'Human Rights team on ground establishing facts. All parties reminded of obligations to protect civilians from impact of armed conflict,' the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan says in a brief statement

AIRSTRIKE. An Afghan resident is treated at a hospital following an airstrike in Kunduz on April 2, 2018. Photo by Bashir Khan Safi/AFP

The week in photos: March 17-23, 2018

Mar 24, 2018 - 12:49 PM

This week's selection of photo highlights here and around the world

A refugee child participates in an anti-racist demonstration in Athens on March 17, 2018, marking as well two-years of the EU-Turkey deal and the closing of the borders. The banner reads' fight fortess Europe'. Refugees and solidarity groups condemned the new shipwreck off Agathonissi island earlier today, where 16 refugees drowned. / AFP PHOTO / LOUISA GOULIAMAKI

The week in photos: March 10-16, 2018

Mar 17, 2018 - 2:12 PM

This week's selection of photo highlights here and around the world

EDITORS NOTE: Graphic content / A wounded Syrian man waits for treatment at a makeshift clinic during Syrian government air strikes on Zamalka, in the rebel enclave of Eastern Ghouta on the outskirts of Damascus on March 13, 2018. More than 1,180 civilians have been killed since regime forces on February 18 launched an air and ground assault on the enclave, the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitor says. Eastern Ghouta's 400,000 residents have been living under government siege since 2013, facing severe food and medecine shortages even before the latest assault. / AFP PHOTO / AMER ALMOHIBANY

U.S. denies air strike killed civilians in Afghanistan

Aug 12, 2017 - 2:32 PM

Afghan officials say 11 civilians including women and children are killed in a US airstrike but the US says there is zero chance of civilian casualties

U.S. airstrike kills several civilians in Afghanistan – officials

Aug 11, 2017 - 7:50 PM

Saaz Wali Shinwari district governor of Haska Mina said Unfortunately in the airstrike we have casualties Eleven people were killed and one wounded All the victims which included women and children were civilians and they were from one family

Soldier's death in Marawi prompts family to leave Mindanao

Jul 22, 2017 - 7:56 PM

Sergeant Antonio Pareja who was killed in a military airstrike in Marawi is buried in his wife s home province the new home of his family

HERO'S WELCOME. Army Sergeant Antonio Pareja is given a hero's welcome in Legazpi City, Albay on July 20, 2017. Photo by Rhaydz Barcia/Rappler

16 Afghan police killed in US strike

Jul 22, 2017 - 4:34 PM

The incident took place as Afghan security forces were clearing a village of Taliban elements

Moro youth group calls to end Marawi airstrike

Jun 02, 2017 - 9:20 PM

The fact that the military made a mistake is enough reason to stop the airstrike says former human rights chair Etta Rosales

END AIRSTRIKES. Sittie Janine Gamao of the Coalition for Moro Youth Movement calls for the immediate termination of airstrikes in Marawi City during a martial law forum on June 2, 2017. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

US airstrikes kill 30 Afghan civilians, officials say

Nov 03, 2016 - 11:02 PM

The airstrike triggers emotionally charged protests in the provincial capital with the victims relatives parading mutilated bodies of dead children piled into open trucks through the streets of Kunduz city

AFGHANISTAN. In this photograph taken on October 19, 2016, Afghans who were displaced by Kunduz fighting between Afghan forces and Taliban insurgents, walk at a makeshift camp in the outskirts of Kabul. File photo by Shah Marai/AFP

More than 140 killed in air strikes on Yemen funeral – UN

Oct 09, 2016 - 7:41 AM

UPDATED A UN aid official calls for an immediate investigation and says the international community must exert pressure to ensure civilians are protected

A Yemeni collects items amidst the rubble of a destroyed building following reported airstrikes by Saudi-led coalition air-planes on the capital Sanaa on October 8, 2016. Mohammed Huwais/AFP

US military confirms 14 new civilian deaths in Iraq, Syria

Jul 29, 2016 - 9:34 AM

The announcement from the US Central Command Centcom – which oversees US military operations in the Middle East followed an internal investigation into 6 US airstrikes between July 28 2015 and April 29 2016

US AIRSTRIKE. US Air Force C-5 Galaxy Outsize Cargo Transport Aircraft landing at Incirlik air base in Adana, Turkey, on August 10, 2015, which is part of the air campaign against ISIS in Syria. Photo by Serdar Yildiz/EPA

Saudi-led coalition rejects UN blacklisting over Yemen

Jun 05, 2016 - 9:55 PM

The coalition s spokesman says the United Nations report does not rely on credible statistics

epa05345243 A Yemeni sits nearby the grave of Yemeni child Bilal al-Asadi who was killed in a Saudi-led airstrike hit his family house, on International Day of Innocent Child Victims of Aggression, in Sana?a, Yemen, 04 June 2016. According to reports, the UN has added the Saudi-led coalition to a blacklist of armed groups who violate the rights of children, holding Saudi Arabia responsible for 60 percent of child casualties in the 14 month-conflict in Yemen. EPA/YAHYA ARHAB

ISIS threatens US, tries to rally support in new audio message

May 22, 2016 - 11:13 AM

The audio recording reportedly featuring ISIS spokesman Abu Mohamed al Adnani is posted online late Saturday evening after much fanfare by ISIS supporters on Twitter

ISIS IN YEMEN. A Yemeni inspects the site of suicide car bombings targeting security checkpoints in the southern port city of Aden, Yemen, March 26, 2016. File photo by EPA

Air strikes hit MSF-backed hospital in Syria, 9 dead

Feb 15, 2016 - 8:13 PM

Suspected Russian air strikes hit a hospital supported by Doctors Without Borders in Syria killing 9 people including a child the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says

AFTERMATH. Syrian boys run past a destroyed field hospital in the rebel-held area of Douma, outskirts of Damascus, Syria, 29 October 2015 by forces loyal to the Syrian government. File photo by Mohammed Badra / EPA

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Dec 30, 2015 - 6:00 PM

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Medical charity MSF leaves Afghan city after fatal airstrike

Oct 04, 2015 - 6:47 PM

A spokeswoman of the medical charity cannot confirm whether the Kunduz trauma center will re open or not following the tragic airstrike

Mexico says tourists were killed in Egyptian air strike

Sep 14, 2015 - 10:31 PM

Six Mexican survivors tells Mexico s ambassador to Egypt that they had stopped for a meal when they suffered an aerial attack with bombs launched by a plane and helicopters Foreign Minister Claudia Ruiz Massieu tells a news conference

Mexico's Foreign Minister Claudia Ruiz Massieu reads a statement in Mexico City on September 14, 2015. Egyptian security forces have mistakenly killed 12 people including Mexican tourists while chasing jihadists in the country's vast Western Desert, drawing condemnation and calls for an investigation from Mexico. AFP PHOTO/ Yuri CORTEZ

18 dead in Syria regime air raids near Damascus – monitor

Mar 15, 2015 - 9:10 PM

The raids on the town of Douma come the conflict enters its fifth year and the death toll soars over 215 000

Syrians walk amidst the rubble in search for survivors following a reported air strike by Syrian government forces in the Maysar neighbourhood of the northern Syrian city of Aleppo on February 7, 2015. Zein al-Rifai/AMC/AFP

US warplanes bomb ISIS near Kobane to aid Kurds in Syria

Oct 29, 2014 - 10:55 PM

US fighter jets and bombers carried out 8 air raids near Kobane targeting 6 vehicles a building and several ISIS fighting positions over the past 24 hours

A file photo taken from Turkey shows smoke rises after an airstrike by an alleged alliance war plane on Islamic State targets in the west of Kobane, Syria, where Kurdish fighters YPG are trying to defend the city, near Suruc district, Sanliurfa, Turkey 08 October 2014. Sedat Suna/EPA

Jihadist's tweets suggest Khorasan leader's death

Sep 28, 2014 - 9:02 AM

A jihadist who once fought in the Khorasan group offered messages of condolences on Twitter over the death of the Al Qaeda offshoot group s alleged leader

An image grab taken from a propaganda video released on March 17, 2014 by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS)'s al-Furqan Media allegedly shows ISIS fighters raising their weapons as they stand on a vehicle mounted with the trademark Jihadists flag at an undisclosed location in the Anbar province. Al-Furqan Media/AFP

US action in Syria without consent would be 'attack': Minister

Sep 11, 2014 - 9:37 PM

The Syrian minister s comments followed a speech in which US President Barack Obama pledged a relentless war against ISIS including air strikes in Syria and support for Syrian rebels

West in push to save Iraqis on Mount Sinjar

Aug 10, 2014 - 10:21 AM

UPDATED A coordinated Western aid effort was shaping up to avert what US President Barack Obama warned could be an impending genocide

Obama vows to save Iraqis stranded on mountain

Aug 10, 2014 - 1:15 AM

Amid reports that the children and the elderly are already dying Obama justifies the decision to intervene with the risk of an impending genocide against the Yazidis

COMMANDER-IN-CHIEF. US President Barack Obama delivers a statement on the South Lawn of the White House on August 9. Photo by Mandel Ngan/AFP

Obama warns of 'long-term project' in Iraq

Aug 09, 2014 - 11:41 PM

UPDATED I m not going to give a particular timetable because as I ve said from the start wherever and whenever US personnel and facilities are threatened it s my obligation my responsibility as commander in chief to make sure they are protected the US president tells reporters

COMMANDER-IN-CHIEF. US President Barack Obama delivers a statement on the South Lawn of the White House on August 9. Photo by Mandel Ngan/AFP

Major airlines avoid Iraqi skies after US airstrikes

Aug 09, 2014 - 8:38 AM

Flights to and from the Gulf and beyond which typically would have taken airways through Iraq now favor parallel routes via Iran instead according to real time flight tracking websites

Obama the unhappy warrior plunges back into Iraq

Aug 09, 2014 - 7:51 AM

Barack Obama becomes the fourth US president in a row to take military action there after George Bush drove Iraqi troops from Kuwait Bill Clinton bombed its air defenses and George W Bush invaded

File photo of US President Barack Obama by Jim Lo Scalzo/EPA

13 foreigners among 21 killed in Kabul restaurant attack

Jan 18, 2014 - 5:21 PM

The Taverna has been a regular dining spot for foreign diplomats aid workers and Afghan officials and businessmen for several years

A FAVORITE. Afghan Police shift an injured victim from the scene of a suicide bombing that targeted a restaurant which is popular among foreigners, in Kabul, Afghanistan, Jan 17 2014. Photo by S. Sabawoon/EPA

Afghan president accuses US of killing 7 children in airstrike

Jan 16, 2014 - 7:55 AM

Relations between Washington and Kabul have been rocky for years – and the incident is set to further damage frayed ties between the two allies

Afghan President Hamid Karzai addresses media representatives during a press conference in New Delhi, India, on 14 December 2013. Findlay Kember/Pool/EPA

Children among 5 Afghans killed in NATO airstrike

Oct 05, 2013 - 4:27 PM

5 civilians – including 3 children – were killed overnight in a NATO airstrike in eastern Afghanistan officials say

6 hurt, 200 families flee in Basilan clash

Sep 13, 2013 - 3:42 PM

The AFP launches an airstrike after soldiers and MNLF rebels clashed near the Lamitan pier