US wants to reduce presence in Africa, warns top officer

2020-01-14 07:59

The United States wants to reduce its military presence in Africa, Washington's top military officer says, as France hosts Sahel leaders as it seeks to bolster the fight against jihadists in the region.

Iraq warns of 'collapse' if Trump blocks oil cash

2020-01-13 19:53

Iraqi officials fear economic "collapse" if Washington imposes threatened sanctions, including blocking access to a US-based account where Baghdad keeps oil revenues that feed 90% of the national budget.

EXPLAINER: Iran, the US, Trump, ballistic missiles... and what comes next

2020-01-09 11:24

There is a difference between what "the US wants" and what "Trump wants". According to European officials, the nuclear containment agreement reached between Western allies and Iran under former president Barack Obama was working in preventing Iran from becoming a nuclear power, writes Pieter du Toit.

Rockets hit Iraqi capital's Green Zone - security sources

2020-01-08 23:21

Two rockets crashed late Wednesday into the Iraqi capital's Green Zone, the high-security enclave where foreign embassies including the US mission are based, security sources told AFP.

OPINION: The ANC must remain as a bulwark in the era of anti-imperialism

2020-01-08 17:28

Donald Trump's ordering of the airstrikes and subsequent assassination of Soleimani and al-Mohandis must be seen in this context of the US acting as an irresponsible so-called superpower to protect apartheid Israel in the region, writes Khalid Sayed.

Pentagon chief: Policy unchanged, US not leaving Iraq

2020-01-07 23:01

US Defence Secretary Mark Esper says that the United States is not pulling its forces out of Iraq, denying that there is a signed letter from the US side announcing an exit.

Pentagon rejects Trump threat to target Iranian cultural sites

2020-01-07 17:30

At odds with president, defence secretary says US will not violate laws of armed conflict by striking cultural sites.

Trump warns Iran of 'major retaliation,' threatens sanctions on Iraq

2020-01-06 09:13

US President Donald Trump threatened "major retaliation" if Iran avenges the killing of a key military commander and he warned of massive economic sanctions against ally Iraq if the country expels US troops based there.

Iran tension: Mourners flood Iranian city as top general's remains return

2020-01-05 13:42

A tide of mourners have flooded the Iranian city of Ahvaz, weeping and beating their chests in homage to top general Qasem Soleimani who was killed in a US strike in Baghdad.

Pro-Iran factions ramp up pressure on US in Iraq with missiles, warnings

2020-01-05 08:05

Pro-Iran factions have ramped up pressure on US installations across Iraq with missiles and warnings to Iraqi troops, after tens of thousands mourned an Iranian general killed in a US strike.


'Surviving was a miracle': Iran's missile attack on Iraq base

2020-01-13 22:28

Waves of ballistic missiles, soldiers hunkered down in bunkers for hours, intense shock waves -- a top US commander said he reacted to Iran's unprecedented attack against an Iraqi base with "disbelief".

US rejects Iraq request to discuss troop withdrawal

2020-01-10 18:01

The United States on Friday rejected a request by Iraq's caretaker prime minister to send a delegation to start preparations to pull out its 5,200 troops in the country.

WATCH | Trump pulls back from war with Iran

2020-01-09 08:24

President Donald Trump pulled back from the brink of war with Iran on Wednesday, saying that Tehran appeared to be "standing down" after firing missiles - without causing casualties - at US troops based in Iraq.

Trump: No US casualties after missile strikes, Iran 'appears to be standing down'

2020-01-08 19:06

US President Donald Trump announced that there were no casualties in a missile attack by Iran and that the country "appears to be standing down".

UK's Johnson urges Iran to pursue 'urgent de-escalation'

2020-01-08 15:40

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has called on Iran not to repeat missile attacks on Iraqi bases housing coalition forces, after last week's US strike killed one of Tehran's top commanders.

Iraqi armed factions call meeting to begin anti-US fight

2020-01-07 19:05

Iraqi armed factions have called for an urgent meeting to face "the war against the resistance", after a US strike on Baghdad last week killed top Iranian and Iraqi commanders.

Soleimani killing: Iran's Zarif vows response to US 'act of war'

2020-01-07 16:07

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has warned the United States that its days in the region are "numbered", describing the US assassination of a top Iranian military commander last week as "an act of war".

WATCH | Soleimani killing: Iraq parliament demands expulsion of US troops

2020-01-05 18:16

US installations were also facing new military stresses, with missiles slamming into the Baghdad enclave where the US embassy is located and an airbase north of the capital housing American troops.

Pence's linkage of Soleimani to 9/11 hijackers is challenged

2020-01-05 10:06

An assertion by US Vice President Mike Pence that Iranian commander Qasem Soleimani, who died Friday in an American attack in Iraq, had helped the September 11 terrorists has been sharply challenged in the US press.

Pro-Iran faction urges Iraqi troops 'get away' from US forces in bases

2020-01-04 21:59

Kataeb Hezbollah, a hardline pro-Iran faction in Iraq's Hashed al-Shaabi military network, urged Iraqi troops on Saturday to move away from US forces at military bases.

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