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Iran's special forces chief warns Trump: 'If you begin the war, we will end it' - Tasnim

ANKARA (Reuters) - A powerful commander of Iran's elite Revolutionary Guards said on Thursday that Donald Trump should address any threats against Tehran directly to him, and mocked the U.S. president as using the language of "night clubs and gambling halls".<p>The comments by Major-General Qassem …

Middle East

Israel shoots down Syrian fighter jet it says entered Israeli airspace

<b>Jerusalem (CNN) —</b> The Israeli military shot down a Syrian fighter jet after it entered Israeli airspace on Tuesday afternoon, the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) said, raising fears of further military escalation in the region.<p>The Russian-made Sukhoi jet entered two kilometers into Israeli airspace …

Middle East

Trump wants US troops out of Syria. Putin might use that to his advantage.

President Trump may be on the verge of a huge Syria mistake after he speaks with Russian leader Vladimir Putin in July.<p>President Donald Trump is desperate to remove thousands of US troops from Syria — and may be willing to make a big concession to Russia in order to do so.<p>During a Monday meeting …

Xi tells Mattis China won't give up 'even one inch' of territory

BEIJING (Reuters) - China is committed to peace but cannot give up "even one inch" of territory that the country's ancestors left behind, Chinese President Xi Jinping told U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis on Wednesday during his first visit to Beijing.<p>Xi's remarks underscored deep-rooted areas of …

China

Syrian military extends southwest assault, thousands displaced

BEIRUT (Reuters) - Government helicopters dropped barrel bombs on Deraa city for the first time in nearly a year on Monday, a rebel and a war monitor said, extending an assault in southwest Syria which has driven thousands from their homes.<p>Smoke rises from al-Harak town, as seen from Deraa …

Middle East

You're on your own, US tells Syrian rebels, as Assad goes on offensive

Russian jets make first foray into south-west as government ramps up campaign to regain strategic area<p>The US has warned Syrian rebels in the south-west of the country they should not expect military support to help them resist a major government offensive.<p>The message from Washington comes as …

Middle East

The US flew B-52s bombers in the South China Sea in a direct challenge to Beijing

The US has made a bold move in countering Beijing's growing dominance in the South China Sea by flying B-52 nuclear-capable bombers over disputed islands — and it shows how the US and China may rapidly be approaching a showdown.<p>The flight of the B-52s, reported by CNN, follows China landing …

China

Duterte will 'go to war' over South China Sea resources, minister says

<b>(CNN) —</b> Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte has said China will cross a red line if it unilaterally mines the natural resources of the South China Sea, according to the country's Foreign Minister Alan Peter Cayetano.<p>In a speech during a flag-raising celebration at the Department of Foreign …

China

IAF attacks positions in Gaza

“The IDF views with great severity the daily attempts of the Hamas terrorist organization to strike at security infrastructure in Israeli …

Israeli Jets Battle Syrian Warplanes in Lebanese Airspace

In the first air battles in the Middle East in five years, Israeli warplanes today shot down five Mig21 fighters of the Syrian Air Force in dogfights over the coast of southern Lebanon, Israeli officials reported.<p>Israel said it used U.S.-made F15 fighter-bombers as well as Israeli-made Kfir …

Middle East

Israel says Hamas curbed Gaza protests after Egyptian warning

GAZA/JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Palestinian protests on the Gaza-Israel border have dropped off over the past two days, amid reports that Egyptian officials intervened to restore calm after dozens of Palestinians were killed by Israeli gunfire.<p>Gaza's dominant Islamist Hamas movement denied that it was …

Fears grow as Israel and Iran edge closer to conflict

Most intense Israeli incursion since 1973 follows Iran’s alleged attack on Golan Heights<p>Israel and Iran have been urged to step back from the brink after their most serious direct confrontation, with Israeli missiles being fired over war-torn Syria in a “wide-scale” retaliatory attack many fear …

Middle East

These are the 15 countries with the most troops ready to fight right now

Head-to-head comparisons of militaries are hard to make. Each force brings different capabilities to the table and excels in different environments.<p>Global Firepower's 2017 Military Strength Ranking tries to compensate for those differences by drawing on more than 50 factors — among them diversity …

Israel is stomping on Iran for its alleged secret nuclear program — and it could bring one of the worst wars the Middle East has ever seen

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday said Israeli intelligence had obtained a trove of "secret" documents outlining a clandestine nuclear program in Iran.<p>On Sunday, Syria got rocked by a missile attack that appeared to ignite a munitions depot hard enough to register as a 2.6 …

Middle East

Afghan officials: Taliban attacks kill 11 troops, policemen

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A new wave of Taliban attacks across Afghanistan killed at least 11 Afghan soldiers and policemen on Tuesday, officials …

Afghanistan

After Syria missile strikes, US stuck in holding pattern

WASHINGTON (AP) — The drama of U.S. and allied missile strikes on Syria has obscured a sobering fact: The U.S.-led campaign to eliminate the Islamic State from Syria has stalled.<p>The U.S. has 2,000 troops in Syria assisting local Arab and Kurdish fighters against IS, even as President Donald Trump …

U.S. pins yet another cyberattack on Russia

The U.S. on Monday accused Russia of yet another global cyberattack, pinning a mounting assault on networks on the Kremlin.<p>The announcement, made jointly with the United Kingdom, is the latest in a growing string of cases where Western governments have pointed a finger at Moscow for high-profile …

Xi Jinping sends warning to Taiwan, United States with live-fire drills

<b>(CNN) —</b> Chinese President Xi Jinping has sent a clear message of Beijing's disapproval over growing ties between the United States and Taiwan by ordering live-fire drills in the Taiwan Strait.<p>The drills, to be held this coming Wednesday, will mark the first time the Chinese Navy has held drills …

Russian supply of S-300 systems to Syria major threat to IAF

Since the Russians entered the bloody conflict in 2015, the Syrian regime has become more brazen in its responses to Israeli strikes.<p>><br>• ><p>Russia bombs …

Middle East

How Syria Came to This

A story of ethnic and sectarian conflict, international connivance, and above all civilian suffering<p>Seven years of horrific twists and turns in the Syrian Civil War make it hard to remember that it all started with a little graffiti.<p>In March 2011, four children in the southern city of Der’a …

Despite Trump's 'Mission accomplished', question raised over U.S. Syria strategy

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Just over a year ago U.S. President Donald Trump ordered a missile strike against the Syrian government for a chemical weapons attack against its own people.<p>A missile is seen crossing over Damascus, Syria April 14, 2018. SANA/Handout via REUTERS<p>Trump did the same on Friday, …

Middle East

The Biggest U.S. Navy Force Since Iraq Invasion May Be Sailing Toward Syria

The biggest U.S. Navy force since the 2003 invasion of Iraq may be headed toward Syria as President Donald Trump weighs a military response to the …

Military

The Latest: Russia: Missiles aimed at Syrian air base downed

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on U.S.-led missile strikes on Syria (all times local):<p>2:50 a.m.<p>The Russian military says Syria's Soviet-made air …

U.S. and allies warn Syria of more missile strikes if chemical attacks used again

Western allies warned Syria on Saturday that they could launch further attacks if chemical weapons are used again, even as Syria’s powerful backer Russia denounced the missile strikes but gave no signs of possible retaliation.<p>The flurry of statements after Friday’s coordinated strike of U.S. cruise …

Middle East

Trump wants to stand up a military ‘Space Force.’ Here’s why.

Russia and China are engaged in robust efforts to fight wars in space, developing technology and weapons designed to take out U.S. satellites that provide missile defense and enable soldiers to communicate and monitor adversaries, according to a pair of reports released this week.<p>The reports …

Russia says Syrian 'chemical attack' was staged

<b>Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has said a reported chemical attack in Syria was staged by foreign agents.</b><p>A spokesman for Russia's defence ministry accused the UK of being involved in staging the attack.<p>The US and France say they have proof it took place and, alongside the UK, are …

Middle East

Greek soldiers fire warning shots at Turkish helicopter in Aegean Sea amid growing tensions

Greek soldiers fired warning shots at a Turkish helicopter after it approached a tiny Greek island in the eastern Aegean, in a dangerous escalation of tension between the regional rivals.<p>The island of Ro, which lies just a few miles off the Turkish coast, became the latest flashpoint between the …

Kremlin backers warn of threat of war with U.S. as Syria tensions rise

MOSCOW — In the Kremlin’s telling, this is a country under siege.<p>The United States is considering strikes on Russian ally Bashar al-Assad in Syria, prompting ominous speculation among people close to the Kremlin that such a move could touch off a wider conflict. One scholar who advises the Russian …

How Putin’s Folly Could Lead to a Middle East War

Russia’s intervention in Syria has brought the region to the brink of disaster.<p>Donald Trump needs to stop prevaricating over Syria and take advantage of Russian President Vladimir Putin’s Syria failures.<p>Putin, who unexpectedly thrust Russia into the Syria civil war in September 2015, initially …

Regional tensions soar in Syria as Trump threatens to strike and Iranians die in an attack

BEIRUT — The prospect of a U.S. strike on Syria in retaliation for an alleged chemical attack, coupled with a missile raid apparently carried out by Israel that killed Iranian military personnel, has underscored the risk that the conflict is on the brink of a dangerous escalation.<p>Syria and Russia …

Middle East