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World Syria Blames Israel for Airstrikes as Rockets Hit Base With U.S. Forces in Iraq

07:05  15 january  2020
07:05  15 january  2020 Source:   newsweek.com

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The airstrikes , carried out by Air Force F-15E fighter planes, hit three locations in Iraq and two in Syria controlled by the group, Kataib Hezbollah. Friday’ s rocket attack on a major Iraqi base where American and allied troops train Iraq ’ s security forces was a far more direct strike at United States

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a UK- based monitoring group, said at least 18 Iranian and Media captionInside Iran-backed paramilitary base in Iraq hit in ' Israeli ' strike in August. It said the rockets failed to hit Israeli territory and blamed militia fighters operating under the command

The Syrian military has accused Israel of bombing an airbase in Homs hours after rockets hit an Iraqi military facility used by U.S. and allied personnel near Baghdad.

a sky view looking up at night: An image grab shows on November 20, 2019 reportedly shows Syrian air defense batteries responding to Israeli missiles targeting the southern outskirts of Damascus. - The Israeli military said at the time that it targeted Iranian Quds Force and Syrian military targets © AFP/Getty Images An image grab shows on November 20, 2019 reportedly shows Syrian air defense batteries responding to Israeli missiles targeting the southern outskirts of Damascus. - The Israeli military said at the time that it targeted Iranian Quds Force and Syrian military targets "in response to the rockets fired at Israel by an Iranian force in Syria."

Following reports of anti-aircraft batteries countering enemy warplanes in eastern Homs province, the Syrian Defense Ministry stated Tuesday that "Israeli planes conducted a new attack on the T-4 Airport from the direction of Al-Tanf area," where the U.S. controls a roughly 34-mile deconfliction zone. The Syrian military said its "air defenses engaged the enemy missiles and dropped a number of them, while four missiles reached their target," leading only to "material" damage.

Syrian army says Israeli jets attack air base in Homs

  Syrian army says Israeli jets attack air base in Homs The Syrian army said on Tuesday Israeli jets attacked the main T4 air base in Homs province, saying its air defenses downed several missiles in strikes that caused only material damage. require(["medianetNativeAdOnArticle"], function (medianetNativeAdOnArticle) { medianetNativeAdOnArticle.getMedianetNativeAds(true); }); An army spokesman told state media that four Israeli missiles did reach the base, but said air defenses intercepted several others.

Baghdad International Airport airstrike . reactions. 2020 Iranian attack on U . S . forces in Iraq . " Rockets hit base hosting U . S . forces in western Iraq ". ^ "Iran launches missile attack against US forces inside Iraq in 'revenge' for Qassem Soleimani assassination". Russia– Syria –Iran– Iraq coalition.

Israel says it has hit dozens of targets in Syria belonging to the government and allied Iranian forces . The Israeli military says the "wide-scale strikes " responded to rockets fired by an Iranian unit into Israel . Syria says two civilians died and that Syrian air defences shot down most of the missiles over

Israel has yet to claim responsibility for the attack, but has deliberately neither confirmed nor denied most of its operations in Syria and neighboring Iraq, both of which hosted Shiite Muslim militias aligned with Iran. These groups have expressed hostility toward Israel, as well as Saudi Arabia and the United States, which their fighters increasingly saw as an occupying force in the region.

Across the border in Iraq, another yet unclaimed attack struck a military facility Tuesday. The Iraqi military's Security Media Cell reported earlier that "the Al-Taji military training camp north of Baghdad was targeted by Katyusha rockets, without significant losses."

Two rockets fall inside Baghdad's Green Zone

  Two rockets fall inside Baghdad's Green Zone Three Katyusha rockets fall inside Baghdad's Green Zone: police sourcesSirens were sounding inside the Green Zone. Police sources told Reuters at least one of the rockets fell 100 meters (yards) from the U.S. Embassy.

Iraqi security forces participate in a drill as U . S . forces help train them in Taji, north of Baghdad, Iraq , Saturday, March 21, 2015. U . S . military officials have said a coordinated military mission to retake Mosul, Iraq ’ s second largest city held by the Islamic State group

“The Balad Air Base in the province of Salahuddin was shelled with eight Katyusha rockets . Iraq is witnessing mounting tension between Shia groups and the U . S . Earlier this month, Washington Yet u blame Iraq for being hit by Iranian Missiles? Are u serious? Its Iraqi forces fault for being in the way?

"No Coalition troops were affected by this small attack at Taji Base," U.S. Army Col. Myles Caggins III, spokesperson for the U.S.-led coalition against the Islamic State militant group (ISIS), said in a statement.

Though no party has claimed responsibility for either attack, the two incidents fit a growing pattern of hostilities witnessed in Iraq and Syria. The U.S. and Iran have long been involved across the Middle East and, while both saw launched campaigns to battle ISIS in 2014, the two rivals and their respective allies have since regarded one another as presenting the top terrorist threat.

The U.S. previously faced off with Shiite Muslim militias following its 2003 invasion of Iraq, a move that overthrew longtime leader Saddam Hussein and stirred a Sunni Muslim insurgency led first by Al-Qaeda and, later, ISIS. The U.S. withdrew in 2011 but returned with an international coalition in 2014 as Iran helped to establish a powerful collective of militias known as Iraq's Popular Mobilization Forces.

Rockets land in Baghdad's Green Zone near US Embassy

  Rockets land in Baghdad's Green Zone near US Embassy Two explosions were heard in Baghdad's Green Zone late Wednesday.

The Israeli military said it foiled an imminent large-scale attack by Iranian forces and Shiite militia on targets How Soleimani made insurgent tactics deadlier for U . S . forces in Iraq . Mucarsel-Powell: "Si el See the destruction at Iraqi air base targeted by Iran. Who' s to blame for Ukrainian plane crash?

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a UK- based monitoring group, confirmed that rockets were fired towards the occupied Golan. Image caption Israeli forces in the occupied Golan Heights have been on high alert since Tuesday night. They then apparently hit every Iranian facility they know of in Syria to send a powerful message to Tehran. Syria blames Israel for missile strike near Damascus.

Also in 2011, the U.S. first got involved in Syria by joining regional allies in backing a rebel and jihadi uprising against the government, an ally of Iran and Russia. An increasingly Islamist opposition made initial gains, but Washington ultimately shifted gears toward supporting the mostly Kurdish Syrian Democratic Forces in 2015, around the same time that Moscow joined Tehran in backing Damascus.

The U.S. and Iran's regional rivalry dates back decades but was renewed in 2018 with President Donald Trump's decision to leave a 2015 multi-national nuclear deal and impose heavy sanctions on the Islamic Republic. Since then, unclaimed rocket attacks are among the many operations that Washington has blamed on Tehran.

One such Katyusha attack helped to set off a new round of major escalations after it killed a Pentagon contractor. The U.S. responded with a series of Iraq-Syria border strikes that killed up to 27 people at positions held by the Kataib Hezbollah, an Iran-backed Popular Mobilization Forces and led to violent New Year's protests at Washington's embassy in Baghdad.

Reports: Unidentified planes strike targets in eastern Syria

  Reports: Unidentified planes strike targets in eastern Syria Unidentified planes struck targets in Syria near the border with Iraq on Friday, reports said, triggering “a huge explosion” amid soaring tensions in the region between the U.S. and Iran. © Provided by Associated Press Russian President Vladimir Putin, right, Syrian President Bashar Assad, left, and Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu, center, visit the Umayyad Mosque in Damascus, Syria, Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2020. Putin has traveled to Syria to meet with President Bashar Assad, a key Iranian ally. The rare visit Tuesday comes amid soaring tensions between Iran and the United States following the U.S.

Four members of Iraq ’ s military were wounded in a rocket attack on December 12 targeting an air base just north of Baghdad where American trainers are The U . S . has blamed that attack and others on Iran-backed militias. The attack wounded an Iraqi air force officer and three enlisted men, Iraqi

Syria - Iraq . Unguided rockets targeted the Iraqi military camp Taji that hosts US troops, the Iraqi military said in a statement on January 14. The US commonly blames factions of the Popular Mobilization Units for shelling of its facilities in Iraq .

Just a day after the demonstrations subsided, the U.S. assassinated Iranian Revolutionary Guard Quds Force commander Major General Qassem Soleimani, Popular Mobilization Forces deputy chairman Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis and other members of their entourage near Baghdad International Airport. The shocking move led mostly Shiite Muslim Iraqi lawmakers to successfully vote for the withdrawal of U.S. forces and an Iranian missile attack on two Iraqi bases housing U.S. and allied troops.

The Trump administration has so far responded only with stronger sanctions, but U.S. officials have threatened further action as rocket attacks against Iraqi facilities housing U.S. and other foreign personnel have persisted.

In Syria, Assad recently received a boost of international support last week in the form of a visit from Russian President Vladimir Putin, who appeared to arrive at the same international airport occasionally targeted by Israel. During his visit, which came amid Syrian protests against Soleimani's killing, the Russian leader vowed to continue to support the Syrian military's campaign to retake the entire country.

Hours before Tuesday's strikes at T-4, Syrian Defense Minister Ali Ayoub presented his Iranian counterpart Amir Hatami with a posthumous award for Soleimani on behalf of Assad.

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