The US carried out an air strike on facilities used by Iranian-backed militia groups in eastern Syria on Thursday night (25 February 2021) in response to three separate rocket attacks against US forces in Iraq, according to a Pentagon spokesperson. The strikes is alleged to have destroyed several facilities at a border control point used by a number of Iran-backed militia groups linked to the attacks against US forces in Iraq, including Kataib Hezbollah and Kataib Sayyid al-Shuhada,
The United States has sold off over a million gallons of Iranian oil that had been seized last year. The shipment was being sent to Venezuela but was intercepted before arrival. Last week, the final gallons were sold off by Washington, with profits totalling over $40 million. The cargo was seized under the pretext of violations of U.S. sanctions on Tehran, which greatly limit both Iranian imports and exports.
The global spotlight has once again shifted to Israel amidst their rapid COVID-19 vaccination campaign which has reportedly vaccinated over 20% of their 9 million citizens. However, what isn’t included in these numbers are the 4.5 million Palestineans in the occupied territories of Gaza and the West Bank.
Since the new year, Istanbul’s University campuses have become a battleground of violent clashes between students and police. The protests were sparked by President Tayyip Erdogan’s appointment of Melih Bulu, an active member of Turkey’s ruling AKP party, as new rector of the prestigious Boğaziçi University by presidential decree.
Trade unions have painted a bleak picture for miners in Pakistan, where astonishingly 14 miners have already lost their lives this year as a consequence of accidents and jihadist massacres.
On the students’ “Day of Rage” Lebanese students clashed with riot police in Beirut outside of the American University of Beirut (AUB) with tear gas being fired at the students, who responded by throwing bottles at riot police. The protest turned confrontation was organised by students as a response to the AUB and another top university in Beirut deciding to massively hike tuition fees in the midst of an economic crisis.
The investigation, led by the Maj Gen Justice Paul Brereton, found that Australian special forces were involved in the murder of 39 Afghan civilians and subsequent planting of weapons and phones.
Iran’s suspicions remain justified after having revealed that the U.S. assassinated former General Qasem Soleimani in January.
Public sector workers in the Iraqi Kurdistan region of Iraq staged a strike on Sunday the 29th of November in protest after their wages being withheld for in some cases since March of this year. Teachers, health workers and other civil servants made up the strike as Iraq’s deep economic crisis plunges people further into poverty.
The latest bloody flare-up in the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict came to a tentative end last week, with a decisive victory for Azerbaijan. In 6 short weeks the aggressors have managed to claw back cities and territory had been under de-facto Armenian rule since the fall of the Soviet Union. Huge concessions have been made by the Armenian government, and the independent Artsakh republic has all but been handed over to the Azeris in a Russia-brokered peace deal which will have huge consequences for the balance of power in the region.