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Iran's Deadly Reach in the Middle East Puts U.S. Forces and Israel in Striking RangeIran backs militias in Iraq, Syria, and Afghanistan, where U.S. troops are also based, and in Lebanon and Yemen, located next to Washington's closest regional allies Israel and Saudi Arabia Haaretz and Reuters Threats of conflict between the United States and Iran have highlighted the places and ways their forces, proxies or allies could clash. Iran and Saudi Arabia have long been locked in a regional Cold War using proxy battles in four different countries to attack the other's interests. From Lebanon to Syria to Iraq to Yemen, each country has paid the price of being a battleground in the Iran-Saudi regional power battle. Iran backs militias in Iraq, Syria, and Afghanistan, where U.S. troops are also based, and in Lebanon and Yemen, located next to Washington's closest regional allies Israel and Saudi Arabia.It is situated...
Voice of America by Jeff Seldin The collapse of the Islamic State's self-declared caliphate in Syria and Iraq is doing little to slow down the terror group's branch in Afghanistan.Newly unclassified intelligence suggests IS-Khorasan, as the group is known, is growing both in numbers and ambition, now boasting as many as 5,000 fighters — nearly five times as many as estimates from last year — while turning its focus to bigger and more spectacular attacks.Military officials say the numbers, shared by U.S. Forces-Afghanistan for the latest quarterly report by the Lead Inspector General for Operation Freedom Sentinel, issued Tuesday, are "low confidence" estimates but that IS-Khorasan has fighters in Kabul, as well as in Nangarhar and Kunar provinces and in other parts of northeastern Afghanistan.More worrisome, according to defense intelligence officials, is that the terror group has been gaining ground, both against the Afghan government and the Taliban, expanding the...
Department of Justice   Office of Public Affairs   Federal Grand Jury Charges San Fernando Valley Man with Planning Long Beach Terror Attack in Plot to Cause Mass Casualties A federal grand jury has indicted a San Fernando Valley man for his role in planning to bomb a rally in Long Beach last month for the purpose of causing mass casualties.  Assistant Attorney General for National Security John C. Demers and U.S. Attorney Nicola T. Hanna for the Central District of California made the announcement. Mark Steven Domingo, 26, of Reseda, California, a former U.S. Army infantryman who was deployed to Afghanistan, was previously arrested on a criminal complaint in this case.  The indictment returned today formally charges him with providing material support to terrorists and attempted use of a weapon of mass destruction.  If convicted, he would face a statutory maximum sentence of life in federal prison. Domingo, who...
The Daily Caller News Foundation United States Fighter Jets Intercept Russian Bombers – TWICEMary Margaret Olohan | ReporterUnited States fighter jets intercepted Russian bombers for the second time in two days off the Alaskan coast, according to a statement from the North American Aerospace Defense Command.Four Tupolev Tu-95 bombers and two Su-35 fighters entered the Alaskan Air Defense Identification Zone on Monday and were intercepted by two pairs of F-22 fighters and an E-3 Airborne Early Warning and Control System, according to NORAD’s press release. Two U.S. F-22’s intercepted two of the Russian bombers and two more F-22’s intercepted the second group of Russian bombers. The Russian bombers did not leave international aerospace and at no time entered U.S. territory, the press release reveals. Read more: https://www.dailycaller.com/2019/05/22/us-jets-intercept-russian-bombers/...
Fox News Associated Press BEIRUT – A spokesman for a U.S.-backed force in Syria says a suicide bomber from the Islamic State extremist group detonated his explosives on a road in northern Syria, targeting a joint convoy belonging to the force and the U.S.-led anti-IS coalition.Mustafa Bali is a spokesman for the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces. He says Monday's attack near the town of Shaddadeh caused material damage but no casualties. IS claimed responsibility in a statement and said the blast killed or wounded eight people in the convoy.There was no immediate comment by the U.S. military or anti-IS coalition.Bali tweeted that the attack was an attempt by IS to disrupt the campaign to root out IS sleeper cells that are staging attacks in Syria despite their group's territorial defeat earlier this year. Read more: https://www.foxnews.com/world/is-claims-bomb-attack-targeting-us-backed-force-in-syria...