Over the weekend, US media reported, citing unnamed sources, that Israel had provided Washington with ‘key intelligence details’ ahead of the 3 January assassination of Quds force commander Soleimani in Baghdad.
The United States moved to “secure” the oil-rich regions of eastern Syria in October, sparking harsh condemnation from Damascus, and concerns from the international community that US actions were a violation of international laws against pillaging.
TEHRAN (Sputnik) – Baghdad will not send its troops abroad for military training as doing so would contradict the Iraqi decision to expel foreign forces from the country, Iraqi Ambassador to Tehran Saad Jawad Qandil said adding that Iraq was ready to be a platform for foreign troops’ military experience to combat terrorism.
On Sunday, Iran summoned UK Ambassador to Iran Rob Macaire amid reports that he had taken part in an illegal rally the day before. Macaire had been previously detained after leaving the gathering but was released shortly afterwards.
Previously, President Donald Trump took to Twitter to warn the Iranian authorities against "killing protesters" and tweeted his support for the demonstrations sparked by Tehran’s unintentional downing of a Ukrainian jet amid spiralling US-Iran tensions.
On Saturday, UK Ambassador to Iran Rob Macaire was reported to have been briefly detained for allegedly participating in protests in Tehran.
It comes after US President Trump published a tweet of support for Iranian protesters in the Persian language. On Sunday, an Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman said that the US president is "not entitled" to dishonour the ancient Persian language after his threats to Iran.
Israel has been hit by torrential rains over the past week, resulting in the death of at least five people and extensive damage to buildings and infrastructure.
A Conservative Danish politician has even likened Soleimani's commemoration ceremony to honouring Osama bin Laden. At the same time, a counter-demonstration was held, where the Islamic Revolutionary Guard major general's portrait was burned.
US President Donald Trump has tweeted that he and his administration were monitoring Saturday's protests in Iran and expressed support for participants in rallies sparked by Tehran’s unintentional downing of a Ukrainian jet amidst the spiralling US-Iran tensions. Trump followed up with a tweet in the Persian language that carried the same message.
MOSCOW (Sputnik) - White House National Security Adviser Robert O'Brien said that US President Donald Trump would consider lifting sanctions on Iran if Tehran reached out for negotiations.
MOSCOW (Sputnik) - Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, during a telephone conversation with Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Lofven, said that the United States was to blame for the current developments in the Middle East, the presidential press office said in a statement.
CAIRO (Sputnik) - A day after the ceasefire announcement in Libya, Prime Minister of the Libyan Government of National Accord (GNA) Fayez Sarraj said that he was ready to resume military activities if "the aggressor" breached the truce, but at the same time called on the people to unite and settle the conflict through a national dialogue.
MOSCOW (Sputnik) - White House National Security Adviser Robert O'Brien said that US President Donald Trump could reach a deal with the Taliban movement already this year and even if there was no deal, Washington would still reduce its contingent in Afghanistan.
MOSCOW (Sputnik) - US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo called on the Iraqi government to take all possible measures to protect its military bases and hold accountable those responsible for the recent shelling of the Balad military airbase, which houses US troops.
MOSCOW (Sputnik) - Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said at a meeting with Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi that Tehran was ready to closely cooperate with all countries in the region to deescalate the situation, the Iranian president's press service said.
MOSCOW (Sputnik) - The commander of the Iranian Armed Forces' Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), Maj. Gen. Hossein Salami, has apologized for shooting down Ukraine's Boeing 737, Iran's ISNA news agency reported.
Earlier, the two opposing governments in Libya struck a ceasefire deal that began at midnight local time on January 12.
Last week, following the US drone strike against a senior Iranian commander in Baghdad, Iraq’s parliament passed a resolution calling for the expulsion of all foreign troops from the country and the cancellation of Iraq’s cooperation with the US-led coalition against Daesh (ISIS).*
The Balad military base was a target of last week's rocket attacks carried out in retaliation for the death of Iranian Quds chief Qasem Soleimani. The attack resulted in no casualties or damage.