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With few signs of Syria solution, EU pledges more support to refugees

JOHN IRISH and ANDREW GRAY Brussels, Belgium Reuters The European Union pledged more than €2 billion on Monday to support displaced Syrians, but it dismissed any notion of them being able to return home because of instability under Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. Before an EU-led donor conference on the 13-year-old war, Jordan’s foreign minister said […]

Updated: Israel attacks Iran, sources say, drones reported over Isfahan

Updated: 14:30pm Washington DC, US Reuters Israel has attacked Iran, three people familiar with the matter said, as Iranian state media reported early on Friday that its forces had destroyed drones, days after Iran launched a retaliatory drone strike on Israel. Iran’s Fars news agency reported three explosions were heard near an army base in […]

Israeli military pledges response to Iran attack amid calls for restraint

Jerusalem Reuters Israel’s military chief said on Monday his country would respond to Iran’s weekend missile and drone attack amid calls for restraint by allies anxious to avoid an escalation of conflict in the Middle East. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu summoned his war cabinet for the second time in less than 24 hours to weigh […]

Iran launches retaliatory attack on Israel with hundreds of drones, missiles

Jerusalem/Dubai, United Arab Emirates Reuters Iran launched explosive drones and fired missiles at Israel late on Saturday in its first direct attack on Israeli territory, a retaliatory strike that raised the threat of a wider regional conflict, as the US pledged “ironclad” backing for Israel. Sirens wailed and Reuters journalists in Israel heard distant heavy […]

Iran launches drone attack at Israel, expected to unfold “over hours”

Jerusalem Reuters Iran launched dozens of drones at Israel on Saturday but they will take hours to reach their targets, Israel’s military said, an attack that may trigger a major escalation between the regional archenemies, with the US pledging to back Israel. Two security sources in Iraq said dozens of drones had been spotted flying […]

Netanyahu says Israel preparing for scenarios in other areas than Gaza

Jerusalem/Cairo, Egypt Reuters Israel is keeping up its war in Gaza but is also preparing for scenarios in other areas, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Thursday, amid concern that Iran was preparing to strike Israel in response for the killing of senior Iranian commanders. “Whoever harms us, we will harm them. We are prepared […]

Netanyahu says Israel acting against Iran, will defend itself

Jerusalem Reuters Israel braced on Thursday for the possibility of a retaliatory attack after its suspected killing of Iranian generals in Damascus this week, and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said the country would harm “whoever harms us or plans to harm us.” His comments came after Israel’s armed forces – stretched by nearly six months […]

Iran vows revenge on Israel after Damascus embassy attack

Dubai, United Arab Emirates/Jerusalem Reuters Iran said on Tuesday it would take revenge on Israel for an airstrike that killed two of its generals and five military advisers at its embassy compound in Damascus, raising the risk of further escalation in conflict in the Middle East. The strike marked one of the most significant attacks […]

Israel bombs Iran embassy in Syria, Iranian commanders among dead

Damascus, Syria Reuters Suspected Israeli warplanes bombed Iran’s embassy in Syria on Monday, a marked escalation in a war pitting Israel against its regional adversaries, and Tehran said the strike killed seven military advisers including three senior commanders. Reuters reporters at the site in the Mezzeh district of Damascus saw emergency workers clambering atop rubble […]