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In this photo provided by the Turkish Ministry of Defence on Wednesday, June 17, 2020, Turkish troops in action against Kurdish militants in northern Iraq. Turkey says it has airlifted troops for a cross-border ground operation against Turkey's Kurdish rebels in northern Iraq. The Defense Ministry in Ankara says the airborne offensive in Iraq’s border region of Haftanin was launched on Wednesday following intense artillery fire into the area. The ministry says commando forces are being supported by warplanes, attack helicopters, artillery and armed and unarmed drones. (Turkish Ministry of Defence via AP)

Turkey, Iran summoned over bombing of Kurdish rebels in Iraq

Jun. 18, 2020 11:42 AM EDT

BAGHDAD (AP) — Baghdad on Thursday summoned ambassadors from Turkey and Iran over their countries’ separate military operations this week targeting Kurdish rebels in northern Iraq, calling the attacks an affront to Iraq’s sovereignty. In an airborne-and-land operation dubbed “Operation...

In this photo provided Thursday, June 18, 2020, by the Iranian Army, a warship launches a missile during a naval exercise. State media reported Thursday that Iran test fired cruise missiles in a naval exercise in the Gulf of Oman and northern Indian Ocean. The report by the official IRNA news agency said the missiles destroyed targets at a distance of 280 kilometers (170 miles). (Iranian Army via AP)

State media: Iran test fires cruise missiles in naval drill

Jun. 18, 2020 7:44 AM EDT

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran test fired cruise missiles in a naval exercise in the Gulf of Oman and northern Indian Ocean, state media reported Thursday. The report by the official IRNA news agency said the missiles destroyed targets at a distance of 280 kilometers (170 miles). It said the tests took place...

FILE - In this Saturday, Jan. 4, 2020 file photo, Iraqi militiamen march and chant anti U.S. slogans while carrying a picture of Soleimani, left and al-Muhandis, with Arabic that reads

Troubled Iran struggles to maintain sway over Iraq militias

Jun. 11, 2020 3:11 AM EDT

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraqi militia factions expected the usual cash handout when the new head of Iran’s expeditionary Quds Force made his first visit to Baghdad earlier this year, succeeding the slain Gen. Qassim Soleimani. Instead, to their disappointment, Esmail Ghaani brought them silver rings. For...

In this Sunday, June 7, 2020 satellite photo provided by Maxar Technologies, a fake aircraft carrier is seen off the coast of Bandar Abbas, Iran. As tensions remain high between Iran and the U.S., the Islamic Republic appears to have constructed a new mockup of an aircraft carrier off its southern coast for potential live-fire drills. The faux foe, seen in satellite photographs obtained by The Associated Press, resembles the Nimitz-class carriers that the U.S. Navy routinely sails into the Persian Gulf from the Strait of Hormuz, its narrow mouth that sees 20% of all the world's oil pass through it. (Satellite image ©2020 Maxar Technologies via AP)

Amid US tension, Iran builds fake aircraft carrier to attack

Jun. 9, 2020 11:56 AM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — As tensions remain high between Iran and the U.S., the Islamic Republic appears to have constructed a new mock-up of an aircraft carrier off its southern coast for potential live-fire drills. The faux foe, seen in satellite photographs obtained Tuesday by The Associated...

Iranian doctor based in Florida Matteo Taerri, left, is welcomed by an Iranian Foreign Ministry official as his wife stands at right, upon arrival at Tehran's Imam Khomeini Airport from the U.S. after being part of a swap that saw a U.S. Navy veteran held by Iran return to America, Monday, June 8, 2020. Taerri, a dermatologist, had been charged with attempting to export a filter to Iran that he said was for vaccine research but that U.S. authorities said required a license because it could be used for chemical and biological warfare purposes. He was also accused of structuring a series of bank deposits below $10,000 to evade reporting requirements under federal law. (Majid Asgaripour/Mehr News Agency via AP)

Iran doctor freed in swap for Navy veteran returns to Tehran

Jun. 8, 2020 12:58 AM EDT

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — An Iranian doctor based in Florida returned to his homeland Monday after being part of a swap that saw a U.S. Navy veteran held by Iran return to America. The semiofficial Fars news agency published an image of Matteo Taerri being greeted at Tehran's Imam Khomeini International Airport...

In this image provided by the U.S. State Department, Michael White holds an American flag as he poses for a photo Thursday, June 4, 2020, with U.S. special envoy for Iran Brian Hook at the Zurich, Switzerland, airport after White’s release from Iran.  White, a Navy veteran who's been detained in Iran for nearly two years has been released and is making his way home, with the first leg on a Swiss government aircraft. (U.S. State Department via AP)

Detained US Navy veteran freed by Iran as part of deal

Jun. 4, 2020 4:19 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A U.S. Navy veteran whose family said his only crime was falling in love left Iran on Thursday after nearly two years of detention, winning his freedom as part of a deal that spared an American-Iranian physician any more time behind American bars. Michael White flew from Tehran to Zurich,...

Russia defends Iran satellite launch against US opposition

Jun. 4, 2020 4:12 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Russia is defending Iran’s right to launch a satellite, dismissing U.S. claims that Tehran was defying the U.N. resolution endorsing the 2015 nuclear deal between Iran and six major powers by sending it into space. Russia’s U.N. ambassador, Vassily Nebenzia, said that...

This photo released by the Syrian official news agency SANA, shows the rubble of a house that according to the Syrian authorities was attacked by an Israeli airstrike, in the Damascus suburbs of Hajira, Syria, Monday, April 27, 2020. The Syrian military and state media said Monday that Israeli warplanes flying over Lebanon fired missiles toward areas near the Syrian capital of Damascus, killing three civilians. An opposition war monitor says four Iran-backed fighters were also killed. The military says Syrian air defenses shot some of the missiles down. The reports said the attack happened around dawn on Monday. (SANA via AP)

Israeli military says Iran is slowly pulling out of Syria

May. 21, 2020 11:00 AM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Iran is slowly pulling out of Syria in response to Israeli strikes, as well as growing domestic discontent linked to the economy and its handling of the coronavirus pandemic, the Israeli military said Thursday. Israel and Iran have for years been engaged in a shadow war that has recently...

A view of the vessel the Clavel, right, sailing on international waters crossing the Gibraltar stretch on Wednesday, May 20, 2020. Five Iranian tankers likely carrying at least $45.5 million worth of gasoline and similar products are now sailing to Venezuela, part of a wider deal between the two U.S.-sanctioned nations amid heightened tensions between Tehran and Washington. (AP Photo/Marcos Moreno)

Venezuela to escort Iranian tankers bringing needed fuel

May. 20, 2020 7:24 PM EDT

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuela’s defense minister said Wednesday that planes and ships from the nation's armed forces will escort Iranian tankers arriving with fuel to the gasoline-starved country in case of any U.S. aggression. Defense Minister Vladimir Padrino López said Venezuela's...

In this satellite photo provided by Maxar Technologies, the Iranian naval support vessel Konarak, center, is tied up at the port in Konarak, Iran, on Monday, May 11, 2020. A missile fired during an Iranian military training exercise mistakenly struck the naval vessel instead of its intended target in waters near the strategic Strait of Hormuz, killing and wounding a number of sailors, Iranian authorities said Monday. (Maxar Technologies via AP)

US military offers condolences over Iran accident killing 19

May. 14, 2020 7:03 AM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The U.S. military offered condolences Thursday to Iran over a friendly fire incident in the Islamic Republic that saw an Iranian missile kill 19 Iranian troops, identifying the weapon that detonated as an anti-ship cruise missile. Iranian authorities on Monday said that...