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A soldier reunites with his daughter at Fort Bragg, N.C.  after returning from the Middle East. The 82nd Airborne Division's Immediate Response Force had been deployed since New Years Eve. Thursday, Feb. 20, 2020. Nearly two months after a U.S. Army rapid-response force was activated amid tensions with Iran, deploying 3,000 soldiers to the Middle East, some are returning home. By the end of the weekend, nearly 800 paratroopers from the 82nd Airborne Division’s Immediate Response Force are slated to have returned to Fort Bragg, North Carolina. On Thursday morning, eager family members waited in the base’s iconic Green Ramp to greet their loved ones. (U.S. Army via AP)

NC soldiers return home from sudden Middle East deployment

Feb. 20, 2020 3:46 PM EST

Nearly two months after a U.S. Army rapid-response force was activated amid tensions with Iran, instantly deploying 3,000 soldiers to the Middle East, some are returning home. By the end of the weekend, nearly 800 paratroopers from the 82nd Airborne Division’s Immediate Response Force are slated to have...

An unidentified presidency staff at right adjusts the seat for Iranian President Hassan Rouhani while he arrives for his press conference in Tehran, Iran, Sunday, Feb. 16, 2020. Rouhani said Sunday  that he doesn't believe the U.S. will pursue war with his country, because it will harm President Donald Trump's 2020 reelection bid. Tensions have been escalating steadily since Trump pulled the U.S. out of Tehran’s 2015 nuclear deal with world powers, and reimposed crippling sanctions on Iran. (AP Photo/Ebrahim Noroozi)

Israeli military to create command to combat Iran threats

Feb. 18, 2020 2:04 PM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel's military will set up a special branch in its general staff dedicated to threats from Iran, it said Tuesday. The military said it will appoint a major general to head the command, which is part of a broader restructuring in the general staff. A statement by the military offered few...

An American Airlines plane taxis past parked Alaska Airlines planes, Thursday, Feb. 13, 2020, at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport in Seattle. American Airlines and Alaska Airlines announced Thursday that they will cooperate more closely on West Coast service, including new American flights from Seattle to India's technology hub in Bangalore. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

FAA allows US civilian flights to resume over Persian Gulf

Feb. 15, 2020 2:22 AM EST

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration said Saturday that American civilian flights can resume operations over much of the Persian Gulf and the Gulf of Oman region, loosening restrictions announced five weeks ago amid heightened tensions between the U.S. and Iran. The...

Sen. Tim Kaine, D-Va., joined at left by Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, meets with reporters just after the Senate advanced a resolution asserting that President Donald Trump must seek approval from Congress before engaging in further military action against Iran, at the Capitol in Washington, Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2020. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Senate moves to limit Trump on military force against Iran

Feb. 13, 2020 4:13 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate approved a bipartisan measure Thursday aimed at limiting President Donald Trump's authority to launch military operations against Iran, with eight Republicans joining Democrats in a post-impeachment bid to constrain the White House. The rebuke was the Senate's first major vote...

Senate approves resolution restraining Trump's authority to launch military operations against Iran

Feb. 13, 2020 2:10 PM EST
WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate approves resolution restraining Trump's authority to launch military operations against Iran.
A bulldozer clears rubble and debris at Ain al-Asad air base in Anbar, Iraq, Monday, Jan. 13, 2020. Ain al-Asad air base was struck by a barrage of Iranian missiles in retaliation for the U.S. drone strike that killed atop Iranian commander, Gen. Qassem Soleimani, whose killing raised fears of a wider war in the Middle East. (AP Photo/Qassim Abdul-Zahra)

Pentagon: 109 troops suffer brain injuries from Iran strike

Feb. 10, 2020 6:34 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of U.S. service members diagnosed with traumatic brain injuries has shot up to more than 100, the Pentagon said Monday, as more troops suffer the aftereffects of the Iranian ballistic missile attack early last month in Iraq. The department said the latest total is 109 military...

In this image taken from video an Iranian rocket carrying a satellite is launched from Imam Khomeini Spaceport in Iran’s Semnan province, some 230 kilometers (145 miles) southeast of Iran’s capital, Tehran, Sunday, Feb. 9, 2020. The rocket failed to put the satellite into orbit on Sunday, state television reported, the latest setback for a program the U.S. claims helps Tehran advance its ballistic missile program. (IRIB via AP)

Iran again fails to put satellite into orbit amid US worries

Feb. 9, 2020 3:10 PM EST

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — An Iranian rocket failed to put a satellite into orbit on Sunday, state television reported, the latest setback for a program the U.S. claims helps Tehran advance its ballistic missile program. The launch happened at 7:15 p.m. local time at Imam Khomeini Spaceport in Iran’s...

Israel hits Iran-backed posts in Syria, casualties reported

Feb. 6, 2020 10:22 AM EST

BEIRUT (AP) — Israel carried out airstrikes early Thursday near Damascus, wounding eight soldiers, Syrian state media said, while an opposition war monitoring group said the strikes targeted army positions as well as Iran-backed fighters, killing 23. State news agency SANA said Syrian air defenses shot...

Marine Gen. Frank McKenzie, top U.S. commander for the Middle East, right, listens as Lt. Maguel Brooks, the USS Harry S. Truman's handler, left, explains the movement of aircraft on the aircraft carrier's flight deck, on board the USS Harry S. Truman aircraft carrier in the North Arabian Sea, Saturday, Feb. 1, 2020. Nearly a month after Iran launched a rare direct military attack against United States forces in Iraq, an uneasy quiet has settled across the region. Watching fighter jets roar off the flight deck of the USS Harry S. Truman, the top U.S. commander for the Middle East believes he is surrounded by one of the reasons that Iran has dialed back it's combat stance, at least for now. He says the presence of an aircraft carrier make a potential adversary think twice about war.  But he and other commanders on the ship agree that deterrence is hard to measure. (AP Photo/Lolita Baldor)

Uneasy quiet in Mideast, month after Iran strike against US

Feb. 2, 2020 3:13 PM EST

ABOARD THE USS HARRY S TRUMAN (AP) — Nearly a month after Iran launched a rare direct military attack against United States forces in Iraq, an uneasy quiet has settled across the Mideast. Watching fighter jets roar off the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman, the top U.S. commander for...

Marine Gen. Frank McKenzie, center, top U.S. commander for the Middle East, makes an unannounced visit, Friday, Jan. 31, 2020 in Kabul, Afghanistan. (AP Photos/Lolita Baldor)

Top commander sees increased Iran threat in Afghanistan

Jan. 31, 2020 7:13 AM EST

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — There has been an increase in Iranian activity in Afghanistan that poses a risk to American and coalition troops there, a senior U..S. commander said, as the threat from Tehran continues to churn across the Middle East. Marine Gen. Frank McKenzie, the top U.S. commander for the...