Passenger plane crashes in Iran with 66 aboard, report says – CNN

February 18, 2018 wpanews 6

  (CNN)All 66 people on board a passenger plane that crashed Sunday in a mountainous region of southern Iran are presumed dead, the airline said. The Aseman Airlines plane was flying from Tehran to the southwestern city of Yasuj when it disappeared 50 minutes into the flight, according to a post on the airline’s Instagram account. The flight, which departed at 7:55 a.m. local time (11.25 p.m. ET Saturday), crashed […] READ MORE

Israel Gaza: Four Israeli soldiers injured in border blast – BBC News

February 18, 2018 wpanews 0

Four soldiers are hurt in what is said to be the worst border incident since the 2014 war with Hamas. The army said the explosive device had been planted during a demonstration there on Friday and was attached to a flag. The troops were approaching from the Israeli side when the device detonated. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who is attending a security conference in Munich, Germany, said: “The incident […] READ MORE

US drone destroys Russian-made tank in Syria

February 14, 2018 wpanews 0

The tank is said to have been from the same force which launched an “unprovoked” attack on US and SDF fighters last week. The three people inside the “pro-regime” tank were killed by an MQ-9 Reaper drone on 10 February – but the incident has only just been confirmed. No US or allied troops were hurt. The T-72 tank came from the “same location and same hostile force” which attacked US […] READ MORE

Israel PM Netanyahu faces corruption charges – BBC News

February 14, 2018 wpanews 0

The Israeli PM, who could face charges including bribery, says the allegations are baseless. What are the allegations? One case centres on an allegation that Mr Netanyahu asked the publisher of an Israeli newspaper, Yediot Aharonot, for positive coverage in exchange for help in reining in a rival publication. Police said the editor of Yediot Aharonot, Arnon Mozes, should also face charges. Is this game over for Netanyahu? Netanyahu: The […] READ MORE

Israel warns Iran after launching major raids in Syria – BBC News

February 11, 2018 wpanews 1

Israel launched raids targeting Iranian and Syrian sites in Syria after intercepting a drone. Israel launched raids against Iranian targets after saying it had intercepted an Iranian drone crossing the Syria-Israel border. Iran denies the allegation. During the offensive an Israeli F-16 fighter jet was shot down by Syria air defences, crashing in northern Israel. Its pilots ejected from the plane and were taken to hospital. It is believed to […] READ MORE

Egypt Says 4,400-Year-Old Tomb Discovered Outside Cairo | Time

February 4, 2018 wpanews 0

Authorities hope the discovery will help revive Egypt’s tourism sector The tomb was found in a wider area of Giza’s western necropolis, which is known to be home to tombs from the Old Kingdom.It likely belonged to a woman known as Hetpet, who archaeologists believe was close to ancient Egyptian royals of the 5th Dynasty. Source: Egypt Says 4,400-Year-Old Tomb Discovered Outside Cairo | Time

Syria war: Turkish air strikes ‘damage ancient Afrin temple’ – BBC News

January 29, 2018 wpanews 0

Pictures show a crater in the centre of the temple of Ain Dara in Syria’s Kurdish-held Afrin region. The Neo-Hittite temple was built by the Arameans in the first millennium BC. Turkish troops and allied Syrian rebels launched an offensive to push a Kurdish militia out of Afrin nine days ago. The Turkish government says the People’s Protection Units (YPG) is an extension of the banned Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), […] READ MORE

Kabul military academy hit by explosions and gunfire – BBC News

January 29, 2018 wpanews 0

It comes days after the deadliest bombing for months hit Kabul when an ambulance packed with explosives killed at least 100 people. Islamic State and the Taliban have recently carried out attacks in the city. Several explosions were heard, as well as small arms fire, as the attack began at about 05:00 local time (00:30 GMT), the BBC’s Mahfouz Zubaide reported from Kabul. Security forces have blocked off all roads in […] READ MORE

Kabul attack: Taliban kill 95 with ambulance bomb in Afghan capital – BBC News

January 27, 2018 wpanews 0

Many people are hurt in a Taliban suicide attack in the centre of the Afghan capital Kabul. Witnesses say the area – home to foreign embassies and the city’s police headquarters – was crowded with people when the bomb exploded on Saturday at about 12:15 local time (08:45 GMT). Plumes of smoke were seen from around the city. Officials said the death toll would probably continue to rise as casualties […] READ MORE

Kabul Intercontinental Hotel attacked by gunmen – CNN

January 21, 2018 wpanews 0

Kabul, Afghanistan (CNN)Afghan special forces traded fire Sunday morning with the remaining gunmen who attacked the Intercontinental Hotelin Kabul hours earlier, Afghanistan’s TOLO news channel reported. The gunfire intensified about 4 a.m. Sunday, TOLO said. Ambulances came to the scene during a lull in the shooting, a witness who lives near the hotel told CNN. Source: Kabul Intercontinental Hotel attacked by gunmen – CNN

Pennsylvania National Guard Deploys To The Middle East

January 16, 2018 wpanews 0

Soldiers in Harrisburg, Penn., are saying goodbye to their families as they deploy to the Middle East. It’s the first time this National Guard unit has deployed since the Korean War.   Source: Pennsylvania National Guard Deploys To The Middle East