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by Oui on Sun Jan 5th, 2020 at 05:08:33 AM EST
NATO suspends training mission in Iraq
The suspension of NATO's training mission, where 253 Canadians are involved, does not affect the U.S.-led Operation Impact where Canada has approximately 600 soldiers servicing in Iraq, Kuwait, and Jordan and Lebanon as trainers and advisers, according to the report.

Canadian Foreign Minister Francois-Philippe Champagne on Friday called on all sides to exercise restraint and pursue de-escalation after a U.S. airstrike near Baghdad International Airport killed Iranian Major General Qassem Soleimani, who was commander of Iran's Islamic Revolution Guards Corps Quds Force.

US-led coalition, Iraqi military deny airstrike north of Baghdad
"However, an Iraqi Interior Ministry source told Xinhua that an attack against the Hashd Shaabi convoy did come before dawn in Taji area, leaving two killed and four others wounded, but the culprit of the attack was unknown."
Rockets fall near US Embassy in Baghdad, Iraqi air base housing US troops also attacked
by Cat on Sun Jan 5th, 2020 at 06:08:31 AM EST
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Blasts hit militia group position at Iraq's Balad air base: security sources, 20 Aug
"It was one of a series of explosions in recent weeks at weapons depots, bases or positions belonging to factions within the Popular Mobilisation Forces (PMF), Iraq's umbrella of mostly Shi'ite Muslim paramilitary groups."
Rocket Attacks Hit Baghdad's Green Zone, Balad Base Hosting US Troops, 4 Jan 2020
"Two Katyusha rockets have hit the country's Balad Air Base north of Baghdad hosting US forces, Reuters reported citing security sources. There are no immediate reports of casualties. ...Meanwhile, five people were injured in a mortar attack in the Jadiriya district of the capital hosting ministerial buildings, Al Arabiya broadcaster reported."
Killing of Iranian commander violates int'l law: Russian, Iranian FMs
US-UK don't do international law, m'k?
Britain's navy to escort UK-flagged ships through Strait of Hormuz
Britain was forced to defend its ships through the world's most important shipping route last year after Iranian commandos seized a British-flagged tanker in the Strait.

British forces had previously captured an Iranian oil tanker near Gibraltar that was accused of violating sanctions on Syria. The killing of Soleimani has raised fears that tankers could be targeted again.

by Cat on Sun Jan 5th, 2020 at 06:30:12 AM EST
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