Conflict 2020

Spain is searching for 67 migrants missing from a boat trying to reach European a day after 119 recovered from cold Mediterranean waters: Boat carrying 125 Rohingya refugees sinks in Bay of Bengal killing 16
Spain on Tuesday resumed the search for 67 migrants missing from a boat trying to reach European shores a day after maritime authorities rescued 119 others from cold Mediterranean waters. A spokeswoman with Spain's Maritime Rescue agency said the search for the missing rubber boat in the stretch of sea separating Spain from Morocco restarted with a rescue vessel and a plane. A rescue charity alerted authorities Monday about the boat's departure from Moroccan shores, saying that 49 men, 13 women and 5 children were on board, the official said. She was not authorized to be named in media reports. Also Monday, rescuers found two rubber boats in the Alboran Sea with 60 and 59 migrants from Africa. The migrants, including 26 women and five children, disembarked in Spain's southeastern city of Malaga and were all in good health, the spokeswoman said.

Blood Bath! Thailand shooting: Soldier who killed 26 and injured 42 others is shot dead: The man was angry over a financial dispute
Thai officials said a soldier who went on a shooting rampage and killed at least 26  people and injured 42 others has been shot dead inside a mall in northeastern Thailand. Officials said the soldier angry over a financial dispute first killed two people and then went on a far bloodier rampage Saturday, shooting as he drove to a busy mall where shoppers fled in terror.
Defense Ministry spokesman Lt. Gen. Kongcheep Tantrawanich said Sgt. Maj. Jakrapanth Thomma was behind the attack in Nakhon Ratchasima, a hub for Thailand's relatively poorer and rural northeastern region. Much of the shooting took place at Terminal 21 Korat, an airport-themed mall filled with colourful Lego sculptures, a merry-go-round and huge replicas of landmarks from around the world. 

The Iranian media are claiming the CIA agent behind Soleimani killing was shot down in Afghanistan: The Pentagon has not officially ruled anything out.
American forces were able to reach the wreckage of a U.S. Air Force jet in Afghanistan overnight to retrieve remains, but it remained unclear what brought the high-tech aircraft down in Taliban territory the previous day. The Taliban claimed it shot the plane down, and while a U.S. official said Monday that initial information brought "no indications the crash was caused by enemy fire," a U.S. military spokesperson told CBS News national security correspondent David Martin the cause of the crash was still under investigation. The Pentagon has not officially ruled anything out.

At least three rockets struck the US embassy in the Iraqi capital, Baghdad, on Sunday causing injuries: 2 million Iraqis protest against US occupation: Iran-backed military factions blamed
At least three rockets struck the US embassy in the Iraqi capital, Baghdad, on Sunday. One rocket hit the embassy cafeteria while two others landed a short distance away, a source told AFP. At least three people were injured, security sources told Reuters. This would be the first time in years that staff have been hurt in such attacks. No group has claimed responsibility but the US has blamed Iran-backed military factions in Iraq in the past. Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi condemned the attack, stating that the continuation of such acts could "drag Iraq into becoming a battlefield". What is the future of US troops in Iraq? Moqtada al-Sadr: The firebrand cleric who could calm Iraq Soleimani attack.

Security forces open fire on demonstrators in Tehran: Anti-government protests enter third day: Lying means conscious and deliberate falsification of the truth (we did not lie)
Anti-government protests in Iran have entered the third day today after Tehran finally abandoned its pretence and admitted shooting down a passenger jet. Dozens of protesters gathered and chanted slogans at a Tehran university today amid a wave of public anger after the plane came down with dozens of Iranians on board.

A string of celebrities have also turned on the regime and two-state TV hosts have quit over Tehran's three days of false reporting over the crash. Film director Masoud Kimiai has pulled out of Tehran's annual Fajr Film Festival, saying he was 'on the side of the public'. 

Thousands of protesters have taken to the streets in Iran's capital: "Death To The Liars." Iran Arrested And Detained UK Ambassador As Protests Hit Tehran: Israeli intel helped the US
Thousands of protesters have taken to the streets in Iran's capital, Tehran, to vent anger at officials, calling them liars for having denied shooting down a Ukrainian passenger plane. Protests took place outside at least two universities, with tear gas reportedly fired. US President Donald Trump tweeted support for the "inspiring" protests.
Iran on Saturday admitted downing the jet "unintentionally", three days after the crash that killed 176 people. Ukraine International Airlines flight PS752, en route to Kyiv, was shot down on Wednesday near Imam Khomeini Airport in Tehran shortly after take-off, and only hours after Iran had fired missiles at two airbases housing US forces in Iraq

Breaking News! After days of ducking and diving, lying, twisting and toe-curling denials. Iran finally admits to shooting down the Ukranian plane: But they still blame America!
Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei

After days of ducking and diving, lying, twisting and toe-curling denials. Iran finally admit to shooting down the Ukranian plane

Iran says a Ukrainian plane which crashed outside Tehran this week had flown close to a sensitive military site and been brought down due to human error, "at a time of crisis caused by US adventurism."

Tehran plane crash! Ukraine retract engine failure claim: Iran will not give the black box of Ukrainian plane to Boeing: 737 can fly with 1 engine can land with none: Speculation rises
Speculation is rising over the cause of the Ukranian 737 crash in Tehran. The passenger jet crashed apparently on fire killing all 170 onboard. Ukraine's Tehran embassy initially blamed engine failure but later removed the statement and in another twist, Iran's civil aviation organization has said that it will not hand the black box over to Boeing from the Ukrainian airlines flight that crashed shortly after taking off from Tehran's Imam Khomeini airport on Wednesday morning. Both black boxes were found Wednesday, Iranian state television has reported. An Iranian official was quoted as saying both boxes were damaged but that it was believed their data could still be retrieved. chunks of the plane's fuselage can be seen peppered with holes.

2020 begins with a bang! General Qassem Soleimani, commander of Iran’s (IRGC), and Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, second-in-command of Iraq's (PMU), killed in US airstrikes as threat of war escalates
Major General Qassem Soleimani, the commander of the Quds Force of Iran’s Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC), and Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, the second-in-command of Iraq's Popular Mobilization Units (PMU), have been killed in US airstrikes in the Iraqi capital Baghdad. 

The IRGC announced in a statement on Friday morning that Major General Soleimani and al-Muhandis were martyred in the attack carried out by US helicopters. The Iraqi pro-government group also confirmed the incident. "The deputy head of the Hashed, Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, and head of the Quds Force, Qasem Soleimani, were killed in a US strike that targeted their car on the Baghdad International Airport road," it said in a statement on Friday.

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