Tag: Iran

34 U.S. Troops Were Diagnosed With Brain Injuries From the Iranian Missile Attacks. Trump Initially Said They Only Had ‘Headaches’

Photo: Mark Wilson (Getty Images) Either Trump doesn’t trust his own Pentagon or his years of service in the military have reduced brain injuries to mere headaches, but either way, President Bone Spurs is so out of touch with his own departments that just days after he walked out and told everyone that U.S. soldiers […]

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34 Troops Have Brain Injuries From Iranian Missile Strike, Pentagon Says

WASHINGTON — The Defense Department said Friday that 34 American service members have traumatic brain injuries from Iranian airstrikes on Al Asad Air Base in Iraq, contradicting President Trump’s dismissal of injuries among American troops earlier this week. Pentagon spokesman Jonathan Hoffman told a news conference that eight of the affected service members have returned […]

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Pentagon: 34 US troops diagnosed with traumatic brain injuries from Iranian missile strike

WASHINGTON – Thirty-four United States service members were diagnosed with traumatic brain injuries following the January 8 Iranian missile strike on an Iraqi air base, the Pentagon said Friday. Troops were flown out of Iraq Tuesday for closer medical evaluation of potential concussive injuries from the missile attack. The Trump administration initially said no Americans […]

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Protesters Mass in Baghdad, Demanding U.S. Leave Iraq

BAGHDAD — Throngs of Iraqis gathered on the streets of the capital, Baghdad, in the early hours of Friday to protest the United States military presence in the country at the behest of populist and armed forces in Iraq with ties to Iran. The demonstration comes three weeks after the United States launched a drone […]

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Trump Has an Iran Strategy. This Is It.

President Trump’s strategy to confront Iran is easy to understand: impose maximum pressure to gain maximum leverage ahead of negotiations to dismantle its nuclear program and address its malign activities — all while avoiding a military entanglement or pursuing a policy of regime change. Iran’s leaders, for their part, recognize that Mr. Trump’s strategy has […]

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Trump Dismisses Troops’ Possible Brain Injuries as ‘Headaches’

WASHINGTON — President Trump on Wednesday dismissed concussion symptoms reported by several American troops after Iranian airstrikes on Al Asad Air Base in Iraq as “not very serious,” even as the Pentagon acknowledged that a number of service members were being examined for possible traumatic brain injury caused by the attack. “I heard they had […]

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Iranian attending college in Boston is denied entry to US

BOSTON – An Iranian student attending college in Boston was denied entry to the U.S. and ordered to immediately fly back to his native country, despite a court order temporarily staying his removal. Protesters stand outside the federal courthouse where a hearing was scheduled for Northeastern University student Shahab Dehghani, Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2020, in […]

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Iran Acknowledges It Fired 2 Missiles at Ukrainian Jet

BEIRUT, Lebanon — Iran acknowledged on Tuesday that its forces had fired two surface-to-air missiles at a Ukrainian passenger plane that crashed this month near Tehran, confirming for the first time that more than one missile was launched at the jet. The Iranian authorities also asked officials in the United States and France to send […]

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The Wrong Track for Confronting Iran

In the quick escalation of tensions and attacks between the United States and Iran this month, each side threw down a gauntlet. Secretary of State Michael Pompeo defined America’s goal as to “confront and contain.” Iran’s rulers said they won’t be satisfied until America leaves the Middle East. Confronting and containing Iran may sound wise. […]

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Bodies of Ukrainians Killed in Iran Plane Crash Are Returned Home

MOSCOW — In a solemn ceremony at an airport in Ukraine on Sunday, President Volodymyr Zelensky paid his respects to the 11 citizens from his country who were killed when Iran’s military mistakenly shot down a passenger jet in Tehran this month. Mr. Zelensky has grappled with the diplomacy around the downing of the plane, […]

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Toward a Working-Class Anti-War Movement

On the eve of what was ludicrously called Operation Iraqi Freedom, I was a teenager in Boise, Idaho, protesting in front of the state Capitol with the Idaho Green Party, a scattering of mostly Gen X neo-hippies. It was, in retrospect, an incredibly dismal time to cut one’s teeth as any kind of anti-war activist. […]

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Before the U.S. Bombed Soleimani’s Terrorists, It Bribed Them

On January 3, shortly after killing Iranian general Qassem Soleimani and Kataib Hezbollah commander Abu Mahdi Al Muhandis with a drone strike, the United States also reportedly targeted Shubul Al Zaidi, leader of Kataib Al Imam Ali, the “Imam Ali Battalions,” an Iranian-backed paramilitary group in Iraq that he founded with Al Muhandis. There is […]

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America Has Never Cared About Sacred Sites

This past weekend, President Trump repeatedly threatened to target Iranian cultural sites should Iran respond to his administration’s assassination of Qassem Soleimani. (And on Tuesday, Iran did just that, even as the president walked back his threats.) As noted by my colleague Matt Ford, the intentional destruction of such cultural sites would be a war crime deserving of impeachment and prosecution […]

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The Military Views Poor Kids as Fodder for Its Forever Wars

In my high school in rural North Carolina, a plastic table was set up just off to the side of the atrium where we all congregated after lunch every day. Behind that pamphlet-strewn table was a man in the recognizable khaki of a Marine’s service uniform. With a smile that never left his face, he’d reach out a hand and ask about […]

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Iran Has Not Abandoned the Nuclear Deal

As the Trump administration bumbles its way into a new security crisis with Iran, you may have gotten the impression from apocalyptic media coverage and viral social posts that Tehran has decided to pull out of the Obama-era “Iran nuclear deal,” officially known as the 2015 Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action. You might also have […]

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