Iran says drone attack targets defense facility in Isfahan

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Bomb-carrying drones targeted an Iranian defense factory in the central city of Isfahan overnight, authorities said early Sunday, causing some damage at the plant amid heightened regional and international tensions engulfing the Islamic Republic. The Iranian Defense Ministry offered no information on who it suspected carried out the attack, … Read more

US and Israel launch largest military exercise ever despite concerns over Netanyahu’s government

CNN — The US and Israel launched their largest joint military exercise ever on Monday, sending a clear signal to Iran and underscoring the strength of their alliance despite concerns over the composition of the new Israeli government which includes ultra-nationalist and ultra-religious parties. The live-fire exercise, named Juniper Oak, will include 100 US aircraft … Read more

EU moves onto Putin’s turf with new Armenia monitoring mission – POLITICO

Press play to listen to this article Voiced by artificial intelligence. YEREVAN, Armenia — For weeks, there’s been a new sight on Armenia’s dusty mountain roads. Among the aging Russian Ladas and imported German cars, you’ll spot a fleet of shiny SUVs with the blue and gold-starred flag of the European Union mounted on the … Read more

Iran executes former high-ranking defense ministry official with British citizenship

Iran said Saturday it executed a former high-ranking defense ministry official and dual Iranian-British national, despite international warnings not to carry out the death sentence. The execution further escalated tensions with the West amid the nationwide anti-government protests shaking the Islamic Republic. The hanging of Ali Reza Akbari, a close ally of top security official … Read more

Middle East round-up: Iran sends two more men to the gallows | News

Here’s a round-up of Al Jazeera’s Middle East coverage this week. Iran executes two more prisoners, Israel’s far-right government orders the Palestinian flag’s removal, and Saudi Arabia announces Hajj numbers will be up to pre-pandemic levels. Here’s your round-up, written by Abubakr Al-Shamahi, Al Jazeera Digital’s Middle East and North Africa editor. Mohammad Mehdi Karami’s … Read more

Middle East round-up: Iran sends two more men to the gallows | News

Here’s a round-up of Al Jazeera’s Middle East coverage this week. Iran executes two more prisoners, Israel’s far-right government orders the Palestinian flag’s removal, and Saudi Arabia announces Hajj numbers will be up to pre-pandemic levels. Here’s your round-up, written by Abubakr Al-Shamahi, Al Jazeera Digital’s Middle East and North Africa editor. Mohammad Mehdi Karami’s … Read more

Europe watches on as humanitarian crisis unfolds in Nagorno-Karabakh – POLITICO

Press play to listen to this article Voiced by artificial intelligence. NAGORNO-KARABAKH — A group of Armenian soldiers in heavy winter jackets stand idly around the first checkpoint on the road into Nagorno-Karabakh, some smoking, some eyeing the mountains behind them where they say Azerbaijani troops have set up firing positions. For three decades, this … Read more

Iran Summons French Ambassador Over ‘Insulting’ Cartoons

As Russia and Iran have come under increasingly restrictive international economic sanctions, the two countries have turned to each other and similarly sanctioned states in a bid to develop trade that can circumvent the punitive measures. Largely cut off from international banking systems, export markets, and foreign resources and technologies, they have strengthened their own … Read more

Middle East round-up: Ben-Gvir enters Al-Aqsa | News

Here’s a round-up of Al Jazeera’s Middle East coverage this week. An Israeli far-right minister stirs controversy in Jerusalem, Yemenis hope 2023 will be as calm as 2022, and Ronaldo is welcomed in style in Saudi Arabia. Here’s your round-up, written by Abubakr Al-Shamahi, Al Jazeera Digital’s Middle East and North Africa editor. Itamar Ben-Gvir … Read more

Russia is bombarding Ukraine with drones guided by US-made technology, and the chips are still flowing

They menace Ukraine’s skies, killing hundreds, and scarring millions. But while Moscow’s drones are Russian and Iranian, key technology inside is European and American. On an icy Kyiv morning, inside an unnamed location with sandbags shielding the windows, Ukrainian drone specialist Pavlo Kaschuk holds up a 30-pound drone that Ukrainian forces captured from Russia. “So, … Read more