US Announces Three New Bases in Iraq After Iraqis Demand Full Withdrawal

US Announces Three New Bases in Iraq After Iraqis Demand Full Withdrawal By Alan Macleod Less than a week after millions of Iraqis took to the streets demanding the U.S. military leave for good, the United States announced that is planning to build three new military bases in Iraq, according to military news service Breaking Defense. The three sites chosen – Erbin, Sulimania and Halabja – are all extremely close to Iran, with Halabja (the site of the 1988 chemical weapons attack) just eight miles from the border. The news…

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Questions Surround Mysterious Plane Crash in Iran That Left 176 Dead

Questions Surround Mysterious Plane Crash in Iran That Left 176 Dead By Alan McLeod Kiev-bound Ukraine International Airlines Boeing 737-800 crashed shortly after takeoff from Tehran, Iran, early Wednesday morning, killing all 176 passengers and nine crew members on board. The head of the Red Crescent told Iranian news agency ISNA that it was “obviously impossible” that any passengers on flight PS-752 survived. A witness to the incident claimed that the pilot of the doomed vehicle courageously steered it out of the way of a residential area and towards a…

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