A member of Iraqi Special Operations Forces during a battle with Islamic State militants in Mosul, Iraq, on January 14, 2017. (Reuters/Ahmed Saad)

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President Donald Trump ordered the killing of Iran's top military commander, Maj. Gen. Qasem Soleimani, in an airstrike last week, sparking a major escalation in tensions with Iran.

While experts widely debated Iran's anticipated response, the country took action on Tuesday night by firing more than a dozen ballistic missiles at two bases in Iraq hosting U.S. and Iraqi military personnel.

The missile strikes did not result in casualties, a move that many observers suspect was intentional in order to retaliate against the U.S. without escalation into a full-blown war.

Trump on Wednesday touted the fact that the missile attacks resulted in zero American or Iraqi casualties and left minimal damage to the Erbil and al-Asad facilities as something "the American people should be extremely grateful and happy" for.

He added that Iran "appears to be standing down," and vowed that the days of tolerating Iran's malign behavior "are over."

But some experts have raised concerns that tensions between the U.S. and Iran may actually embolden a common enemy — ISIS — which may seek a resurgence amid the chaos created in Iraq.

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Editor's Note: This article originally appeared on RFE/RL: Afghanistan.

KABUL -- An air strike has mistakenly killed at least nine Afghan police officers, including a commander, during a battle with the Taliban in the southern province of Helmand, local officials say.

They said that 14 officers were also wounded in the May 16 strike in the Nahr-e Saraj district , which is located outside the provincial capital, Lashkar Gah.

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As the U.S. gets more deeply embroiled in the Syrian Civil War and considers pulling out of its nuclear agreement with Iran, the Middle East is being roiled by news that the Israeli air force bombed Iranian-connected military sites in Syria... possibly by masking Israeli aircraft to identify as U.S. warplanes in contested airspace. All this is happening as Israel reportedly prepares for a larger military conflict with Iran.

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U.S. Army photo by Sgt. 1st Class Matt Arrington.

The U.S. military acknowledged Thursday that 33 Afghan civilians were killed and 27 others wounded in a battle in northern Afghanistan in November involving U.S. and Afghan forces.

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