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‘I never expected a prison guard … to treat me with kindness’ — How an American ISIS supporter turned away from Islamist extremism
NEWARK, N.J. — On a rainy morning, Imran Rabbani returned to the Essex County Juvenile Detention Center so he could reunite with his former keepers.
Four years before, Rabbani had arrived at the facility in shackles after being swept up in an Islamic State-inspired plot to set off a pressure-cooker bomb in New York. He was 17.
Now, just starting his third semester at New York University, the 22-year-old Rabbani wanted to give thanks to the people who guided him away from Islamist extremism. As he waited in the library last summer, glancing at books that had proved crucial to his transformation, the room slowly filled with city officials, staff and guards.
A member of Iraqi Special Operations Forces during a battle with Islamic State militants in Mosul, Iraq, on January 14, 2017. (Reuters/Ahmed Saad)
Editor's Note: This article originally appeared on Business Insider.
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.
BERLIN (Reuters) - Germany is moving some of its military personnel from Iraq to neighboring countries over security concerns, days after the killing of a top Iranian military commander in a U.S. drone strike.
Other countries, including Slovakia and Croatia, also said they were relocating from Iraq soldiers involved in a NATO training mission, as tensions in the region rise.
About 30 of the 120 German soldiers in Iraq who mainly train Iraqi security forces will be redeployed to Jordan and Kuwait, the German government told parliament on Monday.
KIRKUK, Iraq (Reuters) - Several rockets were launched on Friday into Iraq's K1 military base, which houses U.S. and Iraqi forces near the oil-rich city of Kirkuk, the Iraqi military said in a statement without elaborating.