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Photos and videos show the aftermath of the US strike that took out top Iranian general Qasem Soleimani
Editor's Note: This article originally appeared on Business Insider.
Iranians are mourning the demise of the iconic military commander Qasem Soleimani, who was killed by a targeted U.S. air strike in Iraq on Friday.
The Defense Department said it took out Soleimani as he travelled in a car near Baghdad International Airport because he "was actively developing plans to attack American diplomats and service members in Iraq and throughout the region."
In response, Iranian Defense Minister Amir Hatami promised "a crushing revenge," state news agency IRNA reported.
Soleimani was the top commander of the elite Quds Force, also known as the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps
(IRGC), and an iconic figure within Iran, revered for his leadership in the fight against ISIS.
Here's what the attack site looks like now, and how Iraqi and Iranian factions are responding.
Editor's note: This article originally appeared on Business Insider
The US is accusing a Russian spy ship of conducting multiple "unsafe" maneuvers off the eastern coast of the US. The Viktor Leonov has patrolled international waters flanking Florida, Georgia, and South Carolina, every year since 2014, but since its arrival this week, it has sailed with no warning lights and ignored other ships, the US Coast Guard said in a marine safety information bulletin, according to CNN.
"The United States Coast Guard has received reports indicating that the RFN Viktor Leonov (AGI-175) has been operating in an unsafe manner off the coast of South Carolina and Georgia," the notice said.
A Chinese team got kicked out of the Military World Games in China after accusations of "extensive cheating" from six European nations.
On Monday, China took gold, silver, and fourth place in the women's Middle Distance orienteering challenge in Wuhan, as well as silver in the men's event.
But their celebrations were short-lived.
"The Middle Distance competition was unfortunately overshadowed by extensive cheating by the Chinese team," the International Orienteering Federation (IOF) said in a press release.
A video shows the inside of a U.S. military camp overtaken by Russian mercenaries working with Syrian forces, shortly after American troops abandoned it.
U.S. forces left the Manbij camp in northern Syria early Tuesday following an October 6 directive from President Donald Trump to leave a coalition with the Syrian Defense Forces (SDF) fighting ISIS. A spokesman for the U.S. operation confirmed the departure on Tuesday.
A video shot by a YouTuber in the center of deadly protests in Iraq appears to show a rocket-propelled grenade flying narrowly over his head.
The video was posted from the Sadr City suburb of Baghdad on Sunday night by Firas al-Sarrai, a popular Iraqi Instagram and YouTube personality.
A Belgian F-16 fighter pilot was stuck dangling from a live electricity line outside a rural French town after the jet crashed and they ejected from the plane.