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News | World | Middle East : Jordan´s Prince Defies 'House Arrest' Orders.

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  bbc.com Jordan's Prince Hamzah vows to defy 'house arrest' orders BBC News 4-6 minutes media captionPrince Hamzah bin Hussein says his internet and phone lines have been cut The former crown prince of Jordan has said he will defy government orders to stop communicating with the outside world and remain indoors. Prince Hamzah bin Hussein, 41, claimed to have been placed under house arrest on Saturday in videos given to the BBC. He was accused of plotting with "foreign entities" to destabilise the kingdom. The former heir to the throne denies conspiracy, but he has accused Jordan's leaders of corruption and incompetence. On Sunday, Jordan's opposition released a recording in which a defiant Prince Hamzah said he would not obey orders from the authorities. "I don't want to make moves and escalate now," he said in the audio recording posted on Twitter. "But I&#

News | Middle East: Iraq Rocket Attack Blames Iran-Backed Militias by US.

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  bbc.com Iraq rocket attack: Air base hosting US-led coalition forces targeted BBC News 2 minutes image copyrightAFP image captionUS-led coalition forces are stationed at Al Asad air base to combat the Islamic State group Ten rockets have hit a base hosting US-led coalition forces in western Iraq. Iraq's military said the rockets caused no significant losses at Al Asad air base, but security sources told AFP news agency that a civilian contractor died after suffering a heart attack. Last month, a rocket attack in northern Iraq killed a Filipino contractor and injured a US service member. The US blamed Iran-backed Shia militias and carried out retaliatory air strikes on one of their facilities in Syria. President Joe Biden said the strikes - the first known use of military force by his administration - were meant as a warning to Iran and its proxies. But Iraq's paramilitary Popular Mobilisation for

News | World | Politics | Middle East: Israeli aircraft strikes Syrian military targets

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2-3 minutes - Source: BBC Image copyright EPA Image caption The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) on patrol in the Golan Heights Israeli aircraft struck Syrian military targets on Monday, the Israeli army confirmed in a rare statement. Syrian state media acknowledged the strikes, reporting unspecified "material damage" at military outposts near the capital Damascus. The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) said it was retaliation for a bombing attempt. The IDF said earlier it had killed four men planting explosives near the Israeli-occupied sector of Golan Heights late on Sunday. Surveillance footage showed the group engulfed in an explosion. Military spokesm

World News | Middle East: ISIS exploits Iraq’s coronavirus lockdown to step up attacks

Louisa Loveluck 6-7 minutes - Source: The Washington Post Islamic State militants in Iraq are exploiting the coronavirus lockdown to intensify their attacks, striking more frequently and at times with more sophistication than in recent years. In the northern city of Kirkuk, a suicide bomber walked calmly toward an intelligence headquarters last week before detonating his load in a fireball. Days later, ISIS militants carried out a nighttime ambush on a government-affiliated militia checkpoint north of Baghdad. More attacks near Baghdad and in Kirkuk followed. Although ISIS is much weaker than at the height of its caliphate and shows no sign of mounting a serious comeback, the group is now finding it easier to operate in part because some Iraqi security forces have been redeployed from rural areas where it is gaining strength to police the lockdown in urban centers. “Corona is an important factor,” said Brig. Gen. Tahseen al-Khafaji, a spokesman for the