Drone strike kills three US soldiers in Jordan
Three US service members were killed yesterday in Jordan and at least 34 others were injured in what the US said was a drone strike by an Iranian-backed militia. These are the first U.S. military deaths from hostile fire in the turmoil resulting from the war between Israel and Hamas in Gaza.
The attack took place at a base near the Syrian border. The deaths of U.S. service members will almost certainly put increased pressure on President Biden to respond more forcefully as unrest escalates in the Middle East.
“While we are still gathering the facts about this attack, we know that it was carried out by radical Iranian-backed militant groups operating in Syria and Iraq,” Biden said in a statement.
This month, at least four U.S. service members stationed in western Iraq were injured when their base came under fire from what the U.S. said were Iranian-backed militias. A week ago, the United States declared two Navy SEALs dead after they went missing during an operation at sea aimed at intercepting weapons intended for Houthi fighters, who have fired on commercial ships off Yemen since November.
New details on UN workers accused of helping Hamas
The United Nations announced Friday that it had fired several employees of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency, the United Nations agency that helps Palestinian civilians in the Gaza Strip, after Israel claimed that 12 employees had played a role in the Hamas attacks against Israel on October 7. or following them. Israel provided the United States with a dossier detailing its claims, but little was known about the accusations. until the documents were reviewed yesterday by the Times.
A person has been charged with kidnapping a woman. Another allegedly distributed ammunition. A third would have participated in the massacre of a kibbutz where 97 people died.
The Israelis described 10 of the employees as members of Hamas, and seven of the defendants are also believed to be teachers in UNRWA schools, teaching students subjects like math and Arabic. The filing says Israel tracked and monitored many of the accused employees through their phones.
To fall: The United States and several other countries said yesterday that they suspend certain UNRWA funding. António Guterres, the UN chief, implored major donor countries to continue their support. He added that without it, UNRWA would run out of money next month. Fears of famine are growing in the enclave, and two million Gazans rely on the agency for food, water and essential services.
Three African juntas have left a regional economic bloc
The military juntas that took power in Mali, Niger and Burkina Faso have announced their withdrawal from the Economic Community of West African States, or ECOWAS. due to sanctions imposed by the group after the coups.
All three juntas said the sanctions were “inhumane” and that the bloc had “become a threat to its member states and their people.” West African commentators said the departures of these countries could affect trade relations and regional stability, and cause suffering for the bloc’s 12 remaining member states.
Background: In recent years, coups have broken out in an area south of the Sahara, forming an unbroken band of military-run countries stretching from coast to coast across the continent. ECOWAS failed to reverse some of these coups and subsequently imposed sanctions, causing intense hardship for millions of people.
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