Iran nuclear program
Iran has announced it will soon produce uranium metal enriched to 20 percent purity. The country says the uranium silicide plate will be used as fuel in Tehran reactor.
US Iraq base attacked
A US military base has come under attack at Erbil airport in Iraq’s northern Kurdistan region, sounding sirens at the nearby US consulate in the city. Local security sources said bomb-laden drones were used in the attack, which prompted a suspension of flights at the airport. In a statement, the Pentagon said it was aware of reports about a drone attack, but initial information did not indicate structural damage or any injuries. This comes a day after rockets hit US-run Ain al-Asad airbase in Anbar province. Anti-US sentiments have been on the rise since the United States assassinated top Iranian General, Qassem Soleimani and Iraqi commander Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis near Baghdad Airport in January 2020. The move promoted Iraqi lawmakers to vote for the expulsion of US forces from the country.
UK Yemen war complicity
A new report suggests that British forces are providing training and support to Saudi-backed forces and mercenaries in Yemen. According to news outlet Declassified UK, some 30 British soldiers have been stationed at al-Ghaydah airport in the Eastern Yemeni province of Mahrah. A local journalist was cited by the outlet as saying that the British troops there are QUOTE a fully-fledged force. The report challenges London’s claims that it’s not a party to the war on Yemen. The UK has long been criticized for its arms sales to the Saudi-led coalition that waged the deadly Yemen war.