Iraq Executes 38 Terror Convicts

Kurdish Peshmerga forces detain ISIS extremists southwest of Kirkuk, Iraq October 5, 2017. (Reuters)
Kurdish Peshmerga forces detain ISIS extremists southwest of Kirkuk, Iraq October 5, 2017. (Reuters)
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Iraq Executes 38 Terror Convicts

Kurdish Peshmerga forces detain ISIS extremists southwest of Kirkuk, Iraq October 5, 2017. (Reuters)
Kurdish Peshmerga forces detain ISIS extremists southwest of Kirkuk, Iraq October 5, 2017. (Reuters)

Iraqi authorities on Thursday executed 38 detainees convicted of terrorism.

A security official at the Dhi Qar province said that the convicts were members of the al-Qaida and ISIS terrorist organizations.

In September, the Justice Ministry announced that 42 detainees were executed after being convicted on terrorism charges.

On Tuesday, Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi warned that ISIS might "erupt again somewhere else" without international cooperation in combatting the extremists.

He said that “we have managed to break them" in Iraq, but added that it is a worry for everyone that ISIS has "this unfortunate ability to recruit young people very quickly."

He stressed there must be an effort to "remove their grassroots in the region."

Abadi called for continued international cooperation in training Iraqi forces and providing logistical and intelligence support.

The premier declared victory in the more than three-year fight against ISIS in a national address Saturday.



Israeli Military Says it has Struck Houthi Targets in Yemen

A huge column of fire erupts following reported strikes in Hodeidah on July 20, 2024. (Photo by AFP)
A huge column of fire erupts following reported strikes in Hodeidah on July 20, 2024. (Photo by AFP)
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Israeli Military Says it has Struck Houthi Targets in Yemen

A huge column of fire erupts following reported strikes in Hodeidah on July 20, 2024. (Photo by AFP)
A huge column of fire erupts following reported strikes in Hodeidah on July 20, 2024. (Photo by AFP)

The Israeli army said Saturday it has struck several Houthi targets in western Yemen following a fatal drone attack by the militias in Tel Aviv the previous day.

A number of “military targets” were hit in the western port city of Hodeidah, the Israeli army said, adding that its attack was in response to “hundreds of attacks” against Israel in recent months.

“The Houthis attacked us over 200 times. The first time that they harmed an Israeli citizen, we struck them. And we will do this in any place where it may be required,” Israeli Defense Minister Yoav Gallant said in a statement.
Israel’s military said it alone carried out the strikes and “our friends were updated.” An Israeli Defense Forces official didn't say how many sites were targeted, but told journalists that the port is the main entry point for Iranian weapons. The official didn't say whether it was Israel’s first attack on Yemen.

Houthi spokesman Mohammed Abdulsalam posted on X that the “blatant Israeli aggression” targeted fuel storage facilities and the province’s power station. He said the attacks aim “to increase the suffering of the people and to pressure Yemen to stop supporting Gaza.”

Abdulsalam said the attacks will only make Yemen's people and armed forces more determined to support Gaza. “There will be impactful strikes,” Mohamed Ali al-Houthi of the Supreme Political Council in Yemen wrote on X.

A media outlet controlled by the Houthis in Yemen, Al-Masirah TV, said the strikes on storage facilities for oil and diesel at the port and on the local electricity company caused deaths and injuries, and several people had severe burns. It said there was a large fire at the port and power cuts were widespread.

The drone attack by the Houthis killed one person in the center of Tel Aviv and wounded at least 10 others early Friday.