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Iraqi PMU Leader Vows Retaliation for American Strike Against Kataib Hezbollah Commander

What to Know: At the funeral for Kataib Hezbollah commander Abu Baqer Al-Saeedi, who was killed last week during an American drone strike in Baghdad, Iraqi Popular Mobilization Force (PMU) chief of staff Abu Fadak Al-Mohammedawi vowed retaliation and to expel foreign forces from the country. The statement comes as officials...

Islamic Resistance in Iraq Announces Full Resumption of Attacks Against American Forces

What to Know: The Islamic Resistance in Iraq, an umbrella organization of Iran-backed Shia militias, has announced that they will fully resume attacks against American forces to "expel" them from the region. The decision comes amid American retaliatory strikes against elements of the Islamic Resistance in retaliation for last month's...

Captagon: The Middle East’s Drug of Choice

What you need to know: Captagon, an amphetamine popular among terror groups and civilians in the Middle East, is funding terror group operations and increasing the lethality of these organizations. The market for these pills is massive and could escalate violence in the region as rival organizations compete for customers. What...

Hamas Delivers Response to Israeli Ceasefire Proposal, UNRWA Funding Slashed in Half

What's Happening Hamas, Egypt, the US, Israel, and Qatar have all announced that Hamas has delivered a response to Israel on a proposed temporary ceasefire, following the proposition by Israel a week ago. The proposition was curated by joint efforts from the US, Israel, Qatar, and Egypt. Lebanese Media Company Al-Akhbar...

At Least Six Kurdish SDF Fighters Killed During Iran-Backed Militia Drone Strike in Syria

What to Know: At least six Kurdish fighters of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) were killed on Sunday during an Iran-backed militia explosive drone attack carried out against the al-Omar oil field in eastern Syria. The attack was likely targeting American forces housed at the site. The Attack: The Islamic Resistance in...

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