Today marks twenty-nine years since the shoot down by the USS Vincennes of Iran Air flight 655, which killed all of the plane’s 290 civilian passengers. This shoot down of a civilian airliner by a US naval ship occurred on July 3, 1988, toward the end of the eight-year Iran-Iraq War.
The United Nations expert on extrajudicial killings has called for an international investigation into Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi’s death, excoriating the UN for its “paralysis” and Saudi Arabia for its handling of the case.
Reports from the ground highlight the deepening crisis for Yemen’s 26 million civilians, largely forgotten and caught in the cross-chairs of a protracted conflict that has had calamitous consequences for everyone in the Middle East. This is while some 16 million people were already in need of humanitarian assistance before the civil war began in 2015.
US President Donald Trump has called off military strikes against Iran according to The New York Times, in response to Iran’s shooting of a US drone inside the country's airspace over the coastal province of Hormozgan on Thursday. The decision to avoid escalating the standoff with Iran in the Persian Gulf suggests that Washington is well aware that “Iran has many options available to raise the cost for the US and its friends in the region,” in the event of a military confrontation.
The United States continues to push the world peace and stability against the wall with all those trade conflicts and sanctions against friends and foes.
The United States has launched an economic war against Iran, which has no other choice but to take necessary countermeasures. The world is watching with great concern, and nations have every reason to worry, because Washington is resolved to pursue unilateralism.
Commander of Iran’s Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) says the United States is the root cause of all tensions in the Persian Gulf, rejecting accusations raised by the War Party and its Arab allies that Iran was behind the attacks on four vessels off the coast of the United Arab Emirates.
On Friday, May 31, the Iranian nation and Muslims across the world once again take to the streets to raise their voice in support of the Palestinian people.
The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) says 27 children have been killed or wounded in Yemen over the past 10 days.