Farragut sounded five short blasts, the international maritime signal for danger of a collision, and requested the Russian ship alter course in accordance with international rules of the road. pic.twitter.com/OGCeAGKOy3— U.S. 5th Fleet (@US5thFleet) January 10, 2020
- A Russian warship, reportedly a surveillance and intelligence vessel, “aggressively approached” a US Navy destroyer on Thursday in the North Arabian Sea Thursday, the US Navy revealed Friday.
- The Russian ship sailed to within 180 feet of the USS Farragut, CNN reports, citing defense officials. The Navy says the Farragut was initially unable to persuade the Russian vessel to alter course.
- Last summer, the Navy faced a similar situation when a Russian destroyer sailed to within 100 feet of the USS Chancellorsville in the Pacific Ocean, risking a collision.
The attacks came hours after US Defense Secretary Mark Esper said the US should expect retaliation over the US killing of Iranian military commander Qassem Soleimani in a drone strike in Iraq on Friday. Iran says 80 “America terrorists” were killed in the missile strikes, but US president Donald Trump says “All is Well!
A sprawling air base in western Iraq that hosted President Donald Trump during his first visit to a combat zone as commander in chief was one of two military installations where US troops are stationed that came under ballistic missile attack by Iran early Wednesday.
The attacks came hours after US Defense Secretary Mark Esper said the US should expect retaliation over the US killing of Iranian military commander Qassem Soleimani in a drone strike in Iraq on Friday.
This is the moment when an air strike in support of the warlord Khalifa Haftar kills several recruits on the military college in Hadba near the Libyan capital Tripoli. pic.twitter.com/sSc6PP0xMk— Ali Özkök (@Ozkok_A) January 5, 2020
Forces allied with the GNA described Saturday’s attack as ‘an aerial bombing’ launched by their eastern rivals.
At least 30 people have been killed and 33 others wounded in an attack on a military academy in the Libyan capital, the health ministry of the Tripoli-based government said.
At the time of Saturday’s attack, cadets were gathered on a parade ground before going to their dormitories, according to Amin al-Hashemi, spokesman for the health ministry of the United Nations-recognised Government of National Accord (GNA).
Forces allied with the GNA described Saturday’s attack on the military camp at Al-Hadhba as “an aerial bombing” launched by their eastern rivals. An LNA spokesman denied involvement.
#BREAKING— Heshmat Alavi (@HeshmatAlavi) January 4, 2020
Sky News Arabia correspondent quoting Iraqi security officials: Syrian & Iraqi nationals arrested in ongoing investigation of the plane crew that picked up Soleimani & an Iraqi intelligence officer at Baghdad Int'l Airport
On Thursday the United States killed General Qassim Soleimani , a top commander of Iran’s al-Quds Force, in an airstrike at Baghdad’s International Airport.
The strike also killed Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, the deputy commander of Iran-backed militias known as the Popular Mobilization Forces. Seven people were reportedly killed in the airstrike.