The United States changes its stance on asserting that Iraq was alerted about the airstrikes – live updates.

The United States changes its stance on asserting that Iraq was alerted about the airstrikes - live updates.

The Pentagon is aware of the party responsible for the drone attack in Jordan.

The United States has retracted its previous assertions that it notified the Iraqi government of its plans for conducting airstrikes, stating that the communication was relayed inaccurately.

Vedant Patel, the deputy spokesperson for the State Department, stated on Monday that there was no prior notification, but the Iraqi government was promptly informed after the strikes took place.

Mr. Patel implied that Iraq and other countries in the area were informed of the US’s plans to take action after three American soldiers were killed in Jordan.

On Friday, the US carried out retaliatory attacks on over 85 locations in Iraq and Syria, leading to at least 39 people being injured or killed.

John Kirby, the communications coordinator for the National Security Council, had stated earlier that Iraq was given prior notification. However, Iraq has contested this claim.

On Monday, Mr. Kirby mentioned that the information relayed was not as detailed as it could have been.

Tensions are escalating in the Middle East due to counterattacks and attacks on the Houthis in Yemen.


The Israeli military has announced that 31 hostages who were being held by Hamas in Gaza have been killed.

The Israeli army reports that 31 of the captives in Gaza have died, which makes up one-fifth of the total number of 136 individuals who are still being held by Hamas.

According to a report from Israeli intelligence officials, as reported by the New York Times, 32 people have been killed since the Hamas attack on Israel on October 7th and the subsequent Israeli airstrikes on Gaza.

Four anonymous military sources stated that Israel was investigating unverified information suggesting that 20 additional hostages may have been killed. This was reported by the paper.

Matt Mathers reports:

Ariana Baio6 February 2024 22:50


According to the report, Iran is still supporting proxy groups.

According to sources familiar with the situation, Iran is still supplying arms and sharing intelligence with its allies in the Middle East, as reported by NBC News.

Based on the latest findings, Iran is still supporting extremist groups and insurgents in the Middle East, despite ongoing US airstrikes in Syria, Iraq, and Yemen.

According to reports, this aid supposedly involves furnishing information to Houthi fighters in Yemen in order to perpetuate their assaults on military and mercantile vessels in the Red Sea. It also entails supplying arms to other proxy groups.

The United States conducted airstrikes on Houthi rebels in certain areas of Yemen due to their ongoing attacks on ships in the Red Sea.

In response to the deaths of three American soldiers in Jordan, the United States carried out airstrikes in Syria and Iraq.

Ariana Baio6 February 2024 22:20



The United States targeted Houthi unmanned surface vehicles carrying explosives.

On Monday, the US Central Command reported that they targeted a Houthi unmanned surface vehicle (USV) that posed a direct danger to both US Navy ships and commercial vessels in the area.

Ariana Baio6 February 2024 21:45


Watch: Children’s clothing stretching 5km laid out on beach in Gaza war protest

A protest against the Gaza war involved laying out children’s clothing, stretching over 5km, on a beach.

Ariana Baio6 February 2024 21:00


The United States has pledged to carry out additional attacks on rebels supported by Iran in the Middle East.

The United States has pledged to enact further measures of retaliation against Iran-supported fighters in the Middle East after the loss of three American soldiers in Jordan.

Over the weekend, the United States military initiated a military operation in Iraq and Syria as a response to the attacks on their bases. They also carried out a separate attack on the Houthis in Yemen during the current crisis in the Red Sea.

According to national security adviser Jake Sullivan, the strikes aim to diminish the abilities of Iranian-supported militants in Iraq and Syria who are targeting our troops.

According to him, the strikes had a positive impact on weakening the abilities of the militias and the Houthis.

“There will be additional steps, some of which may be visible while others may not.”

Further measures will be implemented in response to the heartbreaking loss of the three courageous members of the US military.

Ariana Baio6 February 2024 20:00


Viewing: The United States initiates a missile strike at Houthi targets in Yemen from a naval vessel.

The United States has launched missiles from a warship towards targets belonging to the Houthi group in Yemen.

Ariana Baio6 February 2024 19:00


Blinken is in talks about the possibility of freeing hostages and providing humanitarian assistance.

Antony Blinken, the Secretary of State, is currently in Qatar for discussions with Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, the Emir of Qatar, regarding a potential ceasefire in Gaza and the release of hostages held by Hamas.

“Secretary Blinken and the Amir agreed to continue close coordination to increase humanitarian assistance to civilians in Gaza and to urge the protection of civilians consistent with humanitarian law,” State Department spokesperson Matt Miller said.

The US Secretary restated their refusal to forcefully remove Palestinians from Gaza and emphasized their dedication to achieving long-lasting peace in the Middle East. This includes creating a Palestinian nation that guarantees safety for both Israelis and Palestinians.

Ariana Baio6 February 2024 18:30


A chronological record of the protests in the Middle East.

On February 2nd, the US military conducted strikes on over 85 locations in Syria and Iraq as a response to previous actions. The targets were related to the Iranian Revolutionary Guard’s Quds Force and armed groups supported by Iran. Approximately 40 individuals were reported to have been killed in the attacks.

On February 3rd, the United States and United Kingdom, along with six other allies, initiate strikes on multiple locations in Yemen that are under the control of Houthi fighters. This action is connected to a continuing dispute in the Red Sea, where Houthis have been targeting both commercial and military vessels.

On February 4th, the Houthis declare their intention to retaliate against the US’s attacks, while Iran issues a warning that further strikes will only increase instability in the area. The US then carries out a strike on a Houthi land attack cruise missile.

On February 5th, the United States performed a military attack on two Houthi unmanned surface vehicles (USV) equipped with explosives.

On February 6th, a British-owned cargo was targeted by the Houthis.

Ariana Baio6 February 2024 18:00


Blinken under pressure to broker ceasefire in Gaza as Israeli troops near final sanctuary for Palestinians.

The US Secretary of State will be embarking on a trip to the Gulf, Egypt, Qatar, Israel, and the occupied West Bank in an effort to engage in intense diplomatic negotiations for the fifth time since October. The recent attack by Hamas on October 7th resulted in the death of approximately 1,200 people in Israel and the abduction of 250 more, which has led to clashes in the region. According to Gaza’s authorities, Israel’s military attacks have caused the deaths of over 27,400 Palestinians.

US authorities have expressed concern about the current state of affairs in the Middle East, citing it as the most perilous in recent history. This is due to the involvement of Iran-backed militias in Syria, Iraq, and Yemen, who have engaged in aggressive actions against US forces and international trade routes in response to their support for Israel’s military operations.

Bel Trew reports:

Ariana Baio6 February 2024 17:30


Blinken held discussions with Egyptian mediators to advance negotiations for a cease-fire-for-hostages agreement in Gaza.

On Tuesday, U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken traveled to Cairo to meet with Egyptian leaders. According to U.S. officials, the meeting’s focus was primarily on negotiating a cease-fire in the Israel-Hamas conflict in return for the release of hostages held by the militants.

Blinken’s arrival coincides with increasing worries in Egypt over Israel’s plans to extend their military operations in Gaza to regions along the Egyptian border, where many displaced Palestinians have sought refuge.

The Israeli defense minister has stated that their attack will eventually target the town of Rafah, located on the Egyptian border. This town is currently home to over half of Gaza’s population of 2.3 million, who have sought shelter there due to the worsening living conditions in the area.

On Tuesday, United Nations monitors for humanitarian aid reported that Israeli evacuation notices have now expanded to encompass two-thirds of Gaza’s land, resulting in the displacement of thousands of individuals towards the border regions on a daily basis.

Egypt has issued a warning that an Israeli military presence along the border could jeopardize the peace agreement made between the two nations more than forty years ago. Egypt is concerned that any escalation of violence in the Rafah area could result in innocent Palestinian civilians being forced across the border, which is something that Egypt is determined to prevent.

AP6 February 2024 17:00