US resumes joint military operations in Iraq: NYT Jan 17, 2020 0 91 12345 AFPWashingtonThe US on Wednesday resumed joint military operations with Iraq that had been put on pause after the US drone strike that killed a top Iranian general in Baghdad, the New York Times reported.Two US military officials quoted by the paper said the Pentagon wanted to resume these operations in order to pick up the fight against the Islamic State group.It was not immediately clear if anyone in the Iraqi government had approved the resumption of the joint military operations, the Times reported.The Pentagon said it had no information to provide concerning a resumption when contacted by AFP.Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Monday that Iraqi leaders have told him privately they support the US troop presence, despite public appeals for them to leave.“They won’t say so publicly. But privately they all welcome the fact that America is still there executing its counter terror campaign,” Pompeo said at a forum at Stanford University. Pages 12 RELATED ARTICLES Haftar ‘agrees to abide by’ ceasefire, ready to join Libya talks: Germany Jan 17, 2020 0 1707 Dozens killed as Damascus presses Idlib offensive Jan 17, 2020 0 107 Four Nigerian troops killed in militant attack Jan 17, 2020 0 1691 Iran accuses EU of abandoning nuclear deal for fear of ‘bully’ Trump AFP Tehran Iran accused European governments on Thursday of sacrificing a troubled 2015 nuclear deal to avoid trade reprisals from US President Donald Trump who has spent nearly two years trying to scupper it. Foreign .. Iran says ‘daily enrichment’ of uranium higher than 2015 Tehran: Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said on Thursday that his country’s “daily enrichment” of uranium was currently “higher” than before the conclusion of the 2015 nuclear deal. Rouhani, who instigated the .. Lebanon detains 100 after protests turn violent Beirut: Lebanon’s security forces were holding at least 100 anti-government protesters on Thursday, lawyers told AFP, after two nights of demonstrations that turned violent in Beirut. With little change in sight, .. Iraq’s top cleric undergoes successful surgery on broken thigh Baghdad: Iraq’s most influential cleric, Ali al-Sistani, on Thursday underwent successful surgery on a broken thigh bone, an Iraqi medical source said. Al-Sistani, who is 89 and rarely seen in public, wields clout .. Netanyahu hopeful for US-Israeli’s release after Putin call Jerusalem: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Thursday he was optimistic an Israeli-American woman jailed in Russia would be released, after a phone call with President Vladimir Putin. The case of Naama .. EU’s Michel, Putin ‘hopeful’ that Berlin talks bring Libya ceasefire Brussels: European Council President Charles Michel and Russian President Vladimir Putin are both hopeful that Sunday’s Libya conference in Berlin will deliver a ceasefire, says a statement from Michel’s office .. 5 million Syrian children displaced, says United Nations Geneva/Beirut: Warring parties in Syria have been targeting children for years, creating millions of underage victims who have been forced to flee and forfeit access to a proper education, UN rights investigators .. World ‘will not rest’ until answers on downed Iran jet: Canada London: Canada’s foreign minister on Thursday vowed to push Iran for answers about the mistaken downing of a passenger plane amid high tensions after the US killed one of Tehran’s top commanders. “In the wake of such a ..