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Rocket fired at Baghdad’s international airport, not far from US troops and diplomats

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An unguided Katyusha rocket was fired at Baghdad’s international airport Sunday night near where American troops and diplomats are housed one night after the U.S. military shot one down, according to U.S. officials.

While nobody was injured or killed and the damage appeared minimal, it marked the seventh rocket attack on the airport in less than a month, the officials told Fox News, accusing Iranian-backed militias for the attack.

The increased attacks against U.S. and coalition forces prompted the American military recently to deploy C-RAM [“Counter-rocket, artillery and mortar”] — which could fire 3,000 rounds of 20-mm high-explosive tracer rounds per minute — to protect the Green Zone housing the U.S. Embassy.

Early Sunday morning, the American C-RAM shot down a Katyusha rocket for the first time since it was deployed to Iraq’s capital city, according to U.S. officials.

Rocket debris fell into a residential area after it was shot down.

“We have a right to defend ourselves,” the official said.

The deployment of the defensive weapon system took place after consultations with the Iraqi government, the official said.

C-RAM is the land-based version of the CWIS [close-in weapons system] which U.S. warships have used for decades.

C-RAM has protected American troops in bases in Iraq for many years dating back to the Iraq War.

A statement by the U.S.-led coalition said another rocket attack early Sunday morning resulted in four Iraqi casualties.

“This attack is one more illustration of the indiscriminate nature of these attacks, how [Iranian-backed militias] harm Iraq’s sovereignty and security, and our need for self-defense capabilities,” the statement read.

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Back in early May, Iraq’s Parliament picked an American-backed former intelligence chief, Mustafa al-Kadhimi, 53, as the new prime minister.

In his short time in office, Kadhimi has appeared to take a harder line against the Iranian-backed militias at the urging of top U.S. military officials following a series of rocket attacks against American troops inside Iraq.

Late last month, Iraqi forces raided a base in southern Baghdad used by the Iranian-backed militia Kataib Hezbollah, accused of launching the rocket attacks against U.S. and allied forces in recent months.

But, just days later, 14 members of Kataib Hezbollah were released on bail, Reuters reported, adding that it was the most brazen action taken against the terrorist group in years by the Iraqi government.

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One rocket attack in March killed two American service members and a British Army medic, prompting retaliatory airstrikes by American jets against five weapons depots used to store the rockets.

There have been roughly 5,000 American troops deployed to Iraq.

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Rocket fired toward US Embassy in Iraq hits nearby home, injures child: reports

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A rocket aimed at Baghdad‘s Green Zone, home of the U.S. Embassy, struck a residential home and injured a child, according to reports.

The rocket launched late on Saturday from the Ali Al-Saleh area of Baghdad and landed near a home close to a local TV channel, a military statement said. A child suffered head injuries and the house was damaged.

The embassy has seen a recent increase in attacks as the U.S. and Iraq prepare for talks, which experts believe will focus on the presence of American forces in the country.

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Military bases have also been targeted, with an attack in March on Camp Taji resulting in the deaths of two Americna soldiers and one British soldier. Iraq Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi has pledged to protect American installations from attacks, U.S. officials said.

The U.S. has criticized Iraq’s federal government for not doing enough to reign in Iran-backed militia groups, which officials believe have orchestrated the attacks. Iraqi security forces responded with a raid on the headquarters of the Kataib Hezbollah, during which security forces detained over a dozen men suspected of being responsible for previous attacks against the Green Zone.

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Thirteen of the detainees were released while one remains in custody.

The move drew praise from the U.S. but condemnation from Iran-backed factions within the country.

The installation of a new Counter Rocket, Artillery and Mortar system (C-RAM) has also created friction for the U.S. Embassy. The system, which may have been active on Saturday, drew condemnation from Deputy Speaker of Parliament Hassan al-Kaabi.

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Al-Kaabi called the system “illegal,” and he warned that it would “provoke the Iraqi people.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Pompeo increases bounty on new, shadowy ISIS leader to $10M as rumors of his death in Syria swirl

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Almost nine months after the death of Islamic State (ISIS) leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi by U.S. Special Forces, it was rumored Tuesday morning that his successor — the shadowy Abu Ibrahim al-Quraishi — had also been taken out, this time in an American-led drone strike in the northern pocket of war-torn Syria at some point earlier this week.

According to Hassan Hassan, director of the Non-State Actors Program at the Center for Global Policy, the terrorist leader was traveling under a false name and identity — “Ahmed El Darwish” — in areas controlled by the Turkish-backed rebels.

While reports remain subject to speculation — and U.S. government officials have yet to confirm or deny the mounting murmurs — at the same time Tuesday morning, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced that the financial reward for information of the “new ISIS leader” had been increased from $5 million to $10 million.

While a far cry from the $25 million once offered for Baghdadi, the bounty bump is seemingly indicative of an increased push to squash the brutal insurgency, which has been slowly regaining a foothold in swaths of Iraq and Syria in recent months.

So who is al-Quraishi?

“Abu Ibrahim al-Hashimi al-Quraishi was a former officer in Saddam Hussein’s army and was considered one of the most prominent ISIS members in Baghdadi’s circle,” David Ibsen, executive director of the Counter Extremism Project (CEP), told Fox News. “After the U.S.-led occupation of Iraq and the capture of Hussein in 2003, Quraishi eventually became a general Sharia jurist for al-Qaeda.”

The al-Quraishi name given to him by ISIS implies that he descended from the Prophet Muhammad’s Quraysh tribe, which is typically considered a coveted prerequisite for becoming caliph.

Born into an Iraqi Turkman family in the once ISIS-controlled town of Tel Afar, he is one of the few non-Arabs to have ascended into a high-profile position — driven not only by his lineage but by his background as an Islamic scholar, having earned a degree in sharia law from the University of Mosul.

Quraishi, who is estimated to be in his late 30s, was — like Baghdadi — held by U.S. forces in the notorious Camp Bucca prison in southern Iraq, which is where he and the slain ISIS leader first met and bonded.

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Additionally known by the nom de guerre Hajji Abdallah, he was believed to have initially risen through the ranks as an Al Qaeda leader in Iraq and then became an ISIS deputy leader when the outfit splintered away. In 2014, Quraishi pledged allegiance to Baghdadi and rose to become one of his top lieutenants.

“Quraishi was one of the most respected of Baghdadi’s lieutenants. He continues to carry that respect, but he, of course, does not carry as much weight as Baghdadi, who founded the group and led its sweep throughout the Middle East, sparking the creation of ISIS provinces around the world and a propaganda machine that reaches as far as the shores of Australia and the cities of the United States,” Ibsen said. “While Quraishi is viewed as a more than capable replacement, he is unlikely to overshadow Baghdadi’s legacy.”

In March, Pompeo announced that al-Quraishi would be slapped with the “specially designated global terrorist” label — a bid to further cut him off him from financial resources and any other formal dealings, some two months after U.S. intelligence revealed that al-Quraishi’s true identity was Muhammad Sa’id Abdal-Rahman al-Mawla, also depicted as Muhammad Sa’id Abdal-Rahman al-Mawla al-Salwi.

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He was appointed to the top spot in the days immediately following Baghdadi’s death in October 2019, having been delegated the likely heritor by the group’s shura council just over two months before the deadly raid. Even before ISIS took to its telegram channel to announce his role in the aftermath of Baghdadi’s death, the U.S. government had already deemed Quraishi a wanted man with a $5 million premium — but at the time, little was known about his credentials and clout.

Since then, the U.S. government has determined that al-Quraishi “helped drive and justify the abduction, slaughter, and trafficking of the Yazidi religious minority in northwest Iraq,” of which many thousands of girls and women were forced into sexual slavery and hundreds upon hundreds of men brainwashed into the fighting fold or simply slaughtered for their faith. Several military and intelligence sources further told Fox News that not only did Quraishi aid such genocide, but he was primarily responsible for crafting and “legalizing” the plan to decimate the Yazidi population.

“This reward is an important moment in our fight against ISIS and its branches and networks around the world. As ISIS is defeated on the battlefield, we are determined to identify and find the group’s leaders so that the global coalition of nations fighting to defeat ISIS can continue to destroy ISIS remnants and thwart its global ambitions,” the Rewards for Justice program stated.

But whether or not the targeting of terrorist leadership has any real value in depleting an organization is subject to debate.

“Unlike open-ended occupations, targeted approaches can be effective at eliminating anti-U.S. terror threats. While it may seem meaningful that there is a top leader the administration wants to take out, the reality is these kinds of operations almost never lead to strategic outcomes,” Defense Priorities Senior Fellow Lt. Col. Daniel L. Davis said.

“Improved intelligence gathering and cooperation paired with the U.S. military’s strike capabilities are effective approaches to preempt transnational terrorist plots. Improved homeland security efforts likewise enhance U.S. security. The overly broad global war on terror — with regime change efforts and a large ground presence in the Middle East — are costly, counterproductive, and should end.”

But from the lens of Bill Roggio — senior fellow at the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies (FDD) and editor of FDD’s Long War Journal — the U.S. too often makes the fatal flaw of not going after the top tier fast and hard enough.

“Quraishi was a longtime, founding member of ISIS — considered to be both a military commander and someone with religious credibility,” he said. “It’s important we go after the leadership, but he is someone who has been waiting a long time. We don’t go after them hard enough.”

In terms of the new leader’s governing style, Mansour Al-Hadj, a senior researcher with the MEMR Jihad and Terrorism Threat Monitor (JTTM), observed that the new caliph seems to be focusing on two goals: carrying out more attacks and stressing his group’s legitimacy by accusing other jihadi groups of deviating from the path of jihad and allying with apostate governments.

“Under his leadership, the group has intensified its attacks in Iraq and expanded its operations in West and Central Africa. The group has focused on carrying out multiple and small scale attacks aimed at exhausting its enemies,” Hadj said. “ISIS has adopted a more aggressive stance against Al Qaeda and particularly its branches in Yemen and West Africa under his leadership and accused them of deviating from the path of jihad, refusing to implement sharia and allying with the local governments.”

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And the uptick in Quraishi’s value announced this week, Ibsen pointed out, is indicative of the continued significance and threat of ISIS.

“Despite losing its physical caliphate, ISIS remains a dangerous threat, not just to the region but to the West as well. ISIS has shifted its strategy from acquiring and holding territory to that of a more traditional insurgency. We have seen this shift played out in ISIS’s propaganda for the past few years as its territorial hold shrank,” Ibsen continued. “Instead of calling for foreign fighters to come to Iraq and Syria to live in the caliphate, ISIS now calls on followers to carry out attacks in their home countries. ISIS wants to show the weakness of the modern state system and how these governments — and the Iraqi government specifically — cannot protect their people. ISIS is now melding the strategies of other Islamist groups, chiefly Al Qaeda and the Muslim Brotherhood.”

Indeed, concerns are growing in Iraq and Syria with regards to an ISIS resurgence — especially as the group, believed to still have several thousand soldiers in its rank and file, has capitalized on the distraction and economic hardship brought on by the coronavirus pandemic. Iraq-based intelligence sources also told Fox News that weapons caches belonging to ISIS operatives are found on a regular basis and that the group has managed to cower in place in underground tunnels that were for years safe havens in enabling fighters to evade detection.

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On Tuesday, Operation Inherent Resolve (OIR) — the mission name issued by the U.S-led coalition to defeat ISIS in the region — confirmed in its monthly report that in the month of April, the task force had conducted seven strikes consisting of 16 engagements in Iraq and Syria.

“Taking out Quraishi will not stop ISIS. Fighting that ideology is the only way to defeat ISIS. That said, removing the leaders of these groups does create short-term disruptions as they then focus on figuring out who to put in charge next,” Ibsen added. “With luck, there will be infighting and power struggles that will further divide the group and perhaps cause rifts between senior leaders arguing over the future direction of the organization. Further, eliminating the head of any group always causes a psychological impact. It shows vulnerability and doubts over the group’s immediate future.”

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3 ISIS hideouts destroyed in Iraq, coalition says

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Three Islamic State (ISIS) camps have been destroyed in northern Iraq by coalition aircraft in coordination with the Iraqi government, military officials announced Saturday.

ISIS hideouts were targeted in Wadi al-Shai, an area in Kirkuk Province located in the northern part of the country and known to have become an ISIS hideout, officials said.

Hideouts in rural regions in Iraq have become the new modus operandi for the terrorist organization after Iraqi Security Forces and Syrian Democratic Forces destroyed the last ISIS stronghold in March 2019.

“The Iraqi Security Forces have tactical overmatch against ISIS; airstrikes help destroy ISIS targets in terrain difficult to reach by standard vehicles,” Col. Myles B. Caggins III, a coalition military spokesman, said in a statement Saturday. “Blowing up ISIS hideouts in bucolic locations ultimately results in security in cities and villages.”

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Iraqi citizens have largely rejected the presence of ISIS in Iraq and have helped to drive the terrorists into rural desert and mountain areas, after being reportedly “liberated from formerly ISIS-held areas,” according to military officials Saturday.

U.S. military personnel continue to encourage Iraqi citizens to come forward with information about ISIS and to contact local security officials.

“Each Coalition precision airstrike is conducted at the request of the Government of Iraq to help achieve a permanent defeat of Daesh,” Caggins said.

ISIS regional leaders and operatives continue to be targeted and “neutralized,” according to military officials, forcing them to hide in rural areas.

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The State Department has also encouraged people to come forward with information regarding Muhammad Khadir Musa Ramadan, a senior ISIS leader responsible for the organization’s use of propaganda and in the creation of the gruesome videos that ISIS has become known for.

“Muhammad Khadir Musa Ramadan is one of ISIS’s longest-serving senior media officials,” a State Department spokesperson told Fox News last month. “Ramadan oversees the group’s daily media operations, including the management of content from ISIS’s dispersed global network of supporters.”

A $3 million reward has been placed on his head for any information surrounding him and his whereabouts.

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“The Coalition and our partners will continue to maintain relentless pressure on the terrorist organization,” a statement released by U.S. Central Command said Saturday.

“In addition to military operations, the Coalition has significantly disrupted and degraded ISIS propaganda operations, finance, and human trafficking networks.”

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2 ISIS ‘regional’ leaders killed during raid in Syria: coalition

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Two regional Islamic State (ISIS) leaders were killed earlier this week during a joint operation between Syrian and coalition forces in northeast Syria, coalition forces said Friday.

The Western-allied Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) and international coalition partners raided an ISIS position in the Deir Ezzor province on Sunday, where the two leaders, Ahmad ‘Isa Ismail al-Zawi and Ahmad ‘Abd Muhammad Hasan al-Jughayfi, were killed, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve (CJTF-OIR) said in a press release.

“The Wali of Baghdad blew himself up. The logistics guy was killed in a gun battle,” a defense official told Fox News.

Al-Zawi, also known as Abu Ali al-Baghdadi, was the terror group’s Wali of North Baghdad and was responsible for relaying orders from senior ISIS leaders to operatives in North Baghdad, Iraq, the coalition said.

Al-Jughayfi, known as Abu Ammar, was charged with directing weapons, bomb-making materials and ISIS fighters across Iraq and Syria.

“The removal of these ISIS leaders will disrupt future attacks against innocent civilians and our security partners and in the region,” OIR said.

On the same day of the raid, the SDF tweeted that a security operation was carried out against ISIS cells in the same area where “a number of cell members were arrested, while two Iraqi nationals blew themselves up.”

On Sunday, seven ISIS members escaped from a small prison on the edge of the town of Al-Hol, home to a sprawling camp where tens of thousands of Islamic State wives, widows and children live. Four were recaptured.

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ISIS members took control of another prison for several hours earlier this month in al-Hasakah in northeast Syria. The rioting stopped when authorities negotiated an end to the unrest.

The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

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Meet the veterans who left the military but not the battlefield: Dave Eubank and the Free Burma Rangers

There is an army of volunteers who seek out to serve in the world’s most dangerous places — not by killing an enemy, but by rescuing the innocent.

They go where most humanitarian aid organizations will not, from the jungles of civil war-torn Myanmar to the desert killing fields of Mosul, Iraq.

They are the Free Burma Rangers (FBR) and their leader is a Green Beret veteran and Christian missionary.

“Ask anyone who follows him, they’ll tell you Dave Eubank is a soldier of God,” said veteran correspondent Lara Logan in the first episode of the new season of her Fox Nation series “Lara Logan Has No Agenda.”

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“You don’t have to be Christian to join his army,” she explained, “In their ranks — the devout; Muslims, Christians, Buddhists, and the faithless.”

Season 3 of “No Agenda” investigates the current state of affairs of America’s veterans through the eyes of those who served — from veteran entrepreneurs, to those carrying out humanitarian missions, to wounded warriors on the front lines of the veteran suicide crisis.

“We just don’t know what these wars look like anymore,” said Logan on “Fox and Friends” on Friday. “They’ve kind of vanished from our screens. No more daily dispatches from the battlefield. In fact, there is almost no coverage at all. That’s one of the reasons that we did this show.”

“This is the perfect time for it to air,” she continued, speaking just days before Memorial Day, “because this is the time that we should remember.”

Dave Eubank is one of the veterans that Logan profiled — and his story is legend.

Eubank is the son of missionaries from Texas. He and his siblings were raised abroad.

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He enlisted in the U.S. Armed Forces at the age of 18, following the example of his father. His career began as an infantry officer before joining the 2nd Ranger Battalion and finally the special forces. Eubank ran missions in South and Central America and in Thailand.

After 10 years of service, he left the military, but he was called back to conflict for a different purpose.

His father called him to say that he had met a man seeking help for Burmese people caught in a seemingly endless civil war.

“We started the Free Burma Rangers to give help, hope, and love to people under attack and get the news out and to stand with people,” he told Logan.

“For years, the Free Burma Rangers, most of them ethnic Burmese, operated on the border between Thailand and Burma,” Logan explains in the first episode. “Few knew of them or paid attention to the war until they documented the violence and human rights abuses they witnessed and shared the evidence.”

Decades later, Eubank and the FBR have trained more than 4,500 recruits, carried out some 800 missions, delivered medical care to more than 500,000, and fed more than 1.5 million people.

In 2016, as the U.S.-led military intervention against the Islamic State in Syria and Iraq ramped up, Eubank said he was called to that battlefield to help the Kurdish people.

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He arrived with his army of volunteers and his family, including his wife and teenage daughters and son.

When they tracked down the Iraqi general, commanding the 36th Iraqi Army Brigade, on the front lines of the battle for Mosul, the general was shocked.

“The first thing General Mustafa said is, ‘Who sent you man?’ And I said, ‘God,'” Eubank told Logan.

“And he said, ‘How did you know?’ He didn’t doubt it. He’s a Muslim. He believes in God.”

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In this Nov. 15, 2017 file photo, Haider, left, and Abdullah carry belongings they collected from their damaged house to wash before returning to live in the Old City of Mosul, Iraq. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)

“Then he looked at my family, my wife, my kids are all there. And [he said] ‘You brought your family. You must think that Iraqis and Americans are people of equal value — you are welcome.'”

“Over the next few weeks, Dave would get shot,” narrates Logan. “They would get stranded trying to rescue a family, run out of ammo, and lose some of their own, including their translator, Shaheen Khalaf, a Yazidi”.

The FBR would witness unimaginable carnage in Iraq, including the slaughter of innocent men, women and children by ISIS forces.

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“The local commander … said it’s better to kill your own family than let them fall in the hands of the Iraqis or the infidels,” Eubank said. “We saw families killed almost every day, but these were hundreds.”

In June 2017, the Iraqi Army was closing in on the terrorists’ last stronghold in Mosul. ISIS fighters were gunning down civilians as they attempted to flee.

“We saw seven kids moving along this little wall across the street,” Eubank recalled. “As they moved back and forth, ISIS is shooting. They got killed one by one. Until there’s only one kid left.”

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Fleeing Iraqi civilians walk past a heavily damaged al-Nuri mosque as Iraqi forces continue their advance against the Islamic State in this July 4, 2017 file photo. (AP)

“We couldn’t help,” he remembered, saying that he watched from just 150 yards away. “We couldn’t even get across the street. Watching this happen — it was horrible.”

But the FBR did what they came to Iraq to do. Eubank recruited the help of an Iraqi army tank to provide cover and the U.S. army to drop a smokescreen.

Footage of the incident shows Eubank run from behind the protection of the tank, across open space, as rounds hit the ground around him and grab the child.

He returned to safety with the girl but then went back again to save two wounded men.

The former Green Beret and his fellow FBR volunteers would go on to help and rescue more people in the following days and weeks — losing more of their own in the process.

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America’s involvement in regime changes over the years

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American officials spent Tuesday issuing a series of denials about U.S. involvement in a failed coup attempt to oust embattled Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro that has landed two U.S. mercenaries in jail.

On Monday, Maduro held the passports of Luke Denman and Airan Berry, both former U.S. special forces soldiers associated with Florida-based security firm Silvercorp USA. Both men were detained following an attempted beach landing in a fishing village.

Maduro claims they were part of a U.S. operation backed by neighboring Colombia to kill him. A third U.S. ex-Green Beret and Silvercorp founder, Jordan Goudreau, claimed responsibility for leading “Operation Gideon,” which was launched with an attempted beach landing before dawn on Sunday that left eight suspected attackers dead.

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President Trump and Defense Secretary Mark Esper denied U.S. involvement in the operation.

“Whatever it is, we’ll let you know,” Trump told reporters at the White House before departing to Arizona. “But it has nothing to do with our government.”

Trump has drawn the ire of Maduro’s socialist government by recognizing opposition leader Juan Guaido as president. The country is already considered one of the world’s worst humanitarian crisis.

Even if the U.S. didn’t have a hand in the fail coup, American leaders have historically taken an active role in regime change throughout the world.

Below is a list of five coups backed or led by the United States.

Iran

The CIA admitted in 2013 to being involved in the coup against Iran‘s democratically elected leader Mohammad Mossadegh. During his role as prime minister, Mossadegh nationalized the country’s oil industry, which was controlled by Britain for decades, as well as other economic reforms.

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Armed women on guard and participating in Khordad in one of the main squares in Tehran at the beginning of the Iranian Revolution. (Photo by Keystone/Getty Images)

The U.S. orchestrated a campaign to destabilized Iran’s government and eventually reinstalled Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, the shah, in a 1953 coup. Pahlavi embarked on a police state that suppressed all forms of dissent while maintaining allegiances with Washington.

His reign paved the way for the 1979 Iranian Revolution, in which participants invoked the 1953 coup, and the rise of cleric rule. Tensions between the U.S. and Tehran have been fragile ever since.

Latin America

Several oppressive governments in Latin America have found support from American leaders going back decades. Guatemala’s elected government of President Jacobo Árbenz was deposed in 1954 and replaced with military dictator Carlos Armas.

In Chile, elected socialist president Salvador Allende died during a coup to overthrow him. The administration of President Richard Nixon replaced him with Augusto Pinochet, who led a brutal campaign against dissenters that saw thousands killed.

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Chilean Gen. Augusto Pinochet salutes the honor guard outside his home in Santiago. Pinochet led the military coup to overthrow former President Salvador Allende on Sept. 11, 1973. (CHILE ANNIVERSARY COUP)

In El Salvador, U.S.-trained death squads targeted civilians during the country’s 12-year civil war between the military-led junta and the Farabundo Martí National Liberation Front (FMLN).

America’s reach also extended to the Dominican Republic, Honduras, Mexico, Panama, Uruguay, Nicaragua, where it backed the autocratic Somoza family, and Cuba where it supported the dictatorship of Fulgencio Batista before he was overthrown in the Cuban Revolution.

Zaire

Patrice Lumumba became the first prime minister of the independent Democratic Republic of the Congo after a struggle for independence. A CIA-backed coup led by Joseph Mobutu, his army chief of staff, removed him from power and subsequently handed to Belgian-backed separatists who killed him via firing squad.

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The Prime Minister of Congo Kinshasa Patrice Lumumba in Congo in 1960. (Photo by Dominique BERRETTY/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images)

He has since been seen as a martyr.

Mobutu renamed the country Zaire and presided over a dictatorship for three decades. He abolished elections, had political opponents killed and tortured many others.

Iraq

While fighting a war in Afghanistan, U.S. officials called for the removal of Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein in 2003. After he failed to leave the country, a U.S.-led invasion ensued and Hussein was captured and eventually hanged.

Initially an ally because of his eight-year war with neighboring Iran, Hussein, a brutal dictator, became the target for regime change following his 1990 invasion of Kuwait.

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Haiti

Jean-Bertrand Aristide has been in office only a few months in 1991 when he was overthrown in an American-backed operation. Aristide returned from exile in 1994 when the military restored him upon facing a U.S. invasion.

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Haitian President Jean-Bertrand Aristide speaks to the United Nations General Assembly in New York in 2002. (REUTERS/Chip East CME/JP)

He stepped down in 1996 and was elected again in 2000. A failed coup occurred in 2001 and he fled the country in 2004 amid anti-government protests.

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Pentagon considers Purple Hearts for US troops who suffered brain injuries in Iran attack on Iraqi base

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The Pentagon is considering awarding Purple Hearts to U.S. troops who suffered mild traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) during an Iranian missile attack against Al Assad and Erbil air bases in Iraq earlier this year.

Iran had launched the attack in retaliation for the killing of Gen. Qassem Soleimani, just days after President Trump ordered the drone strike in Baghdad that killed Soleimani.

Both air bases were hit with 12 ballistic missiles the night of Jan. 8, but no members of the military were killed, according to a dossier compiled by U.S. Air Force Central Command (AFCENT).

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The Pentagon has said the Iranian missile attack in Iraq left 34 U.S. service members with concussions.

The Department of Defense (DoD) provided Fox News with a statement saying the cases are currently being reviewed.

“The Purple Heart submissions remain under review and are being processed in accordance with Defense Department and military service regulations,” Defense Department spokesperson Jessical Maxwell said. “Upon completion, service members entitled to receive the Purple Heart will be notified by their leadership.”

Following the missile attacks, more than 100 service members were diagnosed with mild traumatic brain injuries.

According to research from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), a TBI is defined as “a disruption in the normal function of the brain that can be caused by a bump, blow, or jolt to the head, or penetrating head injury.”

Depending on the severity of the injury, patients who suffer a TBI may experience a change in consciousness that makes them dazed and confused, or they could lose consciousness altogether. They may also experience memory loss, headaches, irritability, sleep disruption and depression.

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Many of the troops involved in the attack said they also experienced intense fear from being forced to face their own mortality.

“I wasn’t ready to die,” Master Sgt. Janet Liliu from Al Assad airb ase said. “But I tried to prepare myself with every announcement of an incoming missile. I had to. We all had to.”

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Pentagon considers Purple Hearts for US troops who suffered brain injuries in Iran attack on Iraqi base

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The Pentagon is considering awarding Purple Hearts to U.S. troops who suffered mild traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) during an Iranian missile attack against Al Assad and Erbil air bases in Iraq earlier this year.

Iran had launched the attack in retaliation for the killing of Gen. Qassem Soleimani, just days after President Trump ordered the drone strike in Baghdad that killed Soleimani.

Both air bases were hit with 12 ballistic missiles the night of Jan. 8, but no members of the military were killed, according to a dossier compiled by U.S. Air Force Central Command (AFCENT).

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The Pentagon has said the Iranian missile attack in Iraq left 34 U.S. service members with concussions.

The Department of Defense (DoD) provided Fox News with a statement saying the cases are currently being reviewed.

“The Purple Heart submissions remain under review and are being processed in accordance with Defense Department and military service regulations,” Defense Department spokesperson Jessical Maxwell said. “Upon completion, service members entitled to receive the Purple Heart will be notified by their leadership.”

Following the missile attacks, more than 100 service members were diagnosed with mild traumatic brain injuries.

According to research from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), a TBI is defined as “a disruption in the normal function of the brain that can be caused by a bump, blow, or jolt to the head, or penetrating head injury.”

Depending on the severity of the injury, patients who suffer a TBI may experience a change in consciousness that makes them dazed and confused, or they could lose consciousness altogether. They may also experience memory loss, headaches, irritability, sleep disruption and depression.

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Many of the troops involved in the attack said they also experienced intense fear from being forced to face their own mortality.

“I wasn’t ready to die,” Master Sgt. Janet Liliu from Al Assad airb ase said. “But I tried to prepare myself with every announcement of an incoming missile. I had to. We all had to.”

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Gen. Jack Keane: US adversaries are trying to push disinformation about COVID-19

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Adversaries of the United States are trying to push disinformation about America’s handling of the coronavirus outbreak using several tactics, Fox News senior strategic analyst Gen. Jack Keane said Friday.

Appearing on “Fox & Friends” with host Brian Kilmeade, Keane said China, Russia and Iran are trying to take advantage of the global pandemic to weaken Western democracies.

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“First of all, disinformation is one of their mainstays and, that is, they want to undermine the people’s trust in their government,” he noted. “They are also pushing back on the sanctions that have been imposed and wanted them removed based on the humanitarian effect of COVID-19.”

“And the other thing is,” Keane continued, “they are underscoring the fact that the United States has the largest outbreak of COVID-19 and [they are saying] that’s due largely to the incompetence of the United States government. That is what is surrounding the disinformation campaign.”

Keane also told Kilmeade that the turbulent countries — Russia and China in particular — are posturing by trying to create goodwill, not only in terms of their rhetoric but also by delivering supplies, equipment, and manpower to other countries.

“And then, the last thing they’re doing: Russia has tied up the president in Ukraine a little bit because of COVID-19 and the focus he has to have on his country. He got him to agree to negotiate with Russian proxies for the first time,” Keane added. “But, [interestingly] enough, the people balked on it.”

“And Iran is posturing here to take advantage of what they believe the United States has turned into,” he stated further. “And, I think that is why the United States picked up on a plan for them to conduct a large scale attack inside [Iraq]…and it may have been thwarted by the president acknowledging that this was in the planning stage.”

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“And also, China, because Taiwan has been so successful dealing with COVID-19 and they’ve been critical of mainland China, they’ve upped all of their military activities around Taiwan,” Keane pointed out.

“But, then again, I want to say that none of these activities put us on any path to major conflict, or war, with the exception of possibly some limited conflict with Iran which would not lead to war,” the general assured.

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