Thursday, March 4

US Civilian Contractor Killed in Iraq Rocket Attack

General
The latest rocket attack on a military base housing U.S. and coalition troops in Iraq has claimed the life of a civilian contractor. U.S. defense officials said approximately 10 rockets were fired at the Al Asad air base early Wednesday from a point east of the base, causing the installation’s counter-rocket defense systems to activate. No U.S. troops were hurt, but officials said that as a result of the rocket attack, an American civilian contractor suffered a heart attack and died. Pentagon press secretary John Kirby said in statement Wednesday that an investigation into the attack, both by Iraqi security forces and coalition officials, is ongoing, but that it is not yet clear who was behind the strike. "We cannot attribute responsibility at this time, and we do not have a co...

Rocket Attack Targets Iraqi Military Base

General
The U.S.-led coalition in Iraq said Wednesday a rocket attack targeted an Iraqi military base that hosts coalition troops. Spokesman Col. Wayne Marotto said there were 10 rockets fired at the Al Asad Airbase. There were no immediate reports of any casualties. The attack comes two weeks after rockets struck a base in northern Iraq, killing a civilian contractor and injuring a U.S. service member. The February 16 attack prompted the United States to carry out airstrikes against a target in Syria that the Pentagon said was used by multiple Iran-backed militias. The United States has blamed such groups for rocket attacks against U.S. positions in Iraq in recent years, and officials said the U.S. airstrikes were designed to prevent future attacks. Iran targeted the Al Asad bas...

SYRIA CAMP FOR IS RELATIVES RECORDS 31 MURDERS THIS YEAR

General
At least 31 killings have rocked a camp holding Islamic State group relatives in Syria since early January, a Kurdish official said Wednesday, with aid groups warning of a "nightmare". It was the latest evidence of deteriorating security at Al-Hol camp in the Kurdish-run northeast, where Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) had to temporarily suspend operations this week after the killing of one of its team members. "Since the start of 2021, 31 people have been killed -- six of whom were murdered with a sharp object, while the rest where shot dead," said camp official Jaber Sheikh Mustafa. The toll has more than doubled since February 8 when it stood at 14, according to Kurdish authorities. "We believe that IS sleeper cells are behind these murders" that especially target Iraqi resid...

WEHBE AT ARAB LEAGUE COUNCIL: WE HOPE LEBANON’S EFFORTS WILL BE MET TO UNCOVER TRUTH BEHIND OIL SPILL

Politics
Caretaker Minister of Foreign Affairs and Emigrants, Charbel Wehbe, participated in the meetings of the Arab League Council, in its 155th regular session held in Cairo, and delivered a speech in which he uttered Lebanon's appreciation for all brotherly Arab countries and the Arab League, given the support and solidarity exhibited in the wake of the Beirut port explosion on August 4, 2020, "which enabled Lebanon to face the repercussions of the explosion and alleviate the impact of the disaster on the Lebanese." "This solidarity reflects the importance of Beirut Port as a commercial corridor to the Arab world and a contributor to its economic vitality," he stressed. "I would also like to emphasize the importance of the extraordinary session of this honorable Council, which was held on...

SEC Introduces Investment Opportunities for Electrical Industries with Japanese Companies

Business
Riyadh, Saudi Electricity Company (SEC) has confirmed that supporting and enhancing the local content in the electrical industries in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is at the top priority of its goals and aspiration. SEC said that, as part of its strategy, it has started a number of initiatives and programs to enhance the localization in electrical industries that target transferring new technologies into Saudi Arabia. This was during the webinar held by the Company, on Tuesday, in cooperation with the Ministry of Investment, and in coordination with the Japanese Cooperation Center for the Middle East (JCCME). Business Development Analyst at Saudi Electricity Company Eng. Mohanad Al-Maliki introduced SEC's paper entitled "Localization Program "BENA" and Qualification Process at SEC", as it ...

Chairman of Saudi Space Commission Meets with British Ambassador

Politics
Riyadh, Prince Sultan bin Salman bin Abdulaziz, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Saudi Space Commission, received at his office here today British Ambassador to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia Neil Crompton. During the meeting, they reviewed bilateral relations and discussed ways to enhance bilateral cooperation in the field of space and a number of issues of mutual interest.   Source: Saudi Press Agency