#Us State Department


Mastermind of 2016 bombing that killed 300 arrested, Iraq says

Iraq said it has detained the mastermind behind a deadly 2016 bombing in a Baghdad shopping centre, which killed around 300 people and wounded 250. The suicide car bombing in the central Karradah district was the deadliest attack by a single bomber in the Iraqi capital after the 2003 US-led invasion that toppled Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein.

'Trafficking in Ireland remains a pervasive crime' - IHREC calls for more supports for victims of trafficking

The Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission (IHREC) has said the State needs to introduce a new National Referral Mechanism so they can be identified, released from their exploitation, and supported in dealing with trauma. The IHREC, Ireland's National Rapporteur on the Trafficking of Human Beings, made these recommendations as...

North Korea Flexes its Nuclear Muscles – and Defies the Western World

NEW YORK (IDN) – North Korea, long dubbed as a "hermit kingdom" has continued to remain cut off from the rest of the world—politically, economically and geographically. But neither rigid sanctions, nor international isolation and growing food insecurities, have prevented the country—officially known as the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK)—from making significant advances as the world’s ninth nuclear power, along with the US, Britain, France, Russia, China, India, Pakistan and Israel.

Haiti kidnapping: 17 American and Canadian missionaries kidnapped

“The group of sixteen US citizens and one Canadian citizen includes five men, seven women, and five children,” read a statement released by the Ohio-based organization Sunday. “We are seeking God’s direction for a resolution, and authorities are seeking ways to help,” they said. An investigation is ongoing, according to...

Activists call Tunisia’s first female prime minister a distraction

When Najla Bouden was proclaimed Tunisia’s first female prime minister in a decree from President Kais Saied on September 29, her appointment was first touted as a milestone in Arab politics. Bouden is the first female Prime Minister not only in Tunisia but in the Arab world at large. So...

Aegean Vipers: An overview of Greece's major F-16 upgrade

Greece’s F-16 fleet is undergoing a major upgrade backed up by a robust investment. What will it mean for its air force capability? Babak Taghvaee looks at the the details. On August 2, 2021, the US State Department approved a Foreign Military Sale (FMS) to the Government of Greece, comprising F-16 Sustainment Material, Services and related equipment. The US$270m deal is part of an ongoing Hellenic Air Force (HAF) program to upgrade its fleet of 84 F-16C/D Block 52/52M to F-16V Block 72 Viper standard.