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Israel attacks Iran in retaliation for Iran’s attack on Israel. The United States on Thursday effectively stopped the United Nations from recognizing a Palestinian state by casting a veto in the Security Council to deny Palestinians full membership of the world body. As lawmakers in Congress edge closer to a vote on a $61 million security assistance package for Ukraine, a top U.S. intelligence official warned that help cannot come soon enough. Researchers in India have found fossils of an ancient giant snake that could have been longer than a school bus and a fossil jawbone found by a British girl and her father on a beach in Somerset, England belongs to a gigantic marine reptile from 202 million years ago.

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Israel reportedly strikes in Iran, days after fending off Iranian missile attack


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This is a developing story.

(JTA) — Five days after fending off a sweeping attack by Iran, Israel has struck back by bombing Iranian territory, according to several reports that cite an unnamed U.S. government source.

The exact site of the strike early Friday morning Iranian time is unknown but explosions were reported in the area of Isfahan, a city with a major air force base. ABC also said there had reportedly been strikes in Iraq and Syria, where Iranian forces and proxies have a presence. 

Fox News and CNN, also citing unnamed U.S. sources, reported that the strikes were “limited” in scope and did not target Iran’s nuclear facilities.

Still, the reports, if accurate, would indicate a major escalation in armed conflict between the two countries and raise fears of a broader regional war. Before this week, Israel had battled with Iranian proxies but the two countries had never fired at each other directly. 

That changed last weekend, when Iran fired hundreds of missiles and drones at Israel in response to an Israeli strike on Iranian military officials in Syria. Israel, together with a coalition of allies, shot down nearly all of the missiles and avoided fatalities in Israel. 

Since then, Israel had indicated that it would retaliate directly against Iran despite warnings from the Biden administration not to do so. Now, Israel’s strike appears to have happened. Before the strike, Iran vowed to retaliate against any strike on its soil.

According to Israel’s Army Radio, there was a single strike in Isfahan but the Israeli attack seems to have concluded. Iran has closed much of its airspace.

“There was an attack, it ended an hour ago and since then it’s been relatively calm there,” correspondent Doron Kadosh said on Army Radio Friday morning Israel time. He added that in Israel, there was no change in instructions to civilians.

Fears of regional conflict were already elevated following Hamas’ Oct. 7 attack on Israel. In addition to fighting Hamas in Gaza, Israel has been locked in a smaller-scale exchange of fire with the Lebanese terror group Hezbollah, an Iranian proxy. 

Following the late-night attack on Israel last weekend, a statement from Iran’s mission to the United Nations said, “The matter can be deemed concluded” — but vowed a “considerably more severe” response if Israel committed “another mistake.” The statement also warned the United States to stay out of the conflict.

The United States led a multinational effort to defend Israel during the missile attack. But President Joe Biden reportedly warned Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu that the United States would not support or participate with an Israeli attack on Iran. A parade of world leaders visited Netanyahu in recent days to discourage an escalation, but Netanyahu insisted that Israel, not its allies, would determine its response to the missile attack.

Iranian state media reported on Thursday that the country’s military was prepared to respond forcefully to a new attack.

“The Zionist enemy’s nuclear facilities have been identified, and the Islamic Republic has accessed the necessary data on all targets,” a commander in the Iranian military told IRNA, a state network. “To respond to their possible action, we have fingers on the trigger to launch powerful missiles to destroy the identified targets.”

This article originally appeared on JTA.org.

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Israel Reportedly Attacks Iran: What We Know So Far


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An Israeli missile has hit a site in Iran late Thursday night (early Friday morning local time), U.S. officials have confirmed to several media outlets.

ABC News, CBS News, and NPR cited an unnamed senior U.S. official, two unnamed U.S. officials, and an unnamed U.S. official, respectively. Citing two unnamed U.S. officials, Bloomberg News reported that Israeli officials had warned U.S. officials earlier on Thursday that it planned to attack Iran in the next 24-48 hours.

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Details of the strike, including its exact location and the extent of the damage, remain unclear. 

FARS, a news agency managed by the Iranian military, reported that the attack happened near Isfahan—a city some 340 km. south of Tehran that hosts key military sites, including a major airbase and nuclear facilities. It later clarified that the nuclear facility is completely safe, according to “informed sources.”

Iranian state-affiliated news agency IRNA reported that Iran’s air defense system had been activated in the skies of several provinces, following explosions heard in and around Isfahan. The source of the explosion was a “defense shot,” fired after defense forces saw a “suspicious object,” IRNA reported. Flights to Tehran, Isfahan, and Shiraz were suspended.

The apparent attack comes just days after Iran launched hundreds of drones and missiles at Israel over the weekend, most of which were intercepted by Israel’s defense systems as well as those of its allies and neighbors. The weekend attack sparked widespread fears of a sharp escalation of conflict, which has seen regional tensions grow amid Israel’s war in Gaza. As world leaders urged Israel to refrain from a counterattack, Iran, which said the drone strike was a retaliation to an Israeli strike on its Damascus consulate on April 1, said that it considered the matter “concluded.”

Iranian foreign minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian told CNN earlier on Thursday that “in case the Israeli regime embarks on adventurism again and takes action against the interests of Iran, the next response from us will be immediate and at a maximum level.”

This is a developing story and will be updated.


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US Officials Say Israel Carries Out Missile Strike Inside Iran: US Networks


WASHINGTON — Israel carried out a predawn missile strike inside Iran on Friday local time, U.S. media reported, citing unnamed U.S. officials.

The reports by networks ABC, CBS and NPR did not provide further detail about the location or target of the apparent missile strike.

A spokesperson for the Israeli military told VOA he had no comment “at the moment” on the U.S. media reports, about an hour after the reports emerged.

Iranian state news agency IRNA said the Islamic republic’s air defenses had been activated in the skies over several provinces.

Both IRNA and state news agency Fars, affiliated with Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, cited unnamed news sources as saying there had been an explosion in Iran’s central province of Isfahan.

Fars located the explosion in the city of Qahjaverestan, on the eastern outskirts of Isfahan city.

Israel had warned Iran that it would retaliate for an unprecedented Iranian aerial assault on Israeli territory last Sunday. Iran had warned, in turn, that any Israeli retaliatory strike would be met with a swift and tougher response.


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Judge Merchan cracks down on Donald Trump for misbehavior


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Even after Donald Trump posted a conspiracy theory about unnamed jurors last night, Judge Merchan still opted not to move up the date of next week’s hearing about Trump’s gag order violations. It seems Merchan intends to let Trump continue to hang himself with such posts, so that he can deliver an appropriately severe punishment at the hearing. But in the meantime, Merchan did crack down on Trump in a different way.

When prosecutors inquired about a certain aspect of witness testimony, Trump’s lawyers demanded advance information about those witnesses. But prosecutors argued that Trump is no longer entitled to such things because he’s been making social media posts about witnesses, and the judge agreed.


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So now Trump and his legal team won’t have access to what they consider an important piece of information about witness testimony, specifically because Trump violated his gag order with regard to witnesses. These kinds of consequences can end up doing more harm to a misbehaving defendant than anything else, because it can increase the odds of conviction. As for Trump’s specific punishment for his gag order violations, that’ll have to wait until next week.

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Shyne on NYC shooting: ‘I was the fall guy,’ doesn’t blame Diddy


(NewsNation) — In the wake of allegations from the infamous Club New York shooting in 1999, Jamal “Shyne” Barrow has spoken out, saying he’s the “fall guy” but isn’t placing the blame on Sean “Diddy” Combs.

“It opens wounds. Everyone knew all along I was the fall guy,” Barrow said. “My political enemies tried to make me into this criminal. Everyone knew I took the fall.”

Barrow maintained his innocence, saying, “All this time, I was defending myself. I did not shoot those people. I maintain that I never shot nobody.”

Barrow faced three counts of attempted murder and criminal possession of a weapon in connection to the shooting, the New York Times reported. He was sentenced to 10 years in prison.

Shooting victim Natania Reuben says she is willing to have doctors remove a piece of a bullet that remains in her face to prove Combs shot her at the club.

“I’m willing to have a doctor remove a part of the 9 mm bullet in my face so that they can use it as evidence if need be for this trial,” Reuben said during an interview in March on NewsNation’s “Elizabeth Vargas Reports.”

“Who better to tell you what happened than the person who got shot smack dab in between my eyes?” asked Reuben.

Reuben said she has spent the past 25 years trying to get justice for the night she claims Combs shot her in the face at the club, not Barrow. She tells NewsNation she doesn’t believe Combs was properly charged, and she continues to fear for her life.

Infamous NYC club shooting backstory

Around 2:55 a.m. on Dec. 27, 1999, shots rang out at Club New York in Manhattan. Three people were struck by gunfire, sending all other clubgoers into a panic, according to a New York Times report that year. The victims of the shooting were reported as innocent bystanders and didn’t suffer any life-threatening injuries, the report said.

But while Combs, Barrow and Jennifer Lopez were all arrested in connection to the shooting, only Barrow was officially charged. Both Combs and Lopez were arrested on possible weapons charges but were ultimately not charged in connection to the shooting.

Reuben has remained adamant since the shooting that it was Combs who shot her in the face. She said she was facing them when they pulled out the guns and saw Combs shoot her in the nose. She filed a $130 million lawsuit for compensation against Combs in 2008 and settled in June 2011.

Reuben wants to see similar charges for the others she claims were involved in her shooting.

NewsNation’s Sean Noone and Devan Markham contributed to this report.


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