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An air strike killed a commander of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards on Monday(Reuters file photo)

Air strike kills Iranian commander at Iraq-Syria border: Officials

Baghdad | By Reuters | Posted by Prashasti Singh
UPDATED ON DEC 01, 2020 06:46 AM IST
Iraqi security and local militia officials could not confirm the identity of the commander, who they said was killed alongside three other men travelling in a vehicle with him.
FILE PHOTO: Displaced Syrians from northwest Syria ride on a back of a truck with belongings, in Azaz, Syria(REUTERS)
FILE PHOTO: Displaced Syrians from northwest Syria ride on a back of a truck with belongings, in Azaz, Syria(REUTERS)

Man-made ‘humanitarian nightmare’ in Syria must end: UN chief

United Nations | By Agence France-Presse
UPDATED ON FEB 22, 2020 04:25 AM IST
Russian air strikes in the northwestern province are bolstering a Syrian government offensive that has forced nearly one million civilians to flee -- the biggest wave of displacement of the nine-year conflict.
Picture of Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) facility destroyed by Indian Ar Force strikes in Balakot, Pakistan on February 26, 2019.(ANI File Photo)
Picture of Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) facility destroyed by Indian Ar Force strikes in Balakot, Pakistan on February 26, 2019.(ANI File Photo)

How IAF chose targets, planned Balakot mission and executed the pre-dawn raid

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Rahul Singh
UPDATED ON FEB 14, 2020 09:06 AM IST
As India marks the first anniversary of the Pulwama attack, the unprecedented air action against the Jaish-e-Mohammed’s facility at Balakot has turned the spotlight back on how the IAF chose the targets, planned the mission and executed the pre-dawn raid on February 26.
Mourners attend the funeral procession of the Iranian Major-General Qassem Soleimani, head of the elite Quds Force of the Revolutionary Guards, and the Iraqi militia commander Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, who were killed in an air strike at Baghdad airport, in Kerbala, Iraq, January 4, 2020.(REUTERS)
Mourners attend the funeral procession of the Iranian Major-General Qassem Soleimani, head of the elite Quds Force of the Revolutionary Guards, and the Iraqi militia commander Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, who were killed in an air strike at Baghdad airport, in Kerbala, Iraq, January 4, 2020.(REUTERS)

‘Deeply concerned’: India dials Tehran over ‘serious turn of developments’ after top Iran general’s death

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON AUG 18, 2020 08:45 AM IST
The external affairs minister had a word with the Iranian leader barely days after Iran’s top military commander Soleimani was killed in an US air strike as his convoy left the airport at Baghdad. Soleimani was the head of Iran’s elite Quds military force and one of the most powerful figures in the Islamic world.
Air strikes in Yemen have sharply declined in number over the past two weeks.(Reuters image)
Air strikes in Yemen have sharply declined in number over the past two weeks.(Reuters image)

Air strikes declined sharply in Yemen: UN envoy

United Nations, United States | By Agence France-Presse
UPDATED ON NOV 23, 2019 04:30 AM IST
UN envoy Martin Griffiths said the rate of air strikes fell by 80 percent during that period, which he said was “perhaps an even more important sign that something is changing in Yemen.”
The Air Warriors Drill Team display their skills(Ajay Aggarwal/HT)
The Air Warriors Drill Team display their skills(Ajay Aggarwal/HT)

Balakot reflects shift in govt’s counterterror policy: IAF chief

GHAZIABAD | By Peeyush Khandelwal
UPDATED ON OCT 09, 2019 12:17 AM IST
Prime Minister Narendra Modi and home minister Amit Shah also appreciated the IAF’s contributions.
Policemen and locals gather at the site where MiG-21 trainer jet crashed near the Gwalior airbase on Wednesday.(PTI)
Policemen and locals gather at the site where MiG-21 trainer jet crashed near the Gwalior airbase on Wednesday.(PTI)

Balakot hero ejects safely as MiG-21 jet goes down in MP

New Delhi | By Rahul Singh
UPDATED ON SEP 26, 2019 12:32 AM IST
The air strikes against the Jaish-e-Mohammed terror base were India’s response to the Pulwama suicide car bomb attack in which 40 Central Reserve Police Force men were killed on February 14.
Pakistan Air Force used JF-17 Thunder fighter aircrafts apart from Mirage jets in the combat-level joint exercise with China(REUTERS)
Pakistan Air Force used JF-17 Thunder fighter aircrafts apart from Mirage jets in the combat-level joint exercise with China(REUTERS)

Pakistan fighters in biggest ‘real-combat level’ drill with China months after post-Balakot dogfight with India

Hindustan Times, Beijing | By Sutirtho Patranobis
UPDATED ON SEP 07, 2019 07:33 PM IST
The 15-day drill was the biggest joint air force exercise involving the Chinese and fighter aircrafts from a foreign country, the Chinese military said it was the most comprehensive in terms of equipment used and involved the most “complete combat unit”.
Union Home Minister Amit Shah seen during the review meeting on the Left Wing Extremism (LWE), at Vigyan Bhawan.(Sonu Mehta/HT FILE PHOTO)
Union Home Minister Amit Shah seen during the review meeting on the Left Wing Extremism (LWE), at Vigyan Bhawan.(Sonu Mehta/HT FILE PHOTO)

Air strikes after Uri, Pulwama response to terrorism: Amit Shah

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON AUG 30, 2019 05:43 AM IST
Speaking at the convocation at Pandit Deen Dayal Upadhyay Petroleum University in Gandhinagar, Shah also praised prime minister Narendra Modi for nullification of Article 370 of the Constitution that gave special status to Jammu and Kashmir.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.(Reuters photo)
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.(Reuters photo)

Israel will defend itself by any means, says PM Benjamin Netanyahu

Jerusalem | By Indo Asian News Service
UPDATED ON AUG 27, 2019 02:10 PM IST
Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu accused Iran of producing “terror attacks” and said Israel would defend itself by any means necessary.
HT Image
HT Image

BJP policies responsible for economic slowdown: Bittu

By Mohit Khanna, Ludhiana
UPDATED ON AUG 25, 2019 10:37 PM IST
Bittu’s remarks come two days after finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman announced a slew of measures to assuage the bleeding auto sector.
When the unprecedented, peacetime cross-border air strikes were being planned against terror targets in Pakistan, Army chief General Bipin Rawat told the government that the army was fully prepared to deal with any land offensive by the Pakistan army(Vipin Kumar/HT PHOTO)
When the unprecedented, peacetime cross-border air strikes were being planned against terror targets in Pakistan, Army chief General Bipin Rawat told the government that the army was fully prepared to deal with any land offensive by the Pakistan army(Vipin Kumar/HT PHOTO)

‘Post Balakot, Army was ready for any eventuality’: General Bipin Rawat

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON AUG 20, 2019 07:28 AM IST
The Indian Air Force’s Mirage-2000s struck targets in Pakistan’s Balakot on February 26 in response to the Pulwama suicide attack in Kashmir in which 40 Central Reserve Police Force men were killed 12 days earlier.
A Syrian walks past damaged cars following a reported air strike on a market in the town of Saraqeb in the northwestern province of Idlib on July 26, 2019.(AFP)
A Syrian walks past damaged cars following a reported air strike on a market in the town of Saraqeb in the northwestern province of Idlib on July 26, 2019.(AFP)

UN rights chief condemns ‘indifference’ over Syria bloodshed

Geneva | By Agence France-Presse
UPDATED ON JUL 26, 2019 05:39 PM IST
Since late April, the Syrian regime and Russia have stepped up deadly raids on the Idlib region of three million people, a jihadist-held bastion in the country’s northwest.
US President Donald Trump, who has ratcheted up pressure on the Middle Eastern country, said there was “absolutely no time pressure” on the issue.(REUTERS)
US President Donald Trump, who has ratcheted up pressure on the Middle Eastern country, said there was “absolutely no time pressure” on the issue.(REUTERS)

Iran breaks nuclear pact limit in days, ‘no rush’ says Donald Trump at G20

Vienna/Osaka | By Reuters
UPDATED ON JUN 28, 2019 10:16 AM IST
The prospect that Tehran could soon violate its nuclear commitments, a week after Trump called off air strikes on Iran at the last minute, has created additional diplomatic urgency to find a way out of the crisis.
Over 40 Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) personnel lost their lives when a suicide bomber, affiliated to the Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammed, attacked their convoy in Jammu and Kashmir’s Pulwama on February 14(PTI)
Over 40 Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) personnel lost their lives when a suicide bomber, affiliated to the Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammed, attacked their convoy in Jammu and Kashmir’s Pulwama on February 14(PTI)

Centre denies intelligence failure in Pulwama attack

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON JUN 26, 2019 10:35 PM IST
The Indian forces claimed they had carried out a retaliatory attack, as part of which air strikes were launched on a terrorist camp in Pakistan’s Balakot on February 26.
Donald Trump said he was “not talking boots on the ground” should military action be necessary against Iran. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
Donald Trump said he was “not talking boots on the ground” should military action be necessary against Iran. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Trump says ‘not talking boots on the ground’ if action taken against Iran

WASHINGTON | By Reuters
UPDATED ON JUN 26, 2019 07:55 PM IST
The comments come just days after Trump cancelled air strikes minutes before impact, with allies warning that the increase in tensions since the United States pulled out of a nuclear pact with Iran last year could accidentally lead to war.
Till the opposition parties get their leadership, ideological messaging, and organisation in order, they will continue to struggle against the Narendra Modi-led Bharatiya Janata Party(REUTERS)
Till the opposition parties get their leadership, ideological messaging, and organisation in order, they will continue to struggle against the Narendra Modi-led Bharatiya Janata Party(REUTERS)

Why India’s opposition needs to get its act together

Hindustan Times | By Chanakya
UPDATED ON JUN 22, 2019 08:53 PM IST
One would have expected that, given the devastating rout it faced, the opposition would have, by now, gone back to the drawing board and begun an honest, introspective exercise
Donald Trump’s decision to hold off on retaliating against Iran this week kept hopes for diplomacy alive and revealed a side he’s rarely displayed over his decades in the public eye: restraint.(AFP File Photo)
Donald Trump’s decision to hold off on retaliating against Iran this week kept hopes for diplomacy alive and revealed a side he’s rarely displayed over his decades in the public eye: restraint.(AFP File Photo)

Donald Trump’s unexpected restraint toward Iran keeps diplomacy alive

Bloomberg | By Nick Wadhams
PUBLISHED ON JUN 22, 2019 01:55 PM IST
Officials familiar with the president’s thinking said that Bolton and Pompeo supported air strikes on a limited number of targets involved in the shooting down of the Navy RQ-4 Global Hawk drone. US and Iranian officials continue to dispute whether the drone was in international airspace when it was struck.
Most airlines are still forced to take costly detours I(HT Photo)
Most airlines are still forced to take costly detours I(HT Photo)

Longer flights to continue as Pakistan extends airspace restrictions

Hindustan Times, Islamabad | By IMTIAZ AHMAD
UPDATED ON JUN 17, 2019 02:36 PM IST
Pakistan imposed the restrictions after the Indian Air Force carried out air strikes on a Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) facility in Balakot on February 26.
In the past five years, not a single major terror attack has taken place in the Indian hinterland, barring one in Punjab; the rest have been confined to the state of Jammu and Kashmir.(HT Photo)
In the past five years, not a single major terror attack has taken place in the Indian hinterland, barring one in Punjab; the rest have been confined to the state of Jammu and Kashmir.(HT Photo)

Lok Sabha election results 2019: Strikes on terror swung political wind

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Shishir Gupta
UPDATED ON MAY 24, 2019 10:38 AM IST
While the political decisiveness shown by the PM mattered in both the 2016 surgical strike and February air strike, credit is also due to his national security team led by National Security Advisor Ajit Doval.
“I thought that there are clouds, it’s raining, so there is a benefit that we can escape the radar... the cloud can benefit us too.” Prime Minister Narendra Modi, in a recent interview, revealed these backroom details of the military strikes against Pakistan(AFP)
“I thought that there are clouds, it’s raining, so there is a benefit that we can escape the radar... the cloud can benefit us too.” Prime Minister Narendra Modi, in a recent interview, revealed these backroom details of the military strikes against Pakistan(AFP)

Not speaking truth to power has cost us dearly

By Praveen Chakravarty
PUBLISHED ON MAY 16, 2019 01:56 PM IST
As the nation gets ready to welcome a new government in a few weeks, let us all pledge to shed the cloud cover syndrome that has engulfed this country and promise to hold governments accountable for their decisions
Congress spokesperson Randeep Surjewala(HT File)
Congress spokesperson Randeep Surjewala(HT File)

While ‘boasting’ on air strikes, PM Modi ‘disrespected war strategy’, says Congress

Press Trust of India | By Press Trust of India
PUBLISHED ON MAY 13, 2019 02:24 PM IST
In an interview to a private news channel aired on Saturday, Modi said he relied on his “raw wisdom” to dispel doubts of defence experts who wanted the air strikes to be deferred due to inclement weather.
The government had warned the Indian Army and especially the Corps Commanders to take “adequate precautions” to prevent cross-border raids by the Pakistani army after the Pulwama suicide attack. (Photo by Nitin Kanotra / Hindustan Times)
The government had warned the Indian Army and especially the Corps Commanders to take “adequate precautions” to prevent cross-border raids by the Pakistani army after the Pulwama suicide attack. (Photo by Nitin Kanotra / Hindustan Times)

Pak blinks, offers ‘moratorium’ on artillery firing to ease LoC tensions

Hindustan times, New Delhi | By Sudhi Ranjan Sen
UPDATED ON MAY 11, 2019 04:31 PM IST
Pakistan has offered to remove its Special Service Group (SSG) – the special forces of Pakistan – from the LoC and even suggested a “moratorium on the artillery fire from both sides,” a report sent to the Prime Minister’s Office said.
Samar and Sahir, sons of slain CRPF jawan Mahesh Kumar posing for the camera.(Sheeraj Rizvi/HT Photo)
Samar and Sahir, sons of slain CRPF jawan Mahesh Kumar posing for the camera.(Sheeraj Rizvi/HT Photo)

‘No politics over army, give us development’, says kin of CRPF jawan killed in Pulwama terror attack

Hindustan Times, Prayagraj | By Farhan Ahmed Siddiqui, Prayagraj
UPDATED ON MAY 10, 2019 12:05 PM IST
The family members of CRPF jawan Mahesh Kumar, who lost his life in Pulwama terrorist attack, are not only dissatisfied with the monetary assistance provided to them by the government, they are equally unhappy over the claims which it made about the air strikes in Balakot (Pakistan).
Prime Minister Narendra Modi spoke on topics from India’s relationship with China to bread-and-butter issues such as electricity, roads and water and the policy initiatives launched by his government in the past five years.(Sonu Mehta/HT PHOTO)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi spoke on topics from India’s relationship with China to bread-and-butter issues such as electricity, roads and water and the policy initiatives launched by his government in the past five years.(Sonu Mehta/HT PHOTO)

Lok Sabha elections 2019: Opposition has nothing to say as govt delivered, says PM Modi

New Delhi | By Shishir Gupta and R Sukumar
UPDATED ON MAY 10, 2019 10:24 AM IST
India and China are both leading power centres, with an important say in today’s geopolitics. It is important for our nations to work together for the greater global good.
A person aware of the developments said the poll body also did not find any violation in a complaint filed by the Congress about the PM participating in a so-called ‘road show’ in Ahmedabad after he cast his vote on April 23.(HT Photo)
A person aware of the developments said the poll body also did not find any violation in a complaint filed by the Congress about the PM participating in a so-called ‘road show’ in Ahmedabad after he cast his vote on April 23.(HT Photo)

Lok Sabha elections 2019: Election Commission clears PM Modi in another complaint

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON MAY 07, 2019 12:44 PM IST
A person aware of the developments said the poll body also did not find any violation in a complaint filed by the Congress about the PM participating in a so-called ‘road show’ in Ahmedabad after he cast his vote on April 23.
An explosion is pictured among buildings during an Israeli airstike on Gaza City on May 4, 2019.(AFP)
An explosion is pictured among buildings during an Israeli airstike on Gaza City on May 4, 2019.(AFP)

US backs Israel’s ‘right to self defence’ after rocket attacks

Washington | By Agence France-Presse
PUBLISHED ON MAY 05, 2019 04:34 AM IST
Militants on Saturday fired some 250 rockets at Israel, which hit back with air strikes that left multiple people dead.
The deal is worth around $ 2 billion, with the radar mounted on Russian platform.
The deal is worth around $ 2 billion, with the radar mounted on Russian platform.

India will add 2 more aircraft to strengthen AWACS capabilities

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Shishir Gupta
UPDATED ON MAY 01, 2019 09:32 AM IST
Armed with deep penetration and long-range radars, AWACS control the battle theatre in times of hostilities by providing advance information about movement of air assets of the adversary.
The Prime Minister said that it is the poor who have been affected the most by terrorism.(Twitter/ BJP4India)
The Prime Minister said that it is the poor who have been affected the most by terrorism.(Twitter/ BJP4India)

‘Chowkidaar needs your votes to win fight against terror’: PM Modi in Bihar

Hindustan Times | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON APR 26, 2019 08:35 AM IST
The Prime Minister started his speech in Maithili, the local dialect spoken in the area, in Bihar’s Darbhanga as he picked on the opposition’s attack over India’s airstrike in Pakistan’s Balakot in February this year.
He also took a jibe at Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leader Sharad Pawar, saying if he is unaware of his next move, then how can Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan gauge what he will do.(AFP FILE PHOTO)
He also took a jibe at Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leader Sharad Pawar, saying if he is unaware of his next move, then how can Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan gauge what he will do.(AFP FILE PHOTO)

IAF pilot returned in 24 hrs because I’m in Delhi: Modi

Patan | By Press Trust of India
PUBLISHED ON APR 22, 2019 12:53 AM IST
He also took a jibe at Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leader Sharad Pawar, saying if he is unaware of his next move, then how can Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan gauge what he will do.
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