Iraqi official ministries’ websites cyber-attacked, US forces redeployed in Syria, Barcelona 0-0 Real Madrid Clasico match

Written by on 2019-12-19

Official websites of four ministries of the Iraqi government were shut down after a cyberattack. Unknown hackers on Wednesday interrupted the access to the websites of Oil Ministry, Ministry of Health, Ministry of Defense, and Ministry of Education. Previously amid the months-long protests in Iraq, a cyberattack had targeted the official website of the federal government of Iraq. According to reports, the hackers also threatened to shut down the websites of other ministries as well and to release government documents.

US forces have reportedly been redeployed to bases they had previously abandoned in north and east of Syria. The troops have been redeployed to six bases mainly in the oil-rich areas of northwest Syria. The redeployment comes after President Donald Trump ordered the withdrawal of US troops from the country, saying he was planning to “end the endless wars”.

Barcelona and Real Madrid played out a goalless and largely uneventful El Clasico at the Nou Camp. Gareth Bale’s disallowed goal was the closest either side came to scoring, but left-back referee judged the goal to be offside in the build-up. The result sees defending champions Barca stay top of La Liga with Real second on goal difference.


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