27 Dec 2018

U.S. forces will stay in Iraq and could reenter Syria from there, Trump says

“President Trump said he has no plans to withdraw American forces from Iraq, a week after announcing a surprise pullout of troops from Syria and ordering the Pentagon to bring home roughly half of the American forces deployed to Afghanistan. The decision allows the United States to maintain a presence

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21 Dec 2018

Israel to escalate fight against Iran in Syria after U.S. exit: Netanyahu

“Israel will escalate its fight against Iranian-aligned forces in Syria after the withdrawal of U.S. troops from the country, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Thursday. Some Israeli officials have said U.S. President Donald Trump’s move, announced on Wednesday, could help Iran by removing a U.S. garrison that stems

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20 Dec 2018

Violence against journalists hits unprecedented levels

“The murder of Saudi columnist Jamal Khashoggi in a year when more than half of all journalists killed were targeted deliberately reflects a hatred of the media in many areas of society, Reporters Without Borders (RSF) said on Tuesday. At least 63 professional journalists around the world were killed doing

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18 Dec 2018

US confirms Russia has ‘significant military capacity’ along Ukraine’s borders

A new U.S. announcement of “significant military capacity” on the Ukrainian border has confirmed many ongoing fears of Russia’s intentions with the country. “It’s not something that has happened in the last week or two,” the U.S. Special Representative to Ukraine shared. “This is something that has happened over a

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18 Dec 2018

US conducts 6 airstrikes in Somalia to pre-empt major extremist attack; 62 dead

As the U.S. draws down resources across the African continent, it has continued its air support for counter al-Shabaab operations in Somalia. Most recently, it conducted six airstrikes, killing over 60 people as part of pre-emptive action against  “major terrorist attack.” The remote location of the airstrike has been used

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14 Dec 2018

7,000 Voting Machines Destroyed in Congo Warehouse Fire

“Barnabe Kikaya, an advisor to outgoing President Joseph Kabila, says about 7,000 voting machines were lost in the Thursday morning fire, which he says was the work of ‘criminals.’ But Kikaya said the fire will not disrupt preparations for the December 23 vote. Questions have been raised about whether the

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13 Dec 2018

Turkey vows military operation against US-backed Kurdish militia in Syria

“Turkey will launch a new military operation against U.S.-backed Kurdish fighters in Syria ‘within a few days,’ President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Wednesday, a move likely to further strain ties between NATO allies Turkey and the United States. In recent months, Turkey has shelled Kurdish positions across the border in

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13 Dec 2018

U.S. Diplomat To Press European, Balkan Allies On ‘Russia’s Aggression’

“A senior U.S. diplomat is traveling to Central Europe and the Western Balkans to shore up support against what the State Department calls ‘Russia’s aggression on the region.’ In Bratislava, Sullivan will ‘urge senior Slovak officials to use their upcoming chairpersonship of the OSCE to strengthen the organization’s response to

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13 Dec 2018

Israelis Seek Lasers Vs. Hamas, Hezbollah Rocket Barrages

“After Hamas fired 460 rockets in a single day last month, Israel may reinforce its vaunted Iron Dome defense with laser weapons that offer quicker reaction times, unlimited ammunition, and lower cost per shot. That’s a striking reversal 12 years after Israel largely abandoned lasers in favor of interceptor missiles

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13 Dec 2018

Colombia’s Gulf Clan crime gang declares holiday ceasefire

Colombia’s largest criminal syndicate has declared a ceasefire for Christmas and New Year, encouraging other organizations to follow suit as well. “We declare a unilateral ceasefire of offensive military action nationally in all of the areas where we are present, between Dec. 8, 2018 and Jan. 10, 2019. We invite

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