04 May 2016

Air raids hit east of Damascus after ‘calm’ expires

“Air strikes targeted a Syrian rebel-held area east of Damascus on Wednesday after an agreement aimed at halting the fighting there expired at midnight, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights and rescue workers reported.” Source: Air raids hit east of Damascus after ‘calm’ expires | Reuters

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04 May 2016

Dozens killed in Aleppo battle

“Dozens of people were killed in a day-long battle between Syrian rebels and government forces in western Aleppo that was still going on intermittently on Wednesday, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights and combatant sources on both sides said.” Source: Dozens killed in Aleppo battle | Reuters

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04 May 2016

White House: Troops in Iraq doing ‘dangerous work’

“The White House on Tuesday said the death of a U.S. Navy SEAL in Iraq shows that U.S. troops are  ‘doing dangerous work’ while advising the mission against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS), but reiterated they were not performing combat missions in Iraq.” Source: White House: Troops

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04 May 2016

Navy SEAL killed by ISIS fire in Iraq identified

“The U.S. service member killed near Irbil, Iraq, by ISIS gunfire was a Navy SEAL, Navy Times learned.  The Associated Press later identified the casualty as Special Warfare Operator 1st Class Charlie Keating IV.” Source: Navy SEAL killed by ISIS fire in Iraq identified

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03 May 2016

American Killed in Combat in Iraq

“Defense Secretary Ash Carter said Tuesday that an American serviceman has been killed near Irbil in Iraq. ‘It is a combat death,’ Carter said at the outset of a news in Stuttgart, Germany where he has been consulting with European allies this week. The defense secretary provided no other details,

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03 May 2016

Islamic State breaches peshmerga defenses north of Mosul

“Islamic State militants attacked Kurdish peshmerga forces on multiple fronts in northern Iraq on Tuesday, breaching their defenses and briefly taking over a town, military sources said.” Source: Islamic State breaches peshmerga defenses north of Mosul | Reuters

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02 May 2016

Yemen officials say peace talks suspended after Houthis seize base

“The Yemeni government suspended direct peace talks to end the country’s civil war on Sunday after the Houthi movement and its armed allies seized a military base north of the capital Sanaa, two members of the official delegation to the talks said.” Source: Yemen officials say peace talks suspended after

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02 May 2016

Drones, Turkish artillery hit Islamic State in Syria, 34 dead

“Shelling by Turkish artillery and drones which took off from southern Turkey struck Islamic State targets in Syria on Sunday, killing 34 militants, the Turkish military said.” Source: Drones, Turkish artillery hit Islamic State in Syria, 34 dead: military | Reuters

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02 May 2016

How the ‘Green Zone’ Helped Destroy Iraq

“While the United States has been fixated on the Islamic State and the liberation of Mosul, the attention of ordinary Iraqis has been on the political unraveling of their own country. This culminated on Saturday when hundreds of protesters breached the U.S.-installed ‘Green Zone’ at the heart of Baghdad for

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02 May 2016

5 killed in gun attack in opposition district of Burundi capital

“Five people were killed in a gun and grenade attack in a district of Burundi’s capital which is stronghold of opposition to President Pierre Nkurunziza, police said.” Source: 5 killed in gun attack in opposition district of Burundi capital

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