Syria: Turkish forces KILL 23, destroy strategic Daesh targets in al-Bab:
Airstrikes and shellings carried out by Turkish military destroyed key Daesh targets and killed 23 Daesh terrorists as part of the operation to liberate the northern Syrian town of al-Bab from terrorists, the military said on Friday.
Syria: Turkish forces ‘push into IS-held al-Bab’;
Turkish-backed Syrian rebels have captured the western outskirts of the Syrian city of al-Bab, held by so-called Islamic State (IS), reports say. They have been fighting to take the city, about 30km (20 miles) south of Turkey, from IS since late 2016.
Trump, Erdogan agree Syria cooperation, CIA chief visit:
In their eagerly awaited phone call late Tuesday, the presidents discussed acting together in Turkey’s battle to capture the Syrian town of Al-Bab from Islamic State jihadists and taking the main IS stronghold of Raqa.
Assad tells Yahoo News some refugees are ‘definitely’ terrorists:
He said he couldn’t estimate how many there might be, but he added that « you don’t need a significant number to commit atrocities.
Amnesty International Claims 13,000 Hanged by Syrian Government. ; Video –
Syriana Analysis addresses the shortcomings of Amnesty report and reveals its poor methodology that does not even meet the lowest mark of scientific or legal veracity.
Bush/Blair legacy continues:
9 killed in car bomb attack in Baghdad;
The attack occurred in the evening when a booby-trapped car detonated at a thoroughfare in Resalah district in southwestern Baghdad, the source said on condition of anonymity.
Iraq: Suicide bombings kill five, wound 19 in eastern Mosul:
A man believed to belong to Islamic State blew himself up inside the Sayidati al-Jamila restaurant at lunchtime
Under Trump US Kills More Civilians in Syria, Iraq than Russia;
The U.S.-led Coalition killed significantly more civilians than it ever has in Syria and Iraq, surpassing Russia, whose civilian casualties have seen a decline.
Palestinians fear being sidelined by Trump White House:
Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas, who spent hundreds of hours on the phone and in meetings with U.S. presidents and secretaries of state in the past 12 years, has tried unsuccessfully to reach out to President Donald Trump.
Bullies will regret threatening Iranian nation: President Rouhani;
« The nation will respond incisively in the face of threats…. The one, who proceeds to threaten our nation and Armed Forces, should know that our nation is united and vigilant, and will stand up to ill-wishers, »
Hundreds of thousands rally in Iran against Trump;
State TV showed footage of people stepping on Trump’s picture in a central Tehran street. Marchers carried the Iranian flag and banners saying: « Thanks Mr. Trump for showing the real face of America.
Trump Intends to Follow Up Botched Yemen Military Raid By Helping Saudis Target Civilians;
Donald Trump’s first concrete decision as commander in chief was a major fiasco that killed nine children, eight women, and a U.S. soldier in a botched raid on al Qaeda in Yemen.
Yemen rebels call on U.N. to investigate bombings, dismiss peace envoy:
« The United Nations should take a serious stance against the foreign aggression in Yemen and end the air and naval blockade imposed by Saudi Arabia, » the letter quoted Saleh al-Sammad, a Houthi official, as saying.
Debunking the Myths That Underpin Britain’s Arms Exports to Saudi Arabia:
When the UK government is confronted with the terrible consequences of its arms exports, and of its uncritical political support for Saudi Arabia, its responses are as predictable as they are depressing.
Boris Johnson urged UK to continue Saudi arms sales after funeral bombing:
Boris Johnson pressed Liam Fox to continue exports of weapons to Saudi Arabia after the bombing of a funeral in Yemen last October that killed more than 140 people and was condemned by UN monitors.
Saudi Arabia: Intensified Repression of Writers, Activists;
Saudi Arabia has stepped up arrests, prosecutions, and convictions of peaceful dissident writers and human rights advocates in 2017, Human Rights Watch said today.
Over 50 killed by army in central Congo: –
Democratic Republic of Congo’s army on Friday killed at least 56 members of the Kamwina Nsapu militia in the centre of the country who were seeking to avenge the death of their leader, an opposition politician and an activist from the area told Reuters.
Boko Haram kills seven Nigerian soldiers in ambush; –
Boko Haram fighters have killed seven Nigerian soldiers and wounded 19 more in an ambush on a road in the northeastern state of Borno, the military said on Friday.
Libya airstrikes kill two;
Airstrikes carried out by the Libyan National Army (LNA) on the Jufra airbase in the centre of the country have killed two people and wounded another 13.
Libya sees new threat from ISIL after defeat at Sirte:
ISIL militants have begun attacks on Libya’s oil and water pipelines, posing a deadly new threat to the country, Libyan defence officials say.
U.S. Kills At Least 19 Civilians In Afghanistan:
U.S. airstrikes have left at least 19 civilians dead and no fewer than 20 wounded in Sangin district, in Afghanistan’s Southern Helmand province, locals claimed on Friday
11 Civilians Killed in Fighting in Southern Afghanistan;
At least 11 members of a family were killed in Afghanistan’s southern province of Helmand when a bomb struck their house during clashes between U.S.-supported government forces and Taliban insurgents, local officials said Friday.
Russian foreign ministry says ready to cooperate with NATO in Afghanistan: TASS:
Kabulov said Russia was concerned about insurgents’ activity in Afghanistan and it was not the best time for Washington to withdraw troops from there.
Senate Foreign Relations takes hard line on Russia:
There was bipartisan agreement, Thursday that the legislative branch should take decisive action against Russia, even if that means circumventing the White House’s expressed desire for a better relationship between the two nations.
Trump agrees to honour ‘One China’ policy despite threats:
US President Donald Trump has climbed down on past threats and agreed to honour the so-called « One China » policy. He backed the long-standing agreement during a call with Chinese President Xi Jinping
President Trump Praises Japan-U.S. Alliance; Video –
Trump thanked Japan for « hosting » the U.S. military, though he did not mention making them pay more for U.S. defense as he mentioned while campaigning for the presidency.
Fitch: Trump’s economic plans represent a threat to the world:
Fitch Ratings fired a warning shot Friday about President Donald Trump’s economic policies, saying hard-line stances on trade and immigration pose potentially serious problems for the world.
Foreign Governments Dump US Treasuries as Never Before, But Who the Heck is Buying Them?;
It started with a whimper a couple of years ago and has turned into a roar: foreign governments are dumping US Treasuries. The signs are coming from all sides.
Trump signals support for Ukraine in letter to Lithuanian president;
U.S. President Donald Trump has expressed support for an undivided Ukraine in a letter to Lithuania’s president that is likely to be welcomed in Kiev and by the NATO alliance.
Trump tells Ukrainian politician he won’t lift Russia sanctions :
Trump promised a Ukrainian opposition leader that the United States won’t lift sanctions on Russia until it pulls out of Ukraine, according to three people briefed on the meeting.
National security adviser Flynn discussed sanctions with Russian ambassador, despite denials, officials say:
Michael Flynn privately discussed U.S. sanctions against Russia with that country’s ambassador to the United States before President Trump took office
Republicans Demand Trump Get Tough with Russia;
Sens. John McCain and Lindsey Graham are leading a charge to get President Trump on a war footing with Russia.
Putin says he’s ready to meet Trump in Slovenian capital;
Putin, who is currently welcoming Slovenian President Borut Pahor in Russia on an official visit, thanked his guest for his eagerness to host such a meeting, but said that the choice of venue did not depend on Moscow alone.
Peru says wanted ex-president likely in U.S., may flee to Israel:
Peru said on Friday that it believes the country’s fugitive former president Alejandro Toledo, wanted in connection with a far-reaching bribery probe, is now in San Francisco, California and will try to flee to Israel.
Gitmo Alive: Trump has no plans to close notorious prison: Video –
The Trump administration is reportedly drawing up an executive order, which could see Islamic State terrorists being housed in Guantanamo Bay prison.
Canadian woman denied entry to U.S. after Muslim prayers found on her phone:
Alaoui says she was asked about her thoughts on U.S. President Donald Trump. Border agents took her phone and fingerprints. Later she was told that her family wasn’t welcome
Trump not planning to appeal travel ban ruling to Supreme Court:
The Trump administration is not planning to appeal a temporary hold on the president’s travel ban to the Supreme Court, a White House official said Friday.
Trump hints at new travel order coming next week;
« We’ll be doing something very rapidly having to do with additional security for our country, » Trump said during a joint press conference with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. « You’ll see something next week. »
Fear spreads in L.A. after immigration ‘raid,’ advocates claim. Officials say arrests are ‘routine. »
Immigrant advocate groups claim that more than 100 people had been taken into custody by federal immigration officials in Southern California Thursday
Protest Erupts in Downtown L.A. Following Reports of Immigration Raids :
Those detained were either people with deportation orders but no criminal background or family members of those sought who were home during the raids and told officials they lacked documentation.
Mexico warns citizens after US deportation of undocumented mother:
Mexico warned its citizens living in the United States on Friday to « take precautions » and remain in contact with consular officials a day after the deportation of an undocumented mother following a routine visit with US immigration authorities.
Muslim-American Olympian says she was detained by Customs;
A Muslim-American Olympic medalist says she was detained by Customs for nearly two hours without explanation after President Trump’s travel ban was instituted a few weeks ago.
First They Came For The Muslims, Then For Me :
Trump has started his assault on all of us by attacking them. The racist travel ban targets Muslims. The forces of reaction and barbarism everywhere see Trump’s attack on Muslims as their path to power
Trump’s fear-mongering isn’t new: James Bovard;
Obama also frequently invoked the threat from terrorism, using it to create a new prerogative for presidents to serve as judge, jury and executioner for suspected bad guys.
Americans ‘Don’t Buy’ Media Criticism of Trump Following Years of Pro-Obama Bias:
A new survey shows that the Americans trust President Donald Trump more than the news media. According to the recent findings, 49 percent of voters think that the Trump administration tells the truth.
More Americans Killed By Police In January Than Any One Month Since 2015:
Donald J. Trump’s first month in office ended with at least 105 people killed by police, the highest number of people killed by U.S. police in any one month since 2015.
Trump Executive Order Sets Agenda For Police To Further Criminalize Protesters:
This agenda will likely have a disproportionate impact on Black Lives Matter activists, immigrant rights activists, and Native Americans engaged in protest against the Dakota Access Pipeline.
Protesters block Education Secretary Betsy DeVos from entering D.C. school:
DeVos turned away and left, ABC7 reporter Sam Sweeney told us. She did eventually get into the school, Sweeney confirmed.
Trump nixes Abrams for No. 2 State Department job: sources:
Trump has nixed Elliott Abrams for the No. 2 position at the State Department. The Republican foreign policy veteran had criticized him during the election campaign, people familiar with the matter said on Friday.