At least 51 dead in northern Syria fighting;
At least 51 people have been killed in fighting between government forces and Islamic State in northern Syria over the past two days, a British war monitor says.
Turkish military says it has killed 30 ISIS militants in Syria:
At least 30 ISIS militants have been killed by Turkish warplanes and more than 140 positions belonging to the group destroyed as part of the ongoing Operation Euphrates Shield in northern Syria, according to Turkey’s military.
US coalition killing more civilians than Russia in Syria: Report:
Conflict monitor Airwars says shift in balance comes amid increase in US-led operations and end of siege of Aleppo
Al-Bab capture imminent, Erdogan says:
Turkish troops backed by Syrian rebel fighters have entered the center of the Daesh (ISIS) bastion of Al-Bab and will soon capture it, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Sunday.
Russia halted Syrian army, rebel clash in northern Syria – :
Russia intervened to halt a clash between Syrian government forces and Turkey-backed Syrian rebels, sources on both sides said on Friday, the first confrontation between them as both sides fight Islamic State in the area.
U.N. invites warring Syrian sides to Geneva peace talks:
The United Nations special envoy for Syria, Staffan de Mistura, sent invitations on Monday for Geneva peace talks beginning on Feb. 23, after initial prior consultations beginning on or about Feb. 20
Iraqi air force ‘kills 77’ in strikes aimed at IS leader Baghdadi:
The Iraqi air force has killed 13 commanders of so-called Islamic State in a strike on a building in Qaim where leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was thought to be, a statement said.
Federal Police repulses IS attack south of Mosul, 13 militants killed:
« The security forces managed to repel the attack, as well as killing 13 members of the Islamic State, including Arab and foreign leaders, » Ahmed added.
Baghdad Tense After Clashes, Six Killed:
Four of the five protesters killed were hit by bullets and the fifth died of unknown causes,. Most of the injured were treated for choking on tear gas, he said.
School yard bully:
Trump to Iran’s Rouhani: Better be careful:
US President Donald Trump said on Friday that Iran President Hassan Rouhani « better be careful » after Rouhani was quoted as saying that anyone who speaks to Iranians with threats would regret it.
A warning to Trump? Russia floats return to Iran’s Hamadan air base:
In further sign of Russia’s backing for Iran, Russian ambassador to Tehran floats possibility of Russian air force deployments to Iran and Russian sales of SU27 fighters to Iran.
A sick joke!
CIA awarded Saudi prince for fighting terrorism’ :
The award to Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Nayef by the CIA for fighting terrorism could be a US diplomatic overture towards Saudi Arabia, a message to Iran or a bad joke.
UN chief regrets US veto of Palestinian as Libya envoy:
Nikki Haley, US ambassador to the UN, vetoed the appointment, saying Washington did not support the message the move would send.
‘We see eye-to-eye’: Netanyahu enthusiastic on his way to Washington to meet Trump :
With things in the international arena apparently changing in Israel’s favor with Obama gone, PM Netanyahu is heading to meet his long-time acquaintance, Donald Trump,
Israel endorses bill to mute mosques: Justice Ministry:
Israeli ministers Sunday endorsed a contentious draft bill, which Muslims say is meant to silence the traditional call to prayer, information released by the Justice Ministry showed.
NFL Players Skip Trip to Israel to Be ‘Voice for the Voiceless’;
Michael Bennett said that he would not allow Israel to « use » him to cover up its abuses against the Palestinians.
Afghanistan: Officials Confirmed 22 Killed in US Air Strikes in Helmand:
Afghan officials confirmed killing of 22 members of two families in foreign forces’ airstrikes in Sangen district of Helmand.
14 killed, over 100 wounded in Lahore blast;
At least 14 people, including DIG Traffic Ahmed Mobeen, were killed and over 100 wounded in a deadly suicide bombing outside the Punjab Assembly in Lahore on Monday, policemen and rescuers said.
North Korea claims missile test success as China rejects US criticism:
US calls for it to press Pyongyang to ditch nuclear programme are pointless unless Washington looks at own role, Beijing says
UN helicopter kills four militants in CAR:
A UN helicopter fired upon militants advancing into the town of Bambari in the Central African Republic. MINUSCA troops said that the militants had crossed a « red line. »
Somaliland agrees to UAE military base in northern port:
The parliament of Somaliland on Sunday approved the UAE plan. The plan is controversial and the neighboring countries of Ethiopia and Djibouti are opposed to it, according to local reports.
Protected Skies: Russia Installs Three New Anti-missile Radar Stations:
The radar system tracks all launches within a 6,000 km radius ?f Russia’s borders Recently three new radar stations began operating in Orsk, Barnaul, and Yeniseysk
Ex-French Economy Minister Macron Could Be ‘US Agent’ Lobbying Banks’ Interests:
Macron has been an investment banker at Rothschild bank. Throughout his career, he has been acting as an agent of the big American banking system
The ACLU Is in Dublin, Ireland, Defending the Right to Privacy for Europeans and Americans Alike;
The breadth of U.S. government spying is a problem for companies that want to move their users’ data from the European Union to the United States.
Boats, Borders, Brutality: Australia’s Refugee Policy:
Australia is one of the world’s worst offenders when it comes to the maltreatment of asylum seekers.,
More Than 650 Whales Stranded in New Zealand:
More than 650 pilot whales have beached themselves along a three-mile stretch of coastline over two days on Farewell Spit at the tip of the South Island.
How Mainstream Media Got Venezuela’s 2014 Violence Wrong:
Three years ago, 43 people were killed in right-wing violence in Caracas, Venezuela, in a carefully orchestrated campaign to oust the democratically-elected government of President Nicolas Maduro.
Thousands March Against Trump in Mexico City: ‘Pay for Your Own Wall!’:
Thousands of demonstrators hoisting signs denouncing President Trump marched through central Mexico City on Sunday, the largest mobilization so far here against what many label an anti-Mexican administration
Refugees cross to Canada to escape Donald Trump:
Recently, hundreds of refugees have crossed the US border into Manitoba, braving snow and cold at great peril.
ICE Arrests 600 in Week of Immigration Raids:
Last week’s raids, which saw 600 people arrested, continued the immigration policies of the Obama and Bush administrations.
Wave of fear strikes immigrant communities in Houston, across Texas:
Border patrol cars circled a gym parking lot in Sugar Land. Federal agents descended on an apartment complex in northwest Houston. Teachers in Austin rode home with students to make sure their parents had not been deported during the school day.
U.S. Army to spend $300 million on bonuses and ads to get 6,000 more recruits:
The Army’s new goal for the fiscal year is 68,500, up from 62,500 recruits. The addition of 6,000 recruits to the goal makes it the largest in-year increase in the history of the all-volunteer force that dates to 1973.
As Trust In Michael Flynn Erodes, Donald Trump Considers His Options:
White House staffers are reportedly looking at possible replacements for Trump’s national security adviser.
CIA freezes out top Flynn aide:
The agency denied a security clearance for a key aide to the National Security Adviser – ratcheting up tensions between Flynn and the intel community.
Judge Won’t Halt Dakota Access Pipeline Construction:
A Native American tribe argued that the pipeline would desecrate water used in religious ceremonies.
Mass evacuation below Oroville Dam as officials frantically try to make repairs before new storms: Live updates::
More than 100,000 people were told to evacuate because of a « hazardous situation » involving the Northern California dam’s emergency spillway.
Consumer Spending « Pothole » Ahead: IRS Refunds Tumble As New Law Delays Payments:
A period of consumer spending, retail sales and housing weakness may be imminent, after federal tax refunds tumbled by 78% in the early part of February compared to 2016
$1,084,840,000,000: Taxes Set Record Through January; $7,133 Per Worker:
That is up about $5,616,000,000 in constant 2016 dollars from the approximately $1,079,224,000,000 in constant 2016 dollars that the Treasury collected in the first four months of fiscal 2016.