Turkish military says 44 Islamic State militants killed in Syria:
Forty-four Islamic State militants were killed by Turkey-backed operations around the Syrian town of al-Bab and in U.S.-led coalition air strikes on Monday, the Turkish military said on Tuesday.
US-led coalition, Turkey kill civilians in airstrikes in Raqqa, Aleppo:
At least 11 civilians, including children, were killed in the Turkish air and artillery attacks in Eastern Aleppo, while five Syrians were killed in the US-led coalition’s air raids in Raqqa.
Dozens of Islamic State members killed in airstrikes at western Mosul district;
Alsumaria News quoted the source as saying that dozens of IS extremists were killed and wounded in intense airstrikes on al-Jawsaq district, a major stronghold for the group in western Mosul.
Drone kills 3 IS militants, senior executioner among 90 killed Sunday:
Iraqi government forces launched a major campaign Sunday to retake western Mosul from IS militants, having recaptured the eastern side late January. The city, is IS’s biggest bastion in Iraq
At least 7 killed in car bomb attack in Iraq’s Baghdad;
At least seven people were killed and 12 wounded on Tuesday in a car bomb explosion at a crowded street in western Baghdad, the Iraqi capital, APA reports quoting Xinhua
Defense Secretary Mattis: US will stay in Iraq a while:
Mattis said he is open to any request from his military commanders to aid the battle to retake Mosul and launch a major battle to oust IS from the base of its so-called caliphate in Raqqa, Syria.
3 Houthi-linked military commanders killed near Sanaa:
Rebel commanders are killed while repulsing attack by pro-government forces outside Yemeni capital.
Children face ‘immediate risk of death’ as famine looms in Yemen;
Nearly half a million children in Yemen are dangerously malnourished and at risk of death, the U.N. children’s agency UNICEF reported on Tuesday.
Injustice in Israel;
Israeli soldier gets 18 months’ jail for murder of wounded Palestinian:
Israeli soldier who killed a wounded and incapacitated Palestinian assailant was sentenced to 18 months’ imprisonment on Tuesday, in a show of leniency that drew Palestinian outrage
Tom Friedman begs Trump to ‘save the Jews’ from themselves:
Tom Friedman seeks to present himself as a Messiah of sorts, suggesting to Trump that he may be some sort of Roman Pilate.
74 dead refugees wash ashore in Libya:
Libya’s Red Crescent has said that 74 bodies of refugees have washed ashore in the western city of Zawiya on the Mediterranean Sea.
12 ISIS alleged militants killed in US drone strike in East of Afghanistan;
The militants were targeted in Bandar area as they were travelling in a vehicle which was also destroyed in the airstrike.
‘Threatening & damaging’: Beijing hits out at US patrols in South China Sea:
China says it respects the principles of freedom of navigation and overflight, but « opposes » when other states undermine its sovereignty using this pretext.
White House seeking to arrange visit by North Korean officials: Report:
The gathering would be the first such meeting in five years, according to the Washington Post.
Ukraine ceasefire largely holding in the east:
The agreement to halt fighting and withdraw heavy weapons from the front line came into force on Monday, after it was brokered over the weekend.
4 dead Russian Diplomats in 3 months:
Anyone who wanted to derail the diplomatic successes that the aforementioned men achieved for Russia would have a clear motive to extract vengeance.
Riots erupt in Sweden’s capital after arrest, just days after President Trump comments:
Over four hours, the crowd burned about half a dozen cars, vandalized several shopfronts, and threw rocks at police.
White House delivered EU-skeptic message before Pence visit – sources:
In the week before U.S. Vice President Mike Pence visited Brussels and pledged America’s « steadfast and enduring » commitment to the European Union, Steve Bannon met with a German diplomat and delivered a different message.
Le Pen Scraps Meeting with Muslim Leader over Headscarf:
France’s far-right presidential candidate has campaigned for a public ban on Muslim headscarves and refused to wear one during a meeting in Lebanon.
Norway pledges $10 million to counter Trump’s global anti-abortion move;
Norway has joined an international initiative to raise millions of dollars to replace shortfalls left by U.S. President Donald Trump’s ban on U.S.-funded groups worldwide providing information on abortion.
Biggest Gasoline Glut In 27 Years Could Crash Oil Markets:
A new problem has suddenly emerged is the record levels of gasoline sitting in storage.
Quarter of Canadians support Trump-style ban on Syrian refugees: poll;
A quarter of Canadians would endorse a Trump-style ban on all Syrian refugees coming to Canada, a new poll reveals, and the country remains relatively split on how Ottawa should handle the refugee crisis in 2017.
Pres. Trump picks Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster as national security adviser;
In a White House statement issued late Monday, McMaster said he was honored to serve in his new role, adding, « The safety of the American people and the security of the American homeland are our top priorities. »
In case you missed it;
General McMaster dissects U.S. approach to war :
Echoing outgoing President Dwight David Eisenhower’s farewell to the nation in 1961, McMaster urged renewed caution about the military-industrial complex and its influence on how America wages war.
RNC reports record-setting $19.8M January:
The RNC in January had its best post-presidential election month in the party’s history, it told The Daily Caller.
Trump condemns ‘horrible and painful’ anti-Semitic threats;
U.S. President Donald Trump denounced anti-Semitism in the United States on Tuesday in his most forceful remarks to date about a spate of threats to Jewish community centers around the country.
Emergency hearing sought to stop NSA ‘spying’ on Trump:
‘Our own government has committed biggest violation of constitutional rights in history’