At least 57 al-Shabab extremists killed in Somalia assault:
At least 57 members of the al-Shabab extremist group were killed Thursday as African Union and Somali forces attacked one of its camps, the AU peacekeeping mission in Somalia announced.
Syria: Manbij front: Turkish attacks repelled by SDF forces, villages recaptured ; Video –
Members of the Syrian Democratic Forces in Manbij have repelled Turkish attacks on the Manbij frontline and recaptured Tall Turin and Qarah, which had been taken by Turkish/FSA forces.
Syria : Manbij militia to hand villages to army;
A US-allied Syrian militia has said it will hand over villages west of the town of Manbij to the army in order to stop Turkish-backed rebels taking them.
Will Turkey attack Kurds in Manbij or move on to Raqqa?:
The Syrian army, in a move that eliminated Turkey’s intended route to Raqqa, blocked the corridor between Manbij – where the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) support the local military council
Russia-Backed Syrian Army Completely Liberates Palmyra From Daesh:
The Syrian Army, supported by the Russian Aerospace Forces, has completed the operation to liberate the historic city of Palmyra from Daesh terrorists, according to the Kremlin spokesman citing Russian Defense Minister
Russian Airstrike in Syria Hits U.S. Allies by Mistake:
Russian aircraft mistakenly bombed Syrian Arab fighters who were being trained by the United States, the commander of the American-led operation in Iraq and Syria said
U.S. commander downplays chance of big Iraq, Syria troop hike:
« But in that event that we bring in any additional troops, we’ll work that with our local partners, both here in Iraq and Syria, to make sure that they understand the reasons why we’re doing that and to get their buy-in of that. »
Islamic State Fighters Being Wiped Out From Mosul And Raqqa Faster Than They Can Sustain:
« The enemy cannot sustain the attrition that they are suffering and therefore they lose terrain, they lose battles. »
Airstrike on mosque in W. Mosul kills both civilians & ISIS fighters – media:
A number of Mosul residents and Islamic State militants were killed in an airstrike on a mosque in the western half of the city, where US-backed Iraqi forces continue their major ground offensive
‘Exhausted, terrified’, 4,000 flee Mosul daily:
Over 28,000 have been forced from their homes since operation to retake western Mosul started on February 19, says UN.
Yemen: 40 Houthi militants killed and injured in al Jouf Province;
More than 40 Houthi-Saleh alliance militia were killed and injured during fierce clashes on various fronts at al-Mazweyiah and al Masloub Directorates Wednesday.
US Airstrikes in Yemen Kill 4 Alleged Militants;
U.S. jets and drones targeted at least six districts and they were all located in a mountainous area
U.S. Launches Attacks in Yemen;
More than 20 attacks launched Thursday targeted alledged, AQAP militants, equipment and infrastructure in the Yemeni governorates of Abyan, Al Bayda and Shabwah, according to a statement by Pentagon spokesman Capt. Jeff Davis.
Yemen SEAL Raid Has Yielded No Significant Intelligence: Officials;
Although Pentagon officials have said the raid produced « actionable intelligence, » senior officials who spoke to NBC News said they were unaware of any
Trump ‘helping gut rights in Arab world’ :
US President Donald Trump’s attacks on Muslims and his support for strongman leaders are exacerbating an already dramatic rights decline in the Arab world, two Arab Spring champions said Thursday.
UN chief urged to add IDF to blacklist;
A network of human rights and humanitarian organizations that aims to protect children in conflict is urging UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres to add the Israel Defense Forces to the blacklist of countries and armed groups responsible for grave violations against children.
Report: Netanyahu told ministers he urged Trump to quit UN rights body;
Amid reports that the Trump administration is considering pulling the US out of the UN Human Rights Council, Army Radio on Thursday reported that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said that he had been the one to urge the US president to do so.
GOP lawmakers unveil measure to cut off U.S. aid to Palestinians:
House and Senate Republicans on Tuesday introduced legislation that would cut off U.S. aid to the Palestinian Authority under certain conditions.
UK curbing academic free speech on Israel: Jewish scholar;
The British government is helping universities across the UK suppress the right to criticize Israel over its human rights violations in Palestine, says a Jewish professor, vowing to never give in to the pressure.
Save Palestine boycott Israel :
80 percent of Canadians back Israel boycott – poll;
Four in five Canadians believe the Palestinian call for boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) on Israel is reasonable, a national survey released Wednesday suggests.
Hosni Mubarak acquitted over 2011 protester killings:
Six years after the uprising that ended his rule, former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak has been acquitted over his alleged involvement in the killings of nearly 900 protesters in 2011.
ISIL expands in Afghan-Pakistan areas, widening attacks;
ISIL expansion poses new challenge for US President Donald Trump, as he vowed to « totally destroy » the rebel group.
Japan scrambles jets as Chinese warplanes fly near Okinawa ;
Japan’s Air Force deployed fighter jets to shadow Chinese warplanes passing near the island of Okinawa, according to reports citing the Japanese Defense Ministry. Okinawa is the home base of the majority of US troops stationed in Japan.
Drones, lasers, and tanks: China shows off its latest weapons:
The Silent Hunter laser is powerful enough to cut through light vehicle armor at up to a kilometer away
The official (and unofficial) reasons why China’s big shots are meeting in Beijing this week;
The biggest political event of the year is upon us again as the country’s movers and shakers drop everything to gather in Beijing for the « Two Sessions », which officially begins on Friday.
Russia to dominate European gas market for next two decades;
Russia’s Gazprom increased its share of the European gas market to a record 34 percent last year. This means Russia will remain the biggest supplier of gas to Europe through 2035, according to Royal Dutch Shell and BP.
An Alternative to NATO Expansion That Won’t Antagonize Russia;
‘Permanent neutrality’ would offer countries like Ukraine and Georgia the protection they need.
Former CIA agent released by Lisbon court after Italy reduces sentence;
A former agent for the CIA was on Wednesday freed at the order of Lisbon’s appeal court, after Italy’s president issued a pardon reducing her prison sentence there by one year, her lawyer told Lusa.
French industrial giant admits deals with ‘armed groups’ in Syria:
French building materials giant Lafarge admitted that it provided funds to « certain armed groups » and « sanctioned parties » in Syria when it faced operational and security challenges.
Marine Le Pen loses EU parliament immunity over tweets:
Le Pen’s immunity shielded her from prosecution. By lifting it, after a request from the French judiciary, the parliament is allowing any eventual legal action against her.
Big Win for Colombian Community Against Canadian Mining Giant:
The Indigenous and Afro-Colombian community of Marmato won a major court victory in their 10-year fight against a massive Canadian gold mine.
In Video, Uber CEO Argues With Driver Over Falling Fares;
Travis Kalanick tells a driver to take responsibility for his problems and boasts about a tough culture.
Flint Now Required to Pay Full Price for Contaminated Water:
Despite residents in Flint, Michigan still needing to filter their water to safely drink it, they will now lose their water relief credits, forcing them to pay full price for the contaminated water.
Facebook Post on VA Treatment of Patients Causes Uproar:
A former Marine and his wife say the scene inside a Veterans Administration hospital in Durham, North Carolina, was so shocking that they took pictures and posted them to Facebook.
« The Evidence Was Overwhelming That We Were Being Used As Pawns, » Says Iraq Vet:
Veterans Say Organizers Concealed Saudi Sponsorship of Their Trip to DC to Lobby for Changes to 9/11 Lawsuit Legislation:
Judge to consider $1 million settlement in US border killing;
A federal judge will consider an agreement for the U.S. government to pay $1 million to the children of a Mexican man who died after being detained by immigration authorities and shot several times with a stun gun.
House Speaker Paul Ryan on Trump camp’s alleged Russia ties:
‘We need to get answers’
Sessions Under Fire: GOP Rushes to Eat Their Own Again:
Some Republicans quick to pile on as Trump attorney general targeted by media, leaks
Soros-supported organization holds DOJ protest calling for Sessions resignation :
MoveOn.org, an organization supported by George Soros, is holding a demonstration outside the US Department of Justice Thursday calling for Jeff Sessions to resign from the office of attorney general.
Crony Capitalism at Work? Trump Adviser Carl Icahn Strong-Arms Ethanol Lobby to Save His Company Millions;
Critics are charging that billionaire investor Carl Icahn has used his position as Donald Trump’s deregulatory czar to strong-arm the ethanol lobby
Ben Carson wins confirmation as Housing secretary:
Six Democrats and one independent joined 51 Republicans in voting for Carson to lead the Department of Housing and Urban Development.