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Syria, Russia Reject WH Allegations Of Chemical-Attack Plans

27/06/2017

Top officials in Syria and at the Kremlin dismissed the White House’s accusations late Monday that Bashar al-Assad’s regime appears to be preparing another chemical attack on civilians. Ali Haidar, Syria’s minister for national reconciliation, told the Associated Press on Tuesday that the Trump administration’s charges were just part of a new diplomatic campaign...
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Russia To Shoot Down U.S. Aircraft Of The River Euphrates In Syria

19/06/2017

Russia’s defense ministry appears to have threatened to shoot down U.S. aircraft in Syria. “All kinds of airborne vehicles, including aircraft and UAVs of the international coalition detected to the west of the Euphrates River will be tracked by the Russian SAM systems as air targets,” the ministry said Monday. The declaration comes one...
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Jared Kushner Traveling To The Middle East To Talk Peace

19/06/2017

President Trump’s son-in-law and senior adviser, Jared Kushner, is headed to the Middle East this week, where he will attempt to secure a peace deal between the Israelis and the Palestinians, a White House official confirmed Sunday. He will be accompanied by Jason Greenblatt, an assistant to Trump and special representative for international negotiations....
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U.S. To Send 4,000 More Troops To Afghanistan

16/06/2017

The U.S. is planning to send almost 4,000 additional troops to Afghanistan, according to a Trump administration official. Defense Secretary James Mattis could announce the deployment—the largest so far under President Donald Trump—as early as next week. The military’s top commander in Afghanistan has said he needs more forces to fight a reinvigorated Taliban...
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Russia Claims It Killed ISIS Leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi Outside Raqqa

16/06/2017

The Russian Defense Ministry said Friday that Russian airstrikes outside the Islamic State’s de facto capital Raqqa, Syria, on May 28 are believed to have killed ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, along with dozens of other high-ranking and midlevel ISIS commanders. “According to information that is being checked through various channels, Islamic State leader...
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Iran Foreign Minister: Trump’s Condolences Are ‘Repugnant’

08/06/2017

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif on Thursday rejected President Trump’s condolences for the deadly terror attacks in Tehran, calling his words “repugnant.” Trump on Wednesday said he was praying for the victims of the attacks on Iran’s parliament and the Ayatollah Khomeini’s mausoleum, but then added that “states that sponsor terrorism risk falling...
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ISIS Claims Attack on Khomeini’s Tomb, Iran’s Parliament In Tehran

07/06/2017

The Islamic State claimed responsibility Wednesday for simultaneous attacks at Iran’s parliament building and the tomb of the Islamic republic’s revolutionary founder, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini. The deadly assaults marked what appeared to be ISIS’ first attacks inside Iran. State TV reported that four assailants stormed into the parliament building, and one blew himself up...
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Report: U.S. Believes Russia Planted Fake News To Trigger Qatar Crisis

07/06/2017

Investigators think that Russian hackers planted a fake news story to successfully cause a rift between Qatar and other allies of the United States in the region, U.S. officials told CNN Tuesday. On May 23, a report on the Qatar News Agency falsely attributed positive remarks about Iran and Israel and negative comments about...
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Notre Dame Assailant Shouted ‘This Is for Syria’ While Rushing Officer

06/06/2017

French Interior Minister Gérard Collomb said the man who attacked an officer with a hammer outside the Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris on Tuesday shouted “this is for Syria” during the episode. Police shot the man in the chest while the attacked officer sustained minor injuries, officials have said. The situation has since been contained...
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Syrian Kurdish-Led Forces Begin Offensive To Take Raqqa From ISIS

06/06/2017

On Tuesday, the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) alliance of Kurds and Arabs announced the start of an offensive to capture Raqqa from the Islamic State, which considers the Syrian city the capital of its “caliphate.” Talal Sillo, spokesman for the Kurdish-led forces, told reporters that the SDF is working in coordination with U.S. air...
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Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Egypt, UAE, Yemen Cut Ties With Qatar

05/06/2017

Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Egypt, and the United Arab Emirates, and Yemen are breaking off diplomatic relations and cutting sea, land, and air ties with Qatar, accusing the fellow Sunni Arab state of backing “terrorist groups aiming to destabilize the region,” as well as “Iranian-backed terrorist groups” active in east Saudi Arabia and Bahrain. Qatari...
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80+ Killed, 350 Injured In Kabul Suicide Bombing Explosion

31/05/2017

As many as 80 people were killed and hundreds more wounded Wednesday when a massive car bomb went off in the diplomatic zone of Kabul during rush hour, shattering windows in houses hundreds of meters away. It was not immediately clear what the target of the suicide car bombing was, but the area is...
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Ice-Cream Shop Bombing Leaves 15 Dead in Baghdad

30/05/2017

Fifteen people were killed and an additional 47 injured early Tuesday after a car bomb detonated outside an ice cream shop in central Baghdad. The Islamic State terror group claimed responsibility for the attack, which reportedly involved a remotely detonated device inside a car. The attack occurred just after midnight, when many families head...
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Gunmen In Egypt Attack Bus Carrying Coptic Christians, Killing At Least 20

26/05/2017

On Friday, a group of at least eight gunmen dressed in military uniforms attacked a bus and pickup truck carrying Coptic Christians traveling to St. Samuel Monastery in Egypt’s Minya province, about 140 miles south of Cairo. At least 20 people were killed in the attack, including children. No group has yet claimed responsibility,...
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Trump Seems To Confirm Israel Was Source Of Intel He Gave Russians

22/05/2017

President Trump on Monday seemed to confirm The New York Times’ report that Israel was the source of classified intelligence he revealed to Russian officials during an Oval Office visit several weeks ago. “I never mentioned the word or the name Israel. Never mentioned during that conversation,” he told reporters during a press availability...
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President Trump In Tel Aviv, Israel For Mideast Peace Talks

22/05/2017

President Trump arrived in Israel from Saudi Arabia on Monday, for a 36-hour visit that includes a meeting in the West Bank with Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas. Trump will also meet with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and has scheduled a visit to the Wailing Wall in East Jerusalem and a 15-minute tour of...
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Trump To Embark On High-Stakes 8-Day Trip Abroad

19/05/2017

President Trump sets off Friday on his first foreign tour since taking office, making five stops in four countries over eight days. Joined by first lady Melania Trump and a large retinue of advisers, Trump will visit Saudi Arabia, Israel, Italy, and Belgium. The agenda includes attending the NATO and G7 summits; meetings with...
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Trump To Visit Saudi Arabia, Israel, Vatican On First Foreign Trip

04/05/2017

President Donald Trump will be traveling to Saudi Arabia, Israel and Rome in first foreign trip. Trump will meet with a “gathering” of Arab and Muslim leaders in Saudi Arabia, before going on to meet leaders in Israel and finally the Pope in Rome. The trip is about “making sure the three faiths work...
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2 U.S. Special Ops Soldiers Killed In Afghanistan

27/04/2017

Two U.S. Special Operations Forces soldiers were killed in a raid targeting ISIS fighters in Afghanistan, the Pentagon said Thursday. One service member was reported wounded in the joint U.S.-Afghan operation. The incident occurred near where, earlier this month, the U.S. dropped its most powerful non-nuclear bomb, which ofificials said killed dozens of ISIS...
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Syria: ‘Israeli Strike’ Hits Near Damascus Airport [VIDEO]

27/04/2017

Syrian state media claimed Thursday that an Israeli missile strike caused an explosion and fire at a military site near Damascus’s airport. However, Syrian rebel sources told the BBC that the target was an arms depot controlled by Lebanon’s Hezbollah movement—an ally of the Assad regime that Israel has consistently targeted in its attempt...
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Colbert Rips Trump ‘Adorable War’ [VIDEO]

18/04/2017

Colbert started last night show after a week off ripping Maria Bartiromo’s interview with President Trump. “Obviously, when you’re bombing another country, that’s a decision that you take very seriously,” “So he did it in the Situation Room will all available intel.” Colbert took a pause before adding, “I’m just kidding.” He was eating...
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BREAKING NEWS: US Drops ‘Mother Of All Bombs’ In Afghanistan

13/04/2017

CLICK HERE TO WATCH LIVE – The U.S. on Thursday dropped its largest non-nuclear bomb in Afghanistan on Thursday, CNN reported. The 21,000-pound bomb, dubbed the “mother of all bombs” or MOAB, was dropped in eastern Afghanistan to target ISIS tunnels, according to CNN. The official name of the weapon is the massive ordinance...
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Trump Fox Interview: Assad Is An Animal [VIDEO]

12/04/2017

Just a few weeks after sending 500 troops into Syria Trump claimed in his latest interview with Fox News’s Maria Bartiromo that he would not send ground troops into Syria. “We’re not going into Syria, but when I see people using horrible, horrible chemical weapons which they agreed not to use under the Obama...
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Spicer: Even Hitler Didn’t ‘Sink To Using Chemical Weapons’

12/04/2017

White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer on Tuesday seemingly argued that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad is worse than Adolf Hitler. “You had someone as despicable as Hitler who didn’t even sink to using chemical weapons,” Spicer said, comparing last week’s chemical weapon attack in Syria that killed dozens to Hitler’s poison gas chambers, which...
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Eric Trump: Nepotism Is ‘A Beautiful Thing’

11/04/2017

President Trump’s son Eric doubled down on recent comments, indicating he believes nepotism is a “beautiful thing” days after saying it was “kind of a factor of life.” Eric Trump, who took the reigns of the family business along with his brother Donald Trump Jr., said it made sense to trust family members to...
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Eric Trump: “I’m Sure” Ivanka Influenced Daddy To Launch Syria Strikes

11/04/2017

Donald Trump’s decision to bomb Syria was influenced by his daughter, Ivanka, being “heartbroken and outraged” at the country’s alleged chemical weapons attack, one of the president’s sons told a British newspaper. The president launched 59 cruise missiles at a Syrian government air base he alleged was involved in a chemical weapons attack that...
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Tillerson: Russia Must Choose Between Assad and U.S.

11/04/2017

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Tuesday said Russia must soon choose between its relationship with the U.S. or its relationship with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. Tillerson, speaking at the Group of 7 conference, said it still is not clear if Russia failed to take its obligations to Syria seriously or just did a...
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Air Base Hit By Trump Reopens Less Than 24 Hrs Later

08/04/2017

New airstrikes have targeted a town in northwest Syria that was hit by a deadly chemical attack earlier this week, activists said. It wasn’t immediately clear who conducted the strikes on Khan Sheikhoun, which hit on Friday and Saturday, though only Russian and Syrian regime aircraft have been bombing that area of rebel-held Idlib...
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Kremlin: U.S. It’s ‘One Step From War’; Trump Warns He Will Hit Syria AGAIN

08/04/2017

The Kremlin has warned the US it is ‘one step from war’ over Syria – but the Trump administration hit back by saying it would be prepared to carry out airstrikes again. In the first direct American raid on Bashar al Assad’s forces, President Trump authorised the firing of 59 cruise missiles at a...
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U.S. Told Russia About Syria Strikes in Advance

07/04/2017

Russia confirmed Friday that it received advanced warning from the U.S. about its strike on Syria, in which the United States launched 59 Tomahawk cruise missiles in the first American assault on President Bashar al-Assad’s regime. Moscow condemned the strike and gave notice that Russia is pulling out of all agreements to minimize risk...
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