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In Mosul, ISIS Had the Ingredients For a Frightening Weapon

When the Islamic State captured the city of Mosul in its 2014 blitzkrieg, the militant group obtained access to a highly lethal material that would have been useful for a “dirty weapon,” the Washington Post reports. In taking Mosul, the Islamic State controlled a city filled to the brim with with guns, bombs, rockets and…

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Civilian Casualties in Iraq and Syria Set to Double Under Trump

The number of civilian casualties inflicted in the U.S.-led coalition’s war on the Islamic State is set to double under the Trump administration, according to an investigation conducted by Airwars, a group that monitors noncombatant deaths in Iraq and Syria. Airwars estimates that at least 2,300 civilians were killed in coalition strikes overseen by the…

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The Latest Russian Plot: Hacking Nuclear Power Plants

Yet another Russia story is being reported breathlessly from our nation’s finest major media outlets, this time hyperventilating over the claim that the Russians are trying to hack into U.S. nuclear infrastructure. The New York Times, Newsweek, Bloomberg, the Washington Post, NBC, the Chicago Tribune, Business Insider, the Hill and numerous other outlets have pushed…

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Ceasefire Holds in Southwest Syria

A ceasefire agreement brokered by the United States and Russia was implemented in Southwestern Syria on Sunday. It appears to have held throughout Monday, despite minor violations. “The situation is relatively calm,” said Suhaib al-Ruhail, a spokesman for Alwiyat al-Furqan, a rebel faction active in al-Quneitra. Other rebel groups reported no significant fighting since the…

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Trump, Putin Meet at G20 Summit to Discuss Geopolitics

U.S. President Donald Trump and his Russian counterpart appeared to have a productive discussion on the sidelines of the G20 summit meeting in Hamburg, Germany, on Friday, covering issues related to a Syrian ceasefire, the conflict in Ukraine and the 2016 election, among other things. “We had a very lengthy conversation,” Putin said after the…

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Kurdish Militia Commander: Clashes with Turkey May Come “Within Days”

The head of a prominent Syrian Kurdish militia said Turkish military deployments in northwestern Syria amount to a “declaration of war,” Reuters reports. “These [Turkish] preparations have reached level of a declaration of war and could lead to the outbreak of actual clashes in the coming days,” YPG commander Sipan Hemo told Reuters. “We will…

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Gen. Townsend: U.S. Has Role In Iraq “Long After ISIS”

The commander of anti-ISIS operations in Iraq and Syria, Lt. Gen. Stephen Townsend, in an interview with the Fayetteville Observer said he hopes American troops have a role in Iraq long after ISIS is driven from that country. Townsend, the head of the CJTF-OIR, or “Operation Inherent Resolve,” said the Islamic State was well on…

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