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Trump Will Keep U.S. Troops in Syria Because He Doesn't Want to 'Make the Same Mistakes' As Obama in Iraq, Tillerson Says

President Donald Trump planned a long-term stay for the U.S. military in Syria in order to achieve Washington's interests beyond the declared defeat of the Islamic State militant group, as well as to avoid the kind of jihadi resurgence that occurred when his predecessor largely withdrew troops from

NEWSWEEK - 2018-01-18 19:49:07

Trump's excellent five-point plan for Syria

In Syria, President Trump is showing a strategic competency that his predecessor most definitely lacked. Over the past 12 months, Trump has enabled the U.S. military to engage in a more robust and tactically flexible campaign against ISIS. That choice has led to the caliphate's territorial implosion

WASHINGTON EXAMINER - 2018-01-18 20:56:15

Iraq Supreme Court: Federal Council to be established

[JURIST] Iraq's Federal Supreme Court decided [press release, in Arabic] Wednesday to establish the Council of the Union, or the Federal Council, which will oversee provisions passed by parliament. The need for the council is stated in article 48 of the constitution [official text], but has not bee

JURIST.ORG - 2018-01-18 23:26:00

EU appeasement of Iran

In March 1979, shortly after the mullahs grabbed power and dragged Iran into theocratic dictatorship, destructive wars and terrorism, Iranian women took to the streets to protest the forced hijab. “Freedom is not Eastern, not Western, it is universal,” they chanted. Almost 40 years later, the Irani

JERUSALEM POST - 2018-01-18 21:31:00

France to launch international group targeting toxic gas attacks

UNITED NATIONS/PARIS (Reuters) - France has asked some 30 countries to work together to preserve evidence of chemical weapons attacks and impose sanctions on those responsible after Russia ended an international inquiry into who is to blame for using toxic gas in Syria. France will host a meeting o

REUTERS UK - 2018-01-18 20:25:21

Judge bars transfer of U.S-Saudi citizen being detained by military

A federal judge on Thursday barred the U.S. government from transferring a U.S.-Saudi citizen currently held in military detention in Iraq to another country, with that restriction in place until Jan. 23. The decision came as part of an ongoing legal bid by the unnamed citizen to contest the basis o

THE HILL - 2018-01-18 20:55:40

Muslim Americans Sue FBI for Being Put on a Terror Watch List for No Reason

Five American Muslims filed a lawsuit against FBI Director Christopher Wray and other members of the government because they believe they were put on a terrorist watch list without due process. The complaint, filed Wednesday to the district court for the Northern District of Texas, says that the pla

NEWSWEEK - 2018-01-18 19:29:10

Fact-checking Donald Trump's 'results' from his fake news awards

President Donald Trump makes remarks while arriving at the Pentagon on Jan. 18, 2018. Standing behind him is White House Chief of Staff John Kelly. (AP/Pablo Martinez Monsivais) As part of his much-hyped "fake news awards," President Donald Trump offered 10 pieces of news he said the media was ignor

POLITIFACT - 2018-01-18 20:29:00

US ambassador to UN chides North Korea, Iran, Syria

The U.S. ambassador to the United Nations says the regimes that most threaten the world today with weapons of mass destruction - North Korea, Iran and Syria - also deny their people human rights, promote conflict and regional instability and "aid terrorists and militant groups." Nikki Haley told the

WAGMTV.COM - 2018-01-18 21:42:00

Morganton armory renamed to honor fallen soldier

Robin Wallace (left) and Kimberly Schmit pose Wednesday at The National Guard armory in Morganton with a picture of their sons, who were killed in action. The armory was renamed to honor Wallace's son, Brandon. Ryan Wilusz/News Herald The National Guard renamed the armory in Morganton on Wednesday m

MORGANTON NEWS HERALD - 2018-01-18 20:36:00

Immigrants and Terror: A Controversial Report from the Trump Administration

This week, the Department of Justice put out a report revealing that 75 percent of those convicted of international terrorism and related offenses in U.S. courts in the past 15 years were foreign-born. During the same period, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials removed 1,716 aliens su

ARTICLE.NATIONALREVIEW.COM - 2018-01-18 20:45:00

Russia, Iran open their arms as Turkey loses patience with U.S.

LONDON - Relations between the U.S. and Turkey have hit a new low over Washington's support of militias battling the Islamic State, according to analysts. The government in Ankara views the Kurdish fighters as terrorists. Experts warn that the crisis is resulting in Turkey - a longtime American

NBC NEWS - 2018-01-18 15:35:00

World should get on board with Trump's strategy to defeat ISIS

Less than three years ago, ISIS was the most powerful jihadist organization in the world, having eclipsed Al Qaeda in all significant metrics, such as numbers recruited and military capability. The Islamic State controlled vast areas in more than three nations, with fully functional affiliates in 15

THE HILL - 2018-01-18 17:30:00

Revealed: How close did Israel come to counterattacking Iraq in 1991?

Israel’s defense minister during the 1991 Gulf War, Moshe Arens, approved a counterattack on Iraq in 1991 after it fired Scud missiles at Israel. However, Defense Ministry records newly declassified on Thursday regarding Arens also indicated that his plans were delayed by then US secretary of defen

JERUSALEM POST - 2018-01-18 16:06:00

Blame This Congress, Shame This Congress

WASHINGTON-A couple of statements from public people to begin our day here in the nation's capital. First, a little bit from Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell concerning the immigration stone in the passway of funding the government. From CBS News: Advertisement - Continue Reading Below"I'm loo

ESQUIRE - 2018-01-18 16:19:00

Surge in civilians killed by US-led airstrikes in Syria and Iraq: monitor

Between 3,923 to 6,102 civilians were killed in United States-led air strikes targeting Islamic State (IS) in Syria and Iraq during 2017, monitoring group Airwars said on Thursday. A coalition of US allies, including the United Kingdom, France and Australia began a concerted air campaign against th

I24NEWS - 2018-01-18 18:03:06

America Quietly Starts Nation-Building in Parts of Syria

Announcing his new Afghanistan strategy in August, President Donald Trump insisted "we are not nation-building again." The pledge-made while increasing indefinitely the American commitment to the government in Kabul-put him in the company of former presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama, who lik

THE ATLANTIC - 2018-01-18 17:56:48

Tony Perkins: Christians in the Middle East are suffering. When will aid promised by Team Trump arrive?

As Vice President Mike Pence prepares for his visit to Egypt, Jordan and Israel that begins at the end of this week, concerns continue to mount for the Middle East's persecuted Christians - especially for refugees who are looking for the assistance promised by the United States to help them survive

FOXNEWS - 2018-01-18 14:45:01

Seven generations of service: Understanding the life of a military family

More than 1.3 million active duty service members are working right now to keep America safe. According to a new CBS News poll, more than 90 percent of Americans have a favorable view of the military but just 55 percent have a close friend or relative serving. Steve Inskeep, co-host of NPR's Morning

CBS NEWS - 2018-01-18 16:57:42

Hobby Lobby Surrenders 245 More Iraq Artifacts From Smuggled Cache of Tablets and Seals to Federal Government

In a new chapter of the ongoing saga of Hobby Lobby's smuggling of Iraqi religious artifacts, the arts and crafts emporium surrendered 245 objects to the United States government, according to court documents. Hobby Lobby Stores voluntarily turned over the artifacts to federal prosecutors in New Yor

NEWSWEEK - 2018-01-18 15:02:36