Trump’s Erdogan call reflects terrorism focus, White House says

April 19, 2017

Washington (CNN)The Trump administration issued one mightily mixed message Monday. President Donald Trump congratulated Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on a contested referendum that granted him broad new powers and deepened concern about the NATO ally’s growing authoritarianways. Trump’s outreach to Erdogan put him on a very short list of those who praised the results, including Hamas, the Palestinian militant group labeled a terrorist organization by the United States. …

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Trump Is Willing to Consider a Sudden Strike on North Korea

April 18, 2017

In the wake of North Korea’s failed medium-range airstrikes in Syria, for unannounced military action. He added that the North Korean leader’s unpredictability complicated U.S. strategy. McMaster, an Army lieutenant general, made the case for global action on the issue, including enlisting North Korean neighbor China, given the “brutality” of Kim’s regime. “This is someone who has demonstrated his brutality by murdering his own brother, by murdering …

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Ted Lieu, Congressman and Twitter King, is beating Trump at his own dumb game

April 16, 2017

… in Syria & his poor performance as SoS is alarming. So I made this cheat sheet to help. pic.twitter.com/eu8k7XRBQn Ted Lieu (@tedlieu) April 4, 2017 Based on recs from folks on Twitter, I updated the sign outside my Congressional office. Added “Period” to #AlternativeFacts Free Zone. pic.twitter.com/rhILZWLmUW Ted Lieu (@tedlieu) January 25, 2017 Last time I checked, a person won’t die if she can’t afford cable or if it didn’t include HBO. But very …

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How many bombs has Britain dropped in 2017? – BBC News

April 15, 2017

… .ns_datapic_stat–bombs-2017 .ns_outer_wrapper { background-image: url(https://news.files.bbci.co.uk/vj/live/idt-images/data_pic-bombs_2017/hi009829437_egq5w.jpg); } UK bombs and missiles dropped in Syria and Iraq From 1 January – 9 April 2017 37 Hellfire missiles Ministry of Defence Getty Images The current focus of the battle against IS has been for control of Mosul. It has been held by IS militants since 2014 and is the jihadist group’s last major urban …

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Trump: Flip, flop or flexibility?

April 14, 2017

Washington (CNN)One of Donald Trump’s many memorable lines on the campaign trail was about ISIS. “I would bomb the s**t out of ’em. I would just bomb those suckers,” he said. Given that, launching the so-called “mother of all bombs” against an ISIS target makes a lot of sense. Replay More Videos … MUST WATCH …

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US intelligence intercepted communications between Syrian military and chemical experts

April 13, 2017

(CNN)The US military and intelligence communityhas intercepted communicationsfeaturingSyrian military and chemical experts talking about preparations for the sarin attack in Idlib last week, a senior US official tells CNN. The intercepts were part of an immediate review of all intelligence in the hours after the attack to confirm responsibility for the use of chemical weapons in an attack in northwestern Syria, which killed at least 70 people. US officials have said that there is “no …

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Trump should be fighting ISIS, not Syria

April 13, 2017

(CNN)What’s the White House’s next move when it comes to Syria? Let’s hope nothing. President Donald Trump’s salvo of cruise missiles against a military airfield in Syria last week brought bipartisan acclaim, and that’s a major cause for concern. In a partisan age, the American media likes to report on any seemingly bipartisan agreement, and has an interest in subtly cheering any US military campaign, despite its size or scope, because it almost always leads to …

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Hackers who are definitely not Russian stooges slam Trump after he attacks Russian ally

April 11, 2017

Hackers? What hackers?Image: POOL/EPA/REX/Shutterstock Back in August, when Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump were still fighting for the presidency, a hacking group called the Shadow Brokers released secret NSA hacking tools. At the time they claimed they weren’t working with the Russian government. Now that claim looks, well, ridiculous. Here’s what they said on Saturday, shortly after Donald Trump bombed Syria, a Russian ally. Respectfully, what the fuck are you doing?” they …

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Coalition and Syrian opposition forces repel ISIS attack

April 10, 2017

(CNN)Anti-ISIS coalition troops and allied Syrian opposition forces have repelled an attack by the terrorist group on a joint base in southern Syria, according to the coalition. “Coalition and partnered forces engaged and defended the ISIS attack with direct fire before destroying enemy assault vehicles and the remaining fighters with multiple coalition airstrikes,” the coalition said in a news release. It is not known how long the battle lasted. …

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Rep. McClintock’s town hall gets personal

April 9, 2017

(CNN)Republican Rep. Tom McClintock faced jeers, boos and shouts of “do your job” at a town hall meeting in his California district Saturday, but one thing the crowd liked was his stance on Syria — precisely because he criticized President Donald Trump’s decision to strike an air base in that country on Thursday. “I think that this President does need to be held to the letter of the Constitution,” McClintock told the crowd. “I believe his attack on …

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Haley: No political solution in Syria with Assad in power

April 9, 2017

(CNN)US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said in an interview airing Sunday on CNN that until Syrian President Bashar al-Assad is out of power, she doesn’t see a political solution to the conflict in Syria. “There’s not any sort of option where a political solution is going to happen with Assad at the head of the regime,” Haley told “State of the Union” anchor Jake Tapper. “It just — if you look at his actions, if you look at the …

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Sen. Blumenthal on Syria policy: ‘Russia is testing us’

April 8, 2017

Washington (CNN)Democratic Sen. Richard Blumenthal on Friday blamed Russia for Syria’s links to chemical weapons, condemning Moscow for breaking an agreement to dispose of Syria’s stock of deadly gas. On CNN’s “Erin Burnett OutFront” Friday night, Blumenthal said Russia “clearly” failed to uphold its end of a bargain made between Russian President Vladimir Putin and former US President Barack Obama in 2013 to oversee the elimination of Syria’s …

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Rep. Tulsi Gabbard ‘skeptical’ that Assad regime behind gas attack

April 8, 2017

(CNN)Democratic Rep. Tulsi Gabbard said she’s “skeptical” that Bashar al-Assad’s regime was behind the chemical weapons attack that killed dozens of people in Syria. Gabbard’s remarks came after Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said, “We have a very high level of confidence that the attacks were carried out by aircraft under the direction of the Bashar al-Assad regime,” and President Donald Trump said: “There can be no dispute that Syria used …

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Young Syrian girl tweets support for strikes on base

April 8, 2017

(CNN)President Donald Trump has one very vocal supporter of his decision to launch military strikes on Syria — a 7-year-old girl. Bana Alabed, a young Syrian refugee who now lives in Turkey, tweeted out her feelings a few hours after the missile attack began. “I am a Syrian child who suffered under Bashar al Asad & Putin,” she wrote. “I welcome Donald Trump action against the killers of my people.” …

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Lawmakers praise Syria strike, want more consultation from White House

April 8, 2017

… commander-in-chief, they have sent an important message the United States will no longer stand idly by as Assad, aided and abetted by Putin’s Russia, slaughters innocent Syrians with chemical weapons and barrel bombs,” McCain and Graham said in a joint statement. “Unlike the previous administration, President Trump confronted a pivotal moment in Syria and took action. For that, he deserves the support of the American people.” …

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Trump’s full remarks following US strikes on Syria

April 7, 2017

(CNN)“My fellow Americans, on Tuesday, Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad launched a horrible chemical weapons attack on innocent civilians. Tonight I ordered a targeted military strike on the airfield in Syria from where the chemical attack was launched. It is in this vital national security of the United States to prevent and deter the spread and use of deadly chemical weapons. There can be no dispute that Syria used banned chemical weapons, violated its obligations under the Chemical …

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Rubio hails Syria strikes, says Russians don’t have ‘standing’ to criticize

April 7, 2017

Washington (CNN)Sen. Marco Rubio, a longtime hawk on Syria, praised the US airstrike on a Syrian airfield days after a chemical attack on innocents attributed to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. Following news that President Donald Trump had green-lit the US action, Rubio said on CNN’s “Anderson Cooper 360” that Russia could not fairly criticize the military strike because Russia backed Assad — who is accused of perpetrating the attack on his own people. “They …

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US-led coalition: 229 civilian deaths in strikes since 2014

April 2, 2017

(CNN)At a time of growing concern about civilian casualties in Iraq, the US-led coalition issued a report Saturday that says at least 229 civilians likely have been killed by coalition strikes there and in Syria since Operation Inherent Resolve began nearly three years ago. The number could grow significantly if an investigation into airstrikes on a neighborhood in Mosul, Iraq, in mid-March finds the operation unintentionally killed scores of residents. An senior Iraqi health official told CNN …

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Investigation of Mosul civil casualties expanded

March 31, 2017

… ordered by Lt. Gen. Stephen Townsend, the commander of US and coalition forces in Iraq and Syria. It will look into US airstrikes that took place over several days — roughly between March 14 and March 23. “Since we believe a coalition strike contributed in at least some way to the civilian casualties, Lt. Gen. Townsend has directed that the civilian casualty assessment move directly to a formal 15-6 investigation for all allegations in the al-Jadidah neighborhood on or around March …

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