Turkey and Russia start first joint patrols in north-eastern Syria

Turkish and Russian troops started their first joint patrols on Friday in north-eastern Syria, in line with a deal reached last week between Ankara and Moscow.

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CIA-backed Afghan forces committed war crimes during operations
Afghan forces backed by the US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) committed war crimes and other atrocities during operations, Human Rights Watch charged in a report on Thursday. The 50-page report, which studied 14 cases from late 2017 to mid-2019, found that paramilitary forces had killed civilians during night-time operations,... Read more
North Korea fires two ‘short-range’ missiles into Sea of Japan amid stalled nuke talks with U.S.

North Korea fired two projectiles into the Sea of Japan on Thursday, officials in South Korea and Japan said, in the nuclear-armed country’s 20th launch since May.

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Trump presents Medal of Honor to second Green Beret for actions in Battle of Shok Valley
WASHINGTON — With Green Berets pinned against a cliff atop an icy 10,000-foot Afghanistan mountain during a hellish firefight to capture an entrenched enemy leader, then-Army Sgt. Matthew O. Williams was where he needed to be. When two Green Berets were shot, Williams’ comrades said he was there to... Read more
Several march out during House VA committee debate on female veterans’ health bill
WASHINGTON — Several Republicans stormed out of a House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs hearing Tuesday after the panel’s Democratic chairman refused to allow them to introduce amendments to a health care bill for female veterans. “It’s frustrating and it angers me to think this is what this great committee... Read more
Germans demand all US military leave, claiming US war with Russia is inevitable

A democratic socialist faction of the German parliament is demanding the United States withdraw all 35,000 American troops from their nation, claiming that a war with Russia is inevitable and that America’s mere presence is incompatible with Germany’s visions of peace.

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Army Colonel Alexander Vindman testifies in Trump impeachment probe
Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman looked every part the American hero as he strode into the impeachment inquiry on Capitol Hill Tuesday poised to deliver a new hammer blow to President Trump. Wearing his full-dress Army uniform, the Purple Heart winner arrived to tell congressional investigators why he’s spilling the... Read more
North Korea warns it’s running out of patience amid stalled nuclear talks with US

North Korea warned on Sunday that it is running out of patience as nuclear talks with the United States remain stalled ahead of a year-end deadline set by leader Kim Jong Un.

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Navy secretary Spencer fires back at congresswoman’s criticism of USS Gerald Ford delays
WASHINGTON — Navy Secretary Richard Spencer on Wednesday called Rep. Elaine Luria’s criticisms about the delays affecting the USS Gerald Ford aircraft carrier “disparaging” and not helpful. “I look at her and other leadership on Hill who continually disparaged the Ford as a program, and I get a... Read more
Erdogan hits back after Trump praises Kurdish militia leader
ANKARA, Turkey — President Recep Tayyip Erdogan urged Donald Trump to “hand over” the leader of a Kurdish militia who’s been invited to the U.S. by senators, calling the commander and his fighters terrorists. Hours after Trump said in a tweet that he had “really enjoyed” talking to Mazloum... Read more
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