Watchdog: Trump administration lacks strategy to fight Afghanistan’s dangerous heroin trade
WASHINGTON – The Trump administration says it’s on the brink of inking a deal with the Taliban that could pave the way for an end to America’s longest war. But despite the zeal to reach a political settlement with the militant Afghan group, the White House has neglected to... Read more
Man faces 20 years for terrorist plot in Kansas City in support of ISIS
A 20-year sentence and lifetime supervision will deter Robert Lorenzo Hester, Jr. and others like him from from the “clarion call” of the Islamic State, federal prosecutors wrote in a memorandum seeking the maximum penalty for a Columbia man who pleaded guilty to aiding terrorists. In opposition to the... Read more
Army doubles original purchase of new Barrett sniper rifle
The US Army is excited for its new anti-personnel precision rifle, nearly doubling their orders. Budget documents show a new desire by the Army to obtain 536 additional Precision Sniper Rifles (PSR), nearly twice the original order of 357 previously placed. The Tennessee-made PSR, which is built by Barrett... Read more
Raids across Turkey as prosecutors issue 695 warrants for coup links
Istanbul (dpa) – Turkish prosecutors issued warrants for 695 people, including serving soldiers, for their alleged links to a suspected 2016 coup mastermind, state news agency Anadolu reported on Tuesday. The suspects being sought in raids across the country include Justice Ministry workers, former and current soldiers, and former... Read more
Trump calls on Russia to stop supporting ‘atrocities’ in Syria
WASHINGTON — U.S. President Donald Trump has called on Russia to stop its support for what he called the Syrian government’s “atrocities” in the country’s conflict. In a statement released by the White House on Sunday, Deputy Press Secretary Judd Deere said that Trump, in a phone call with... Read more
Taliban claims deal with US to be signed by end of February
Kabul (dpa) – An agreement between the Taliban and the United States will be signed by the end of February, the militia’s political spokesman based in Qatar, Suhail Shaheen, told dpa on Monday. US and Taliban representatives have been holding talks aimed at finding a political solution to the... Read more
Syrian air defenses confront “hostile targets” near Damascus

Syrian air defences confronted “hostile targets” which breached the country’s air space near the capital Damascus, state media reported late Thursday.

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Syrian going to prison in Germany for posing with severed head
Koblenz, Germany (dpa) – A man who posed with a severed head in his home country of Syria is being sent to prison in Germany for the crime, following a court ruling in the city of Koblenz on Thursday. The western city’s higher regional court sentenced the man, who... Read more
Watchdog: US reconstruction in Afghanistan cost thousands of lives
Kabul (dpa) – According to a US watchdog, reconstruction and stabilization activities in Afghanistan have left 5,135 people killed or injured. The US Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR) released a report late Monday titled “The human cost of reconstruction” in the war-ravaged country. The incidents happened during... Read more
Turkey sends more reinforcements to ‘control territory’ in Idlib
Istanbul (dpa) – Turkey is boosting its reinforcements to its military observation posts in Idlib province in north-western Syria to control the area, Defence Minister Hulusi Akar says. “We are sending additional troops to implement and ensure the ceasefire,” state news agency Anadolu quoted Akar as saying on the... Read more
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