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Is Donald Trump a Russian agent? A nonpartisan guide to national security and foreign policy issues in the presidential election (part I)

Will we be less safe during the next administration?<p>According to Hillary Clinton and her supporters, Donald Trump is crazy friendly with Russian president Vladimir Putin, a bad man who hates America and threatens its interests, and therefore Trump cannot be trusted even with U.S. intelligence …

Battle for Mosul: The Iraqi fighters closing in on ISIS

<b>Bazwaya, Iraq (CNN) —</b> It is across the ghostly silence and dense dust of the berms between ISIS' Mosul and advancing Iraqi special forces that the final chapter of ISIS' extinction in Iraq will play out.<p>Yet at dusk on Saturday, the 2 kilometers between the US-trained Golden Division and the …

Special Forces

23 Intense Photographs From The Military Offensive To Take Back Mosul From ISIS

BuzzFeed News has been reporting from the front lines of the battle for Mosul since military operations officially began in mid-October.<p>In the two weeks since the long-awaited offensive to wrest Mosul from ISIS began, Iraqi and Kurdish forces have been gradually pushing forward, liberating villages …

Special Forces

India Offers to Buy Hundreds of Foreign Fighter Planes—with One Catch

India is offering to buy hundreds of fighter planes from foreign manufacturers – as long as the jets are made in India and with a local partner, air …

Air Force Chief to Donald Trump: America's Military Is Not a 'Disaster'

“I can tell you the United States military is not any sort of disaster,” U.S. Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James said in an interview with the</i> …

This is the only way America can win the new Cold War with Russia

Recent allegations by the U.S. that Russia is trying to interfere in its presidential election underline a grim but unavoidable point: Whether …

Geopolitics

Policy Prescriptions: Trump and Clinton on immigration

WASHINGTON (AP) — There is no doubt the two presidential candidates have dramatically different approaches on immigration.<p>In tone, Republican Donald Trump often highlights violent crimes perpetrated by immigrants in the country illegally, with aggressive rhetoric that emphasizes nationalism. …

Immigration

Indian police shoot dead eight Islamists after prison escape | Reuters

BHUBANESHWAR, India (Reuters) - Indian police shot dead eight Islamist prisoners who had escaped from jail hours earlier on Monday by using knotted bedsheets to scale the walls, officials said.<p>Police officers and Special Task Force soldiers stand beside dead bodies of the suspected members of the …

Islamism

New reports emerge of army attacks on Myanmar's Rohingya

YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — Just five months after her party took power, Myanmar's Nobel Peace Prize-winning leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, is facing international pressure over recent reports that soldiers have been killing, raping and burning homes of the country's long-persecuted Rohingya Muslims.<p>The U.S. …

Paris attacks survivor recounts night of horror in ‘My Bataclan’ graphic novel

Fred Dewilde was at the Bataclan music hall on the ill-fated night of November 13, 2015, when more than 90 people were massacred. As the one-year anniversary nears, he tells FRANCE 24 how writing a graphic novel helped him on the road to recovery.<p>The drawings are in black and white and the language …

France

A conversation with the general running the war against ISIS

<b>(CNN) —</b> As US-backed Iraqi forces move closer to wresting control of Mosul from ISIS, plans are already underway for striking the heart of the terrorist group's would-be "caliphate," the Syrian city of Raqqa.<p>Both cities are the major objectives in a new and largely untested kind of American …

Islam

Ex-Jihadists Try to Curb IS Appeal in Indonesia

Indonesia is filled with counter-extremism programs, but one major criticism of them is that anti-radicalism efforts from moderate Muslim groups like …

Syrian political opposition says hopes Clinton wins U.S. presidency | Reuters

GENEVA (Reuters) - Syria’s political opposition hopes Hillary Clinton wins the U.S. presidential election next week because she has a better understanding of the conflict than Donald Trump, according to members of a delegation holding talks at the United Nations.<p>President of the Syrian National …

Middle East

Edward Snowden Thinks Russia Is Behind The NSA Hack

Edward Snowden, the whistleblower, is of the belief that, in all probability, Russia is responsible for the alleged US National Security Agency (NSA) …

Two years of fear: Christian widow survives Islamic State | Reuters

ERBIL, Iraq (Reuters) - An elderly Christian widow who survived two years of Islamic State rule over her northern Iraqi town said the jihadists threatened to kill her, forced her to spit on a crucifix and made her stamp on an image of the Virgin Mary.<p>Zarifa Badoos Daddo, 77, was reunited with her …

Islam

Mali Islamist militant leader announces unilateral cease-fire | Reuters

BAMAKO (Reuters) - The leader of the Islamist militant group Ansar Dine has agreed to cease attacks in Mali that have killed dozens of civilians, soldiers and U.N. peacekeepers this year, the president of the West African nation’s top Islamic body said on Monday.<p>Al Qaeda-linked Ansar Dine and other …

Africa

Controversial Chinese cybersecurity law enters home stretch for approval | Reuters

BEIJING (Reuters) - A controversial Chinese cybersecurity law that has sparked protests from foreign governments and business groups neared approval on Monday as parliament held the third reading of the draft bill.<p>A map of China is seen through a magnifying glass on a computer screen showing binary …

North Africa

Trade experts are worried Britain is losing the 'war for talent' when it comes to Brexit negotiations

A host of industry experts told The Times newspaper that Britain doesn't look anywhere near to being ready to enter negotiations, which are set to begin in March as soon as Article 50 is triggered.<p>"My impression is they're not [recruiting]," an unnamed seasoned negotiator told the paper.<p>"It's …

Poll: Doubt over OPEC output deal keeps oil price view in check | Reuters

(Reuters) - Reservations over the ability of the world’s largest oil producers to reach a binding agreement to limit output has prompted analysts to leave their price outlook broadly unchanged, a Reuters poll showed on Monday.<p>Used oil barrels are seen outside a garage in Cuevas del Becerro, near …

Oil

Russian families mourn the year anniversary of an ISIS-claimed airliner bombing that killed 224

Saint Petersburg (AFP) - Relatives of some of the 224 people killed in the bombing of a Russian airliner over Egypt attended ceremonies Monday in Saint Petersburg to mark a year since the disaster.<p>Mourners lit candles at a memorial service at the northwestern city's Holy Trinity Izmailovsky …

Syrian army says rebel bombardment of Aleppo killed 84 in three days | Reuters

BEIRUT (Reuters) - Syria’s army said on Monday the Nusra Front and what the army called other terrorist groups had killed 84 people, mostly women and children, in Aleppo during the past three days, in a bombardment that included chemical weapons and rocket fire.<p>The Nusra Front broke allegiance with …

Middle East

Iraqi fighters are hitting Mosul city limits

Elite counterterrorism forces were facing mortar fire as they pushed from the Christian town of Bartalla toward Mosul's eastern suburbs, AFP correspondents at the front said.<p>As an aircraft struck a suspected Islamic State mortar position in the distance, a convoy of Humvees sprayed gunfire across …

Israel: Charges Against Poet Dareen Tatour Should be Dropped

• Home<br>• Israel: Charges Against Poet Dareen Tatour Should be Dropped<p>FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE<p>NEW YORK—PEN America calls on Israeli authorities to drop the …

Turkey detains editor and staff at opposition Cumhuriyet newspaper

Turkish police have detained the editor and at least 12 senior staff of Turkey’s opposition Cumhuriyet newspaper in a widening crackdown on dissenting voices.<p>The editor-in-chief, Murat Sabuncu, the cartoonist, Musa Kart, the paper’s lawyer and several columnists were detained, some following raids …

North Africa

Israeli minister calls for country to build more settlements in response to UN criticism

An Israeli minister has called for the country to annex more land in the West Bank if the United Nations Security Council passes a resolution …

Battle for Mosul: Civilians Caught Between ISIS, Iraq Forces

DEBAGA, Iraq — Khalid Fathi is hemmed in — by a barbed wire fence that surrounds this camp for displaced people and by the war that has claimed half his family.<p>Before he fled his village south of Mosul in July, ISIS fighters decapitated his brother for passing information to the Iraqi military and …

United Nations

New Program Aims to Change Marine Corps' Fitness Culture

The Marine Corps prides itself on being the leanest and toughest of the fighting forces. But as force fitness instructors join units throughout the …

Military

Chicago Police Are Shooting Fewer People Since An Officer Killed Laquan McDonald

Chicago police are shooting fewer residents and drawing fewer civilian complaints than they were before protests over the fatal 2014 shooting of a …