Michael Thatcher

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The US dropped more than 26,000 bombs in 2016 — here is where they went

For a nation that isn't officially at war against another nation, the United States dropped an awful lot of bombs on a pretty large number of countries last year, according to research by Micah Zenko, a senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations, and research associate Jennifer …

Turkey turning over a new leaf with Syria

While the countdown to peace talks for the Syrian conflict continues, Turkey is signaling a change in its policy on the country. What are Ankara’s …

Taiwan leader heads to Americas; US stops set to irk China

BEIJING (AP) — An official with President-elect Donald Trump's transition team said Saturday that neither Trump nor transition officials would be …

John Kerry surprised by Theresa May criticism on Israel

Katty Kay presses outgoing Secretary of State John Kerry on his Israel speech, the Russia hacking allegations, and other topics from his tenure.

Taiwan president heads to US as Beijing keeps watch for any Trump contact

Taiwan’s president, Tsai Ing-wen, left for the United States on Saturday on her way to Central America, a trip that will be scrutinised by China, incensed by her congratulatory call to Donald Trump.<p>While the focus of the nine-day trip is to bolster relations with Taiwan’s Central American allies, …

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US to deploy hundreds of Marines to Afghanistan

The US will send 300 Marines to train Afghan forces in the embattled Helmand province, adding to nearly 10,000 US troops still in the country. The …

Iraqi forces close in on Tigris in Islamic State stronghold Mosul | Reuters

MOSUL, Iraq/BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Iraqi special forces closed in on the Tigris river that runs through central Mosul on Saturday, advancing in parallel with other troops and forcing Islamic State to retreat in its last major stronghold in the country.<p>Iraqi forces backed by tribal militias during …