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February 7, 2018 4:00 AM Some U.S.-Backed Syrian Fighters Leave ISIS Battle to Counter Turkey

U.S. officials say hundreds have peeled away, and they fear more could go Members of a U.S.-backed force of Syrian fighters who played a critical role in the collapse of Islamic State have begun leaving that operation to counter Turkey’s offensive against Kurds along its border with Syria, according American officials and Syrian fighters. U.S. officials 56

February 4, 2018 8:32 AM Guillermo del Toro wins Directors Guild top award for 'The Shape of Water'

(Reuters) - Hollywood directors named Guillermo del Toro the best film director of 2017 for “The Shape of Water” on Saturday, placing the Mexican filmmaker and the film in a strong position for the movie world’s top honors, the Oscars, in March. The Directors Guild of America (DGA), the leading industry group representing film and television directors 56

February 2, 2018 12:00 PM The week in 37 photos

Kurds in Afrin, Syria, attend a funeral Monday, January 29, for people killed in recent battles near the Turkish border. Afrin has borne the brunt of Turkish attacks since January 20, when Ankara launched Operation Olive Branch to remove militants from the area along its border. The military operations have predominately targeted Kurdish fighters of the People's 58

February 2, 2018 1:13 AM US military photos from January

Army Staff Sgt. Justin Peck is acknowledged during President Donald Trump's first State of the Union address in Washington on Tuesday, January 30. Peck helped save the life of his comrade, Chief Petty Officer Kenton Stacy, after Stacy was severely wounded during an explosion near Raqqa, Syria, last November, while Peck and Stacey were on a mission to clear 42

January 23, 2018 9:57 AM Exclusive: Looted cash, gold helps Islamic State recruit in Philippines

MARAWI CITY, Philippines (Reuters) - Islamist insurgents looted cash, gold and jewellery worth tens of millions of dollars when they occupied a southern Philippines town last year, treasure one of their leaders has used to recruit around 250 fighters for fresh attacks. The military said Humam Abdul Najib escaped from Marawi City, which the militants 104

January 18, 2018 8:18 PM U.S. urges Turkey to remain focused on Islamic State, not attack Syria's Afrin

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. State Department urged Turkey on Thursday not to take military action against Afrin region in Syria and called instead for Ankara to remain focused on fighting Islamic State militants in the region. Asked about signs that Turkey was preparing to strike a Kurdish militia in Afrin, State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert 54

January 11, 2018 8:51 PM Suspected Port Authority bomber Akayed Ullah pleads not guilty ‘at this moment’

Accused bomber Akayed Ullah pleaded not guilty Thursday to charges that he detonated an explosive in the Port Authority Bus Terminal in Midtown last month. When Manhattan Federal Judge Richard Sullivan asked Ullah his plea, Ullah replied, "At this moment, not guilty." Ullah, who taunted President Trump in a Facebook post hours before the attack, is facing 59

December 18, 2017 9:52 PM Former D.C. cop convicted of trying to help the Islamic State

Ex-Metro cop Nicholas Young, 38, was convicted of trying to help ISIS on Monday. A grand jury convicted a former Washington, D.C. police officer on Monday of trying to help the Islamic State with material support and obstruction of justice. Ex-Metro Police Transit Officer Nicholas Young, of Fairfax, Va., was arrested last summer for attempting to send the terrorist 54

December 14, 2017 9:02 PM U.S. jets use warning flares to chase away Russian jets over Syria

WASHINGTON — Two U.S. fighter jets intercepted two Russian planes in Syria on Wednesday after the Russians crossed a "deconfliction line," and the U.S. fired chaff and warning flares in a confrontation that lasted 40 minutes, an American military spokesman said Thursday. Russian planes have been breaching U.S./coalition airspace up to eight times a day since 58

December 1, 2017 6:20 PM U.S. remains committed to Libyan political agreement: State Department

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States remains committed to the Libyan Political Agreement, the State Department said in a statement following U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson’s meeting with Libyan Prime Minister Fayez al-Sarraj on Friday. “Attempts to bypass the UN-facilitated political process or impose a military solution to the conflict would 53