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October 27, 2016 12:14 AM Warning of ISIS Plots Against West, U.S. Plans Assault on Raqqa

WASHINGTON — The fight to retake Raqqa, the Syrian city that serves as the capital of the Islamic State, must begin soon — within weeks — to disrupt planning believed to be underway there to stage terrorist attacks on the West, senior Defense Department and military officials said on Wednesday. Lt. Gen. Stephen Townsend, the top American military commander 79

October 26, 2016 11:27 AM Turkey says Kurdish militia should not be in Syrian Raqqa operation

ANKARA A planned operation to retake the Syrian city of Raqqa from Islamic State should be carried out by local forces and the Kurdish YPG militia should not be included, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said on Wednesday. The United States regards the YPG as an ally in its fight against Islamic State, but Turkey regards it as a terrorist organization 40

October 26, 2016 7:27 AM Turkey says barrel bombs have hit Syrian opposition fighters

ANKARA, Turkey – Turkey's state-run news agency says a helicopter believed to belong to Syrian government forces has dropped barrel bombs in a deadly attack on Turkey-backed opposition forces in the border area. The Anadolu Agency, quoting military officials, reported on Wednesday that two opposition fighters were killed in the attack in the village 41

October 26, 2016 12:19 AM US Says Alleged Bali Bombing Figure to Stay at Guantanamo

A U.S. government review board has rejected the release of the alleged Southeastern Asian terrorist leader known as Hambali from the prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. The Periodic Review Board said in a short statement released Tuesday that Hambali continues to be a "significant threat to the security of the United States." It came to the same conclusion 49

October 25, 2016 4:12 PM Tunisia arrests two Americans suspected of ties to Islamic State: security official

TUNIS Police in Tunisia have arrested two American citizens on suspicion of terrorist activities after finding videos and pictures praising Islamic State, a security official said on Tuesday. The official said the suspects, aged 29 and 32, had come to Tunisia to study and that one of them had married a Tunisian woman who had traveled to Syria. The men are due to appear 29

October 25, 2016 9:05 AM How will Trump supporters react if he loses?

What will happen if Hillary Clinton wins the U.S. presidency, as is widely predicted? Will Trump’s supporters raise pitchforks and torches on Nov. 9, rejecting the results — or will they accept the loss? Donald Trump has ratcheted up claims of voter fraud, alleging that the Nov. 8 election may be “rigged” against him, and he has refused to pledge that he would 286

October 25, 2016 6:23 AM Threatened in Mosul, Islamic State Uses Alternative Tactics

BAGHDAD — Dozens of Islamic State fighters struck at dawn, storming government and security compounds in and around the northern Iraqi city of Kirkuk last week, in a coordinated assault more than 100 miles (160 kilometers) from the front lines of the Mosul offensive. Over the last two years, the extremists have adopted innovative tactics and launched 56

October 25, 2016 2:55 AM More than 50 killed as militants attack police academy in Pakistan

ISLAMABAD, PAKISTAN — More than 50 people were killed when a group of terrorists stormed a police training college in Quetta, capital of Pakistan’s restive Baluchistan province, Monday night, officials said. The attack was carried out around 10 p.m. and the terrorists donning suicide vests killed mostly police cadets under training as they opened fire and detonated 48

October 24, 2016 9:35 PM Trump misfires on Mosul

Donald Trump this weekend called the U.S.-backed offensive in the Iraqi city of Mosul "a total disaster" that is making America look "so dumb." He's dismissed U.S. intelligence assessments that Moscow is hacking the 2016 elections, while declaring Russian President Vladimir Putin a better leader than U.S. President Barack Obama. He has even said he knows 30

October 23, 2016 11:11 PM Plans to send heavier weapons to CIA-backed rebels in Syria stall amid White House skepticism

As rebel-held sections of Aleppo crumbled under Russian bombing this month, the Obama administration was secretly weighing plans to rush more firepower to CIA-backed units in Syria. The proposal, which involved weapons that might help these forces defend themselves against Russian aircraft and artillery, made its way onto the agenda of a recent meeting 48