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‘Peace in Syria can’t be reached through Western interference’: UK’s Baroness Cox tells RT
Bashar Assad has enormous support both from his people and unarmed opposition groups for his fight against Islamic State, despite the West’s push for regime change in Syria, says Baroness Caroline Cox. The UK House of Lords peer was speaking to RT after meeting the Syrian leader. Read Full Article at
1254 points by Russia Today | Bashar al-Assad Syria Iraq Democracy Damascus Islamism Hamas House of Lords
Turkey has informed Germany that lawmakers can visit air base, Foreign minister says
ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkey has informed the German government that a group of its lawmakers are allowed to visit the Incirlik Air Base in southern Turkey at the beginning of October, Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said on Friday.
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Top Syrian Rebel Commander Killed in Airstrike
Abu Omar Saraqib was meeting with other rebel commanders on the outskirts of the embattled northern city of Aleppo when the attack occurred.
189 points by The Wall Street Journal | Syria Bashar al-Assad United States Hafez al-Assad Iraq Iraq War George W. Bush History of Syria
Iran vessel 'harasses,' sails close to US Navy ship in Gulf: US officials
A US Navy coastal patrol ship changed course after a fast-attack craft from Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps came within 100 yards (91 meters) of it in the central Gulf on Sunday, US Defense Department officials said on Tuesday.
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Dozens held as teachers protest suspensions in Turkey's southeast, union says
DIYARBAKIR (Reuters) - Turkish police detained dozens of people and used water cannon on Friday to disperse several hundred teachers demonstrating against their suspension from classrooms in the largely Kurdish city of Diyarbakir, union sources said and TV footage showed.
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Iraq expels Islamic State families from local communities
TIKRIT, Iraq (Reuters) - Iraqi authorities are expelling the families of suspected Islamic State members from their homes as the jihadist group loses ground, raising fears of communal violence if people seek to settle old scores.
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WARgrams released: How NSA used Iraq War as springboard for global intel gathering
Newly published documents from the beginning of the Iraq invasion reveal how the NSA used the “war on terror” to develop its global intelligence capabilities and strengthen the surveillance network exposed by Edward Snowden. Read Full Article at
579 points by Russia Today | Iraq War Iraq George W. Bush 2003 invasion of Iraq United States War on Terrorism Opposition to the Iraq War Al-Qaeda in Iraq
PolitiFact: Trump wasn’t against the Iraq War
During NBC’s “Commander-in-Chief Forum” on Sept. 7, Donald Trump said, “I was totally against the war in Iraq.”Our rulingTrump said he was “totally against the war in Iraq.” While he came to that position when the war became difficult, earlier on he was more accepting of military action. In 2002, as...
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Mosul battle plans ready, could be concluded by year-end - Kurdish leader
BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Military plans to retake Mosul from Islamic State are ready and the northern Iraqi city might be recaptured before the end of the year, the president of Iraq's autonomous Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) said on Friday.
53 points by Reuters | Iraq Islam Reuters Thomson Reuters Iraqi Army Iraq War Iraqi Kurdistan News agency
Trump's foreign policy nuttiness was on full display in NBC forum
During NBC’s “Commander-In-Chief Forum” Wednesday night, Donald Trump demonstrated why he would be a constant embarrassment to his country should he ever be unleashed on the world stage with all the powers of the American presidency. Much of the post-forum buzz has been about interviewer Matt Lauer’s...
711 points by Los Angeles Times | President of the United States Iraq War George W. Bush Barack Obama United States 2003 invasion of Iraq Commander-in-chief Iraq
NATO chief says welcomes Turkey's efforts against IS: NTV
NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said on Friday he welcomed Turkey's efforts against Islamic State and that Ankara had a right to defend itself.
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Kerry and Lavrov holding talks on Syria ceasefire deal
Washington says snap meeting will cover how to put an end to fighting and further humanitarian aid for Syrian people.
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Turkish air strikes destroy four targets in northern Syria: military
ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkish air strikes destroyed four stationary targets in northern Syria on Friday, the military said in a statement, as it continues attacks against militants in the region.
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Iranian oil output stagnates for third month amid OPEC bargaining
Iran's steep oil output growth has stalled in the past three months, new data showed, suggesting Tehran might be struggling to fulfil its plans to raise production to new highs while demanding to be excluded from any OPEC deals on supply curbs.
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The Marines wouldn't take him. So Levi Shirley went to war on his own
Levi Shirley wanted nothing more than to be a Marine. In high school, he taught an informal class on Marine Corps history at the recruiting office a few miles from his house and worked out with the men posted there. His mother, Susan, was less excited. Her ex-husband did three combat tours in Vietnam...
2127 points by Los Angeles Times | Kurdish people Syria Kurdish language Iraq Islam Son United States Marine Corps Anxiety
The politics of Hajj
Hajj -- an annual pilgrimage of people, united in spite of sectarian beliefs, regional divisions and rivalries. But this year that chorus will be diminished, writes Nima Elbagir.
168 points by CNN | Mecca Ali Khamenei Iran Saudi Arabia Islam Iraq Ruhollah Khomeini Sharia
Suspected Aleppo chlorine attack chokes dozens, rescue workers, monitors say 
A suspected chlorine gas attack on an opposition-held neighborhood in the Syrian city of Aleppo caused dozens of cases of suffocation on Tuesday, rescue workers and a monitoring group said.
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NATO chief says welcomes Turkey's efforts against Islamic State: NTV
ANKARA (Reuters) - NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said on Friday he welcomed Turkey's efforts against Islamic State and that Ankara had a right to defend itself.
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Gary Johnson just has one simple question: ‘And what is Aleppo?’
It would be easy to describe Gary Johnson's appearance on MSNBC's "Morning Joe" on Thursday as having doomed his third-party candidacy for president were it not for the fact that his candidacy was already doomed.
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US air raid kills Syrian rebel commander, rebels say
Abu Hajer al Homsi, a founding member of Jabhat Fatah al-Sham, is killed in suspected US strike, rebel source says.
1288 points by Al Jazeera English | Bashar al-Assad Syria Iraq War Iraq Hafez al-Assad Jordan Levant History of Syria
World Briefs: Suspicious car brings arrests
PARIS — Two brothers and their girlfriends were in custody Thursday in connection with a car full of gas cylinders that was illegally parked for four days in Paris, authorities said.
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Lauer’s rough night increases pressure on debate moderators
Traffic cop or truth detector? The rough reception given Matt Lauer for his back-to-back interviews with Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump laid bare a disagreement over whether journalists who moderate presidential debates should call candidates out for telling lies.Online critics hit Lauer for spend...
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Turkish leader calls for U.S.-Turkey 'joint operation' in Syria
A key political ally of Turkey’s president says defeating the Islamic State in Syria will require U.S. troops joining Turkish military forces on the ground inside the war-torn nation — a move that would require a significant shift in the Obama administration’s current policy. “I don’t ...
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North Korea earthquake believed to be nuclear test
SEOUL (Reuters) - A seismic event in North Korea on Friday morning measured by the U.S. Geological Survey with a magnitude of 5.3 appeared to be a nuclear test, South Korea's meteorological agency said.
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Magnitude 5.3 seismic event in North Korea: USGS
(Reuters - The U.S. Geological Survey reported a 5.3-magnitude seismic event in North Korea on Friday, near a nuclear test site in the northeastern part of the county.
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Trump insists again he opposed Iraq war (he didn't)
Donald Trump on Thursday once again sought to convince the public that he opposed the Iraq War by pointing to statements he made after the US had already invaded the country.
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Gary Johnson swings and misses: 'What is Aleppo?'
Gary Johnson is confused about the civil war in Syria.         
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Forum puts focus on how Clinton is judged compared to Trump
WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (AP) — For months, Hillary Clinton's supporters have griped that she's held to a higher, harder standard than Donald Trump. After Wednesday night's forum on national security, those complaints became a rallying cry.
-1 points by Arizona Daily Star | Iraq War President of the United States George W. Bush Barack Obama 2003 invasion of Iraq Iraq American Revolutionary War Opposition to the Iraq War
Syria's war: Blasts hit Tartous, Homs, Hasaka
At least 48 killed, dozens wounded in five blasts in mostly government-held areas, including in Homs and Damascus.
1637 points by Al Jazeera English | Syria Bashar al-Assad Damascus President of the United States Latakia Iraq Al-Qaeda Hafez al-Assad
Donald Trump proposes expanded 'school choice' during visit to Cleveland charter school
Donald Trump looked back to the Baby Boomer generation and earlier during a Thursday afternoon speech at a Cleveland charter school, where he argued for an expansion of "school choice." CLEVELAND, Ohio -- Donald Trump looked back to the Baby Boomer generation and earlier during a Thursday afternoon speech at a Cleveland charter school, where he argued for an expansion of "school choice." "If we can put a man on the moon, dig out the Panama Canal and win two World Wars, I have no doubt that we can provide school choice to every disadvantaged child in the country," Trump said during his 40-minute speech, which focused on education issues. Trump spoke to a small, invitation-only crowd in the cafeteria of the Cleveland Arts and Social Sciences Academy, run by Accel Schools, an Arizona-based, for-profit operator of charter schools. He unveiled an education plan that included expanding merit pay, and creating a program to award $20 billion in grants for impoverished children to pursue "school choice" -- a catch-all phrase that refers to anything but traditional, government-run schools. The appearance at the school, in the heavily African-American Woodland Hills neighborhood, was part of Trump's ongoing effort to smooth over his "politically incorrect" political persona that many black voters and others have perceived as racist. Trump, speaking quietly and reading from a teleprompter, spoke of his intention to expand opportunities for inner-city residents and others. "My job will be to ensure that any American, African-American, Hispanic, anyone, will be placed on the ladder to success," Trump said. "I define that as a great education and a great job." He added: "You cannot have prosperity without safety. This is the new civil rights agenda of our time." Charter debate ongoing Trump's speech touched a nerve of the charter-school debate -- opponents argue that diverting public money toward charter schools does so at the expense of traditional ones, which are more accountable. Last year, lawmakers passed a series of reforms meant to improve oversight of charter schools, some of which have been particularly troubled in Ohio. And, a state government effort is ongoing to audit the $108 million in state funding sent to ECOT, the largest online school in the state, to see whether the school inflated the hours students actually spent taking online courses. "In Ohio, we've seen more than enough of the 'solutions' Donald Trump is selling, but we're not buying," Melissa Cropper, president of the Ohio Teachers Federation, said in a statement. "Unregulated, unaccountable for-profit charter schools--like the one Trump is visiting today--have destabilized our public districts, defrauded taxpayers, and left our kids and educators worse off, not better." Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton's published education plan includes increasing federal funding to modernize school buildings, improving teacher training and pay and working to end the "school to prison pipeline" by reforming laws and disciplinary policies and putting money toward behavioral interventions. Clinton has made supportive statements about charter schools in general, although she has criticized those operated by for-profit companies like the one that owns the Cleveland Arts and Social Sciences Academy. Trump insists he opposed Iraq war from the start Trump dedicated much of the beginning of his speech to doubling down on his frequent claim, which independent fact-checkers have found to be false, that he opposed the 2003 war in Iraq from the very beginning. He acknowledged telling Howard Stern in September 2002, the month before Congress voted to authorize the invasion, that he "guessed" he was in favor of invading Iraq. But he also cited instances in 2004 where he was quoted opposing the war, claiming that his subsequent statements "superseded" his earlier ones. Trump summed up his claims about the Iraq War: "Had I been in Congress at the time, I would have cast a vote in opposition." Trump also declared that had he would have been "tougher on terrorism." "Osama bin Laden would have been "caught a long time ago before he was ultimately caught... prior to the demolition of the World Trade Center," Trump said. Trump meets with students, school officials Before Trump's speech, he met for 20 minutes for a "roundtable" discussion in one of the school's classrooms with a group of students, charter-school officials and others. Seated to Trump's right was Debroah Mays, the head of the school. To his left was Ron Packard, the CEO of ACCEL schools. Packard, a prominent figure in the charter-schools market, in 2015 bought the Cleveland Arts and Social Sciences Academy and other schools as part of an expansion into the Ohio education marketplace, The Plain Dealer has reported. Trump asked the students what they thought of how the school compared to a traditional public school. He also asked school officials and State Rep. Andrew Brenner, the Republican chair of the Ohio house's education committee, about charter-school funding in Ohio. Among the school officials who participated was Chris Delk, a school board member who is a Cleveland police detective. Delk said he is passionate about the charter-school movement because it provides an opportunity for him to show children that "not all police are bad." Trump responded by praising Cleveland police for their performance during the Republican National Convention. "Say hello to your commissioner... your chief. They were absolutely fantastic. You know, for weeks they were ohh, there's going to be riots," said Trump, who himself in March predicted "riots" if he were to have been blocked from receiving the nomination. "But they kept it down. It was so an incredible job. Really professional. So thank you." In an interview, Mays said she didn't want to speculate why her school was chosen. But she said while Trump's visit complicated the school day, it provided the school an opportunity to talk to him about charter-school funding issues. "For the children who were exposed to [the visit], I definitely think it was a wonderful educational experience. You turn on the news, and you see politics every day. But for our [students] who were exposed to it, this was a chance to see it up close and personal," she said. Later Thursday, Trump headed to a pair of private fundraisers -- one at the TownHall restaurant in the Ohio City neighborhood organized by Cuyahoga County Republican Party Chairman Rob Frost and Tony George, a politically active local businessman, and another at the home of Ed Crawford, an industrialist who is the state finance chair for Trump's presidential campaign. Trump was last in Cleveland on Monday, when he participated in a "roundtable discussion" with a few organized-labor figures before dropping by the Canfield Fair in Mahoning County.
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Top commander of former Nusra group killed in aerial raid in Syria: rebel sources
AMMAN (Reuters) - The top military commander of the militant Jabhat Fateh al Sham, a former al Qaeda offshoot in Syria, was killed in an aerial raid that targeted a meeting of the group's leaders, two rebel sources said on Thursday.
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In fairness to Gary Johnson, even NY Times is clueless about Aleppo
After Libertarian Party presidential nominee Gary Johnson embarrassingly admitted he didn't know what the Syrian city of Aleppo was during an interview, the New York Times tried to ridicule the incident, but instead made three major errors of its own. Read Full Article at
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Kerry to meet Lavrov about Syria in Geneva on Friday
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry will meet Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov in Geneva on Friday in an effort to move toward a political agreement to end the Syrian civil war, the U.S. State Department said on Thursday.
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Syrian government forces capture more areas in Aleppo
BEIRUT — Syrian government forces and their allies captured new ground on the edge of the contested northern city of Aleppo on Thursday, tightening the siege on rebel-held parts of the city, state media and an activist group said.The latest push came after pro-government troops recaptured several military academies over the weekend that they had lost in attacks by insurgents a month ago.
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Iranian faction among Kurds trained by US against militants
KHARABRUD, Iraq — An Iranian Kurdish rebel group received military training in weapons and explosives from U.S. and European advisers as part of the international program backing Kurds in the war against the Islamic State group in Iraq, the group's commander told The Associated Press.
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Trump dismisses fact checkers, claims incorrectly once again that he opposed Iraq War
The claim drew renewed scrutiny Wednesday evening after NBC's "Commander-in-Chief" forum.
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Texas man who held baby at gunpoint is vet who suffers from PTSD
A Texas man accused of holding his baby girl at gunpoint in a hospital is an Iraq war veteran who’s “not all there,” his uncle said.
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8 things you should know about Aleppo, including what it is
Libertarian presidential candidate Gary Johnson had some trouble recognizing the name of a major Syrian city on Thursday. “What is Aleppo?” he asked in an interview on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.” (In his defense, he claimed that he thought it was an acronym.) We’re here to help.  1. What is Aleppo? ...
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At least five killed in explosion in Syria's Jarablus: Turkish security sources
ISTANBUL (Reuters) - At least five people were killed and 12 wounded in an Islamic State attack in the Syrian border town of Jarablus, Turkish security and hospital sources said on Thursday, only a day after civilians started returning to their homes in the town.
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Mosul Offensive to Begin in Coming Weeks, General Says
Lt. Gen. Stephen Townsend, the new commander of the U.S.-led military coalition against Islamic State, says fight to retake the jihadist-held city will be long and difficult.
1170 points by The Wall Street Journal | Islam Iraq Fertile Crescent Egypt Israel Arabic language Ottoman Empire Turkey
French helicopters to rescue 110 stuck in cable car at over 3,000 meters
PARIS (Reuters) - Helicopters are being sent to rescue 110 people stuck at over 3,000 meters altitude in a cable car that links France and Italy near Europe's highest mountain, the Mont Blanc, police said.
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Suspected Aleppo chlorine attack chokes dozens: rescue workers, monitors
BEIRUT (Reuters) - A suspected chlorine gas attack on an opposition-held neighborhood in the Syrian city of Aleppo caused dozens of cases of suffocation on Tuesday, rescue workers and a monitoring group said.
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As hajj nears, Saudi Arabia aims to avoid another disaster
Saudi officials prepped for the pilgrimage to Mecca with steps aimed at avoiding another disaster.       
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Iraq gears up for late-year push to retake Mosul from Islamic State
QAYYARA AIRBASE, Iraq (Reuters) - The U.S.-led war on Islamic State has depleted the group's funds, leadership and foreign fighters, but the biggest battle yet is expected later this year in Iraq's northern city of Mosul, where Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi declared his "caliphate" two years ago.
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Turkish military says takes control of four settlements in Syria operation
ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkey's military said on Thursday it had taken control of four residential areas in northern Syria as it presses an offensive to sweep Islamic State out of a patch of border territory and prevent Kurdish militia fighters gaining ground in their wake.
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German hardline preacher's trial for helping Syria militants begins
DUESSELDORF, Germany (Reuters) - A German man charged with supporting an Islamist militant group in Syria stayed silent on the first day of his trial in Duesseldorf on Tuesday, though his lawyer told the court that the prosecution was "flying blind" and its witnesses were unfit.
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Syrians on haj pray for peace; Damascus says Riyadh plays politics
MECCA, Saudi Arabia (Reuters) - Syrians from territory held by opposing sides in the civil war prayed together for peace as they flew to Mecca for the haj, even as President Bashar al-Assad's government accused Saudi Arabia of politicizing the annual Muslim pilgrimage.
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'What is Aleppo?': Gary Johnson misses big-time on tragic Syrian city
Gary Johnson is confused about the civil war in Syria.         
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Critics blast Matt Lauer during NBC forum

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Hillary Clinton unleashes on Donald Trump over national security
Hillary Clinton unleashed a torrent of attacks against Donald Trump's preparedness to be commander-in-chief Thursday morning, hours after an NBC forum exposed her opponent to criticism on multiple fronts.
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