APNewsBreak: About 4,000 more US troops to go to Afghanistan
Friday, June 16
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Pentagon will send almost 4,000 additional American forces to Afghanistan, a Trump administration official said Thursday, hoping to break a stalemate in a war that has now passed to a third U.S. commander in chief. The deployment will be the largest of American manpower under Donald Trump’s young presidency.Read More
ISIS Is Dropping Bombs on the U.S. and Syrian Armies
The U.S.-led offensive against the Islamic State militant group’s (ISIS) de facto capital of Raqqa has been frustrated by the jihadists’ use of drones on the battlefield. The northern Syrian city is one of ISIS’s final strongholds in the region, and the group has put up fierce resistance as a Kurd-dominated coalition of Arabs and ethnic minorities, allied with U.S. Special Forces, storm what has been considered the head of the ultraconservative Sunni Muslim organization’s self-proclaimed caliphate. In addition to unleashing a wave of suicide bombings, hidden explosives and sniper attacks, ISIS has reportedly stepped up its use of unmanned aerial vehicles to attack oncoming U.S. troops and their Syrian allies.
What to do with Islamic State’s child soldiers
WHEN Omar returned home after 40 days in a boot camp run by Islamic State, it was obvious something had snapped. Once a quiet boy and a fan of SpongeBob SquarePants cartoons, Omar, 12, had become aggressive. He told his mother to stop wearing make-up, refused to greet her female friends and became angry when she tried to bathe him. “I was scared to wear a T-shirt inside my own house,” his mother, Amina, says. “He told me these things were forbidden under Islam. They washed his brain.” Omar died shortly after his last visit home. Trained by IS as one of its inghimasi—shock troops sent into battle with assault rifles and suicide vests—Omar was killed fighting Syrian government forces in the eastern
Miley Cyrus’ Real Reason for Quitting Marijuana Is Pretty Terrifying
In a new interview with Jimmy Fallon, Miley Cyrus opens up about why she decided to quit smoking marijuana.
‘Crooked H destroyed phones’: Trump tries to change the topic to Clinton after report of possible obstruction probe
In a pair of tweets Thursday, President Trump decried the investigation into his campaign’s ties to Russia and complained he was the subject of disproportionate scrutiny compared to his election foe from last year, Hillary Clinton. The latest target of his Twitter ire: A Washington Post report the day before that said the Justice Department special counsel is looking into whether he obstructed justice by firing FBI Director James Comey to interfere with the bureau’s Russia probe.
Surely Some Mistake. Why Did ISIS Attack Iran?
Last week ISIS staged an unprecedented terrorist attack in the heart of Iran. At least 17 people were killed and dozens more were injured at two symbolic locations of the Islamic Republic: the parliament and the mausoleum of Ayatollah Khomeini. Ignored by Iranian officials and by most expert commentators, however, was any recognition that Tehran’s domestic and regional policies were contributing factors.