Tag Archives: WASHINGTON

Pentagon has evidence of ISIS ‘exodus’ from Syria’s Raqqa

A months-long campaign to isolate and pressure the ISIS group’s self-declared capital of Raqqa, Syria, is paying off as the administrative backbone of the militant organization is beginning to crack, the Pentagon said Friday. ISIS leaders “are beginning the process

Ex-admiral turns down US national security adviser job: reports

Robert Harward

A former navy admiral reportedly tapped by President Donald Trump to be his national security adviser has declined the post, US media said on Thursday. Robert Harward’s rejection leaves President Donald Trump without a replacement for retired general Michael Flynn,

Trump trade strategy ‘doomed to failure’: US trade expert

President Donald Trump’s rejection of multilateral trade agreements in the Asia-Pacific in favor of one-on-one deals is “doomed to failure,” a noted US trade expert said Thursday. The Trump complaint that the US gave up too much in the Trans-Pacific

US used depleted uranium rounds in anti-ISIS air strikes: military

The United States used depleted uranium anti-tank rounds on two occasions in 2015 during devastating air strikes against convoys of ISIS tanker trucks, the Pentagon said Thursday. The military prizes depleted uranium munitions for their armor-piercing capabilities as well as

Pentagon may recommend US deploy troops in Syria

The US Defense Department may recommend that the United States deploy regular combat troops to Syria for the first time to fight ISIS militants, CNN reported on Wednesday. The idea is one of several ideas the Pentagon is considering after

Trump’s trust in Flynn had been eroding

President Donald Trump asked for the resignation of his national security adviser, Michael Flynn, after his level of trust in Flynn eroded to the point that he felt he needed to make a change, White House spokesman Sean Spicer told

White House will not insist on two-state solution in Mideast

US President Donald Trump’s sharp break with decades of support for a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict does “not make sense,” a senior Palestine Liberation Organization official said on Wednesday. “This does not make sense,” PLO executive committee member

US wholesale inflation sees biggest monthly gain in 4 years

US wholesale inflation continued its upward trend in January, recording its largest monthly gain in more than four years, according to data released Tuesday by the Labor Department. The Producer Price Index (PPI), which measures prices from the seller’s perspective,

Trump national security aide Flynn resigns over Russian contacts

Michael Flynn

President Donald Trump’s national security adviser, Michael Flynn, resigned late on Monday under scrutiny over whether he discussed the possibility of lifting US sanctions on Russia before Trump took office. Flynn submitted his resignation hours after Trump said through a

French militant Rachid Kassim ‘killed in Mosul’

French militant Rachid Kassim, suspected of inspiring several attacks in France, was targeted in a coalition air strike near the Iraqi city of Mosul, but his death is not yet confirmed, the Pentagon said Friday. Earlier in the day, several

Sessions confirmed as US attorney general

Jeff Sessions

The US Senate confirmed Jeff Sessions as attorney general Wednesday, despite vitriolic debate over his civil rights record and whether he can serve as the nation’s top law enforcement officer independent from President Donald Trump. Lawmakers greenlighted Senator Sessions as

Yemen keeps counter-terrorism operations with US despite raid

Yemen said on Wednesday it had not suspended counter-terrorism operations with the US government, despite controversy over a US commando raid on al-Qaeda militants in which several civilians were also killed. The raid in al-Bayda province, approved by new US

Erdogan, Trump to act together on ISIS in Syria

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan and US President Donald Trump agreed in a phone call overnight to act jointly against ISIS in the Syrian towns of al-Bab and Raqqa, both controlled by the militants, Turkish presidency sources said on Wednesday. The

US court set to hear arguments on Trump travel ban

A US federal appeals court will hear arguments on Tuesday over whether to restore President Donald Trump’s temporary travel ban on people from seven Muslim-majority countries, the most controversial policy of his two-week old administration. In a brief filed on

US ‘deeply troubled’ by UN report of Myanmar atrocities against Muslims

The United States is “deeply troubled” by the findings of a United Nations report that said soldiers in Myanmar’s Rakhine State had committed atrocities against minority Muslims, the State Department said on Monday. Washington was still studying the report, but

Trump steps up attack on judge over travel ban

President Donald Trump on Sunday ramped up his criticism of a federal judge who blocked a travel ban on seven mainly Muslim nations and said courts were making US border security harder, intensifying the first major legal battle of his

US sends Navy destroyer to Yemen

The United States has placed a Navy destroyer off the coast of Yemen to protect waterways from Houthi militia aligned with Iran, two US officials said on Friday, amid heightened tension between Washington and Tehran. The USS Cole arrived in

US announces new Iran-related sanctions

The United States on Friday sanctioned 13 individuals and 12 entities under US Iran sanctions authority, days after the White House had put Iran “on notice” over a ballistic missile test and other activities. In a statement on its website,

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