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Friday, May 22, 2015 at 1:33 PM

ISIS has overwhelmed Syrian government forces defending the town of Palmyra, home to roughly 50,000 people and one of the ancient world’s most magnificent archaeological sites. The victory means that ISIS now controls more than 50 percent of Syria — more territory than any other group fighting, including the Assad government. While much of that . . .
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Thursday, May 21, 2015 at 12:41 PM

ISIS militants have seized control of the Syrian city of Palmyra, as well as the world renowned archaeological site located on the outskirts of the city. The Associated Press writes that Syrian government forces reportedly crumbled during the ISIS assault, fleeing the area and leaving the militants in control of another key city just days . . .
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Wednesday, May 20, 2015 at 2:57 PM

This morning, the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) released a new trove of documents recovered during the May 2011 raid of Osama bin Laden’s compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan. The release contains two sections: 1) a list of non-classified, English-language material found in and around the compound; and 2) a selection of now-declassified . . .
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Tuesday, May 19, 2015 at 1:55 PM

Following an American special forces raid on the compound of Islamic State operative Abu Sayyaf, U.S. interrogators, who are part of the High Value Detainee Interrogation Group, have flown to Iraq in order to question Umm Sayyaf, the wife of Abu Sayyaf, who was taken during the operation. Umm Sayyaf was allegedly involved in the . . .
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Monday, May 18, 2015 at 1:42 PM

This weekend, American special forces executed a raid against an Islamic State compound in eastern Syria, killing Abu Sayyaf and between 12 and 40 other militants, reports the New York Times. Sayyaf, a mid-level leader in the organization was known as ISIS’s “emir of oil and gas.” During the raid, U.S. forces also captured Sayyaf’s . . .
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Friday, May 15, 2015 at 12:30 PM

At least 10 people were killed in fighting in war-battered Yemen despite a humanitarian truce that took effect Tuesday night. Reuters reports, however, that outside of the city of Taiz, where Houthi rebels continue to fight local militias, the truce was broadly observed. But yesterday, as much-needed humanitarian aid trickled into the country after weeks . . .
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Thursday, May 14, 2015 at 1:20 PM

Fighting continued in Yemen yesterday as the humanitarian ceasefire there showed increasing signs of strain. The Associated Press reports that the first full day of the five-day truce saw a Saudi-led coalition airstrike in Abyan province, heavy fighting in Taiz province, and shelling by coalition ships off the southern Yemeni coast. Yemeni officials and Amnesty . . .
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Wednesday, May 13, 2015 at 1:46 PM

The five-day truce that began in Yemen last night seems to have largely held thus far, despite reports of some violations. Reuters writes that residents have reported heavy fighting between Houthi militias and local fighters accompanied by Saudi-led airstrikes in the southern provinces of Shabwa and Lahj. The Saudi-led coalition also reportedly hit the city . . .
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Tuesday, May 12, 2015 at 12:36 PM

A humanitarian ceasefire is set to begin in Yemen today. Fighting will stop at 11 pm local time so that shipments of food and medicine can be safely transported into the country. Reuters describes the humanitarian aid packages being prepared by the U.N. and Iran. Despite the impending ceasefire, Arab coalition jets continue to pound . . .
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Monday, May 11, 2015 at 2:00 PM

On Sunday, Houthi rebels in Yemen accepted a five-day ceasefire offered last week by Saudi Arabia. The New York Times reports that the temporary truce would begin Tuesday night and allow for the delivery of humanitarian aid. But since offering the truce, the Saudi-led coalition carrying out airstrikes in the country has ramped up its . . .
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Friday, May 8, 2015 at 4:04 PM

Yesterday, FBI Director James Comey said that federal law enforcement officials determined hours before the cartoon contest in Garland, Texas that one of the gunmen had expressed interest in going to the event. However, Comey said that the FBI had no indication that he was planning to attack. The Washington Post reports that each of . . .
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Thursday, May 7, 2015 at 2:24 PM

The Second Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled that the NSA’s warrantless bulk collection of Americans’ phone records under Section 215 of the Patriot Act is illegal. The Hill notes that the ruling, written by Judge Gerard Lynch, does not extend to Fourth Amendment questions, instead limiting itself to whether or not the NSA program . . .
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Wednesday, May 6, 2015 at 2:27 PM

In response to ISIS’s claims of responsibility for this weekend’s shooting at a Prophet Muhammad cartoon contest in Garland, Texas, the White House said yesterday that it was “too early to say” whether there was any link between the attack and the militant group, Agence France-Presse reports. Officials involved in the investigation added that they . . .
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Tuesday, May 5, 2015 at 1:59 PM

Today, the Islamic State claimed responsibility for its first attack on U.S. soil. The militant group says it was behind the shooting in Garland, Texas on Sunday. Via its official radio station, the group announced, “Two of the soldiers of the caliphate executed an attack on an art exhibit in Garland, Texas, and this exhibit . . .
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Monday, May 4, 2015 at 3:25 PM

Details are still forthcoming about the two gunmen who were killed Sunday in Garland, Texas after opening fire outside a controversial event featuring a contest for cartoon drawings of the Prophet Muhammad. Before they were downed, the gunmen shot and wounded one security guard; the latter has since been treated and released from a local . . .
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Friday, May 1, 2015 at 2:11 PM

Saudi-led airstrikes hit the Yemeni capital of Sanaa overnight, targeting a residential district and killing several civilians, according to residents. Reuters notes that the strikes, which also hit a military airbase near the capital, follow earlier attacks on an airport in Sanaa that may have closed off a crucial hub for humanitarian aid. The impact . . .
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Thursday, April 30, 2015 at 1:08 PM

The Wall Street Journal reveals that the FBI helped facilitate a ransom payment to al Qaeda for Warren Weinstein, the kidnapped U.S. aid worker who, it was revealed last week, was inadvertently killed by a U.S. drone strike in January. Despite a longstanding U.S. policy of refusing to pay ransoms for hostages, the FBI reportedly . . .
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Wednesday, April 29, 2015 at 2:06 PM

The Afghan government is sending thousands of troops to Kunduz province in an effort to stem a large Taliban offensive in the province, the Times reports. The Afghan Taliban’s assault in Kunduz, which began on Friday, reportedly surrounded an entire Afghan battalion along with the province’s capital city. The Taliban’s offensive is bolstered by foreign . . .
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Tuesday, April 28, 2015 at 11:21 AM

Riots rocked Baltimore yesterday in response to the death of Freddie Gray. Gray had suffered a severe spinal injury while in police custody earlier this month. He succumbed to his injuries the weekend before last, and his funeral was yesterday. Protests and looting have led to extensive damage in Baltimore, and the National Guard has . . .
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Monday, April 27, 2015 at 10:46 AM

A 7.8 magnitude earthquake hit Nepal on Saturday morning, leaving thousands dead, from Kathmandu all the way to the slopes of Mount Everest. AP reports that the death toll has soared past 3,300 and is only expected to rise in the coming days. The United States is sending aid to Nepal. The AP tells us “70 . . .
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