Violence between the Syrian regime and Kurdish forces escalated yesterday, with Syrian warships launching airstrikes against U.S.-backed Kurdish troops in the northeastern Syrian city of Hassakeh. The escalation adds yet another front in Syria’s already complicated battlefield and comes after the Syrian Democratic Force, a primarily ethnic Kurdish force, recaptured Manbij fro
For the first time, Russia used Iran as a base from which to launch air strikes against Syrian militants, allowing its pilots to cut flight times and increase bombing payloads.
An American woman is dead and five others are injured after a Norwegian man of Somali origin attacked them with a knife in London. Police described the incident as a “spontaneous attack” and said the 19 year-old man showed no prior signs of radicalization. Instead, they cited mental health issues as the likely cause.
The U.S. expanded its war against the Islamic State into Libya yesterday, using both manned warplanes and drones to conduct airstrikes in the coastal city of Surt. The strikes, which seek to weaken the Islamic State’s stronghold in North Africa and free Libyan militias cornered by ISIS fighters, come after weeks of negotiation between the Obama administration and the UN-backed Libyan government on how best to strike precisely and reduce civilian casualties.
U.N. Syria Envoy Staffan de Mistura urged the United States and Russia to work together in reducing violence in the wartorn country, warning that any breakdown of collaboration between the two powers could undermine plans for a future peace settlement. In recent weeks, Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov have met in Moscow and Laos to hammer out a deal on military cooperation that could pave the way for a nationwide ceasefire.
The Kremlin has denied accusations that it hacked the Democratic National Committee’s emails in order to interfere with the U.S. presidential election in favor of Republican nominee Donald Trump, dismissing the allegations as “an old trick” and a “maniacal attemp[t] to exploit the Russian theme in the U.S.
It’s Wednesday morning and we’re back at Guantanamo Bay for more pre-trial hearings in the case of the five men accused of plotting the 9/11 attacks. The previous two days have been closed sessions, but now we’re all assembled for a public session. We begin, as always, by establishing the identity and presence of the prosecution and of the five defendants and their legal teams. Everybody’s here.