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Islamic State Still Silent on al-Baghdadi’s Death; Jihadis Celebrate His ‘Martyrdom’

The Islamic State (ISIS) still had not responded to the death of its “caliph,” Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, as of Wednesday afternoon. The ISIS news agency Amaq took little notice of al-Baghdadi’s demise, while “chatter” in jihadi social media networks is reportedly subdued. Reuters on Wednesday quoted analysts who argued the shock of losing Baghdadi was…
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Pope Francis Urges Iraqi Leaders to ‘Hear the Cry of the People’

ROME — Pope Francis reached out to the people of Iraq Wednesday, sending his condolences for deaths and injuries suffered by protesters and promising his prayers. “Dear brothers and sisters, my thoughts go out to beloved Iraq, where protests this month have left many dead and injured,” the pontiff told the crowds gathered in Saint…
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AP: Saudi Tycoon Used Middleman to Funnel Money to Obama’s Inaugural Celebration

(AP) — When President Barack Obama was reelected in 2012, a Saudi tycoon and his business associate sent hundreds of thousands of dollars to the U.S. to help pay for the inaugural celebration and get a picture with the president, according to court documents and an analysis of campaign finance records by The Associated Press.…
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Pentagon: ISIS Chief Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi’s Remains ‘Appropriately’ Handled

The Pentagon confirmed Monday that the Islamic State terror chief’s remains were disposed of “appropriately” after his suicide to prevent capture this weekend. The rumored “burial at sea” was likely a significant departure from the Islamic burial al-Baghdadi would have preferred. Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Mark Milley told reporters, “Baghdadi’s remains were transported…
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Netanyahu Congratulates Trump on Elimination of al-Baghdadi

The Times of Israel reports: Israeli officials on Sunday praised US President Donald Trump on the American special forces raid in Syria that killed Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu calling it an “important milestone” in the fight against terrorism. Trump confirmed earlier that the elusive leader was killed, saying he…
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Russian Forces Flood Kurdish Cities in Syria

Russian ground troops and military vehicles poured into key Syrian Kurdish cities on Wednesday and Thursday as part of Russia’s deal with Turkey to conduct joint patrols of the “safe zone” they are establishing along the Turkey-Syria border, and also to prevent Turkey from attacking deeper into Syria. Kurds in Kobani, the city that proved…
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Pollak: Supporters of Israel Should Be More Cautious in Criticizing Trump’s Syria Pullout

Jewish leaders in the U.S., and pundits in the Israeli press, have generally been critical of President Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw U.S. troops from a Syria-Turkey border zone, concerned about the fate of the Kurdish people. Some describe it as a bad omen for Israel. That concern, while legitimate, ignores Trump’s long-term strategy in the…
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Russians Help Turkey Push Kurds out of Northern Syria

The Kremlin issued a warning to Kurdish forces on Wednesday that they must withdraw from the Turkish border region immediately, or else “Syrian border guards and Russian military police officers will have to pull back,” leaving the Kurds to be “run over by the Turkish military machine.” The Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) previously agreed…
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Military Leader of Syrian Kurds Thanks Trump for Cease-Fire

General Mazloum Abdi, the pre-eminent military leader of the Syrian Kurds, thanked President Donald Trump on Wednesday for his efforts in stopping a Turkish offensive and negotiating a cease-fire. General Mazloum, who leads the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), issued his statement shortly after the president announced the U.S. was lifting economic sanctions on Turkey in…
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Israel’s Netanyahu Gives Up on Forming New Coalition

JERUSALEM (AP) — Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced Monday that he had failed to form a majority government in parliament, marking a major setback for the embattled Israeli leader that plunges the country into a new period of political uncertainty. In a statement, Netanyahu said he had worked “tirelessly” to establish a unity government with…
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