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Jeremy Corbyn calls Syria airstrikes legally questionable

PM should have sought parliamentary approval before taking military action, says Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has described airstrikes on Syria as legally questionable and accused Theresa May of trailing after Donald Trump in an attack that could escalate the conflict. The Labour leader was responding to the news that the Theresa May: Syria strikes ‘right and legal’ option video Labour has opposed a military strike on Syria since the chemical weapons attack on Douma. On Thursday, Corbyn urged May to remember the lessons of intelligence failures in the buildup to…

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Donald Trump praises Syria strikes and declares: ‘Mission accomplished’

US president thanks London and Paris for their wisdom and power while Russia loses UN vote to condemn airstrikes Donald Trump hailed the strikes carried out against Syria by the US, UK and France as perfectly executed on Saturday, adding: Could not have had a better result. Mission Accomplished! The US president thanked London and Paris for their wisdom and the power of their fine Military in joining Washington in launching more than 100 missiles on Friday night against what they say were Syrian chemical weapons facilities. Trump added: So…

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U.S., France, U.K. Launch Strikes on Syria After Chemical Attack

Missile strikes targeted chemical weapons facilities in Syria Trump condemns Russia and Iran for supporting Syria’s Assad statement posted on Twitter. “We warned that such actions will not be left without consequences.” Syria said its air defenses were “confronting the U.S.-French-British aggression,” according to the state-run SANA news agency. Syria’s Observatory for Human Rights, a group monitoring the conflict, reported that the strikes targeted several military bases, Republican Guards locations and the Scientific Studies Research Center. "Based on recent experience, we fully expect a significant disinformation campaign over the coming…

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British woman killed fighting Turkish forces in Afrin

Anna Campbell believed to be the first British woman to die alongside Kurdish forces in Syria A British woman fighting alongside Kurdish forces in Afrin, northern Syria, has been killed, her Kurdish commanders have said. Anna Campbell, from Lewes, East Sussex, was volunteering with the US-backed Kurdish Womens Protection Units (YPJ) the all-female affiliate army of the Peoples Protection Units (YPG) in the besieged city of Afrin when the convoy she was travelling in was struck by a Turkish missile on 16 March. Sources say the 26-year-old initially travelled to…

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Israel launches ‘large-scale’ attack in Syria after fighter jet crashes

Military spokesman says four Iranian targets near Damascus were destroyed in retaliation Israel launches ‘large-scale’ attack in Syria after fighter jet crashes Military spokesman says four Iranian targets near Damascus were destroyed in retaliation Oliver Holmes in Jerusalem First published on Sat 10 Feb 2018 00.59EST Share via Email Share on LinkedIn Share on WhatsApp Israeli fighter jet crashes after being shot at by Syrian air defences video Israel has launched what it described as a large-scale air raid in Syria after one of its F-16 fighters crashed while under…

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2018 Feels Ripe for Big Unexpected Crisis, Eurasia Group Says

This year could see a geopolitical crisis on the scale of the financial crash a decade ago, Eurasia Group warned in its annual outlook. Describing global political challenges as “daunting,” the New York-based political risk consultancy said that “if we had to pick one year for a big unexpected crisis — the geopolitical equivalent of the 2008 financial meltdown — it feels like 2018." The biggest uncertainty surrounds China’s move to fill a vacuum as U.S. influence continues to decline, stoking tensions between the two powers, it said. That’s likely to…

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Why the U.S. and Turkey Are Suddenly in a Major Standoff

Relations between the U.S. and Turkey, allies since the aftermath of World War II, have soured in the 15 months since an Fethullah Gulen, whom the U.S. has so far refused to extradite. Further increasing tensions, the U.S. and Turkey are at odds over the war in Syria. This backdrop may help explain why the arrest of a U.S. consular employee in Turkey, on charges of involvement in the coup attempt, blew up so quickly into a major diplomatic rift, with the two nations suspending visa services for each other’s…

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Islamic State Claims Las Vegas Mass Shooting

Cairo (AP) — Without providing any evidence to support the claim, the Islamic State group on Monday said the gunman in the mass shooting in Las Vegas was "a soldier" from its ranks who had converted to Islam months ago. Authorities have yet to identify a motive for the shooting, and said initially there was no evidence of any connection to international terrorism. The extremist group has a history of exaggerated or false claims, including earlier this year, when it claimed an attack on a casino in the Philippines that…

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He Was Selling Pens on the Street to SurviveThen a Man Snapped a Photo of His Daughter…

Just one picture changed everything. Abdul Halim al-Attar is a Syrian refugee who was selling pens in the streets of Beirut in order to make a living for hischildren But once a photo of Abdul selling his pens while holding his daughter hit the Internet, it went big-time viral. The picture featured his daughter Reem sleeping on his shoulder as he triedto market his pens to passerbys in the scorching heat. It touched people’s hearts across the globe. The heartbreaking picture of his little oneslumbering on her struggling father was…

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‘We lost our houses, our cars, our men’: call to protect Mosul civilians

Human rights organisations call for Iraqi government to protect innocent people and investigate civilian deaths Mosuls civilians remain at grave risk and have endured a catastrophic ordeal, human rights organisations have said as they urge the Iraqi government to take steps to protect innocent people and investigate large-scale civilian deaths in the city. The calls by aid workers and human rights activists came as Iraqi troops fought to reclaim a final sliver of territory controlled by Islamic State in the city where the extremist groups leader, Haider al-Abadi, UK has…

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Thousands of Mosul civilians trapped in Isis territory as Iraqi forces close in

For civilians held as human shields by the extremists, supplies have run low and drinking water is scarce Hundreds of civilians fled Mosuls Old City on Friday as on Thursday, Iraqi forces retook the symbolic site where the al-Nuri Mosque once stood. It was from the pulpit of the 12th century mosque, which the militants blew up last week along with its famous leaning minaret, that their leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi had proclaimed the caliphate in 2014. During the evening, al-Abadi announced the full liberation of Mosul was near and…

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Austria jails two couples for taking their children to Isis-controlled Syria

Two men and two women took their eight children to Syria in 2014, where children watched gruesome initiation videos and one saw a beheading An Austrian court sentenced two couples to up to 10 years in jail for taking their children to live in an Islamic State-controlled part of Syria and showing them execution videos. The couples travelled to Syria with their eight children the youngest of whom was two years old in December 2014, the trial in the southern city Graz heard. Housed by the Isis, the children had…

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Syria safe zones hit by clashes on first day

Reports of bombing in Hama province as Russian-led agreement intended to stop conflict between government and rebel forces comes into force Syrian government forces and rebels clashed in the north-western province of Hama on Friday shortly after a Russian-led deal to establish safe zones took effect, a monitor and a rebel official said. The zones, agreed to by Russia, Turkey and Iran, went into effect at midnight on Friday. The plans details will be worked out over the next few weeks but the zones appear intended to halt conflict in…

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