• Donald Trump Dec 1, 2019

    Fact Check: Trump's Ukraine Defense Collides With Facts

    President Donald Trump’s defense of his actions with Ukraine collides with the known facts and the testimony of witnesses on multiple fronts as the impeachment inquiry moves into a new phase this coming week. In recent days, Trump has cried foul in ways angry and profane as Democrats set the stage for House Judiciary Committee hearings likely to produce articles...

  • Donald Trump Nov 25, 2019

    Hero Military Dog Injured in al-Baghdadi Raid Honored by Trump at White House

    President Donald Trump is honoring the U.S. military dog that participated in the operation that ended with the death of Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. Trump says: “So this is Conan. Right now, probably the world’s most famous dog,” as he introduced Conan to the news media at the White House Rose Garden on Monday. Trump says he gave...

  • Donald Trump Nov 25, 2019

    Trump, Pence Honor a Canine ‘Hero'

    President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence on Monday honored Conan, a military canine who took part in the raid that killed ISIS leader Abū Bakr al-Baghdadi, during an event at the White House.

  • Donald Trump Nov 15, 2019

    US Presses European Countries to Take Islamic State Fighters

    European and other members of the international coalition fighting the Islamic State group must take back and prosecute their nationals detained in Iraq and Syria to help keep ISIS from regaining territory, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Thursday. Pompeo told foreign ministers and senior officials from some 30 coalition members that it’s imperative that they hold thousands of detained...

  • Iraq Nov 5, 2019

    Turkey Says It Captured Slain IS Leader's Sister in Syria

    Turkey captured the elder sister of the slain leader of the Islamic State group in northwestern Syria on Monday, according to a senior Turkish official, who called the arrest an intelligence “gold mine.” Little is known about the sister of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. The Turkish official said the 65-year-old known as Rasmiya Awad is suspected of being affiliated with the...

  • Donald Trump Nov 2, 2019

    Fact Check: Trump Puffs Up Islamic State Raid and More

    Seeing U.S. forces track down and kill the Islamic State’s leader wasn’t enough for President Donald Trump. He puffed up and told a story about the raid that is unfamiliar to the military leaders who mounted it. In recent days, Trump also related details from Syria that the Pentagon and diplomats contradicted. When the stock market went up, he took...

  • Donald Trump Nov 2, 2019

    Fact Check: Trump Puffs Up Islamic State Raid and More

    Seeing U.S. forces track down and kill the Islamic State’s leader wasn’t enough for President Donald Trump. He puffed up and told a story about the raid that is unfamiliar to the military leaders who mounted it. In recent days, Trump also related details from Syria that the Pentagon and diplomats contradicted. When the stock market went up, he took...

  • Donald Trump Nov 1, 2019

    Trump Claim to Syrian Oil Raises Many Questions

    By claiming a right to Syria’s oil, President Donald Trump has added more complexity — as well as additional U.S. forces and time — to an American military mission he has twice declared he was ending so the troops could come home. Extending the mission to secure eastern Syria’s oilfields happens to fit neatly with the Pentagon’s view — supported...

  • Donald Trump Nov 1, 2019

    Trump Claim to Syrian Oil Raises Many Questions

    By claiming a right to Syria’s oil, President Donald Trump has added more complexity — as well as additional U.S. forces and time — to an American military mission he has twice declared he was ending so the troops could come home. Extending the mission to secure eastern Syria’s oilfields happens to fit neatly with the Pentagon’s view — supported...

  • Daniel Macht Oct 31, 2019

    Islamic State Group Names Successor to Al-Baghdadi

    The Islamic State group declared a new leader Thursday after it confirmed the death of its leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi days earlier in a U.S raid in Syria. In its audio release by the ISIS central media arm, al-Furqan Foundation, a new spokesman for ISIS identifies the successor as Abu Ibrahim al-Hashimi al-Qurayshi — tracing his lineage, like al-Baghdadi, to...

  • ISIS Oct 31, 2019

    Pentagon Releases Video of Mission That Killed ISIS Leader

    Military leaders on Wednesday released video of the mission that killed ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.

  • ISIS Oct 31, 2019

    Pentagon Releases Video of Mission That Killed ISIS Leader

    Military leaders on Wednesday released video of the mission that killed ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.

  • Donald Trump Oct 30, 2019

    Military Dog Hurt in al-Baghdadi Raid Is K-9 Combat Veteran

    The head of U.S. Central Command has provided more information about the military working dog that was injured in the raid on the compound of the leader of the Islamic State group. Gen. Frank McKenzie told reporters that the dog was injured when it was exposed to live electrical cables as it pursued Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi in a tunnel underneath...

  • Donald Trump Oct 29, 2019

    Fact Check: Trump's False Claim About Syrian ‘Safe Zone'

    In explaining his decision to pull U.S. forces from northern Syria and allow Turkey to set up a “safe zone” in Syria, President Donald Trump falsely claimed that Turkey has lost “thousands and thousands of people from that safe zone.” “This is entirely fictional,” Asli Aydıntaşbaş, a senior policy fellow at the European Council on Foreign Relations, told us in...

  • Iraq Oct 29, 2019

    ISIS Leader's Death Ushers in New Phase for the Group

    One of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi’s last audio messages was an appeal for his followers to do everything in their power to free Islamic State detainees and the women being held in jails and camps in northeastern Syria. With news of the extremist group’s leader’s death, Kurdish security forces worried about the possibility of attacks or rioting have been tightening security...

  • Donald Trump Oct 28, 2019

    Trump Releases Photo of Hero Dog Injured in al-Baghdadi Raid

    The dog that was injured in the raid that killed ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi is back with his handler and recuperating from his injuries, Pentagon officials said. President Donald Trump released a photo of the pup later on Monday. On Sunday, he hailed the dog’s actions while describing the Saturday evening raid — but did not reveal any specifics...

  • Donald Trump Oct 28, 2019

    Syrian Kurdish Forces Say They Killed Close Al-Baghdadi Aide, Security Increased at ISIS Prisons

    Syrian Kurdish forces said Monday they are increasing security at prisons and detention facilities holding tens of thousands of Islamic State militants and supporters, including foreigners, following the death of the extremist group’s leader in a U.S. military raid. The heightened security also comes as Kurdish forces said they are continuing operations to hunt down IS leaders in Syria. Hours...

  • Donald Trump Oct 28, 2019

    Trump Draws Boos When Introduced to Crowd at World Series

    President Donald Trump’s low-profile appearance Sunday night at Game 5 of the World Series came at a high-profile moment of his presidency.

  • Donald Trump Oct 28, 2019

    Trump: Impeachment Inquiry Led to al-Baghdadi Raid Secrecy

    Pres. Donald Trump says House Democrats’ impeachment probe contributed to his decision to withhold notice to Capitol Hill leaders ahead of the raid on Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. The decision was a break with standard practice. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi accused Trump yesterday of informing the Russians before the Democrats.

  • Donald Trump Oct 28, 2019

    President Trump Says Islamic State Leader Is Dead Following US Raid in Syria

    The shadowy leader of the Islamic State group who presided over its global jihad and became arguably the world’s most wanted man, is dead after being targeted by a U.S. military raid in Syria, President Donald Trump said Sunday. “Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi is dead,” Trump announced at the White House, saying the U.S. had “brought the world’s number one terrorist...

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