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Mattis sees larger U.S. civilian presence in Syria

Mattis sees larger U.S. civilian presence in SyriaBy Idrees Ali WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said on Friday that he expected to see a larger U.S. civilian presence in Syria, including contractors and diplomats, as the fight against Islamic State militants nears its end and the focus turns toward rebuilding and ensuring the militants do not return. The United States has about 2,000 troops in Syria fighting Islamic State. Mattis’ comments are likely to anger Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, who has previously called U.S. troops “illegal invader” forces.



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Fighters in Syria's Raqa prepare for civilian handover

Fighters in Syria's Raqa prepare for civilian handoverUS-backed forces who captured Raqa from the Islamic State group prepared to hand the Syrian city over to a civilian authority, with some of their fighters already headed to the next battle. Inside the city, positions that had long been manned by fighters of the Kurdish-Arab Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) were abandoned, though some remained in the central Al-Naim square, dancing and ululating as they celebrated their victory. The SDF battled for more than four months, with US-led coalition support, to capture the city that was once the de facto Syrian capital of IS’s self-styled “caliphate”.



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Trump's War To 'Annihilate' ISIS Is Raising Civilian Casualties

Trump's War To 'Annihilate' ISIS Is Raising Civilian CasualtiesOverturning more than a decade of careful “hearts and minds” military operations, the United States has signaled that the major U.S.-backed combat offensives against ISIS in Iraq and Syria should proceed regardless of the cost to civilians.



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Trump's War To 'Annihilate' ISIS Is Raising Civilian Casualties

Trump's War To 'Annihilate' ISIS Is Raising Civilian CasualtiesOverturning more than a decade of careful “hearts and minds” military operations, the United States has signaled that the major U.S.-backed combat offensives against ISIS in Iraq and Syria should proceed regardless of the cost to civilians.



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Jihadists occupy civilian homes as Mosul battle rages

Jihadists occupy civilian homes as Mosul battle ragesAfter jihadists turned the roof of his house into a sniper position, Owayid Mohammed and his family fled west Mosul in an escape that made him feel “reborn”. Iraqi forces have since retaken all but a handful of areas around Mosul’s Old City, but the jihadists are fighting in densely populated areas, and have used civilians as human shields at various points in the battle. The United Nations warned last week that up to 200,000 civilians may still be trapped in IS-held areas, facing shortages of food, water and medicine as well as deadly danger from the battle for the city.



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U.S. military jets escort civilian plane into Honolulu airport

U.S. military jets escort civilian plane into Honolulu airportThe U.S. military on Friday scrambled two Air Force fighter jets to escort an American Airlines flight into Honolulu International Airport after a disturbance was reported on board, a Pacific Command spokesman said. Neither the military nor American Airlines immediately disclosed the nature of the disturbance, but local news media reported that a passenger had tried to force his way into the cockpit of the Honolulu-bound flight from Los Angeles. HawaiiNewsNow, a consortium of three television network affiliates, cited unnamed sources as saying the man was Turkish and had earlier breached security at Los Angeles International Airport but “was assessed and allowed to board” the flight anyway.



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China’s First Civilian Airliner — And Industry Ambitions — Take Maiden Flight

China’s First Civilian Airliner — And Industry Ambitions — Take Maiden FlightChinese aviation, prepare for take-off.



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High-tech war kit can't prevent civilian deaths in Iraq

High-tech war kit can't prevent civilian deaths in IraqDespite using state-of-the-art weaponry, the US-led coalition fighting the Islamic State group in Iraq appears unable to avoid civilian casualties as it battles the jihadists in close urban combat. The coalition is backing Iraqi forces in the battle to push out IS from west Mosul, a maze of narrow and densely populated lanes in which residents must hunker down in a bid to avoid bombs and bullets.



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U.S. Generals Warn of More Civilian Casualties, As ISIS Wages Desperate Fight in Mosul

U.S. Generals Warn of More Civilian Casualties, As ISIS Wages Desperate Fight in MosulAmerican military commanders are warning that more civilians will likely be put at risk during the fight to dislodge the Islamic State from Mosul, underscoring a harsh truth of urban warfare.



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As U.S. Airstrikes Rise, So Do Allegations of Civilian Deaths

As U.S. Airstrikes Rise, So Do Allegations of Civilian DeathsA massive bombing in Mosul that may have killed as many as 200 people tops a growing list of sites where the U.S. is accused of bombing civilians.



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