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US-backed Syria force demands IS jihadists surrender

US-backed Syria force demands IS jihadists surrenderIslamic State group jihadists defending their last scrap of territory in Syria have no choice but to surrender, a Kurdish-led force said on Monday, ahead of a victory declaration expected within days. The warning by the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) came as European nations reacted coolly to a US call to repatriate their nationals from Syria, which Germany said would be “extremely difficult”. From an SDF position hundreds of metres (yards) away, an AFP reporter spotted people moving between white tents inside the last jihadist redoubt, including a woman clad in black and masked men.



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U.S.-backed Syria force seeks help with Islamic State prisoner 'time bomb'

U.S.-backed Syria force seeks help with Islamic State prisoner 'time bomb'The fate of foreign fighters who joined Islamic State, as well as of their wives and children, has become more pressing in recent days as U.S.-backed fighters plan an assault to capture the last enclave of the group’s self-styled Caliphate. U.S. President Donald Trump said on Sunday European countries must do more to take them back or “we will be forced to release them”. It’s not clear to me how all that can be guaranteed.” Abdulkarim Omar, co-chair of foreign relations in the region held by the U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces, said authorities there were holding some 800 foreign fighters.



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US-backed Syria force says IS territorial defeat is near

US-backed Syria force says IS territorial defeat is nearBAGHOUZ, Syria (AP) — The sound of mortar shelling and fighter jets whizzing by filled the air.



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Former Air Force intelligence officer charged with spying for Iran and revealing defense secrets

Former Air Force intelligence officer charged with spying for Iran and revealing defense secretsFormer Air Force intel officer charged with espionage for Iran govt



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Former US Air Force agent charged with defecting to Iran

Former US Air Force agent charged with defecting to IranThe US Justice Department charged a former Air Force intelligence official Wednesday with spying for Iran, saying she exposed a fellow US agent and helped the Revolutionary Guard target her former colleagues for cyber attacks. US officials said Monica Witt, 39, who worked a decade in Air Force counterintelligence, had an “ideological” turn against her country and defected in 2013, turning over information on US espionage operations against Tehran. “It is a sad day for America when one of its citizens betrays our country,” said Assistant Attorney General John Demers, announcing the indictment.



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Former US Air Force agent charged with defecting to Iran

Former US Air Force agent charged with defecting to IranThe US Justice Department charged a former Air Force intelligence official Wednesday with spying for Iran, saying she exposed a fellow US agent and helped the Revolutionary Guard target her former colleagues for cyber attacks. US officials said Monica Witt, 39, who worked a decade in Air Force counterintelligence, had an “ideological” turn against her country and defected in 2013, turning over information on US espionage operations against Tehran. “It is a sad day for America when one of its citizens betrays our country,” said Assistant Attorney General John Demers, announcing the indictment.



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Monica Witt: US Air Force officer defects to Iran with information 'seriously damaging' to national security, officials reveal

Monica Witt: US Air Force officer defects to Iran with information 'seriously damaging' to national security, officials revealA US Air Force officer has defected to Iran and shared information that could cause “serious damage” to America’s national security, officials have revealed. The former Air Force intelligence specialist was charged with espionage and was accused of working for Iran, according to an unsealed federal indictment. The announcement arrived after Assistant Attorney General for National Security John Demers and other senior officials held a call with reporters to discuss what they called “a national security related action involving Iran”.



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US-backed Syria force announces final push against IS

US-backed Syria force announces final push against ISThe US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces said Saturday it had begun the “final battle” to oust the Islamic State group from the last scrap of territory it holds in eastern Syria. IS overran large parts of the country and neighbouring Iraq in 2014, declaring a “caliphate” there, but various military offensives have reduced it to a fragment. Backed by air strikes of the US-led coalition against IS, the Kurdish-Arab alliance has in recent months cornered the jihadists in a final pocket of territory in Syria’s eastern province of Deir Ezzor.



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What Does it Take to Force a Politician to Resign These Days?

What Does it Take to Force a Politician to Resign These Days?Virginia's leadership is facing controversies that have people wondering if Ralph Northam, Justin Fairfax and Mark Herring will resign.



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Pompeo warns Venezuela's Maduro against use of force

Pompeo warns Venezuela's Maduro against use of forceUS Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Thursday warned Venezuela’s Nicolas Maduro not to use force against mass demonstrations and urged further international support for the self-declared acting president. A day after the United States and major Latin American nations recognized opposition leader Juan Guaido as the acting president, Pompeo pressed his case at a special meeting of the Organization of American States.



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