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Taliban launch major attack on Afghan city of Kunduz

Taliban launch major attack on Afghan city of KunduzThe Taliban launched a large-scale attack on Kunduz, one of Afghanistan’s main cities, killing at least 15 people and wounding more than 75 others, government officials said Saturday, even as the insurgent group continued negotiations with the United States on ending America’s longest war. The militants, who have demanded that all foreign forces leave Afghanistan, now control or hold sway over roughly half of the country and are at their strongest since their 2001 defeat by a U.S.-led invasion. The U.S. envoy in the talks, Zalmay Khalilzad, said in a Twitter post that he raised the Kunduz attack with the Taliban and told them “violence like this must stop.” He is expected to visit Kabul on Sunday to brief the Afghan government.



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President Trump says he had every right to release surveillance image of Iranian missile launch mishap

President Trump says he had every right to release surveillance image of Iranian missile launch mishapTrump addresses reporters as he departs the White House for Camp David.



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Trump accused of tweeting image from secret intelligence briefing as he says US not involved in Iran satellite launch failure

Trump accused of tweeting image from secret intelligence briefing as he says US not involved in Iran satellite launch failureDonald Trump has tweeted what appears to be a new, high resolution image of the site of a failed Iranian satellite launch, claiming that the United States had nothing to do with the incident.The image was posted shortly after Mr Trump was scheduled to receive an intelligence briefing, and experts say was likely taken from briefing documents. It has the reflection of what appears to be a flash in the centre, suggesting the image may have been photographed from separate materials.



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Another Iranian rocket launch has ended in failure after it apparently blew up on the launch pad

Another Iranian rocket launch has ended in failure after it apparently blew up on the launch padIran has tried three times this year to put a satellite into space, but each time, something has gone wrong with the rocket.



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Satellite photos show burning Iran space center launch pad

Satellite photos show burning Iran space center launch padA rocket at an Iranian space center that was to conduct a satellite launch criticized by the U.S. apparently exploded on its launch pad Thursday, satellite images show, suggesting the Islamic Republic suffered its third failed launch this year alone. State media and officials did not immediately acknowledge the incident at the Imam Khomeini Space Center in Iran’s Semnan province. In previous days, satellite images had shown officials there repainted the launch pad blue.



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UPDATE 3-Turkey to launch offensive in Kurdish-controlled area in northern Syria -Erdogan

UPDATE 3-Turkey to launch offensive in Kurdish-controlled area in northern Syria -ErdoganTurkey will carry out a military operation in a Kurdish-controlled area east of the Euphrates in northern Syria, Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said on Sunday, its third offensive to dislodge Kurdish militia fighters close to its border. Turkey had in the past warned of carrying out military operations east of the river, but put them on hold after agreeing with the United States to create a safe zone inside Syria’s northeastern border with Turkey that would be cleared of the Kurdish YPG militia.



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Italian police launch investigation into picture showing blindfolded US suspect in Rome police murder

Italian police launch investigation into picture showing blindfolded US suspect in Rome police murderItalian police have launched an investigation into a picture showing a US student suspected of killing an officer, in a blindfold and handcuffs soon after the arrest. Two American teenagers were arrested on Saturday in Rome accused of the stabbing murder of Italian military police officer Mario Cerciello Rega in a drug deal gone awry.  Finnegan Lee Elder, 19, and Gabriel Christian Natale-Hjorth, 18, are both from San Francisco and had been holidaying in the Italian capital. The pair are due in court on Monday to face charges of murder and extortion.  Investigators said they stole the backpack of a man who helped them buy ‘fake’ cocaine and demanded 100 euros and a gram of the real drug for its return. People arrive to pay respect in the church where Carabinieri officer Mario Cerciello Rega was laid in state, in Rome, Sunday, July 28, 2019 Credit: AP The intermediary told police of the theft and two plainclothes officers went to the rendezvous, where Mr Rega was stabbed 11 times in a brawl.  According to a statement by the Carabinieri, the Americans confessed to the crime after police found a knife hidden in the ceiling of their hotel room. Both men are being held in Rome’s Regina Coeli prison, where nearly 1000 inmates are crammed into an ageing convent intended for 650. Mr Natale-Hjorth and Mr Elder attended Tamalpais High School together in Mill Valley, California, one of the five richest post-codes in the United States.  In California, the Elder family posted a handwritten note on their door asking for privacy and released a statement expressing condolences to Rega’s grieving family. "We are shocked and dismayed at the events that have been reported, but have very little independent information about these events. We have not been able to have any communication with our son," read the statement. According to Italian media reports citing police, Mr Elder confessed to the killing but said he did not realize that Rega was a police officer because the officers involved were both in plainclothes and he did not understand Italian. The picture of Mr Natale-Hjorth with head bowed and eyes covered by a blue blindfold at a police station started circulating on the Internet on Saturday and was published by several Italian newspapers on Sunday. Francesco Codini, Mr Elder’s lawyer, said his client exercised his right not to respond to questions during a Saturday court hearing, in which he was ordered to remain in jail.  ‘The investigation is ongoing and our work has only just begun,’’ Mr Codini told the Telegraph.



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Fire and fury: With missile launch, North Korea shows ire at neighbor

Fire and fury: With missile launch, North Korea shows ire at neighbor



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UPDATE 1-France says it will not launch dispute resolution for Iran nuclear deal

UPDATE 1-France says it will not launch dispute resolution for Iran nuclear dealThe French government will not trigger the Iran nuclear deal’s dispute resolution mechanism for now, instead giving itself one week to try to get all parties talking again after Iran decided to enrich uranium above limits agreed in 2015. The French president on Sunday condemned the Iranian announcement, saying the decision was a “violation” of the agreement reached between Iran and world powers in 2015 to curb uranium enrichment.



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Video Alert: Watch an Iranian F-14A Launch a Fakour-90 Air-To-Air Missile

Video Alert: Watch an Iranian F-14A Launch a Fakour-90 Air-To-Air MissileThe following interesting video is the first known footage that shows an Islamic Republic of Iran Air Force (IRIAF) F-14A Tomcat firing a Fakour-90 air-to-air missile.The missile is a copy of the Hughes AIM-54 Phoenix missile that was sold together with the F-14 to Iran in the late 1970s.The missile was developed by the Iranian Army, Ministry of Defense and Armed Forces Logistics, and IRIAF. In Oct. 2011, it was announced that the missile had reached the stage of mass production.The U.S. Navy retired the iconic Tomcat on Sep. 22, 2006 and today the F-14 remains in in service with IRIAF.In Jan. 2007, U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) announced that sales of spare F-14 parts would be suspended over concerns of the parts ending up in Iran and in Jul. 2007 the remaining U.S. F-14s were shredded to ensure that any parts could not be acquired.However in Oct. 2010 IRIAF commander stated that his country was overhauling its F-14s and mentioned that Iran-made radar system had been installed on the fighter.



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