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Putin Says Russia Will End its Military Operation in Syria After Surprise Talks With Assad

Putin Says Russia Will End its Military Operation in Syria After Surprise Talks With AssadRussia is about to end its military operation in Syria that tipped the scales in the devastating war in favor of government forces, President Vladimir Putin said at surprise talks with Syrian President Bashar Assad.



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NASA's Operation IceBridge studies ice loss in Antarctica

NASA's Operation IceBridge studies ice loss in AntarcticaNASA’s Operation IceBridge has been studying how polar ice has evolved over the past nine years and is currently flying a series of nine-hour research flights over West Antarctica to monitor ice loss aboard a retrofitted 1966 Lockheed P-3 aircraft. According to NASA, the current mission targets “sea ice in the Bellingshausen and Weddell seas and glaciers in the Antarctic Peninsula and along the English and Bryan Coasts.” Researchers have used the IceBridge data to observe that the West Antarctic Ice Sheet may be in a state of irreversible decline, directly contributing to rising sea levels.



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Turkey's president announces operation in Syria's Idlib

Turkey's president announces operation in Syria's IdlibISTANBUL (AP) — Turkey's president announced Saturday that the country has launched a "serious" operation in Syria's northwestern Idlib province with Turkey-backed Syrian opposition forces, following international efforts for de-escalation in the war-torn country.



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Iraq launches operation to take back IS-held town near Mosul

Iraq launches operation to take back IS-held town near MosulABU GHADDUR, Iraq (AP) — U.S.-backed Iraqi forces on Sunday launched a multi-pronged assault to retake the town of Tal Afar, west of Mosul, marking the next phase in the country's war on the Islamic State group.



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Trump blames New York Times for thwarting al-Baghdadi operation after story reported on Fox & Friends

Trump blames New York Times for thwarting al-Baghdadi operation after story reported on Fox & FriendsPresident Donald Trump on Saturday attacked The New York Times and its "sick agenda," alleging that one of the paper's reports thwarted a US bid to take out Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant chief Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. "The Failing New York Times foiled US attempt to kill the single most wanted terrorist, al-Baghdadi. Their sick agenda over National Security," Mr Trump wrote in one of a barrage of early morning tweets. Mr Trump did not expand on his charge against The Times, or explain what revelation by the daily is supposed to have hampered Baghdadi's capture. This file image made from video posted on a militant website in 2014 purports to show Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi Credit: AP The New York Times told the Politico news site in a statement: "We have asked the White House to clarify the tweet." US media suggested that Mr Trump may have been referring to a Fox News report about comments made by a top general at a security conference on Friday in Aspen, Colorado. At that gathering, General Tony Thomas – head of the US military's Special Operations Command – reportedly said that American forces at one point came "particularly close" to Baghdadi after a 2015 raid recovered information about Isil. Fox News reported that General Thomas said US troops had "a very good lead," on the Isil leader's whereabouts. "Unfortunately, it was leaked in a prominent national newspaper about a week later and that lead went dead," General Thomas reportedly said at the forum. The ruins of the al-Nuri Mosque in Mosul's Old City, where Baghdadi declared the so-called caliphate Credit: REUTERS/Thaier Al-Sudani Mr Trump posted his tweet 20 minutes after a section about the allegation aired on Fox News. US Secretary of Defense James Mattis said Friday that he believes Baghdadi is still alive, following various claims in recent months that he has been killed. "We are going after him, but we assume he is alive," the Pentagon chief said. There have been persistent rumors that Baghdadi has died in recent months. Donald Trump: 'America is coming strong!' 01:12 With a $ 25 million US bounty on his head, Baghdadi has kept a low profile but is rumored to move regularly throughout IS-held territory in Iraq and Syria. The Iraqi – nicknamed "The Ghost" – has not been seen since making his only known public appearance as "caliph" in 2014 at the Grand Mosque of Al-Nuri in Mosul, which was destroyed in the battle for Iraq's second city. The New York Times is one of Mr Trump's favourite targets Credit: Volkan Furuncu/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images The Times has become a favorite Mr Trump target despite his penchant for reaching out to the daily, including this week, when he gave its reporters a major interview in which he criticized his own Attorney General Jeff Sessions. In Saturday's tweetstorm, Mr Trump railed against The Washington Post, which is owned by Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, for its "illegal leaks." "A new INTELLIGENCE LEAK from the Amazon Washington Post, this time against A.G. Jeff Sessions," he wrote on Twitter, adding "These illegal leaks… must stop!" He also groused about some of his favorite targets: the failure of US lawmakers to repeal "dead" Obamacare, Democratic "obstructionists" and alleged "ties to Russia" by Hillary Clinton, his defeated opponent in last year's presidential election.



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Ex-CIA Director Hayden: Russia election meddling was ‘most successful covert operation in history’

Ex-CIA Director Hayden: Russia election meddling was ‘most successful covert operation in history’Michael Hayden, former head of the NSA and CIA, called Russia’s interference in the 2016 election the “most successful covert influence operation in history.”



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Lebanon's Hezbollah launches Syria border operation

Lebanon's Hezbollah launches Syria border operationLebanon’s powerful Hezbollah group said on Friday its fighters had begun an operation against militants on both sides of the country’s border with Syria. The operation has been anticipated for several weeks, and comes after Lebanese soldiers carrying out raids on Syrian refugee camps in the area were met with suicide bombings and a grenade attack. Hezbollah media outlets announced “the start of a military operation to purge Jurud Arsal and Qalamun of armed terrorists”.



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Five Congo rangers killed in joint army operation to rescue U.S. journalist

Five Congo rangers killed in joint army operation to rescue U.S. journalistFive park rangers were killed in a joint operation with the army to rescue an American journalist and three park rangers, who went missing in a wildlife reserve in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, a local official said on Sunday. Unidentified gunmen attacked the group late on Friday in the Okapi Wildlife Reserve in Mambasa territory. Mambasa administrator Alfred Bongwalanga said security forces and park rangers had launched a rescue operation that located the missing members of the group.



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U.S. warship in operation near disputed island in South China Sea

U.S. warship in operation near disputed island in South China SeaA U.S. warship sailed near a disputed island in the South China Sea claimed by China, Taiwan and Vietnam on Sunday in an operation meant to challenge the competing claims of all three nations, a U.S. Defense Department official said. The USS Stethem, a guided-missile destroyer, sailed within 12 nautical miles of Triton Island, part of the Paracel Islands in the South China Sea, the official said. The operation was first reported by Fox News on Sunday.



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Major search operation conducted at South Pasadena park as boy remains missing

Major search operation conducted at South Pasadena park as boy remains missingAbout 80 sheriff's deputies and police officers were conducting a search operation at South Pasadena's Arroyo Park amid an ongoing investigation into a 5-year-old boy's disappearance.



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