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Wisconsin special education teacher restrained student who pulled a gun, wife says

Wisconsin special education teacher restrained student who pulled a gun, wife saysBrett Hart, a special education teacher in Wisconsin, is "the kind of person you want to have in a situation like that," his wife said.



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Turkey captured ISIS leader al-Baghdadi's sister, who was living in a trailer 50 miles from where he was killed by US special forces

Turkey captured ISIS leader al-Baghdadi's sister, who was living in a trailer 50 miles from where he was killed by US special forcesTurkish forces captured Rasmiya Awad in Azaz, Syria, on Monday night. They hope to gain from her intelligence on ISIS' inner workings.



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What Would Happen If the Navy SEALs Fought Iran's Special Forces?

What Would Happen If the Navy SEALs Fought Iran's Special Forces?We have some idea of who would win.



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Isil leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi 'died like a dog and coward' in US special forces raid, says Donald Trump

Isil leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi 'died like a dog and coward' in US special forces raid, says Donald TrumpAbu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the leader of the Islamic State, died "like a dog and a coward" in a raid by US special forces, Donald Trump said. The terrorist leader was "whimpering and crying" in a tunnel after dragging three of his children with him, the US president said. As US soldiers closed in Baghdadi, an Iraqi national whose real name was Ibrahim Awwad Ibrahim Ali Muhammad al-Badri al-Samarrai, detonated a suicide vest, killing himself and his children. Mr Trump announced the end of  "the world's number one terrorist" during an "impeccable" raid in north-west Syria. The president said: "He died after running into a dead-end tunnel whimpering and crying and screaming all the way. "He had dragged three of his young children with him. They were dragged to certain death. "He was a sick and depraved man and now he's gone. He was vicious and violent, and he died in a vicious and violent way, as a coward running and crying." Mr Trump watched the raid from the Situation Room. He said: "It was like watching a movie." The raid, which began after midnight, targeted a compound Baghdadi and his family were thought to have been staying in Barisha village in Idlib province near the Turkish border. In a video which is thought to have captured the raid helicopters and heavy clashes can be heard. A senior Iraqi official told the Telegraph they obtained information on Baghdadi's whereabouts from members of his inner circle, arrested in Iraq back in September. "We arrested one of Baghdadi's wives, his nephew and the wife of one of Baghdadi's courier's," the official said. In interviews, the latter gave up information on the leader's whereabouts and the coordinates in Idlib. "He wasn't very mobile" he said, suggesting he had had been in the province for at least the last two months. He confirmed the Iraqi National Intelligence Service shared the information with the US shortly after. Intelligence was reportedly recovered by US special forces soldiers before the compound was then hit by an air strike to prevent the building from becoming a shrine to the terror leader. Something very big has just happened!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 27, 2019 Sources indicated that the mission had to be rushed after the US feared it would lose leverage in Syria after the pullout of its forces last week. The operation involved "deconflicting" with all the other main global players in Syria, including Russia and Turkey, which are on different sides of the war. There were no immediate statements made on Isil's official media channels, though typically it does not rush to confirm or deny such high-profile deaths in the group. Experts had speculated that Baghdadi was hiding out with a small number of cadres either in Anbar province in western Iraq or in the vast Badia desert in Homs in central Syria. His presence in Idlib, the last-remaining anti-Assad opposition stronghold, will come as a surprise to some as the province is under the control of rebel groups hostile to Isil. Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (HTS), the Islamist group aligned with al-Qaeda which is in control of much of the province, regularly carry out raids against Isil and arrests suspected sleeper cells.   It is unclear if he was getting protection from the rebels, but a commander with local militia Hurras al-Din group was killed in the raid. "If Baghdadi was indeed in Barisha, it will be interesting to understand how he managed to even get there (through Syria or through Turkey?), and how it was possible for him to stay there," tweeted Michael Horowitz, a Middle East security analyst with the Le Beck consultancy. Baghdadi, 48, appeared in a video released in April this year by Isil after the group’s territorial defeat, urging supporters to stay strong. In September the group released an audio message said to be from Baghdadi praising the operations of Isil affiliates in other regions. Baghdadi was the most wanted man in the world and subject to a $ 25 million US State Department reward for information on his whereabouts.  He remained on the run for more than five years even as the US-led coalition slowly destroyed Isil and focused on tracking down the leadership.  Baghdadi led al-Qaeda's branch in Iraq, taking credit for suicide bombings and other attacks targeting Shia Muslims and moderate Sunnis that left thousands dead over 2010-2013. He then broke with al-Qaeda and announced his own, more aggressive jihadist group named Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant that aimed to establish its own deeply conservative Islamic nation, or Caliphate, on territory straddling the Iraq-Syria border. Under his watch, Isil became one of the brutal terrorist outfits in modern history.  Fighters came from all over the world to live in the so-called caliphate and inflicted misery on millions of people. They are responsible for the mass rape and enslavement of the Yazidi people, of the beheading of British, American and Japanese hostages, and of numerous other war crimes.  The removal of Baghdadi from the battlefield will be largely symbolic.  The leader's tight security has meant he has been largely unable to communicate with his followers, apart from brief and sporadic audio recordings released on official channels. It will, however, be a major boon for Mr Trump who has faced criticism in recent weeks for his decision to withdraw troops from Syria which paved the way for a Turkish offensive on its Kurdish partners who helped defeat Isil. The terror group has exploited the chaos that followed the retreat, with more than 100 fighters breaking free from prisons in north-east Syria and hundreds of women escaping a detention camp.



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Meet USS Barb: The Navy's Special World War II Submarine That Terrified Japan

Meet USS Barb: The Navy's Special World War II Submarine That Terrified JapanIt sank the most Japanese vessels by tonnage.



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Special Report: The hunt for Asia's El Chapo

Special Report: The hunt for Asia's El ChapoHe is Asia’s most-wanted man. Tse Chi Lop, a Canadian national born in China, is suspected of leading a vast multinational drug trafficking syndicate formed out of an alliance of five of Asia’s triad groups, according to law enforcement officials. The syndicate, law enforcers believe, is funneling tonnes of methamphetamine, heroin and ketamine to at least a dozen countries from Japan in North Asia to New Zealand in the South Pacific.



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The Navy SEALs Could Take on Iran's Special Forces in a War

The Navy SEALs Could Take on Iran's Special Forces in a WarBut at a price.



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Turkey Mistakenly Shells U.S. Special Forces in Syria: Report

Turkey Mistakenly Shells U.S. Special Forces in Syria: ReportU.S. special forces based in Syria have been caught in Turkish artillery fire, according to Newsweek. It remains unclear whether there were any other casualties.The contingent of U.S. troops was operating in the Kurdish-dominated city of Kobani in northeastern Syria when they were hit by shelling from Turkey's military, which is currently invading the region.A senior Pentagon official confirmed the incident, saying Turkish forces should have precise knowledge of American positions.Earlier on Friday Defense Secretary Mark Esper told reporters that a small number of special forces had been moved back from the Syrian border with Turkey in advance of the Turkish incursion into Kurdish territory. President Trump was met with bipartisan criticism when he announced the move on Monday as prominent lawmakers and pundits interpreted the development as an indication that the U.S. had signed off on the invasion.Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has stated the goal of the operation is to secure an area inside Syria to resettle 3.6 million Syrian refugees currently residing in Turkey, as well as to fight Kurdish groups Turkey deems terrorist organizations.The U.S. partnered with several of those groups to combat ISIS. There are roughly 12,000 ISIS prisoners currently held in Kurdish detention facilities, although it is unclear what will happen to them as a result of the invasion.Meanwhile, the commander of the heavily-Kurdish Syrian Democratic Forces, General Mazlum Kobani Abdi, confirmed in an interview that Turkish shelling hit a prison with ISIS fighters in Syria, and five ISIS fighters managed to escape.The United Nations estimated that over 100,000 people fled the region in anticipation of Turkey's invasion.



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Judge finds no bias from Jussie Smollett special prosecutor

Judge finds no bias from Jussie Smollett special prosecutorA Chicago judge said Friday he won't replace a special prosecutor looking into why the state's attorney's office abruptly dismissed charges against actor Jussie Smollett, rejecting concerns that campaign money could taint the findings. The judge's decision during a hearing days after the special prosecutor, former U.S. Attorney Dan Webb, disclosed in a filing that he co-hosted a 2016 fundraiser for Kim Foxx and wrote her campaign a $ 1,000 check during her successful run for Cook County state's attorney. It was Foxx's office that in March surprised and angered many in Chicago by dropping charges that accused the former "Empire" actor of staging a racist, homophobic attack against himself.



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Kremlin hails special relationship with China amid missile system cooperation

Kremlin hails special relationship with China amid missile system cooperationThe Kremlin said on Friday that Moscow’s move to help Beijing build an early warning system to detect missile attacks showed the two countries had a special relationship. President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday that Russia was helping China build an early warning system to spot intercontinental ballistic missile launches, something only Russia and the United States possess at the moment.



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