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The fight is not over, but Daesh no longer has land to call their own

The fight is not over, but Daesh no longer has land to call their ownOn Saturday we marked a turning point in our fight against the Daesh fanatics with the liberation of the last vestiges of land held under their brutal rule. At one point these barbaric extremists controlled territory roughly the size of the United Kingdom and had advanced to within a few miles of the gates of Baghdad. But in the last few days they have been rooted out of their last enclave along the Euphrates and their so-called caliphate destroyed. I pay tribute to all our Armed Forces and allies who have helped fight Daesh. They have hunted down this nihilistic death-cult night and day. Our RAF Tornados, Typhoons, and Reaper have struck almost 2,000 times – eliminating terrorists, overwhelming their headquarters and cutting off their supplies. It is fitting that Tornado is ending its illustrious career with this achievement. There is the work of others which should not go unrecognised. The crews who tirelessly flew our Reaper drones. Last month I announced they will now receive the Operation Shader medal, without clasp. This is the first time our Reaper crews have received such recognition. Our troops on the ground have – as part of the Coalition – also helped train some 90,000 Iraqis in everything from bridge-building to defusing bombs. We also pay tribute to the Syrian Democratic Forces, the Peshmerga and the Iraqi security forces who sustained heavy casualties to liberate 7.7 million people from Daesh’s tyranny. Those British nationals who turned their back on our country to fight for Daesh made a fatal mistake. They should expect to bear the full force of the law for their actions in the country where they have committed crimes. So today we mark a major milestone but we also count the cost. Mercifully, there have been very few deaths of British and allied personnel and hostages. But we feel each one of those very keenly. Our sympathies go to their families and friends for their loss. They did not die in vain. Their bravery is to be commended for ensuring the UK’s national security by tackling this threat. No-one will ever forget the damage and destruction wrought by Daesh’s barbarism. Their frenzy of violence has left behind a trail of destruction: innocents sold into slavery, thousands dead, millions displaced and some of the world’s greatest cultural treasures sacked. It was imperative that we acted. But we cannot say this fight is over. The terrorists are as much an evil ideology as a geographical entity. We’ve always known that cutting off one head of the snake could lead to others springing up elsewhere. We’re painfully aware of the threat these extremists still pose whether to Iraq, the wider region or to our own shores. That’s why the next phase of our campaign is well underway. The UK is helping the Iraqis rebuild their homeland so they can remain free from Daesh. It is continuing to provide vital humanitarian aid in Syria where we have already committed more than £2.7 billion. And it is continuing to champion a political settlement which, ultimately, will be the only way to achieve lasting peace in the region But, above all, it means continuing to do everything in our power, alongside the Global Coalition against Daesh, to check the spread of insurgency and draw the sting from its poisonous ideology. As I said to RUSI recently, a Global Britain must to be ready to intervene, using all the hard power at our disposal to defend the international rules-based system. And we are well placed to do that. Our Armed Forces will remain deployed in the region, to provide continuing assistance to the Syrian Democratic Forces and the Iraqi security forces against any attempt by Daesh to re-establish an active presence.  We have world-class F35 stealth fighters, we have an aircraft carrier that is the most powerful surface vessel ever to leave our shores and new sophisticated equipment coming into play. Not only will we fight this evil ideology on land but in the cyber sphere where the UK heads the Global Coalition Communications Cell, working to reduce the impact of Daesh’s ability to use propaganda to recruit, inspire and incite supporters.  None of this will be easy. Daesh is the evil of our generation and we must be prepared to stay the course. In the past five years, our Armed Forces, alongside our allies have turned the tide. Daesh no longer has land to call their own. But we will not rest until the danger they pose to our people is ended once and for all.



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People are sharing their best spill videos after one woman spilled 22 quarts of ranch dressing

People are sharing their best spill videos after one woman spilled 22 quarts of ranch dressingA video of a woman accidentally spilling a giant tub of ranch is bringing Twitter users together to share different stories of their own disasters. It all started when Twitter user @BorboaGrant shared video of a coworker's spectacular spill of 22 quarts of ranch.SEE ALSO: At long last, Welding Twitter gets its moment in the sunThat clip inspired others to share their own videos of spills caught on camera. The result? Perhaps the greatest thread in Twitter history, and I'm only being slightly hyperbolic. > man i wonder who would do that pic.twitter.com/08Csv3u5qU> > — ash (@ashton_risser) March 19, 2019> 18 quarts. glad i'm not the only one pic.twitter.com/HBfjSLvUin> > — kayla demkiw (@kkaylademq) March 19, 2019> I mean its bbq sauce, but still one of the funniest things that happened to my co worker pic.twitter.com/FhJl74TulM> > — ♡ Gabriana ♡ (@Ilovejwamcp143) March 20, 2019> Remember that one time I accidentally threw that hot pizza at this guy pic.twitter.com/sBiZnQ9NQR> > — rylee (@rylang_) March 20, 2019The thread is full of more spills and thrills from restaurants all over the world and is well worth perusing. But perhaps the most commonly used video is a classic clip from The Office where in Kevin spills a giant vat of chili. Undercook the onions, folks.  WATCH: Lyft reveals its IPO price range and fundraising goals



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USC to deny students connected to cheating scheme class registration, transcripts as their status is frozen

USC to deny students connected to cheating scheme class registration, transcripts as their status is frozenUSC says it won't let students currently at the school who may be connected to the nation's college admissions bribery scandal to register for class.



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New Zealand mosque massacre proves social media giants don't deserve their power, freedom

New Zealand mosque massacre proves social media giants don't deserve their power, freedomIt is time for counter-terrorism specialists to move into the offices of social media giants. For too long terrorists have used them with impunity.



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NZ mosque shootings toll rises to 50, families wait to bury their dead

NZ mosque shootings toll rises to 50, families wait to bury their deadAustralian Brenton Harrison Tarrant, 28, a suspected white supremacist, was charged with murder on Saturday. Tarrant was remanded without a plea and is due back in court on April 5 where police said he was likely to face further charges. Friday’s attack, which Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern labeled as terrorism, was the worst ever peacetime mass killing in New Zealand and the country had raised its security threat level to the highest.



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Beto O’Rourke apologises for campaign joke about wife raising their children ‘sometimes with my help’

Beto O’Rourke apologises for campaign joke about wife raising their children ‘sometimes with my help’Democratic presidential contender Beto O’Rourke acknowledged making mistakes as a teen and as a candidate on Friday, responding to criticism of his campaign rhetoric towards his wife as well as writings he produced online when he was young. Mr O’Rourke made the comment at multiple campaign stops during his first swing through Iowa, including earlier on Friday, eliciting laughs each time, but he also drew criticism as being insensitive to the challenges faced by single parents raising children. Mr O’Rourke also said he was “mortified” when he reread the violent fiction he wrote as a teen, which received fresh attention on Friday after a Reuters report outlined his involvement in a hacker group as a teen.



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Students globally protest warming, pleading for their future

Students globally protest warming, pleading for their futureWASHINGTON (AP) — Students across a warming globe pleaded for their lives, future and planet Friday, demanding tough action on climate change.



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The nations grounding their Boeing 737s

The nations grounding their Boeing 737sA number of countries have grounded Boeing’s 737 MAX 8 medium-haul workhorse jet in response to the Ethiopian Airlines crash that killed all 157 people on board. There are some 350 of the 737 MAX 8 planes currently in service around the world. While some countries and airlines have opted to ground the planes, others are continuing to fly the aircraft pending an investigation into the crash and possible guidance from Boeing itself.



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Google warns everyone to update their Chrome browser right now

Google warns everyone to update their Chrome browser right nowIt's always smart to keep all of your software up to date, but it's not too often that a developer goes out of its way to stress to all of its users that they should drop everything and apply the latest update as soon as possible. But that is exactly what Google has done this week, as Clement Lecigne of the company's Threat Analysis Group reveals in a blog post that two zero-day vulnerabilities have been discovered in Google Chrome.First reported on February 27th, Google was quick to release an update two days later on March 1st to address the issue. In all likelihood, your Chrome browser updated itself automatically, but if you want to check, go to Help > About Google Chrome, and make sure you're on version 72.0.3626.121. If not, update right away.As Chrome security engineer Justin Schuh explained in a series of tweets on Wednesday, this attack is different from previous attacks on Chrome because, rather than targeting Flash, it targets the Chrome code directly.When Flash was the first exploit in the chain, Google could silently update the Flash plugin behind the scenes, and Chrome would automatically switch over to the updated plugin without any user intervention. On the other hand, this zero-day exploit requires the user to manually restart the browser, so even if the update is installed on your system, you still have to close and reopen the browser for it to take effect.https://twitter.com/justinschuh/status/1103763265119707136The (relatively) good news is that, as of yesterday, Google has "only observed active exploitation against Windows 7 32-bit systems," so if you're on Windows 10 (or even Windows 8), you're probably in the clear. Nevertheless, there's no point in taking any risks, so be sure that your browser is up to date, and if it isn't, update today.



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Single family loses 10 members after tornado hits their homes in Alabama

Single family loses 10 members after tornado hits their homes in AlabamaTen members of the same family were killed after the deadliest US tornado in nearly six years swept past their homes in Alabama. Winds of up to 170mph rolled mobile homes across fields and caused brick homes to collapse into unrecognisable heaps in Beauregard, a rural community around 60 miles west of the city of Montgomery. At least 23 people have been killed, including 10 from the same family.



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