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Turkey says understanding, but no deal, with U.S. on Syria's Manbij

Turkey says understanding, but no deal, with U.S. on Syria's ManbijTurkey and the United States have reached an understanding, but not full agreement, about stabilizing the town of Manbij and other areas of Kurdish-controlled northern Syria, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said on Wednesday. Turkey, which on Sunday stormed the northern Syrian town of Afrin after a two-month offensive against the Syrian Kurdish YPG militia, has repeatedly threatened to push its operations further east to Manbij where U.S. troops are stationed. Expanding Turkey’s military campaign into the much larger Kurdish-held territory further east, which President Tayyip Erdogan has vowed to do, would risk confrontation between the NATO allies who have been at loggerheads over the U.S. policy in Syria and other issues.



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Collusion or conspiracy? Understanding the charges against Manafort and Gates

Collusion or conspiracy? Understanding the charges against Manafort and GatesPaul Manafort and Rick Gates were accused of "conspiring" against the United States, but what everyone wants to know is whether they "colluded" with Russia to affect the election. What's the difference? And is that something special counsel Robert Mueller can hope to prove?



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Kids of Woman Killed in Church Shooting Reveal Their Anguish: 'There's No Understanding It'

Kids of Woman Killed in Church Shooting Reveal Their Anguish: 'There's No Understanding It'They spoke on how they are coping with the sudden loss of their mother.



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With TV epic, Ken Burns seeks fuller understanding of Vietnam War

With TV epic, Ken Burns seeks fuller understanding of Vietnam WarA half century after the United States plunged into war in Vietnam, scars remain unhealed. With a 10-part television epic, Ken Burns is hoping for a fuller understanding. The celebrated documentary filmmaker has invested 10 years into making “The Vietnam War”, which aims to offer a more balanced view on the still divisive conflict by bringing in a wide range of American and Vietnamese voices.



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With TV epic, Ken Burns seeks fuller understanding of Vietnam War

With TV epic, Ken Burns seeks fuller understanding of Vietnam WarA half century after the United States plunged into war in Vietnam, scars remain unhealed. With a 10-part television epic, Ken Burns is hoping for a fuller understanding. The celebrated documentary filmmaker has invested 10 years into making “The Vietnam War”, which aims to offer a more balanced view on the still divisive conflict by bringing in a wide range of American and Vietnamese voices.



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'They have no understanding of brutality of war', says British commander over Amnesty's Mosul 'war crimes' report

'They have no understanding of brutality of war', says British commander over Amnesty's Mosul 'war crimes' reportA senior British commander has hit out at a human rights group’s claims the US-led coalition and Iraqi forces used excessive force in the battle to recapture Mosul, calling them “naive and deeply irresponsible”. Major General Rupert Jones, the deputy commander of the international anti-Isil coalition, on Wednesday criticised a report published by Amnesty International the day after troops claimed victory over the jihadists as "disrespectful" to the Iraqi government. Amnesty suggested the government and coalition carried out "disproportionate" and "unlawful" attacks in the fight to take back the city. Major General Rupert Jones Credit: MoD via PA The organisation accused the forces of using unnecessarily powerful weapons in Mosul’s densely-populated Old City, which they say resulted in “needless loss of civilian lives” and could constitute war crimes.  Gen Jones said it is naive to think a city such as Mosul, with a population of 1.75 million, could be liberated without any civilian casualties while fighting an enemy that "lacks all humanity". Amnesty International has accused the Iraqi forces of using excessive force in a civilian area Credit: Getty "It strikes me as being written by people who simply have no understanding of the brutality of warfare. But we should be absolutely clear who were deliberately killing civilians," he added. "It wasn't the government of Iraq, it wasn't the coalition, it was Isis – everybody should be entirely clear what they were doing with the civilians. It went way beyond human shields, they were out and out murdering civilians left, right and centre." A coalition air strike on Mosul, where Isil has used the local population as human shields Credit: AFP The UK has played a leading role in the coalition, striking 750 Isil targets in support of the Iraqi army during the nine-month offensive.  Thousands of Iraqi troops are thought to have been killed in the fighting, although the total number across the army may never be known as it does not release casualty figures.  Major General Rupert Jones, deputy commander of the anti-Isil coalition, said Amnesty didn't understand war Credit: AFP Troops faced a high-tech enemy in Isil, whose campaign was fought using drones carrying explosives, Mad Max-style car bombs, foreign-trained snipers and a complex warren of tunnels. Snipers would take over houses and round up civilians in the basements to use as protection against air strikes.  Whole neighbourhoods of the Old City and western side of Mosul were levelled in the deadliest urban battle since the Second World War.  The Iraqi government says the cost of rebuilding the city will run into the tens of billions of dollars.  Iraq victory over Isil in Mosul, in pictures Airwars, a UK-based civilian casualties monitoring group, believes that as many as 5,800 civilians were killed in military activity in west Mosul. Iraqi civil defence officials have suggested that up to 4,000 bodies may still be lying buried under rubble. "The Iraqi security forces have put the safety of civilians as the absolute centrepiece of the liberation of the city over the last nine months – that is beyond question,” said Gen Jones. "Does that mean there have been no violations? No, of course there have, but whenever those are presented to the government of Iraq, they are taken very, very seriously.” Fleeing Iraqi civilians sit inside a house as they wait to be taken out of the Old City during fighting between Isil and the Iraqi army Credit: AP Amnesty demanded a commission of inquiry, saying allied forces failed to adapt their tactics even when it was clear that Isil militants had forced civilians into areas most likely to come under attack. “The scale and gravity of the loss of civilian lives during the military operation to retake Mosul must immediately be publicly acknowledged at the highest levels of government in Iraq and states that are part of the US-led coalition,” Lynn Maalouf, the Middle East research director, said. A heated debate has ignited around the cost of the offensive.  Mosul, "liberated" pic.twitter.com/373apJjhay— ian bremmer (@ianbremmer) July 10, 2017 Ian Bremmer, a global risk consultant, tweeted a picture of destroyed parts of Mosul’s Old City alongside the caption “Mosul, ‘liberated?’” It was shared almost 10,000 times.  Some Twitter users responded with pictures of Dresden after the Second World War, a city which was badly destroyed but quickly rebuilt.  One UK-based Iraqi architect replied: “Why the speech marks? Yes, liberated is liberated, and we are going to rebuild it.” Members of the Iraqi forces celebrate the liberation of Mosul's Old City, where thousands of their comrades are thought to have died Credit: AFP Hamish de Bretton-Gordon, a former commanding officer of the British Armed Forces who is advising forces fighting Isil, told the Telegraph Amnesty had “failed to understand the difficulties of fighting in cities,” against a determined and organised adversary.    “Time has been of the essence here and every day Mosul was under Isil control hundreds of people were dying at their hands, far more from alleged coalition activity," he said.   “Warfare is brutal and what might seem dreadful in an office in Europe, or elsewhere, is a fact of life in a warzone, and those who criticise should ensure they really understand the environment.   “Amnesty’s work is essential to bring those responsible for atrocities to book, but it also needs to be tempered in this case, with the reality of the lengths Isil would go to protect their so-called caliphate with no regard to human life.” FAQ | The battle for Mosul  



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Steele: Trump’s Civil War Comments Show ‘Clear Lack’ of Historical Understanding

Steele: Trump’s Civil War Comments Show ‘Clear Lack’ of Historical UnderstandingFormer RNC chair Michael Steele offers reaction to President Trump’s speculation that former President Andrew Jackson could have prevented the Civil War.



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