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Kurds Confirm Border Between Peshmerga, Iraqi Military Remains – For Now

TOPSHOT - An Iraqi Kurdish Peshmerga fighter, next to an Iraqi Kurds flag, holds a position in Sheikh Ali village near the town of Bashiqa, some 25 kilometres north east of Mosul, on November 6, 2016 during an operation against Islamic State (IS) group jihadists to retake the main hub city. / AFP / SAFIN HAMED (Photo credit should read SAFIN HAMED/AFP/Getty Images)
The borders in Mosul that separate the Iraqi army from troops loyal to northern Iraq's autonomous Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) will “remain” as they were before the start of the successful U.S.-backed operation to push the Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL) out of the city, announced the Kurdish Peshmerga Ministry.

Al-Qaeda Capitalizes on Islamic State Collapse in Raqqa

Syria's Idlib province is largely controlled by Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (HTS), a group led by Al-Qaeda's former affiliate, which ousted more moderate rebels in recent months
Al-Qaeda in Syria, considered the global group’s most prominent branch, is capitalizing on the U.S.-led coalition’s significant gains towards annihilating the Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL), urging jihadists from its collapsing competitor to defect and join its resurgent ranks as it continues to grow stronger.

Fleeing Iraqi Invasion, Thousands Flee Kirkuk into Kurdish Territory

Iraqi security forces and Popular Mobilization Forces patrol in Tuz Khormato, that was evacuated by Kurdish security forces, 130 miles (210 kilometers) north of Baghdad, Iraq, Monday, Oct. 16, 2017. Two weeks after fighting together against the Islamic State, Iraqi forces pushed their Kurdish allies out of the disputed city of Kirkuk on Monday, seizing oil fields and other facilities amid soaring tensions over last month's Kurdish vote for independence. (AP Photo)
Advancing Iraqi troops, backed by Iran-allied Shiite militias, are reportedly coercing "thousands" of residents to abandon the Kurdish-held multi-ethnic city of Kirkuk in northern Iraq, a testament to the ongoing altercations triggered by Iraqi Kurdistan's independence referendum last month.

Fleeing Iraqi Invasion, Thousands Flee Kirkuk into Kurdish Territory

Iraqi security forces and Popular Mobilization Forces patrol in Tuz Khormato, that was evacuated by Kurdish security forces, 130 miles (210 kilometers) north of Baghdad, Iraq, Monday, Oct. 16, 2017. Two weeks after fighting together against the Islamic State, Iraqi forces pushed their Kurdish allies out of the disputed city of Kirkuk on Monday, seizing oil fields and other facilities amid soaring tensions over last month's Kurdish vote for independence. (AP Photo)
Advancing Iraqi troops, backed by Iran-allied Shiite militias, are reportedly coercing "thousands" of residents to abandon the Kurdish-held multi-ethnic city of Kirkuk in northern Iraq, a testament to the ongoing altercations triggered by Iraqi Kurdistan's independence referendum last month.

Fleeing Iraqi Invasion, Thousands Flee Kirkuk into Kurdish Territory

Iraqi security forces and Popular Mobilization Forces patrol in Tuz Khormato, that was evacuated by Kurdish security forces, 130 miles (210 kilometers) north of Baghdad, Iraq, Monday, Oct. 16, 2017. Two weeks after fighting together against the Islamic State, Iraqi forces pushed their Kurdish allies out of the disputed city of Kirkuk on Monday, seizing oil fields and other facilities amid soaring tensions over last month's Kurdish vote for independence. (AP Photo)
Advancing Iraqi troops, backed by Iran-allied Shiite militias, are reportedly coercing "thousands" of residents to abandon the Kurdish-held multi-ethnic city of Kirkuk in northern Iraq, a testament to the ongoing altercations triggered by Iraqi Kurdistan's independence referendum last month.

Republicans Support Trump’s Plan to Not Kill ‘Flawed’ Iran Nuclear Deal

Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas speaks to members of the media on Capitol Hill in Washington Thursday, July 13, 2017. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky. rolled out the GOP's revised health care bill, pushing toward a showdown vote next week with opposition within the Republican ranks. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
WASHINGTON – Various Republicans from both chambers of Congress acknowledged that the Iran nuclear deal is “flawed” and a threat to U.S. national security, but fell short of urging President Donald Trump to kill the agreement.

Experts on Decertifying Iran Deal: Trump Should Have Killed Terror-Fueling Agreement

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WASHINGTON, DC — Some experts welcomed U.S. President Donald Trump’s decision to decertify the Iran nuclear deal, but they said the American leader should have gone a step further and killed the agreement, which some analysts argue has strengthened Tehran’s narco-terror proxy Hezbollah and its hard-line Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC).

Iran: Revolutionary Guards Vow Attacks on U.S. if Trump Makes ‘Stupid Decision’ on Terror Label

In this picture taken on Sunday, Sept. 21, 2008, Iranian Revolutionary Guards members march during a parade ceremony, marking the 28th anniversary of the onset of the Iran-Iraq war (1980-1988), in front of the mausoleum of the late revolutionary founder Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, just outside Tehran, Iran. Speaking to Arab students at Carnegie Mellon's Doha campus, US Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said Monday, Iran's Revolutionary Guard Corps appears to have gained so much power that it effectively is supplanting the Iranian government. (AP Photo/Vahid Salemi)
Various Iranian officials have warned U.S. President Donald Trump against officially designating Iran’s hard-line Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) as a terrorist organization, threatening a "crushing" response if he moves forward with the label.

New York Jail Accidentally Puts Islamic State Suspect in General Population


A Manhattan detention center mistakenly housed an Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL) suspect with the jail's general population soon after he was arrested for allegedly participating in a terrorist plot with at least two other men to attack New York City in 2016.

H.R. McMaster Warns: Leaking National Security Info to Media Is ‘Treasonous’


American federal employees who disclose sensitive or classified national security information to the media without authorization are guilty of a "treasonous" act, warns National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster, as the Trump administration grapples with an unprecedented wave of national security leaks that have surfaced since he took office.

Terror Attacks Force Red Cross to ‘Drastically Reduce’ Presence in Afghanistan

Security forces inspect the site of a suicide attack outside a Shiite mosque in Kabul, Afghanistan, Friday, Sept. 29, 2017. A suicide bomber blew himself up outside a Shiite mosque in the Afghan capital Kabul on Friday, killing four people and wounding 20 others, authorities said. (AP Photo/Massoud Hossaini)
A series of attacks in northern Afghanistan, where both the Taliban and Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL) have intensified their terror campaign, has prompted the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) to “drastically reduce” its operations in the country.

Bowe Bergdahl to Plead Guilty to Desertion, Misbehavior Before the Enemy to Avoid Trial

FT. BRAGG, NC - MAY 17: U.S. Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl leaves the Ft. Bragg military courthouse with his legal team after a pretrial hearing on May 17, 2016 in Ft. Bragg, North Carolina. Bergdahl faces charges of desertion and endangering troops stemming from his decision to leave his outpost in Afghanistan in 2009, which resulted in his capture and imprisonment for five years by the Taliban. (Photo by Sara D. Davis/Getty Images)
U.S. Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl is expected to plead guilty this month to desertion and misbehavior before the enemy after being exchanged by the previous administration for five high-risk Taliban commanders in 2014.

Bowe Bergdahl to Plead Guilty to Desertion, Misbehavior Before the Enemy to Avoid Trial

FT. BRAGG, NC - MAY 17: U.S. Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl leaves the Ft. Bragg military courthouse with his legal team after a pretrial hearing on May 17, 2016 in Ft. Bragg, North Carolina. Bergdahl faces charges of desertion and endangering troops stemming from his decision to leave his outpost in Afghanistan in 2009, which resulted in his capture and imprisonment for five years by the Taliban. (Photo by Sara D. Davis/Getty Images)
U.S. Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl is expected to plead guilty this month to desertion and misbehavior before the enemy after being exchanged by the previous administration for five high-risk Taliban commanders in 2014.

Lawyer for Iraqi Christians to Congress: UN Resettling Islamic State Families in Christian Town

Egyptian women pray Eid al-Fitr prayers, marking the end of the Muslim holy fasting month of Ramadan at Al-Azhar mosque, the highest Islamic Sunni institution, in Cairo, Egypt, Monday, July 28, 2014. (AP Photo/Amr Nabil)
WASHINGTON, DC — The United States government is “financing the spoils of genocide” committed by the Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL) against Christians and other ethnoreligious minorities in the Middle East through a United Nations program that only benefits Sunni Muslims, argued a lawyer who represents the Chaldean Catholic Archdiocese of Iraqi Kurdistan’s capital Erbil.

Lawyer for Iraqi Christians to Congress: UN Resettling Islamic State Families in Christian Town

Egyptian women pray Eid al-Fitr prayers, marking the end of the Muslim holy fasting month of Ramadan at Al-Azhar mosque, the highest Islamic Sunni institution, in Cairo, Egypt, Monday, July 28, 2014. (AP Photo/Amr Nabil)
WASHINGTON, DC — The United States government is “financing the spoils of genocide” committed by the Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL) against Christians and other ethnoreligious minorities in the Middle East through a United Nations program that only benefits Sunni Muslims, argued a lawyer who represents the Chaldean Catholic Archdiocese of Iraqi Kurdistan’s capital Erbil.

Report: Iraqi Troops, Shiite Militias Defeat Islamic State in ‘Last Stronghold’ in Northern Iraq

Fighters from the Hashed al-Shaabi (Popular Mobilisation units), backing the Iraqi forces, stand in front of a mural depicting the emblem of the Islamic State (IS) group as troops advance through Hawija on October 5, 2017, after retaking the city from Islamic State (IS) group fighters. Iraqi forces retook one of the Islamic State group's last two enclaves in the country on October 5, overrunning the longtime insurgent bastion of Hawija after a two-week offensive. / AFP PHOTO / AHMAD AL-RUBAYE (Photo credit should read AHMAD AL-RUBAYE/AFP/Getty Images)
U.S.-supported Iraqi government troops and Iran-allied Shiite militiamen have reportedly retaken the “last” Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL) bastion in northern Iraq, marking the latest sign that the jihadist group’s so-called caliphate in the region is dwindling.

Afghan President Claims U.S.-NATO Coalition Withdrawal ‘Within 4 Years’

US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis (R) shakes hands with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani after a press conference at the Presidential Palace in Kabul on September 27, 2017. US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg renewed their commitment to Afghanistan on September 27, as the Taliban launched a rocket attack that wounded five civilians in Kabul. / AFP PHOTO / WAKIL KOHSAR (Photo credit should read WAKIL KOHSAR/AFP/Getty Images)
U.S. troops and their NATO allies will be able to leave Afghanistan “within four years,” at which time the struggling Afghan National Defense and Security Forces (ANDSF) will be able to protect their country on their own, Afghan President Ashraf Ghani tells BBC.

Former Rep. Frank Wolf: Christianity in Iraq Will ‘End’ Without ‘Bold Action’

Former Rep. Frank Wolf (R-VA) stands in front of the ruins of a Christian community in Iraq in August 2017 (Photo courtesy Martha Hudson)
The United States must take “bold action” by the end of 2017 to prevent Christianity in Iraq -- the cradle of Christendom -- from disappearing in just “a few short years,” warns former Rep. Frank Wolf (R-VA).

Mattis: Trump Afghan Strategy to Combat Opium Trade

TOPSHOT - Afghan farmers harvest opium sap from a poppy field in Zari District of Kandahar province on April 12, 2016. Opium poppy cultivation in Afghanistan dropped 19 percent in 2015 compared to the previous year, according to figures from the Afghan Ministry of Counter Narcotics and United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime. / AFP / JAVED TANVEER (Photo credit should read JAVED TANVEER/AFP/Getty Images)
U.S. President Donald Trump’s South Asia strategy will focus on fighting the lucrative opium trade that is currently providing more than half of the Taliban’s estimated $400 million in annual funding, Secretary of Defense James Mattis told lawmakers, echoing other American officials.

Top U.S. General: China Can Play ‘More Productive Role’ in Afghanistan

XILINGOL, CHINA - JULY 30: The flag guard formation holding the flag of the Communist Party of China, the national flag and the flag of the PLA attends a military parade at Zhurihe military training base to mark the 90th birthday of Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) on July 30, 2017 in Xilingol League, Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region of China. China held on Sunday its first Army Day parade one day before the 90th birthday of PLA. (Photo by Cui Nan/CHINA NEWS SERVICE/VCG via Getty Images)
The United States and Beijing share a common goal of combating terrorist groups that operate in China’s neighbor Afghanistan, the highest-ranking military officer in the American armed forces indicated Tuesday.

Pentagon Chief James Mattis: Iran, Russia Still Arming Afghan Taliban

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Russia and U.S.-designated state sponsor of terrorism Iran continue to provide weapons and other military aid to Taliban jihadists in Afghanistan, reiterates United States Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, repeating accusations made by the United States armed forces.

U.S.-Backed Iraq ‘to Coordinate Military Efforts’ with Terror Sponsor Iran

Iraqi soldiers pictured on a Russian-made T-72 tank as they advance towards the city of al-Sharqat, north of Baghdad, on September 20, 2017
The U.S.-backed Iraqi military has reportedly announced that it plans “to coordinate military efforts” with neighboring Iran, considered by the American government to be the leading state-sponsor of terrorism.

DHS Chief: U.S. Efforts to Combat Chemical, Biological, Nuclear Threats ‘Inadequate’

An Iranian TV grab taken on September 23, 2017 shows a Khoramshahr missile being launched from an undisclosed location, a day after the said missile was first displayed at a military parade in Tehran (AFP Photo/Handout)
Department of Homeland Security (DHS) efforts to combat chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear (CBRN) threats facing Americans are “inadequate,” the department’s acting secretary told lawmakers Wednesday.

Report: Taliban Controls or Contests Nearly Half of Afghanistan as Trump Intensifies U.S. Involvement

FILE - In this May 27, 2016 file photo, Taliban fighters react to a speech by their senior leader in the Shindand district of Herat province, Afghanistan. Two senior Taliban figures said that Pakistan has issued a stark warning to the militant group, apparently surprised over being excluded from the insurgents' secret talks with the Afghan government. (AP Photos/Allauddin Khan, File)
Taliban jihadists control or contest 45 percent of Afghanistan as U.S. President Donald Trump begins to escalate the American military footprint in the country, reports the Long War Journal (LWJ), echoing assessments from the United States government and the terrorist group itself.

Nigeria: Boko Haram Slaughters ‘Chief Imam’ with Machete, Uses Female Suicide Bombers to Kill 15 Others


Machete-wielding jihadists from the Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL)-linked Boko Haram group reportedly used the weapon to quietly slaughter the chief Imam and four others in a village located in the terrorist group’s birthplace in northeastern Nigeria, Borno state.

Report: North Korea’s Unannounced Missile Tests ‘Pose Risk’ to Passenger Jets

This undated picture released from North Korea's official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) on September 16, 2017 shows North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un inspecting a launching drill of the medium-and-long range strategic ballistic rocket Hwasong-12
Passenger jets flying over North Korean territory are currently “at risk” of becoming a casualty of a potentially disastrous wayward missile launched by dictator Kim Jong-un during one of his surprise tests, analysts have reportedly warned amid fears of a miscalculation by Pyongyang.

Report: 500 Islamic State Jihadis Fueling Resurgence on Europe’s Doorstep, Libya


Chaos-ridden Libya is experiencing an Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL) resurgence that is posing a clear and present danger to Europe while the jihadist group’s so-called caliphate continues to dwindle in Iraq and Syria, primarily at the hands of the U.S-led coalition.

Russian Subs Launch 7 Cruise Missiles at Islamic State in Syria


Russia launched seven cruise missiles from two submarines in the Mediterranean Sea against Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL) targets in Syria, according to the Kremlin’s Defense Ministry.

Russian Subs Launch 7 Cruise Missiles at Islamic State in Syria


Russia launched seven cruise missiles from two submarines in the Mediterranean Sea against Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL) targets in Syria, according to the Kremlin’s Defense Ministry.

U.S. Sanctions Cambodia, Eritrea, Guinea, Sierra Leone for Failing to Take Back Deported Nationals


U.S. President Donald Trump’s administration has slapped sanctions on Cambodia, Eritrea, Guinea, and Sierra Leone for “lack of cooperation” in accepting their citizens who face deportation from the United States, including many who have committed serious crimes like murder in American communities, reveals the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).

Allies al-Qaeda, Taliban Stronger Despite 6,786 U.S. Military Fatalities, 52,570 Injuries Since 9/11

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Al-Qaeda and the Afghan Taliban, the jihadi allies responsible for the September 11, 2001, attacks on the American homeland, have grown stronger in the last 16 years despite the thousands of U.S. military casualties from the ongoing fight against the terrorist groups.

U.S. to Deploy 3,500 Troops to Afghanistan, Bringing Total to 14,000+

U.S. Army soldiers salute during a welcome-home ceremony after from Iraq on May 17, 2016 at Fort Drum, New York. More than 1,000 members of the 10th Mountain Division 1st Brigade Combat Team are returning home after a 9-month deployment in Iraq as part of Operation Inherent Resolve to train and advise Iraqi forces fighting the Islamic State. The 10th Mountain brigade was replaced in Iraq by the 101st Airborne 2nd Brigade Combat Team based at Ft. Campbell, Kentucky. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)
The United States will deploy 3,500 American troops to Afghanistan as part of President Donald Trump’s strategy to end the 16-year-old war, bringing the number of U.S. service members there to more than 14,000, according to American officials.

U.S.-Led Coalition Allows Food, Water Deliveries to Defeated Islamic State Convoy

A US-led coalition has been hitting Raqa with air strikes as the Syrian Democratic Forces battle to retake the city from the Islamic State group
The U.S.-led coalition delivered food and water to a convoy of Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL) terrorists and their alleged families that American airstrikes stranded in Syria last week after Hezbollah, the Syrian regime, and Lebanon defeated the jihadists and struck a deal allowing them safe passage to the jihadist-held territory near the border with Iraq.

Erdogan Signals Expansion of Turkish Operations in Syria, Iraq: ‘All Options’ on the Table

With tens of thousands of arrests and sackings since the failed coup 12 months ago, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has cemented his grip on power buoyed by an April referendum success
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan hinted this week that Ankara is considering escalating its military operations in neighboring Iraq and Syria in the name of national security.

Pakistani Lawmaker Denies ‘Billions’ in U.S. Aid to Islamabad: It’s ‘Peanuts’

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A leader of the ruling party in Pakistan has reportedly denied that the United States has provided about $30 billion in American taxpayer funds for security and economic aid to Pakistan since the war started in neighboring Afghanistan 16 years ago.

AG Says Fatal Overdoses ‘Top Lethal Issue’ Facing US: Fatalities Nearly Double Global Terror Deaths

NEW LONDON, CT - MARCH 23: A heroin user prepares to inject himself on March 23, 2016 in New London, CT. Communities nationwide are struggling with the unprecidented heroin and opioid pain pill epidemic. On March 15, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC), announced guidelines for doctors to reduce the amount of opioid painkillers prescribed nationwide, in an effort to curb the epidemic. The CDC estimates that most new heroin addicts first became hooked on prescription pain medication before graduating to heroin, which is stronger and cheaper. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)
U.S. Attorney General (AG) Jeff Sessions has described drug overdose deaths in the United States, which more than doubled the worldwide total number of terrorism-linked fatalities last year, as “the top lethal issue” in the country, echoing other national security officials from President Donald Trump’s administration.

Days After U.S. Cuts Aid, Egypt Reopens Anti-Jihad Religious Camp


Egypt is expected to reopen religious training camps to reportedly promote female Muslim preachers for the first time and combat Islamic extremism, six years after they were shut down.

‘We’re Just Not There Yet’: Pentagon Confirms Trump Afghanistan Strategy on Hold

U.S. Army soldiers move through Qayara West Coalition base in Qayara, some 50 kilometers south of Mosul, Iraq, Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2016. Kurdish peshmerga forces continued their push on the town of Bashiqa, some 13 kilometers (8 miles) northeast of Mosul. The town is believed to be largely deserted except for dozens of IS fighters. (AP Photo/Marko Drobnjakovic)
A Department of Defense spokesman revealed Monday that the Pentagon cannot employ U.S. President Donald Trump’s strategy for the war in Afghanistan because critical military decisions have not yet been made.

‘We’re Just Not There Yet’: Pentagon Confirms Trump Afghanistan Strategy on Hold

U.S. Army soldiers move through Qayara West Coalition base in Qayara, some 50 kilometers south of Mosul, Iraq, Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2016. Kurdish peshmerga forces continued their push on the town of Bashiqa, some 13 kilometers (8 miles) northeast of Mosul. The town is believed to be largely deserted except for dozens of IS fighters. (AP Photo/Marko Drobnjakovic)
A Department of Defense spokesman revealed Monday that the Pentagon cannot employ U.S. President Donald Trump’s strategy for the war in Afghanistan because critical military decisions have not yet been made.

Cairo: Caught Off-Guard, Egypt Denounces U.S. Aid Cuts as ‘Misjudgment’

WASHINGTON, USA - APRIL 03 : (----EDITORIAL USE ONLY MANDATORY CREDIT - 'PRESIDENCY OF EGYPT / HANDOUT' - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS----) U.S. President Donald Trump (R) welcomes Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi before their meeting at the White House in Washington, United States on April 3, 2017. (Photo by Presidency of Egypt / Handout/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
The government of Egypt indicated that it was caught off-guard by the U.S. decision to delay $195 million in military aid and completely cut $95.7 million in additional assistance, saying it was only given "a few hours" before the Trump administration made the move public, contradicting claims by the State Department.
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