Iraqi troops advance on western Mosul as Mattis holds talks
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Iraqi troops advance on western Mosul as Mattis holds talks

SOUTH OF MOSUL, Iraq (AP) — Iraqi forces advanced Monday into the southern outskirts of Mosul on the second day of a push to drive Islamic State militants from the city’s western half, as the visiting U.S. defense secretary met with officials to discuss the fight against the extremists. With aerial support from the U.S.-led … Continue reading

Kenyan troops pull out of Somali towns after deadly attack
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Kenyan troops pull out of Somali towns after deadly attack

MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) — Kenyan forces pulled out of two towns in southern Somalia on Tuesday Jan. 26, and Islamic extremists quickly moved into one of them, residents said. The Kenyans’ withdrawal came after an attack by Islamic extremists who claimed to have killed scores of Kenyan peacekeepers recently, residents said Tuesday. The town of … Continue reading

Syria’s Assad welcomes Russian decision on sending troops
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Syria’s Assad welcomes Russian decision on sending troops

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Syrian President Bashar Assad welcomed Wednesday’s decision by Russia to send troops to his war-torn country, saying the military support from Moscow is the result of a Damascus request. The development came as Russian military jets carried out airstrikes in Syria on Wednesday for the first time. A U.S. defense official … Continue reading