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United States hit Islamic State with 'mother of all bombs'

A spokesperson for the Afghan Defense Ministry also reported that the USA strike only destroyed the ISIS base it targeted. But how many women & children did the Afghanistan bomb kill ? The U.S. In its 2003 review of the legality of using the MOAB, the Pentagon concluded that it could not be called an indiscriminate killer under the Law of Armed Conflict. Read More »

Afghanistan: Largest non-nuclear bomb killed dozens of ISIS fighters

USA forces in Afghanistan on Thursday struck an Islamic State tunnel complex in eastern Afghanistan with "the mother of all bombs", the largest non-nuclear weapon ever used in combat by the US military, Pentagon officials said. The general confirmed the strike was carried out in coordination with Afghan officials and said rigorous surveillance had been conducted to prevent any civilian deaths. Read More »

'Gut-Busting' Fighting in Mosul as ISIS Increases Use of Human Shields


Department of Defense. IS militants still control the towns of Qaim, Tal Afar and Hawija in Iraq, as well as Raqqa, their de-facto capital in Syria. The eastern half of the city is now completely under the control of Iraqi security forces, Rasool said. In a related development, the federal police command announced on Thursday that Iraqi troops penetrated the old city towards the Nuri mosque in the western part of Mosul. Read More »

USA 'mother of all bombs' kills 36 Islamic State fighters

The militant group is attempting to establish a foothold along the border of Afghanistan and Pakistan, even though it's more than 1,500 miles from their stronghold in Iraq and Syria. The office of President Ashraf Ghani said there was "close coordination" between the US military and Afghan government over the operation in Achin. Read More »

'Mother Of All Bombs' Kills Dozens Of ISIS Fighters In Afghanistan

At a village about 3 miles (5 km) from the remote, mountainous area where the bomb was dropped, witnesses said the ground shook, but homes and shops appeared unaffected. "They killed our women, youths and elders sitting them on mines". The use of the MOAB after more than 15 years of war will definitely look like an escalation from the United States, even if it consists of nothing more than the use of similar conventional explosives in a bigger delivery package. Read More »

UK, Brussels row over Gibraltar rumbles on

The Royal Navy told the ship to leave but the incident, the seventh of its kind this year, is likely to escalate already rising tensions over the sovereignty of the Rock . Dutch Foreign Minister Bert Koenders called for calm, saying that the Brexit divorce is already hard enough. Mrs May said: "Our position on Gibraltar has not changed". Read More »

S. Africa's former deputy finance minister, Mcebisi Jonas resigns


Mr Zuma was reported to have told government colleagues last week that an intelligence report had uncovered a plot by Gordhan and Jonas to overthrow the government. The ANC thanked Jonas on Twitter "for his selfless service to the movement as its public representative". "The president not only sidelined the SACP, Cosatu and other alliance partners, but also the ANC itself, leading to a reckless decision that caused the crisis we are experiencing in the country today". Read More »

Woman fatally stabbed by Palestinian in Jerusalem, authorities say


The Israeli embassy in London tweeted its condolences: "Our thoughts are with those who were injured and the family of the British woman who was killed in the terror attack in Jerusalem today". Apart from Friday's fatality, Palestinians have killed 42 Israelis and two visiting Americans since September 2015, mainly in stabbings, auto ramming assaults and shooting attacks. Read More »

N. Korean official: Ready for war if Trump wants it

Vice foreign minister Han Song Ryol blamed the USA president for building up a "vicious cycle" of tensions on the Korean Peninsula, saying that his "aggressive" tweets were "making trouble". Fresh activity has been monitored at North Korea's Punggye-ri nuclear test site in recent days, according to analysts. Making the situation even more volatile, North Korea vowed on Wednesday to strike the USA mainland with a nuclear weapon in response to any perceived acts of aggression by the ... Read More »

U.S. berates Syria at OPCW meeting on Syria chemical attack

According to Lavrov, the two parties reaffirmed their determination in the talks for the uncompromising fight against global terrorism and had deepgoing discussions in that context about grim situations in various regions including Syria , Yemen, Libya and Afghanistan as well as possible cooperation in addressing those issues. Read More »

Turkish health minister says tests confirm sarin use in Idlib attack


He said the US attack on a Syrian air base following accusations of the Syrian government's involvement in last week's chemical attack in Khan Sheikhoun "strongly resembles the developments of 2003". The OPCW said last week that its fact-finding mission is "gathering and analyzing information from all available sources" about the attack. The second draft resolution prepared by Russian Federation envisages dispatching United Nations and OPCW experts to the area the alleged incident occurred ... Read More »

Washington lobbying firm that worked for Trump advisers registers as foreign agents

In September, Summerbreeze received a $3.5 million loan from Spruce Capital. The investment firm's co-founder Joshua Crane helped develop Trump International Hotel & Tower in Honolulu, Hawaii, in 2006. The Ukrainian investigators recovered handwritten papers, also known as the "black ledger", from the office of former ruling party. On Wednesday, the Associated Press also confirmed that some $1.2 million of the payments listed in that ledger actually did end up in Manafort's consulting ... Read More »

Easter Weekend Weather Outlook for the area

Highs will be in the 60s and 70s, and lows in the 30s and 40s. Friday: Mostly sunny. High: Mid 60s. We get breezy with southwest gusts up to 20-30mph with high pressure anchored offshore. National Weather Service meteorologists say only the mountains stand a chance of showers or thunderstorms over the weekend. NEXT WEEK: A cold front will approach the state and stall to our north early next week. Read More »

Pentagon releases video of MOAB bomb blast

The Trump administration's policy towards Afghanistan remains under consideration but the use of this weapon sends a powerful signal that IS is top of the administration's target list wherever its offshoots may be found. The target was close to the Pakistani border. The U.S. has concentrated on fighting them while also supporting Afghan forces against the Taliban. MOAB is the largest non-nuclear bomb in the USA arsenal. Read More »

Tony Romo retiring, replacing Phil Simms at CBS


Dak Prescott, who replaced Romo as Cowboys starting quarterback last season, thanked Romo on his Instagram account. The timing of Romo's retirement helps the Cowboys from a financial standpoint. It looks as if CBS will win the Tony Romo sweepstakes with an offer that was just too good to pass up. At his request, Romo was released on Tuesday after 14 years with the Cowboys. Read More »

Stifel Nicolaus Initiates Coverage on Devon Energy Corp (DVN)


It is down 5.00% since September 6, 2016 and is downtrending. It has outperformed by 20.37% the S&P500. Among 29 analysts covering Devon Energy Corporation (NYSE: DVN ), 21 have Buy rating, 0 Sell and 8 Hold. David A. Hager as Chief Exec. Officer, Pres and Director. It has underperformed by 75.19% the S&P500. Credit Suisse began new coverage on CMS Energy Corporation giving the company a " rating. Read More »

The Kansas special election was a test for party leadership. Everyone failed


But it's the best evidence we've got that right now, voters in traditionally Republican districts aren't thrilled with Trump. Pompeo won the state's 4th District seat in 2010, when Tiahrt gave it up to run unsuccessfully for the U.S. They also say that calls for the party to help with mail or field staff would have taken months of preparation for a race nobody knew would be competitive until last week. Read More »

US dropped largest non-nuclear bomb in Afghanistan

ISIS-K refers to ISIS-Khorasan, the terror group's affiliate in Afghanistan that mainly operates in the eastern part of the country. The US-led coalition said in a statement that the airstrike was requested by "partnered forces" near the town of Tabqa who accidentally targeted a group of Kurdish and Arab fighters known as the Syrian Democratic Forces, or SDF. Read More »

Democrat Paul Davis considers run for Congress in Kansas 2nd


Included among them was Belle Plaine homemaker Charlene Health, 52, who cast her vote for Estes. She was especially upset when the Republican governor recently vetoed Medicaid expansion. What I am arguing is that it's possible - not certain, but possible - that Trump could end up proving much better for Democrats, and eventually for progressive goals, than a replacement-level Republican like, say , Marco Rubio might have. Read More »

US drops largest non-nuclear bomb in Afghanistan


U.S. forces dropped the 30-foot long, 21,000-pound bomb at 7:32 pm local time, in the country's Nangarhar province. The bomb which is nick named " Mother of all Bombs " was targeted at ISIS network of caves and tunnels in eastern Afghanistan. Read More »

West faked sarin attack and no one died, claims Assad

Assad told AFP that his army had relinquished all of its chemical weapons previously in 2013, and added that he believed the United States made up the attack in order to have a reason to conduct last week's air strikes on a Syrian airfield. Read More »

Egg hunts in York and North Yorkshire this Easter


For more information, email Belmont Park Easter Bash . ¯ In Newport, Newport Baptist Church will be hold a community Easter Egg hunt at 2 p.m. Come out Saturday April 15 at 8 p.m. and join in their free annual Snipe Hunt. Though most events are for ages 12 and younger, Seattle's Van Asselt and Jefferson Community centers offer a flashlight egg hunt in the dark for ages 12 to 18 on Friday, April 14 . Read More »