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A soldier is pictured at the headquarters of the new Takuba force in Gao, Mali August 20, 2021. REUTERS/Paul Lorgerie/File PhotoPARIS, Jan 26 (Reuters) - France and 14 other countries urged Mali late on Wednesday to allow Danish special forces to remain in the African country, but its transitional government insisted on an immediate withdrawal. read more"No accord authorizes the deployment of Danish special forces to the Takuba Task Force," the Malian government said in a statement. The Takuba Task Force was established as a partial successor to a French counter-terrorism operation in the West African Sahel region. The task force includes 14 European countries, which provide special forces, logistical and tactical support to work alongside regional troops for targeted operations against Islamist militants.
Persons: Paul Lorgerie, Jan, Jeppe Kofod, Emmanuel Macron, John Irish, Tiemoko Diallo, Juliette Jabkhiro, Bate Felix, Chris Reese, Richard Chang Organizations: REUTERS, Danish Foreign, Takuba, Force, Monday, Islamic, Danish, Thomson Locations: Gao, Mali, France, Danish, Norway, Portugal, Hungary, Denmark, West African, Burkina Faso, Niger, Islamic State, al Qaeda, Malian, West, Paris, Bamako
On Monday, two weeks after the 15-member Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) announced the sanctions, the Burkinabe army arrested President Roch Kabore and seized power. West African nations and international allies have struggled to mount an effective response, as populations lose faith in governments many see as manipulating the democratic process and unable to alleviate poverty or repel Islamist militant violence. "As long as they are not going to offer adequate responses to the governance deficit, coups are going to multiply." ECOWAS' sanctions included locking Mali out of regional financial markets and closing its borders, potentially devastating blows for the impoverished landlocked country. "Coalitions outside the traditional U.N. structures are emerging and staking a claim to security and economic partnerships in Africa," a West African diplomat said, citing Russia, China, Turkey and the Gulf States.
Persons: Roch Kabore, Vincent Bado, Burkina Faso's, West Africa's, Abdoulaye Barry, al, Alexander Ivanov, Ivanov, Blaise Compaore, Said Djinnit, Alpha Conde's, Guinea's, Aaron Ross, David Lewis, Edward McAllister, Mike Collett Organizations: REUTERS, ECOWAS, Russia DAKAR, West African States, United Nations, University for Peace, Islamic, Central, Burkinabe, Burkina, Ivory Coast, African Union, Guinean, White, Thomson Locations: Burkina Faso, Ouagadougou, West Africa, Mali, Russia, Burkina, Guinea, West, France, European, al Qaeda, Islamic State, West Africa's Sahel, RUSSIA, ECOWAS, Africa, West African, China, Turkey, Gulf States, Russian, Central African Republic, Conakry, Bamako, Dakar, Nairobi
The civil-turned-proxy war in Yemen, now in its eighth year, has created the world’s worst humanitarian crisis. While the U.S. is no longer supplying the Saudi-led coalition with air-to-ground munitions, it is continuing to provide the Saudis with political and diplomatic support. His conclusion, diplomatically stated: All parties in Yemen’s war are putting their own parochial interests above the interests of the Yemeni people, who are suffering enormously. Ultimately, the U.S. isn’t in a position to resolve Yemen’s conflict. Ultimately, the U.S. isn’t in a position to resolve Yemen’s conflict.
Persons: Abu Dhabi, Yemen's Houthi, Joe Biden’s, Hans Grundberg, U.N, Linda Thomas, Greenfield, , hasn’t, Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi, Biden, Abu Dhabi’s Organizations: U.S, United Arab Emirates, Dhafra, Base, Planet Labs PBC, Abu, Abu Dhabi National Oil Co, United, Planet, AP, Al, Saudi, United Nations Security, White House, U.S . State Department, U.S . Agency for International Development Locations: Yemen, Al, abysmally U.S, Iran, Saudi, Riyadh, UAE, Abu Dhabi, Mussafah, United Arab, U.S, Al Qaeda, Washington, Saudi Arabia, Houthi, Iranian
Denmark says its troops in Mali on basis of "clear invitation"
  + stars: | 2022-01-25 | by ( )   time to read: +2 min
A soldier from the new Takuba force stands with a Malian soldier during a patrol near Niger border in Dansongo Circle, Mali August 23, 2021. REUTERS/Paul Lorgerie/File PhotoCOPENHAGEN, Jan 25 (Reuters) - Denmark said on Tuesday its troops deployed to Mali as part of a French-led counter-terrorism task force were there on the basis of a "clear invitation", a day after Mali's transitional government demanded their immediate withdrawal. read moreSpeaking in Brussels, Foreign Minister Jeppe Kofod said Danish troops were in Mali on the basis of a clear invitation, "just like the other parties in the operation." Tensions have escalated in Mali over allegations that transitional authorities have deployed private military contractors from the Russia-backed Wagner Group to Mali, which some EU countries have said was incompatible with their mission. There has also been discord between Mali and international partners, including regional bodies and the EU whichhave sanctioned Mali over the transitional government's failure to organise elections following two military coups.
Persons: Paul Lorgerie, Jan, puzzlement, Jeppe Kofod, Kofod, Wagner, Jacob Gronholt, Pedersen, Tiemoko Diallo, Raissa Organizations: REUTERS, Wagner Group, EU whichhave, Danish, Force, Islamic, Thomson Locations: Malian, Niger, Dansongo, Mali, Denmark, Brussels, Russia, West Africa, Burkina Faso, Islamic State, al Qaeda
People gather in support of a coup that ousted President Roch Kabore, dissolved government, suspended the constitution and closed borders in Burkina Faso, Ouagadougou January 25, 2022. "This (coup in Burkina Faso) puts the French in a difficult position because they've come down hard in Mali ... "I would remind you that our priority in the region is to fight against Islamist terrorism," a defiant Macron said in response to the Burkina Faso coup. To do that, thousands of French troops were deployed and 1 billion euros spent each year on Operation Barkhane. That growing frustration spilled into Burkina Faso on Monday.
Persons: Roch Kabore, Anne Mimault, Jan, jihadists, al, they've, Michael Shurkin, Emmanuel Macron, Macron, Paris, France's lackey, Armel Kabore, Takuba, Barkhane, Bate Felix, Aaron Ross, Mike Collett Organizations: REUTERS, Diplomats, Islamic State's, CIA, United Nations, Malian, Christmas, Reuters, Mali's, White, Thomson Locations: Burkina Faso, Ouagadougou, Paris, Sahel, Russia, PARIS, Mali, Chad, West Africa, Europe, Ivory Coast, Senegal, France, Bamako, al Qaeda, Russian, French, China, European, Estonia, Sweden, Denmark, Takuba, Copenhagen, Niger, United States, Dakar
Burkina Faso's President Roch Marc Christian Kabore attends a plenary session at the start of the Paris Peace Forum, in Paris, France, November 11, 2021. REUTERS/Gonzalo FuentesOUAGADOUGOU, Jan 24 (Reuters) - Burkina Faso President Roch Kabore has been detained at a military camp by mutinying soldiers, two security sources and a West African diplomat said on Monday, following heavy gunfire around his residence on Sunday night in the capital Ouagadougou. Several armoured vehicles of the presidential fleet, riddled with bullets, could be seen near the president's residence on Monday morning. Protesters had come out to support the mutineers on Sunday and ransacked the headquarters of Kabore's political party. The government declared a curfew from 2000 GMT to 0530 GMT until further notice and closed schools for two days.
Persons: Roch Marc Christian Kabore, Gonzalo Fuentes, Roch Kabore, Thiam Ndiaga, David Lewis, Bate Felix, Nellie Peyton, Peter Graff Organizations: Burkina, Paris Peace, REUTERS, Gonzalo Fuentes OUAGADOUGOU, Jan, West, Islamic, Protesters, Thomson Locations: Paris, France, Burkina Faso, West African, Ouagadougou, West, Islamic State, al Qaeda
A soldier from the new Takuba force stands with a Malian soldier during a patrol near Niger border in Dansongo Circle, Mali August 23, 2021. REUTERS/Paul Lorgerie/File PhotoBAMAKO, Jan 24 (Reuters) - Mali's government said on Monday it had asked Denmark to immediately withdraw troops deployed to the West African nation as part of a French-led counter-terrorism task force because it was not consulted and the deployment failed to follow protocol. It said the deployment took place without its consent, and without consideration of the additional protocol applicable to the task force, adding that Denmark should immediately withdraw the troops. The task force is comprised of some 14 European countries, which provide special forces, logistical and tactical support to work alongside regional troops for targeted operations against Islamist militants. "The aim is to stabilize Mali and parts of the Liptako-Gourma three-country area encompassing localities in Mali, Niger, and Burkina Faso, and to ensure the protection of civilians against terrorist groups," the Danish statement said.
Persons: Paul Lorgerie, Wagner, Emmanuel Macron, Tiemoko Diallo, John Irish, Bate Felix, Leslie Adler, Sandra Maler Organizations: REUTERS, Jan, European Union, Wagner Group, Danish, Force, Islamic, Thomson Locations: Malian, Niger, Dansongo, Mali, BAMAKO, Denmark, West, Danish, Russia, West Africa, Burkina Faso, Islamic State, al Qaeda
Summary Camp houses army's general staff and a prisonInmates include soldiers involved in 2015 coup attemptAuthorities ban planned protests in OuagadougouOUAGADOUGOU, Jan 23 (Reuters) - Heavy gunfire rang out from the main military camp in Burkina Faso's capital Ouagadougou early on Sunday morning, a Reuters reporter said. A Reuters reporter saw soldiers firing into the air in the camp. Register now for FREE unlimited access to RegisterA government spokesperson said he also heard gunfire and was seeking information. The military also took over in Chad last year after President Idriss Deby died on the battlefield. Among the inmates at the Sangoule Lamizana camp prison is General Gilbert Diendere, who was a top ally of Burkina Faso's former president, Blaise Compaore.
Persons: Idriss Deby, Roch Kabore, Kabore, Gilbert Diendere, Burkina Faso's, Blaise Compaore, Compaore, Diendere, Compaore's, Thomas Sankara, Thiam Ndiaga, Aaron Ross, William Mallard Organizations: Jan, Reuters, Islamic State, Thomson Locations: Ouagadougou OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso's, Ouagadougou, West, Central Africa, Mali, Guinea, Chad, al Qaeda, West Africa
A witness also reported gunfire at a military camp in Kaya, around 100 kms (62 miles) north of Ouagadougou. Register now for FREE unlimited access to RegisterBurkina Faso's government confirmed gunfire at some military camps but denied reports on social media that the army had seized power. The government, while confirming gunfire at certain barracks, denies this information and calls on the population to remain calm," government spokesman Alkassoum Maiga said in a statement. Among the inmates at the Sangoule Lamizana camp prison is General Gilbert Diendere, who was a top ally of Burkina Faso's former president, Blaise Compaore. He is also currently on trial in connection with the killing of Compaore's predecessor, Thomas Sankara, during a coup in 1987.
Persons: Sangoule, Alkassoum Maiga, Idriss Deby, Roch Kabore, Kabore, Gilbert Diendere, Burkina Faso's, Blaise Compaore, Compaore, Diendere, Compaore's, Thomas Sankara, Thiam Ndiaga, Anne Mimault, Ange Aboa, Aaron Ross, Bate Felix, William Mallard, Raissa, Emelia Organizations: Jan, Register Burkina, Islamic State, Thomson Locations: Ouagadougou OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso, Kaya, Ouagadougou, West, Central Africa, Mali, Guinea, Chad, al Qaeda, West Africa
Explainer: Why is Burkina Faso's army mutinying?
  + stars: | 2022-01-23 | by ( Bate Felix | )   time to read: +3 min
A soldier fires into the air, in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, in this still image taken from video on January 23, 2022. They demanded the resignation of the army and intelligence chiefs and better welfare for wounded soldiers and their families. Register now for FREE unlimited access to RegisterThe army has suffered heavy losses at the hands of the militants, who control swathes of Burkina Faso and have forced some residents to abide by their harsh version of Islamic law. WHY IT MATTERS FOR REGIONSunday's mutiny underscores the political consequences of the growing Islamist insurgency across West Africa's Sahel region. The militants have seized control of swaths of territory across landlocked Burkina Faso and neighbours Mali and Niger.
Persons: al, Burkinabes, Roch Kabore, Bate Felix, Pravin Organizations: REUTERS, Islamic, Pravin Char, Thomson Locations: Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, REUTERS DAKAR, al Qaeda, Islamic State, Inata, West Africa's, Mali, Niger, West Africa, France
Federal officials on Friday declared the hostage standoff at a Texas synagogue an act of antisemitic terrorism. For more than 10 hours, suspect Malik Faisal Akram held four hostages, including a rabbi, at Congregation Beth Israel, a Reform synagogue in Colleyville. Hostage Jeffrey Cohen said it started when Rabbi Charlie Cytron-Walker invited the suspect inside and gave him a cup of tea so he could "warm up." DeSarno on Friday called the incident “both a hate crime and an act of terrorism.”No ties between suspect Malik Faisal Akram, a British citizen, and terror groups have been publicly revealed. "It was his belief that Congregation Beth Israel was the closest synagogue to the federal prison," DeSarno said Friday.
Persons: Jill Sanborn, Malik Faisal Akram, Beth Israel, Jeffrey Cohen, Charlie Cytron, Walker, Matthew J, DeSarno, Akram, Sunday, ” DeSarno, Aafia Siddiqui, She's, Saturday's, Elbially, Al Qaeda, Faizan Syed, they've, Siddiqui Organizations: Homeland, Beth, FBI, Dallas, Federal Medical Center Carswell, Islamic Relations, Fort Locations: Texas, Colleyville, Dallas, British, Afghanistan, Forth Worth, Qaeda, Fort Worth, Plano
This hostage crisis came in the wake of a string of white supremacist and neo-Nazi attacks targeting Jews in Pittsburgh; Poway, California; and Kansas City, Kansas, to list a few. The threat of jihadi extremism remains acute, even though domestic extremism has now emerged as an even bigger homeland terror threat. In December, Akram traveled to New York and then, a couple of weeks later, took four Jews hostage at a Texas synagogue. No, Akram was convinced, as he told his captives, that Jews control society and hold immense power. “But I also want us to pay attention to the polite Zionists.
Persons: Beth Israel, Malik Faisal Akram, — Akram, Akram, Aafia Siddiqui, Jeffrey Cohen, Biden, Trump, Siddiqui, , ” Akram, Al Qaeda, CAIR’s, Zahra Billoo, Hillel, , ” Billoo, ‘ Let’s, , can’t, it’s Organizations: Beth, FBI, Islamic, Fort, CAIR, Defamation League, Jewish, ADL, Twitter, University of Marlyand’s National Consortium Locations: Texas, Colleyville, British, Pittsburgh, Poway , California, Kansas City , Kansas, Charlottesville , Virginia, America, New York, Israel, Al, Pakistan, United States, CAIR’s Dallas, Fort Worth, CAIR’s San Francisco
Foreign internal defense, as it is known, is one of the most important special-ops mission, a US Green Beret said. Army Green Berets may conduct an unconventional-warfare operation by linking up with local guerrillas to take on Taliban fighters. Teaching others how to fightAn instructor explains patrol procedures to Iraqi special-operations soldiers during foreign internal defense training in central Iraq, August 19, 2019. This is where the cultural and linguist training" that Green Berets receive "really shines," the Green Beret said. If we don't have that end-goal in mind, then we will be there forever," said the National Guard Green Beret.
Persons: Emmanuel Braun, US Army John F, Karen Sampson, FID, Stavros Atlamazoglou Organizations: Green Beret, Service, Special Operations Command, Operations Command, Army, Marine Raider, Army Green, US, Operations, Department of Defense, National Guard, Special, US Army, Kennedy Special Warfare Center, School, Green, National Guard Green Beret, US Army Special Forces, Army Special Forces, Army Green Berets, Delta Force, Hellenic Army, 575th Marine Battalion, Johns Hopkins University Locations: Taiwan, Chadian, Chad, Al Qaeda, Iraq, Al Shabaab, Kenya
Bowe Bergdahl if the U.S. would release Siddiqui. Siddiqui lived in the United States from roughly 1991 to June 2002 and returned to the country for about a week beginning on Dec. 25, 2002, federal prosecutors said. Federal officials alleged she also had notes on the construction of "dirty bombs," according to a Department of Justice statement. Siddiqui is being held at FMC Carswell in Fort Worth, Texas, with a release date in May 2082, according to federal prison records. Three law enforcement officials briefed on the situation said the hostage taker referred to Siddiqui as his "sister."
Persons: Aafia Siddiqui, Beth Israel, Siddiqui, “ She’s, , Marwa Elbially, al, James Foley, Bowe Bergdahl, Ayman al, Osama bin Laden's, Al Qaeda's, Zawahri, Warren Weinstein, Al, Khalid Sheikh Mohamed, Preet Bharara, Bharara, Nobody, Elbially, CAIR's, Edward Ahmed Mitchell, John Floyd Organizations: Beth, ISIS, Islamic State, FBI, Foreign Policy, American, Human Rights Watch, U.S . Agency for International Development, CIA, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Brandeis University, Empire, of, Wall, Federal, Department, U.S, MSNBC, FMC Carswell, Islamic Relations, Fort, CAIR Houston, Fort Worth Locations: Texas, Colleyville , Texas, Plano , Texas, al Qaeda, Afghanistan, American, U.S, New York, Washington, Al Qaeda, Boston , Massachusetts, United States, Afghanistan's Ghazni, New York City, Brooklyn, Fort Worth , Texas, CAIR's Dallas, Fort Worth, renditioned, Dallas
(CNN) A Somali government spokesman was injured on Sunday in an "odious terrorist attack," the country's Prime Minister Mohamed Hussein Roble said. The Prime Minister "strongly condemns the odious terrorist attack targeting Government Spokesman, Mr Mohamed Ibrahim Moalimu who sustained injuries today but is in [a] stable condition," the Somali Prime Minister said Sunday on Twitter. He also wished Moalimu a "quick recovery." State media outlet SNTV News reported on Sunday that Moalimu was injured "in a cowardly terrorist suicide attack [that] targeted his car," in Waaberi, a district of the Banaadir region of Somalia. Waaberi district is a neighborhood in the southwestern part of the capital city MogadishuWhile the state media report did not name a suspect or organization responsible for the attack , Somalia has been racked by terrorism from militant group Al-Shabaab -- an affiliate of al Qaeda -- in recent years.
Persons: Mohamed Hussein Roble, Mohamed Ibrahim Moalimu, Moalimu, Read Organizations: CNN, country's, Somali, Twitter, SNTV Locations: State, Waaberi, Banaadir, Somalia, Mogadishu, Shabaab, al Qaeda
Mr. Raslan left Syria in 2012, in the war’s second year, and joined the political opposition, which helped him secure a visa to Germany in 2014. The war continued to rage for several more years, with Syrian forces using poison gas, imposing starvation sieges on rebellious communities and reducing residential neighborhoods to rubble through bombing campaigns. Both the rebels who tried and failed to oust Mr. al-Assad, and jihadists from Al Qaeda and the Islamic State who took advantage of the conflict’s chaos, also committed war crimes. Mr. al-Assad and his senior advisers and military commanders rarely travel abroad. When they do, they go only to countries they can count on not to arrest them, like Russia, a staunch supporter of Mr. al-Assad.
Persons: Raslan, Mr, al, Assad Organizations: Islamic, Rwandan, International Criminal, United Nations Security Council Locations: Syria, Germany, Al Qaeda, Russia, The Hague, China
The United States announced Tuesday that it was giving more than $308 million in humanitarian aid to the Afghan people in an effort to support Afghans facing economic collapse under the new Taliban government. The United Nations and aid groups have repeatedly warned of a pending humanitarian catastrophe in the country of 38 million people. “The United States is committed to supporting the Afghan people and we continue to consider all options available to us. Fabrice Coffrini / AFP - Getty ImagesThe United States Agency for International Development (USAID) described the $308 million as the government’s “initial” 2022 contribution. As well as health care, emergency food aid, water and sanitation, the aid will also include “winterization” programs such as shelter kits, heaters, blankets and warm clothing, USAID said.
Persons: Petros Giannakouris, Emily Horne, Horne, Mstyslav, Shelley Thakral, Martin Griffiths, Fabrice Coffrini, Joe, Biden, Osama bin Laden Organizations: United States, U.S, United Nations, World Food Program, National Security, Taliban, Food, International Federation of Red, , ” United Nations, Getty, United States Agency for International Development, USAID, United Locations: Washington, United States, Kabul, Afghanistan, Herat, Red, Geneva, AFP, Al Qaeda
When the 2001 AUMF passed, the US State Department counted 32 foreign terrorist groups around the world. After 20 years of war, $6 trillion spent, and nearly a million killed, the number of terrorist groups is 69. To buy an endless war on terror in 2001, however, less than 1% was all you needed. They might, however, be surprised by the dates cited, as it was only invoked to cover military operations in 2013, and then from 2015 to 2019. The State Department had counted 32 foreign terrorist organizations scattered around the world when the 2001 AUMF was passed.
Persons: AUMF, George W, Bush, Mario Laporta, Trent Lott, Stephanie Savell, Brown, Abraham Lincoln, Scott Applewhite, Biden, Savell, TomDispatch, William Chockey, David Obey, Obey, Christopher Klutts, Doundoun Cheffou, Nomad, Trump, Don Bolduc, Camp, Lexie West, Bolduc, al Shabaab, Muammar Gaddafi, Gary Peppers, Obama, Al, Osama bin Laden, Jerrold Nadler, Barbara Lee, Tanf Garrison, William Howard, Jordan, Chris Hibben, Antony Blinken, congressionally, Sgt, Adrian Cadiz, it's, Representative Barbara Lee, , Nick Turse, Count Organizations: US State Department, Service, REUTERS, Military Force, AP, Biden, Africa US Marines, US Africa Command, US Army Special Forces, US Army, State, Africa Command, Nigerien, Islamic, Special Operations, Special Operations Command, Army's Delta Force, Operations Command, US Air Force, Camp Simba, Staff, Army, Pentagon, NATO, Unified, Predators, 324th Expeditionary Reconnaissance, Operation Unified, CNN, Getty, Congress, ISIS, Tech, The State Department, Forward, US Air Forces Central Command, Representative, Type Media Locations: Afghanistan, Middle East, Africa, America, Bagram, Iraq, Syria, Georgia, Kosovo, California, Cuba, Djibouti, Jordan, Kenya, Lebanon, Niger, Philippines, Somalia, Yemen, Timbuktu, Mali, Guantánamo Bay, African, Libya, Pakistan, Diffa, Cameroon, Manda Bay, Libyan, Italy, Al Qaeda, United States, al Qaeda, Turkey, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Iran, Shabaab, Qaeda, Lake Chad Basin, Sahel, Mozambique, Maputo, West Africa, East, Afghanistan's Paktika province, U.S, South Sudan
The massacre in Solhan , northern Burkina Faso, took place over two nights of extraordinary brutality in June 2021. Yet violence has spiraled instead, particularly in Burkina Faso over recent years. In this file photo taken in February 2020, miners work at a gold mine in Bouda, Burkina Faso. A growing number of small-scale gold miners are out of work in Burkina Faso as jihadists try to seize control of the country's most lucrative industry. A satelite view of the site of the attack on Solhan in Burkina Faso.
Persons: al, Bachir Ismael Ouédraogo, Burkina, Solhan, Boureima Ly, Aly Bokoum, Gold, Mousiga, Abdou Hoeffi, Francois, gestured, Young, jihadists, Ousseni Tamboura, Tamboura Organizations: CNN, ISIS, Union, Volunteers, Defense, Sahel Regional Youth Council, Mines, Local, Burkina Faso Movement, Human, Solhan, Motorcycles, Radio France Internationale, JNIM, Human Rights, Agence France, Reuters Gunmen, Amnesty International, Norwegian Refugee Council Locations: Solhan, Burkina Faso, Sahel, jihadists, al Qaeda, United States, West Africa, Mali, Niger, Bouda, Ouagadougou, Solhan's, Yagha, Sebba, Mousiga, Dori, Qaeda, Iraq, Syria, Africa, ISIS Somalia, Gorgadji, Yirgou, France
Since 1862, when the Medal of Honor was established, only 3,527 medals, not counting the three presented this week, have been awarded. Bob KerreyMedal of Honor recipients Thomas Norris, Bob Kerrey, and Thomas Kelley at a Medal of Honor Flag ceremony in Washington, DC, October 23, 2007. He received the Medal of Honor for saving another Medal of Honor recipient, Tom Norris, another SEAL on this list. The circumstances of the battle of and of Chapman's death caused controversy when Slabinski's Navy Cross was upgraded to the Medal of Honor. Chapman later received the Medal of Honor as well, becoming the first recipient to have his actions captured on video.
Persons: Joe Biden, Alwyn Cashe, Sgt, Earl Plumlee, ., Christopher Celiz, Bob Kerrey, Thomas Norris, Thomas Kelley, MCS1 Brien Aho, Kerrey, Mike Thornton, Michael Thornton, MCS1 Brien Aho Mike Thornton, Tom Norris, Thornton, Norris, Thorton, Tommy Norris, Brian Thacker, Mike Monsoor Petty, Michael A, US Navy Monsoor, Monsoor, Mike Murphy, Michael Murphy, Murphy, Marcus Luttrell, Britt Slabinski, , Slabinksi, Neil Roberts, Roberts, Slabinski, John Chapman, Chapman, Edward Byers, Edward Byers Jr, Byers Organizations: Navy, Service, US Army, Beret, US Navy, SEAL, Viet, South, Warfare, Air Force, South Vietnamese SEAL, US, Red Wings, Warfare Development, Al, Slabinski's Navy Locations: Iraq, Afghanistan, Washington , DC, Nha Trang, South Vietnam, Vietnamese, North Vietnam, South Vietnamese, Ramadi, Al Qaeda
The end of the war in Afghanistan closes a chapter for US special-operations forces. For the past two decades, US special operators have been at the forefront of the fight against global terrorism. Nepalese soldiers practice medically evacuating casualties with 1st Special Forces Group (Airborne) during a joint exercise in Nepal, February 18, 2020. A US Special Forces soldier briefs Guatemalan Special Forces before an exercise in Guatemala, March 3, 2020. What that means in practical terms is that US special operators may have different curricula for foreign internal defense, depending on the "customer."
Persons: , Richard D, Clarke, Anna Moneymaker, Richard Clarke, Al, Al Shabaab, SOCOM, Karen Sampson, Clark, Aaron Schaeper, Stavros Atlamazoglou Organizations: Service, American, Command, Armed Services, Special Forces Group, US Army, Military, Association, Lithuanian, US Army Special Forces, US Special Forces, Guatemalan Special Forces, Spc, Army Green Berets, Marine Raiders, Hellenic Army, 575th Marine Battalion, Army, Johns Hopkins University Locations: Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, Africa, Southeast Asia, China, Russia, Qaeda, Nepal, Al Qaeda, Al, Guatemala, Taiwan, Kenya, Al Shabaab
During peace talks, Trump asked his Afghan envoy if the US could give the Taliban money to make it cooperate. "Like money," Trump went on to say. The Afghanistan Taliban is not designated by the State Department as a Foreign Terrorist Organization. Under the 2015 nuclear deal, Iran gained access to tens of billions of dollars of its own funds that were previously frozen. The Trump administration, with Khalilzad leading the negotiations, eventually orchestrated a deal with the Taliban that paved the way for the withdrawal of US troops.
Persons: Trump, Donald Trump, Zalmay, Al, Mike Pence, John Bolton, Khalilzad, , Obama, Joe Biden, Biden, H.R, Trump's, McMaster Organizations: Trump, Service, Islamic, Afghanistan Taliban, State Department, Foreign Terrorist Organization, America, US, McMaster Locations: Afghanistan, New, Al Qaeda, Iran, Washington, Tehran, Doha
A court in Indonesia has sentenced an Islamic militant to life in prison after finding him guilty of making bombs for a 2005 market bombing that killed 22 people. The militant, Upik Lawanga, is a member of Jemaah Islamiyah, a Southeast Asian terrorist group with links to Al Qaeda. Mr. Lawanga, whose real name is Taufiq Bulaga, was arrested last year after evading the authorities since 2006. Jemaah Islamiyah carried out deadly attacks in Indonesia in the 2000s, including the 2002 bombing at a nightclub on the Indonesian resort island of Bali that killed 202 people, many of them Australian tourists. The largest of the bombings was a May 2005 attack at a market in Tentena that killed 22 people and wounded dozens of others.
Persons: Upik, Jemaah, Lawanga, Jemaah Islamiyah Organizations: East Locations: Indonesia, Al Qaeda, Bali, East Jakarta, Sulawesi, Tentena
(Reuters) Militants killed at least 31 people in central Mali on Friday when they fired on a bus ferrying people to a local market, local authorities said -- the latest deadly attack in a region racked by violent insurgency. The bus was attacked by unidentified gunmen as it traveled its twice-weekly route from the village of Songho to a market in Bandiagara, 10 kilometres (6 miles) away, said Moulaye Guindo, mayor of the nearby town of Bankass. "Armed men ... shot at the vehicle, slashed the tires, and shot at the people," Guindo said. He and another local official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said at least 31 were confirmed dead with many more wounded or missing. The villages sit in the heart of the Mopti region, an epicenter of violence in Mali fueled by insurgents linked to al Qaeda and the Islamic StateRead More
Persons: Moulaye Guindo, Guindo Organizations: Reuters Locations: Mali, Songho, Bandiagara, Bankass, al Qaeda
The US-led special-operations task force that led the way against ISIS is getting a new name. Formed in 2015, Special Operations Joint Task Force-Operation Inherent Resolve is now Special Operations Joint Task Force-Levant. With the name change comes expanded authority, as the task force broadens its focus on new and old threats. Special Operations Joint Task Force-Levant, or SOJTF-Levant, now has expanded authority in the region. New unit, old threatsMembers of Special Operations Joint Task Force – Operation Inherent Resolve at a re-patching ceremony, April 14, 2017.
Persons: OIR, Charles An, Iraq's Al, Jose A, Torres Jr, Brandon White, Al, Stavros Atlamazoglou Organizations: ISIS, Task Force, Pentagon, Special, Force, US Army, Dakota Price US, US Special Operations Command Central, US Special Operations Command, Defense, Navy, Marine Raider, Army Special Forces, Air Commando, US Central Command, Iraqi Tactical Attack, Counter, Services, Iraq's Al Asad, Iraq's Al Asad Air Base, Staff, Operations Command, Special Operations Command, Al, US, Coalition, Troops, Terror Forces, Brandon White ISIS, Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, Special Forces, Operations Task Force, Hellenic Army, 575th Marine Battalion, Army, Johns Hopkins University Locations: Dakota, Iraq, Syria, Afghanistan, Philippines, SOJTF, Levant, Egypt, Lebanon, Jordan, East, Central Asia, Africa, Iraqi, Iraq's, Iraq's Al Asad Air, Al Qaeda, Iranian, Hasakah Province, Iran, Tehran, Yemen
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