US to Discuss Troop Withdrawal with Iraqi Officials

The future of U.S. combat forces in Iraq, and when a potential withdrawal might take place, will be on the table this week as Pentagon leaders talk with Iraqi officials. Pentagon Press Secretary John Kirby said the next round of U.S.-Iraq military talks were beginning Thursday, to discuss how the two nations will work together on counterterrorism and other security issues.
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U.S. set to formalize readjustment of troop role in Iraq -officials

WASHINGTON, July 22 (Reuters) - The United States and Iraq are expected to formalize the end of Washington's combat mission in Iraq by the end of the year and continue the transition toward training and advising Iraqi forces, U.S. officials said on Thursday. There are currently 2,500 U.S. troops in...
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Critics slam FBI on Twitter for saying 'protecting' America from terrorists is its 'top priority'

Critics slammed the FBI after the bureau vowed in a tweet that protecting the United States from terrorist attacks is its "top priority." "Are you guys still planning on kidnapping and assassinating the governor of Michigan or was that just another effort to make people on the Right look like terrorists so you could justify the coming persecution of your political enemies?" conservative radio host Jesse Kelly tweeted, referring to the FBI’s involvement in the plot to kidnap Gov. Gretchen Whitmer last year.
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Learning the Lessons of Boko Haram's Rise and Resilience | Opinion

When Boko Haram's violence broke out 12 years ago this week, a mile from my family home in Maiduguri, northeast Nigeria, none of us even began to imagine the sheer horror we were about to suffer. That friends with whom we grew up, neighbors with whom we had lived alongside and acquaintances with whom we had mingled daily would turn against us and facilitate the slaughter of 35,000 innocent people with absolute ruthlessness—it was simply unthinkable. But these terrorists have done worse. The complex humanitarian crisis triggered by Boko Haram has killed an estimated 350,000, 90 percent of whom are children under 5, and counting.
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UN warns of ISIS, Al Qaeda threats expanding in Africa

New York [US], July 23 (ANI): The United Nations on Thursday warned that terrorist organisations - Islamic State (ISIS) and Al Qaeda pose a growing threat in much of Africa. A report to the Security Council by the UN monitoring team charged with tracking worldwide jihadi threats, published that terror groups such as ISIS and al Qaeda is not only resilient, but in many places expanding, reported CNN.

To combat disinformation, centralize moderation

Yonatan Lupu is an associate professor of political science and international affairs at George Washington University. Nicolás Velasquez Hernandez is a lecturer at the Elliott School of International Affairs and a postdoctoral researcher at GW's Institute for Data, Democracy and Politics. Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis' signing of a bill that...
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An Open Letter to Prime Minister Naftali Bennett

During your term as Israel’s Education Minister, you spoke at the Bible Tournament in honor of Israel’s 71st Independence Day. You discussed Israel’s economic, technologic, and diplomatic success. Your 12-minute speech focused on different forms of unity that we need to pursue as a people if we want to continue to thrive as a nation and state. You have repeated this sentiment on numerous occasions throughout your political career.
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Report: US Mission in Iraq to Shift to ‘Advisory’ Role

According to a report from Politico, the US and Iraq will soon announce a shift in Washington’s mission in Iraq from a combat mission to a “purely advisory” role. US and Iraqi officials met on Thursday for talks to finalize details, and the announcement is expected on Monday after President Biden meets with Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi.
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Sixteen civilians killed in eastern DRC ambush

Attackers in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) have killed at least 16 civilians as they were returning from a weekly market, according to a report citing medical and local sources. The ambush on Thursday evening occurred on a highway between the towns of Maimoya and Chani-chani, some...

UK sanctions imprisoned ex-Nineveh governor as part of global graft crackdown

ERBIL (Kurdistan 24) – The British government on Thursday said that it sanctioned the former governor of Nineveh province along with four other people accused of profiting from mass corruption. Nawfal Hammadi Al-Sultan, the former governor of Nineveh province, was sanctioned for misappropriating “public funds intended for reconstruction efforts and...