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Afghanistan: Taliban capture city of Sangin

Source: BBC News [UK state media]

"The Taliban have captured the crucial southern Afghan city of Sangin after a year-long battle, officials say. Afghan forces say they have made a tactical retreat from the centre of Sangin.
A spokesman for Helmand's governor confirmed the district police and governor's headquarters were now in militant hands. Almost a quarter of British troops killed during the UK's combat mission in Afghanistan died defending Sangin. Hundreds of Afghan combatants have been killed there in recent fighting." (03/23/17)

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-39365330

Syria: Dozens dead in "US-led" airstrike as coalition meets

Source: Yahoo! News

"A US-led coalition strike is reported to have killed 33 civilians in northern Syria ahead of a Wednesday meeting of top officials in Washington focused on defeating the Islamic State group. Rebels and jihadists pressed offensives inside the capital Damascus and the central province of Hama, just a day before new UN-brokered peace talks open in Geneva." (03/22/17)

https://uk.news.yahoo.com/33-dead-us-led-north-syria-air-strike-083513622.html

Somalia: Mogadishu car bombing leaves ten dead

Source: CNN

"Extremist group Al-Shabaab claimed responsibility for a deadly explosion that police say killed 10 people Tuesday afternoon in Mogadishu, Somalia. At least 15 people were injured in the bomb explosion at a busy security checkpoint in the country's capital, according to Somali federal police Maj. Ahmed Ibrahim. The blast was caused by an explosive-laden vehicle about 150 meters from the entrance of Villa Somalia, the presidential palace in Mogadishu, Ibrahim said. … Al-Shabaab, which claimed responsibility for the attack through its Radio Andalus, announced 20 had been killed, though the terror group is known to exaggerate the death totals of its attacks." (03/21/17)

http://www.cnn.com/2017/03/21/africa/mogadishu-attack-kills-10/

Afghanistan: Three US occupation troops shot, wounded by Afghan regime soldier

Source: NBC News

"Three American soldiers were shot by an Afghan soldier on a base Sunday, the NATO-led Resolute Support mission in Afghanistan said. Resolute Support said in a post on Twitter Sunday morning that the three U.S. soldiers were wounded after being shot by an Afghan soldier on a base in Helmand Province, Afghanistan. … Col. Mohammad Rasoul Zazai, an army spokesman, told the AP that the soldier had made a 'mistake' and had not fired deliberately." (03/19/17)

http://www.nbcnews.com/news/world/three-u-s-soldiers-shot-wounded-afghan-soldier-nato-base-n735386

Iraq: Regime forces close on Mosul mosque as strike kills foreign militants

Source: Reuters

"Iraqi army helicopters strafed and rocketed Islamic State positions inside Mosul's Old City on Sunday as ground troops fought fierce street battles to close in on the strategic prize of the al-Nuri Mosque. An air strike by the U.S.-led coalition backing Iraq forces in their campaign to retake Mosul also killed six foreign militant commanders in the west, including a Russian who was a senior Islamic State leader, Iraq's defense ministry said. Federal Police troops on Sunday advanced past the train station in western Mosul close to the mosque, where IS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi declared a caliphate in July 2014 after the hardline militants had seized swathes of Iraq and Syria." (03/19/17)

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-iraq-mosul-idUSKBN16Q0BZ

Why is Donald Trump lunching with a Saudi war criminal while Yemenis are starving?

Source: Antiwar.com
by Medea Benjamin

"While President Trump sat down for a sumptuous meal at the White House on Tuesday, March 14 with Saudi Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, millions of Yemenis are going hungry thanks to Trump's lunch guest. Prince Salman is only 31 years old, but as the king's favorite son, he was put in charge of the nation's two most critical sectors: the economy and the military. A brash defense minister, the young prince made the disastrous decision to interfere in an internal conflict in neighboring Yemen." (03/16/17)

http://original.antiwar.com/mbenjamin/2017/03/15/why-is-donald-trump-lunching-with-a-saudi-war-criminal-while-yemenis-are-starving/

Syria: Twin blasts kill 40 near Damascus religious sites

Source: Bloomberg

"Twin blasts Saturday near holy shrines frequented by Shiites in the Syrian capital Damascus killed at least 40 people and wounded over a hundred, most of them Iraqis, according to Syrian and Iraqi officials. There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attacks. Islamic State militants have carried out similar attacks before against Shiite shrines in the Syrian capital and elsewhere. Extremist Sunni groups, such as IS, view Shiites as apostates and consider shrines a form of idolatry." (03/11/17)

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-03-11/syria-s-assad-says-priority-is-capturing-is-capital-raqqa

Death in al Ghayil

Source: The Intercept
by Iona Craig

"On January 29, 5-year-old Sinan al Ameri was asleep with his mother, his aunt, and 12 other children in a one-room stone hut typical of poor rural villages in the highlands of Yemen. A little after 1 a.m., the women and children awoke to the sound of a gunfight erupting a few hundred feet away. Roughly 30 members of Navy SEAL Team 6 were storming the eastern hillside of the remote settlement. … His mother fell to the ground next to him, still clutching his baby brother in her arms. Sinan kept running. His mother's body was found in the early light of dawn, the front of her head split open. The baby was wounded but alive. Sinan's mother was one of at least six women killed in the raid, the first counterterrorism operation of the Trump administration, which also left 10 children under the age of 13 dead." (03/09/17)

https://theintercept.com/2017/03/09/women-and-children-in-yemeni-village-recall-horror-of-trumps-highly-successful-seal-raid/

Syria: US Marines arrive with artillery for Raqqa fight

Military.com

Source: Military.com

"Marines attached to the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit quietly moved into Syria weeks ago to establish an artillery base, defense officials confirmed to Military.com on Wednesday. The move comes as American-backed forces intensify their assault on Raqqa, the Islamic State's capital city. … A defense official would not speak to the size of the detachment deployed to Syria, but said it included elements of multiple artillery batteries, as well as support personnel, including infantry Marines." (03/08/17)

http://www.military.com/daily-news/2017/03/08/us-marines-move-syria-howitzers.html

Afghanistan: Gunmen disguised as doctors attack Kabul hospital, killing 30

Source: Washington Post

"Gunmen disguised as doctors stormed a military hospital in the Afghan capital Wednesday morning, leaving at least 30 people dead and scores injured after a bombing and a six-hour gun battle. The assault was claimed by the Islamic State extremist group. A suicide bomber detonated explosives at the front gates, then gunmen opened fire on guards stationed inside the fortified medical compound. Several attackers were able to reach the second floor, where they fought police special forces much of the day. Military officials said the attack was quelled by about 4 p.m." (03/08/17)

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/suicide-bomber-gunmen-strike-military-hospital-in-kabul-killing-2/2017/03/08/de419912-03ca-11e7-b1e9-a05d3c21f7cf_story.html