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Turkey storms into Syria and takes ISIS town within hours

By: VOA News Source: VOA News Turkish tanks, supported by Syrian opposition rebels, have stormed across the border into northern Syria, within hours seizing the town of Jarablus that ISIS jihadists had controlled since 2014. “Jarablus is completely liberated,” declared Ahmad Othman, commander of the Sultan Mourad rebel group. Turkey’s state news agency also confirmed the takeover. The British-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said ISIS fighters put up “very little resistance” before fleeing to neighboring villages in the face of the Turkish onslaught. It was the first time since ISIS has claimed a caliphate straddling parts of Iraq and Syria two years...

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Israel strikes Gaza, angers Turkey

By: PanARMENIAN.Net Source: PanARMENIAN.Net PanARMENIAN.Net – Israel said Monday, August 22 it staged dozens of strikes on Gaza in response to rocket fire from the strip, causing limited casualties but sparking a war of words with Turkey, AFP reports. “We conducted strikes against several dozen targets in the Gaza Strip” on Sunday, an army spokeswoman told AFP. Palestinian medical officials said four people were wounded by Israeli aircraft and tank fire after a rocket fired from Gaza hit the southern Israeli town of Sderot, without causing any casualties. Security sources in the coastal strip said several targets in northern Gaza were hit by Israeli fire, and that a...

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US Naval vessel in Yemen's waters. U.S. Navy photo by Photographer's Mate 2nd Class Daniel J. McLain

US “withdraws staff” from Saudi’s Yemen war machine

By: PanARMENIAN.Net Source: PanARMENIAN.Net PanARMENIAN.Net – The U.S. military has withdrawn from Saudi Arabia its personnel who were coordinating with the Saudi-led air campaign in Yemen, and sharply reduced the number of staff elsewhere who were assisting in that planning, U.S. officials told Reuters. Fewer than five U.S. service people are now assigned full-time to the “Joint Combined Planning Cell,” which was established last year to coordinate U.S. support, including air-to-air refueling of coalition jets and limited intelligence-sharing, Lieutenant Ian McConnaughey, a U.S. Navy spokesman in Bahrain, told Reuters. That is down from a peak of about 45 staff members...

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