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Rockets hit coalition airbase in Iraq

by Tim Lamer
Posted 3/03/21, 12:47 pm

The Ain al-Asad airbase, home to U.S. and other coalition troops in western Iraq, came under rocket attack on Wednesday. At least 10 rockets targeted the base located in al-Anbar province. According to Pentagon spokesman John Kirby, a U.S. contractor “suffered a cardiac episode while sheltering” and died later, but the attack did not kill or wound any U.S. service members. No group claimed responsibility for the attack.

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Attackers abduct 42 people from Nigerian school

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 2/18/21, 12:03 pm

Around 2 a.m. on Wednesday, gunmen wearing military uniforms stormed the Government Science Secondary School in central Nigeria. They shot and killed one student and took 42 captives, including 27 students, three staffers, and 12 family members, Gov. Abubakar Sani Bello said. Bello shut down all boarding schools in the state following the incident.

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France’s free speech dilemma

International | Terror attacks have frightened teachers and pushed a country to reevaluate its freedoms
by Jenny Lind Schmitt
Posted 2/12/21, 05:19 pm

Marie Dautry’s 11-year-old son came home from school in November in Beaucourt, France, upset about a lesson. His teacher had shown the class a caricature of Jesus originally published in satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo. Dautry’s son, a Christian, didn’t like it. 

The image was part of a lesson to honor teacher Samuel Paty, who was beheaded in October. Police killed his murderer, and in January French anti-terrorism police detained seven more suspected contacts of Paty’s killer. 

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