The Sift

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U.S.-backed forces in Syria declare victory over ISIS

by Mickey McLean
Posted 3/23/19, 09:51 am

The U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) liberated the last area in Syria controlled by Islamic State (ISIS) on Saturday. ISIS militants made their final stand in a tent camp in Baghuz, which was bombed to shreds. “Baghouz is free and the military victory against [ISIS] has been achieved,” tweeted Mustafa Bali, a spokesman for the Kurdish-led SDF. Saturday’s bombing ended weeks of heavy fighting in Baghuz and brings to a close a caliphate ISIS established in large areas of Syria and in Iraq in 2014.

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Associated Press/Photo by Matt Rourke (file)

Jury clears white officer in fatal shooting of black teenager

by Mickey McLean
Posted 3/23/19, 09:33 am

A jury in Pittsburgh acquitted a white former police officer Friday in the fatal shooting of an unarmed black teenager who fled during a traffic stop of a car that had been involved in a drive-by shooting minutes earlier.

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Associated Press/Photo by Carolyn Kaster

Trump removes new sanctions on North Korea

by Mickey McLean
Posted 3/23/19, 08:58 am

President Donald Trump tweeted Friday that he was reversing his administration’s decision to place additional sanctions on North Korea. “It was announced today by the U.S. Treasury that additional large scale Sanctions would be added to those already existing Sanctions on North Korea,” he wrote.

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