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Report: Multiple failures in Niger ambush

by Lynde Langdon
Posted 5/10/18, 01:58 pm

A Pentagon report summary released Thursday blamed multiple failures for an ambush that killed four U.S. Army soldiers in Niger last October. The team of U.S. and Nigerien forces was approved to meet with tribal leaders but had the scope of its mission changed to go after an Islamic State (ISIS) leader believed to be in the area. The report summary said though the troops demonstrated bravery and heroism when they fell under attack by ISIS-affiliated militants, they had insufficient training and preparation. Those killed in the attack included Staff Sgt. Bryan C. Black, Staff Sgt.

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A waiting game for migrants in France

International | Christians minister at refugee encampments in Paris
by Rob Holmes
Posted 12/19/17, 12:28 pm

PARIS—It’s near freezing when tents begin appearing on Avénue du Président Wilson. Migrants are getting ready for another November night. Their evening ritual creates an impromptu camp in a pedestrianized median on the north side of the city, near the Metro at Porte de la Chapelle.

I greet many of the men as I trail along behind a more expert friend who visits this spot weekly. She is Egyptian and comes like a sister, in the name of Christ, herself a stranger in France.

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U.S. bypasses UN to bring aid to persecuted groups in Iraq

International | Vice President Mike Pence pledges support for Christians and other religious minorities suffering from ISIS terror
by Mindy Belz
Posted 10/27/17, 12:11 pm

IRAQ: In a reversal of U.S. policy from the Obama era, Vice President Mike Pence announced Thursday the United States “will no longer rely on the United Nations to assist persecuted Christians and minorities in the wake of genocide and the atrocities of terrorist groups.” The long-awaited reversal came in a keynote address by Pence in Washington for the group In Defense of Christians.

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