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The last battle in Syria?

International | The capture of Baghouz would represent a major victory over ISIS
by Mindy Belz
Posted 2/13/19, 11:59 am

SYRIA: On Tuesday, more than 1,300 presumed ISIS family members fled Baghouz, where many say ISIS is fighting its last battle in Syria.

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New York jury convicts Mexican drug lord ‘El Chapo’

by Lynde Langdon
Posted 2/12/19, 01:20 pm

Mexican drug lord Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán was convicted Tuesday in U.S. District Court of running an industrial-scale smuggling operation. The conviction comes after a three-month trial packed with Hollywood-style tales of murder, corruption, and greed. The drug-trafficking and conspiracy convictions could put the 61-year-old Guzmán behind bars for decades in a maximum-security U.S. prison selected to thwart another one of the breakouts that embarrassed his native country. Guzman escaped twice from prison in Mexico. He was recaptured in 2016 and extradited to the United States.

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California pulls some troops from border

by Rachel Lynn Aldrich
Posted 2/12/19, 12:07 pm

California Gov. Gavin Newsom, a Democrat, said Monday that he is withdrawing most of the state’s National Guard troops from the Mexican border. He said he plans to leave 100 of about 360 currently deployed state troops to help the federal government fight drug crime. Withdrawal will begin immediately but may not be completed until the end of March. Former Gov. Jerry Brown, also a Democrat, agreed in April 2018 to deploy up to 400 troops to the border after President Donald Trump requested support from four border states.

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