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‘Unprovoked attack’

International | U.S. report contradicts claim that drone was in Iranian airspace
by Mindy Belz
Posted 6/20/19, 01:35 pm

IRAN: The debris field from the U.S. military drone shot down by Iran is in international waters in the Strait of Hormuz, not over the southern Iranian province of Hormozgan, as Iranian officials claimed. Iran deployed its locally made Khordad 3 short-range missile system, with an altitude range of 81,000 feet, to bring down the RQ-4 Global Hawk surveillance drone.

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Syrian refugee accused of church bomb plot

by Rachel Lynn Aldrich
Posted 6/20/19, 12:50 pm

Federal authorities on Wednesday announced the arrest of a Syrian refugee accused of plotting to bomb a church in Pittsburgh. Mustafa Mousab Alowemer, 21, is charged with one count of attempting to provide material support to Islamic State (ISIS) and two counts of distributing information relating to an explosive device or weapon of mass destruction. “Targeting places of worship is beyond the pale, no matter what the motivation,” said John Demers, assistant U.S. attorney general for national security.

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Religious groups ask U.S. to help more refugees

by Harvest Prude
Posted 6/20/19, 12:39 pm

WASHINGTON—A coalition of religious organizations wrote to U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Thursday, asking the Trump administration to increase the number of refugees it resettles, particularly those fleeing religious persecution.

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