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Airstrikes worsen India-Pakistan tensions

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 2/27/19, 11:09 am

Increasing tension with India prompted Pakistani aviation authorities on Wednesday to close the country’s airspace to all commercial flights. Pakistan also shot down two Indian jets that entered its airspace and captured two pilots. India said it targeted a terrorist training camp in Pakistani territory with a pre-dawn airstrike the day before. The recent unrest began Feb. 14 when a car bomb killed 40 Indian paramilitary police officers in the disputed border region of Kashmir.

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U.S. to keep 200 troops in Syria

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 2/22/19, 11:07 am

The White House on Thursday said 200 U.S. soldiers will remain in Syria, dialing back President Donald Trump’s December announcement that he would withdraw all 2,000 troops from the country. “A small peacekeeping group of about 200 will remain in Syria for a period of time,” White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said in a statement. The announcement followed a Thursday phone call between Trump and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, in which the two leaders agreed to keep working on “the creation of a potential safe zone.”

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Civilians flee last ISIS stronghold in Syria

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 2/13/19, 11:43 am

More than 1,000 civilians have fled the last major Islamic State (ISIS) stronghold in Syria after five days of fighting by U.S.-backed forces to regain control of the town. The Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) on Saturday began an offensive on Baghuz in Deir al-Zour province backed by U.S.-led coalition airstrikes. Some 300 civilians fled the war zone during the day, while 600 more left overnight, SDF spokesman Mustefa Bali said Tuesday.

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