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Utah mayor killed while serving in Afghanistan

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 11/05/18, 10:47 am

A Utah mayor and Army National Guard major deployed to Afghanistan died after one of his Afghan trainees shot him, officials confirmed Sunday. Brent Taylor, 39, had taken a one-year leave of absence from his role as mayor of North Ogden, Utah, to serve in Afghanistan. He worked as a military intelligence officer training members of the Afghan National Defense and Security Forces. Another unidentified U.S. soldier sustained injuries in the attack. The attacker was killed by Afghan forces, according to a NATO statement.

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Apocalypse later

Middle East | With Syria’s Idlib offensive on hold, a civil war may be ending or a new global conflict may be beginning
by Mindy Belz
Posted 10/05/18, 11:46 am

For weeks reports suggested Syria’s 7-year-old civil war could come to a conclusive—and potentially apocalyptic—closing act in the western province of Idlib. “Russia softens up west for bloodbath,” “Drones crowd Idlib skies,” and “War in Idlib,” went the headlines. Residents sought ways to sell their property and furniture to fund desperate escapes. Some prepared underground hideouts, away from the Syrian regime’s dreaded barrel bombs. 

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Russia blames Israel for downed plane in Syria

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 9/18/18, 11:39 am

The Russian Defense Ministry said a Syrian missile shot down a Russian military aircraft with 15 people on board late Monday. Russia blamed Israel for the “intentional provocation.” The ministry said a Syrian surface-to-air missile accidentally struck the Russian Il-20 aircraft while engaging four Israeli fighter jets in the Syrian coastal province of Latakia late Monday. All 15 Russians on board the aircraft died in the strike.

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