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Turkey, Russia meet over refugee concerns

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 12/24/19, 10:46 am

More than 800,000 civilians have migrated to Turkey from the northwestern Syrian region of Idlib since Russian and Syrian forces intensified airstrikes in April, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Sunday. A Turkish delegation met with Russian officials Monday in Moscow to try to iron out differences between the two countries over Syria.

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Pentagon IDs soldier killed in Afghanistan

by Rachel Lynn Aldrich
Posted 12/24/19, 09:41 am

Sgt. 1st Class Michael J. Goble of Washington Township, N.J., died in a roadside bombing in northern Kunduz province on Monday. Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid claimed the insurgent group carried out the bombing.

What happened? Goble, 33, suffered fatal injuries while his unit was engaged in combat operations in the province, according to the Pentagon. Twenty Americans have died in the fighting in Afghanistan this year.

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Sanctioning Syria

Congress | National defense bill includes new measures pressuring the Assad regime
by Harvest Prude
Posted 12/23/19, 02:22 pm

Tucked inside the National Defense Authorization Act of 2020, which President Donald Trump signed Friday after overwhelming support in the Senate, is a measure imposing hefty new sanctions on Syria, Iran, and Russia for war crimes committed during Syria’s civil war.

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