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U.S. kills terrorist involved in USS Cole attack

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 1/07/19, 10:45 am

A U.S. airstrike in Yemen last week killed an al-Qaeda member suspected of helping plot the fatal bombing of the USS Cole nearly 20 years ago, the U.S. Central Command said Sunday. Navy spokesman Capt. William Urban said the military confirmed through “a deliberate assessment process” that Jamal al-Badawi died in the Jan. 1 strike east of Sanaa, the capital city. On Oct. 12, 2000, suicide bombers in an explosives-filled boat attacked the Cole as it was refueling at the Yemeni port of Aden, killing 17 U.S. sailors and injuring at least 30 others.

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Trump and Erdogan’s tête-à-tête over Syria

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by Mindy Belz
Posted 12/14/18, 01:13 pm

SYRIA: U.S. President Donald Trump spoke Friday morning by phone with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, and the two leaders, according to Reuters, “agreed on the need for more efficient cooperation over Syria, without giving details.” Tension at the Syria-Turkey border has spiked this week, with Erdogan threatening direct military action against U.S.-allied Kurdish militias near an area where U.S. ground forces are based.

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Cease-fire reached in parts of Yemen

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 12/13/18, 12:35 pm

The two warring sides in Yemen have agreed to withdraw their troops from the restive port city of Hodeida, with a cease-fire extending across the entire province, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres said Thursday. The agreement capped weekslong peace talks that took place in Sweden. As part of the deal, the UN will establish humanitarian corridors and deploy supervised neutral forces to the city. “This is just the beginning,” Guterres said, thanking the Yemeni delegations for taking an important step in the peace talks.

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