Thursday, August 25, 2016

The Obama Administration Is Determined To Close Guantanamo Prison By January 2017

Chain link fence and concertina wire surrounds a deserted guard tower within Joint Task Force Guantanamo's Camp Delta at the U.S. Naval Base in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba March 21, 2016. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson/File Photo

Time: Obama Administration Still Expects to Close Guantanamo

Before President Obama leaves office.

The Obama Administration still expects to close the detention center in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, before President Obama leaves office in January, the White House said Thursday.

“We’re going to do our best to try to get this closed and it’s our expectation that that’s what we’ll do,” White House spokesman Josh Earnest said at a briefing.

Vice President Joe Biden had said earlier Thursday in Sweden that it is his “hope and expectation” that Guantanamo would be closed by the time he left office, according to pool reports.

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More News On The Obama Administration Being Determined To Close Guantanamo Prison By The End Of Their Term

Obama administration expects to close Guantanamo prison: White House -- Reuters
Joe Biden expects Guantánamo Bay to close before Barack Obama leaves office -- News.com.au
Biden expects Gitmo will close before Obama leaves office -- The Hill
Biden says he expects Obama to close Gitmo before leaving office -- Washington Times
Vice president Joe Biden claims Guantanamo to close by Jan. 2017 -- Digital Journal

US Navy Warship Fires Warning Shots At Iranian Naval Vessel (Updated)



Reuters: U.S. Navy ship fires warning shots at Iranian vessel

A U.S. Navy ship fired warning shots toward an Iranian fast-attack craft that approached two U.S. ships, a Pentagon spokesman said on Thursday, in the most serious of a number of incidents in the Gulf area this week.

"They did feel compelled ultimately to fire three warning shots and the reason for that is... they had taken steps already to try and de-escalate this situation," spokesman Peter Cook told reporters.

Tensions have increased in the Gulf in recent days despite an improvement in relations between Iran and the United States.

Years of mutual animosity eased when Washington lifted sanctions on Tehran in January after a deal to curb Iran's nuclear ambitions but serious differences still remain over Iran's ballistic missile program, Syria and Iraq.

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More News On US Navy Warship Firing Warning Shots At Iranian Naval Vessel

In a series of confrontations, Navy patrol ship fires warning shots at Iranian vessel -- Washington Post
US naval ship fired warning shots at Iranian vessel: official -- AFP
US Navy vessel fires warning shots at Iran boat -- BBC
First on CNN: US fires warning shots at Iranian vessel after close encounter -- CNN
US Navy ship fired warning shots at Iranian ship; 4 Mideast close calls this week -- FOX News
US warship fires warning shots at Iranian boat speeding towards USS Tempest in Persian Gulf -- The Independent
US Navy ship fires warning shots towards Iranian vessel in northern Gulf -- ABC News Online
US Navy ship fires warning shots after multiple ships 'harassed' by Iranian attack craft -- Business Insider
Pentagon on why the U.S. Navy fired at warning shots Iran vessels -- Daily Mail

Commentaries, Analysis, And Editorials -- August 25, 2016



Rachel Clarke, CNN: Colombia: 52 years of war, 220,000 dead, now peace

(CNN)The end seems near for one of the world's longest running conflicts, with the announcement of a peace deal between the government of Colombia and the Marxist rebels of FARC.

Here's what you need to know:

A brief history of the war

It's been a devastating war, with more than five decades of battle between the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (known by the Spanish acronym FARC) and the country's government.

It began in 1964, after the success of the Cuban revolution, with the rebels wanting to forcibly redistribute wealth.

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Commentaries, Analysis, And Editorials -- August 25, 2016

Why Turkey Went to War in Syria -- Faysal Itani, Foreign Policy

Why Turkey sending tanks into Syria is significant -- Tim Lister, CNN

Erdogan takes a risk fighting on three fronts -- David Gardner, Financial Times

The Real Enemy Within Turkey -- Aaron Stein, The Atlantic

How Barack Obama sold out Syrians to appease Iran -- Terry Glavin, National Post

Why Bibi is rejoicing as Obama's term nears end -- Ben Caspit, Al-Monitor

How to Stop the Taliban in Afghanistan's Most Crucial Province -- Ahmad Murid Partaw, National Interest

Why wearing the burqa is on the rise in South Asia -- Shamil Shams, DW

Norway Builds a Fence -- Walter Russell Mead, The American Interest

Has North Sea oil’s collapse scuppered Scotland’s dreams of independence? -- RT

Dilma Rousseff's last chance -- Astrid Prange, DW

Is Doomsday Inevitable For Venezuela? -- Luis Colasante, Oil Price

Colombia stakes peace deal on vote; but for millions, their future is at stake -- Adriaan Alsema, Colombia Reports

Facing the New Reality of Homegrown Terrorism -- David Shedd, Cipher Brief

We can’t afford to give terrorists a one-way ticket back to the battlefield -- House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Michael McCaul (R-Texas), The Hill

Bold moves, tepid gains: Have central banks met their limit? -- AP

Five years ago: From Steve to Tim -- Hardy Graupner, DW

World News Briefs -- August 25, 2016 (Evening Edition)

Turkish army tanks drive towards to the border in Karkamis on the Turkish-Syrian border in the southeastern Gaziantep province, Turkey, August 25, 2016. REUTERS/Umit Bektas

Reuters: Turkey fires on U.S.-backed Kurdish militia in Syria offensive

Turkish troops fired on U.S.-backed Kurdish militia fighters in northern Syria on Thursday, highlighting the complications of an incursion meant to secure the border region against both Islamic State and Kurdish advances.

Syrian rebels backed by Turkish special forces, tanks and warplanes entered Jarablus, one of Islamic State's last strongholds on the Turkish-Syrian border, on Wednesday.

But President Tayyip Erdogan and senior government officials have made clear the aim of "Operation Euphrates Shield" is as much about stopping the Kurdish YPG militia seizing territory and filling the void left by Islamic State as it is about eliminating the ultra-hardline Islamist group itself.

A Turkish security source said the army shelled the People's Protection Units (YPG) south of Jarablus. Turkey's state-run Anadolu agency described the action as warning shots.

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MIDDLE EAST

Deal struck for rebels, civilians to quit Syria's Daraya.

US naval ship fired warning shots at Iranian vessel: official.

Iran: Forces will warn any vessel after US warship incident.

Turkey sends more tanks to Syria, town of Jarablus ‘being cleansed’ of ISIS.

Turkish opposition leader escapes assassination attempt.

Global superpowers condemn chemical weapon use in Syria.

US pursues Syria cooperation with Russia amid new volatility.

Violence has taken years off of life expectancy in Syria.

Iraqi forces seize strategic town near Mosul from ISIL.

Iraq parliament impeaches defence minister.

UN calls for international probe into Yemen violations. Saudi-led coalition airstrikes #1 cause of civilian deaths in Yemen – UN body.

Kerry in Saudi Arabia for meetings on Yemen war impasse.

ASIA

Chinese military will train Syrian troops: govt.

Casualty rate soars for Afghan security forces: NATO.

Attack on Kabul's American University ends as attackers killed.

N. Korea threatens US with ‘nuclear hammers of justice’ after missile test. N. Korea's Kim Jong-Un hails missile test as 'greatest success'.

Uzbekistan claims disputed territory along border with Kyrgyzstan.

Duterte:'It will be bloody' if Philippine territory breached.

Maldives president faces 'removal plot', BBC learns. Leader of Maldives aware of plans to overthrow him: spokesman.

Asian companies have world's worst cybersecurity says study.

Eastern India struggles to evacuate reluctant villagers as floods wreak havoc.

Myanmar soldiers, police seal off ancient temples damaged by quake.

AFRICA

About 243,000 S.Sudanese refugees in Sudan: UN.

Gunmen storm beach restaurant in Mogadishu. Al Shabaab militants bomb Somali beach restaurant, gunfight ongoing.

Libya's UN-backed govt seeks boosted US military backing.

Mediterranean rescue boat hit in armed raid off Libyan coast.

Two women lynched, set on fire in Congo as ethnic tensions flare.

UN: 475,000 children at risk in Lake Chad area.

Kenya athletes angry at Rio shanty accommodation.

Zuma says backs South Africa finance minister but can't stop probe.

Zimbabwe's government is standing by as its wildlife is slaughtered.

Nigerian banks suspended from forex market, seek truce.

EUROPE

Italy earthquake: Aftershocks hamper rescue efforts. Italian quake death toll rises to 241, anguish mounts. Italy quake death toll hits 250 as rescuers search demolished towns.

Putin orders military drills as Merkel accuses Russia on Ukraine.

Dueling indictments as Russia, Ukraine target each other's military leaders.

In Estonia, Merkel and Roivas talk Russia and internet.

Assassination attempt on Donetsk republic leader foiled.

Spain braces itself for unwanted gift on Christmas Day: a third election.

Hungary offers Serbia help in guarding borders against migrants.

Portugal to bail out its biggest bank to the tune of €5bn.

AMERICAS

Assange warns of 'significant' Clinton leaks.

FARC, Colombian government announce end to decades-long conflict. Colombia and FARC rebels reach historic peace deal.

Brazil’s Senate begins impeachment trial of Rousseff. Brazil's Senate begins Rousseff's impeachment trial.

Venezuela’s decline prompts exodus.

Miners' protest in Bolivia becomes deadly.

UK opens files on Israeli arms sales to Argentina during Falklands War.

The NYPD broke its own rules when spying on Muslims, inspector general says.

New York Times denies hack of Moscow bureau.

'Unprecedented' overdose epidemic from fentanyl in US.

TERRORISM/THE LONG WAR

'Son' of Boko Haram's founder named jihadi head.

Yemenis say U.S. drone strike kills 5 al-Qaida suspects.

Mississippi man to be sentenced for trying to join ISIS.

Social media giants 'failing' on extremism - MPs.

Prisoner releases turn Guantanamo inmates into $6 million men.

The Abu Zubaydah file.

ECONOMY/FINANCE/BUSINESS

Iran will join OPEC meet in Algeria: minister.

Dwayne Johnson tops Forbes list of best paid actors.

71 million youths don't have a job: ILO.

Uber loses at least $1.2 billion in first half of 2016.

Washington threatens Brussels over plan to demand billions in unpaid taxes from Apple.

BREAKING NEWS: Assassination Attempt Against German Chancellor Merkel Foiled In Prague

Czech Republic's Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka and German Chancellor Angela Merkel attend a news conference at government headquarters in Prague, Czech Republic, August 25, 2016. © David W Cerny / Reuters

Mirror: 'Assassination attempt on Angela Merkel foiled' as armed man arrested 'trying to infiltrate German chancellor's motorcade' in Prague

Czech police halted an armed man in a black 4x4 Mercedes as he allegedly tried to join Merkel’s motorcade during her visit to the capital

A feared assassination attempt on German Chancellor Angela Merkel has reportedly been foiled in Prague.

Czech police halted an armed man in a black 4x4 Mercedes as he allegedly tried to join Merkel’s motorcade during her visit to the capital.

" The perpetrator has been detained,” police spokesman Josef Bocan said.

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Update #1: Armed man arrested after attempting to infiltrate Merkel motorcade in Prague (RT)
Update #2: BREAKING: Angela Merkel 'assassination attempt' as armed cops swoop on man in black 4x4 (Daily Star)

WNU Editor: This is a breaking news story. I will be update it as more news becomes available.

U.S. Election News Updates -- August 25, 2016



Politico: Clinton ad ties Trump to KKK, white supremacists

A video released Thursday by Hillary Clinton’s campaign makes the case that Donald Trump is the candidate of racists, white supremacists and neo-Nazis.

“The reason a lot of Klan members like Donald Trump is because a lot of what he believes, we believe in,” a robed man identified as the Imperial Wizard of the Rebel Brigade Knights of the Ku Klux Klan says at the top of the video, followed by images of a Confederate flag fluttering in the wind, Trump waving after a speech, and a man performing a Hitler salute at what appears to be a Trump rally.

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The Democrat Campaign

Clinton on foundation attacks: 'I know there's a lot of smoke, and there's no fire' -- CNN
Clinton: Trump campaign built on 'prejudice and paranoia' -- CNN
Clinton charges Trump with craven bigotry -- Politico
Clinton: Trump stoking ‘fringe element’ in GOP takeover -- The Hill
Clinton defends foundation, says it has been transparent -- AP
Clinton on Trump's health claims: 'Dream on' -- The Hill
Clinton buries Trump in negative ads -- The Hill
Clinton ramps up Asian outreach in three closely fought states -- Reuters
Hillary Clinton to Receive 1st Classified Briefing of Campaign -- ABC News



The Republican Campaign

US election: Trump calls Hillary Clinton a 'bigot' -- BBC
Donald Trump Pre-Empts Hillary Clinton's Speech: 'We're Not' Racists -- ABC News
Trump hits back at Clinton: 'Shame on you' -- Politico
Trump campaign blasts Clinton KKK video as 'disgusting new low' -- Politico
Trump rips Clinton for playing race card -- The Hill
Trump on Clinton: 'It's Watergate all over again' -- Yahoo News
Trump says government can 'work with' illegal immigrants -- FOX News
Trump campaign manager: 'Nothing has changed' on immigration -- CNN
Trump Meets With Minority Leaders Ahead of Clinton Speech -- AP
Trump: Clinton’s Secret Service agents should ‘drop all weapons’ -- The Hill
Trump makes Minnesota ballot at last minute -- CNN

General Election Coverage

Assange vows Clinton email release, as storm clouds gather for candidate -- FOX News
Trump, Clinton spar over who is best for minority voters -- Reuters
Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton trade insults over accusations of racism -- The Guardian
Democrats’ Weak Bench Undermines Hope of Taking Back Senate -- NYT
Hispanic coalition asks Trump to stop 'attacks' -- Reuters
Chelsea Clinton to remain on foundation board -- AP
Bill Clinton defends embattled family foundation -- AP
Ethicists scoff at Clinton Foundation transition plan -- Politico
Meet the Democrats tacking right while their party shifts left -- Politico
Dr. Ben Carson: ‘Elderly’ presidential candidates like Trump and Clinton should release medical history -- Yahoo News

Commentaries, Analysis, And Editorials

Clinton Foundation Favoritism? -- Hayley Hoefer, US News and Wordl Report
Hillary Clinton Is Delivering a Speech on the 'Alt-Right.' What's That? -- Benjy Sarlin, NBC
Voters are getting it right on Clinton and Trump -- Scot Lehigh, Boston Globe
Hillary Lied, Withheld Evidence, Traded Power for Money, and Could Be President -- Edward Morrisey, Fiscal Times
Trump’s lack of a data operation is hurting the GOP, operatives say -- Jon Ward, Yahoo News
What Former White House Economists Say About Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton -- WSJ

U.S. Proposes A New Round Of Peace Talks For Yemen

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Al Jazeera: US pushes for new Yemen peace initiative

US, UN and Gulf Arab states agree to offer Houthi rebels participation in unity government to end 18-month conflict.

US Secretary of State John Kerry has announced a new initiative to restart Yemen peace talks, offering Houthi rebels participation in the country's unity government in exchange for a transfer of their heavy weapons to a third party.

Kerry said on Thursday that the "fair and sensible approach" to end the 18-month conflict was agreed in talks with Gulf Arab states and the United Nations in Saudi Arabia.

"The bloodshed ... has gone on for too long," he said, speaking at a press conference with his Saudi counterpart Adel al-Jubeir in the Saudi city of Jeddah. "It has to stop ... There is no military solution."

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More News On The Yemen War

Kerry outlines new Yemen peace push -- AFP
Kerry, UN Propose New Peace Talks for Yemen -- VOA
Kerry in Saudi Arabia for meetings on Yemen war impasse. -- Military Times
US, UK, Saudi Arabia, UAE Find New Approach to Yemeni Conflict -- Sputnik
Yemen's children die from bombs, bullets, hunger -- ABC News Online
Saudi-led coalition airstrikes #1 cause of civilian deaths in Yemen – UN body. -- RT
Transparency, accountability, needed on Saudi air strikes in Yemen: U.N. -- Reuters
UN calls for international probe into Yemen violations. -- Al Jazeera
The Death Toll in Yemen Is So High the Red Cross Has Started Donating Morgues to Hospitals -- The Intercept
More than three million displaced in Yemen – joint UN agency report -- UN News Centre
'Why do they target us?' Yemeni civilians pay the price of escalating crisis -- Saeed Kamali Dehghan, The Guardian
Key facts about the war in Yemen -- Al Jazeera

Turkey Is Sending Its Military Into Syria To Stop The Kurds And Not To Battle The Islamic State



Foreign Policy: Turkey Is Finally Bombing Syria, But It’s Not Hitting Who the U.S. Wants

Ankara has sent tanks and commandos across the border, but its primary focus isn't ISIS — it's the Kurds trying to seize territory along its border.

Turkey Is Finally Bombing Syria, But It’s Not Hitting Who the U.S. Wants

Ankara has sent tanks and commandos across the border, but its primary focus isn't ISIS — it's the Kurds trying to seize territory along its border.

The assault by about a dozen Leopard tanks, a contingent of Turkish special operations forces, and several hundred Syrian rebels — all backed up by American F-16 and A-10 fighter planes — was touted in a brand-new English-language Turkish government Twitter account: @EuphratesShield.

As the Turkish-backed Syrian rebels consolidated their hold on the town, the account posted increasingly anti-Kurd messages, delivering propaganda tying the U.S.-backed Kurdish YPG militia battling the Islamic State inside Syria to the PKK, a Turkish-based Kurdish militant group that has been waging a bloody, decades-long battle with Ankara to gain Kurdish independence.

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WNU Editor: I concur with this analysis, and it is working .... U.S.-backed Kurdish forces accede to Turkish demand, pull back from Euphrates (Washington Post).

BREAKING NEWS: CNN Reporting That The US Navy Fired Warning Shots At An Iranian Boat Yesterday


WNU Editor: This is a breaking news story, and it is separate from this story .... Iranian Speedboats 'Harass' U.S. Navy Destroyer In The Strait Of Hormuz (August 24, 2016). I will be updating this story as more news becomes available later in the day.

FARC-Colombia Peace Deal Is Finalised Ending 52 Years Of War



Reuters: Colombia, FARC rebels reach deal to end half-century of bloodshed

Colombia's government and Marxist FARC rebels reached a final peace deal on Wednesday to end a five-decade war which once took the resource-rich country to the brink of collapse.

Under the historic agreement to end one of the world's longest conflicts, the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) will lay down arms and reintegrate into civilian life.

More than 220,000 people were killed in the conflict, tens of thousands disappeared and millions fled their homes because of the violence.

The accord, which was reached after almost four years of talks in Cuba, sparked celebrations in parks and bars in the Colombian capital, Bogota.

It will now go to a plebiscite vote on Oct. 2.

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WNU Editor: Colombians are to vote on this peace deal on October 2 .... Colombia to vote on FARC peace deal on October 2 (Colombia Reports).



More News On The End Of The Colombia - FARC War

FARC-Colombia peace deal finalized -- CNN
Colombians celebrate as peace deal is reached with Farc rebels -- BBC
Colombia, FARC Rebels Reach Deal to End Half-Century War -- New York Times/AP
Historic peace deal ends 50-year Colombian civil war as FARC guerrillas agree to lay down their arms in conlict which claimed 260,000 lives -- Daily Mail
FARC Rebels, Colombian Government Sign Historic Peace Treaty -- NPR
Farc peace deal: rebels and Colombian government sign accord to end war -- The Guardian
FARC, Colombian government announce end to decades-long conflict -- DW
Colombia and FARC rebels reach historic peace deal. -- Al Jazeera
Latin America's longest armed conflict comes to an end -- DW
One of World's Longest-Running Wars to End With Colombia-FARC Peace Deal -- Sputnik
Colombia's president rushing vote on deal with rebels -- AP
Colombia Pushes for Quick Vote on Peace Deal with Rebels -- NBC
Peace deal in hand, Colombia heads toward high-stakes referendum -- AFP
Obama cheers as hemisphere’s longest war comes to end -- The Hill
Democrat Clinton vows to support Colombia-FARC peace deal -- Reuters

Iraq's Defense Minister Has Been Fired

Iraqi Defence Minister Khaled al-Obeidi speaks to the media at an Iraqi army base in Camp Taji in Baghdad, February 21, 2016. REUTERS/Ahmed Saad

Reuters: Iraqi defense minister sacked as Mosul battle looms

Iraq's parliament impeached Defence Minister Khaled al-Obeidi on Thursday over corruption allegations, removing him from office as the army gears up for an assault on Islamic State's de facto capital, Mosul.

Parliament voted 142-102 to withdraw confidence from Obeidi, two lawmakers said, after questioning him this month about weapons contracts. He had denied the corruption allegations and in turn accused Parliament Speaker Salim al-Jabouri and five other MPs of wrongdoing.

Obeidi, a Sunni Muslim ally of Shi'ite Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi, had spearheaded the military campaign to retake territory that the ultra-hardline Sunni Islamic State group seized in 2014 and said he had cut down on graft including ghost soldiers, members of the military who do not exist but whose salaries are collected.

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More News On Iraq's Defense Minister Being Sacked

Iraqi parliament impeaches defense minister -- Al Arabiya/AFP
Iraqi Defense Minister Gets No-Confidence Vote -- New York Times/AP
Iraqi defense minister ousted after losing confidence vote in parliament -- RUDAW
Iraqi Parliament Votes To Dismiss Defense Minister -- RFE
Iraqi defense minister Obeidi sacked -- Iraqi News
Iraqi parliament passes vote of no-confidence against defense chief -- Global Times

Turkey Sends More Tanks Into Syria



Al Jazeera: Syria: Turkish-backed rebels 'seize' Jarablus from ISIL

Rebels take full control of strategic border town in massive operation backed by Turkish and US air strikes.

Turkish tanks and hundreds of opposition fighters thrust deep inside Syrian territory on Wednesday in a lightning operation that within hours pushed Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) fighters out of a key Syrian border town.

The air and ground offensive - the most ambitious launched by Ankara in the Syria conflict - made rapid progress towards Jarablus throughout the day, as rebel fighters captured ISIL-held villages surrounding the strategic border town.

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WNU Editor: The Kurds are withdrawing .... U.S.-backed Kurdish forces accede to Turkish demand, pull back from Euphrates (Washington post).



More News On Turkey's Military Intervention In Northern Syria

Turkey sends more tanks to Syria, demands Kurdish fighters retreat -- Reuters
Turkey: US says Syria Kurds are pulling back in north Syria -- AP
Turkey Sends More Tanks Into Syria as Kurds Pull Out of Manbij -- WSJ
Turkey tells Kurds in northern Syria to withdraw or face action -- The Guardian/AFP
Turkey warns Syrian Kurds to withdraw east of Euphrates -- BBC
Kurds Begin Retreat in Syria at Turkey's Request -- Newsweek
US, Turkey force Kurds to pull back in Northern Syria despite effectiveness against ISIS -- FOX News
Turkey Sends More Tanks To Syria, Warns Kurdish Militias To Pull Back -- RFE
Turkey deploys more tanks to Syria, warns Kurdish YPG -- Al Jazeera
ISIS fighters FLEE Syrian town less than a day after Turkish tanks rolled over the border as Ankara-backed rebels march in unopposed -- Daily Mail
Turkey rolls on with Syria operation as US confirms retreat of Syrian Kurds -- DW
Turkey Launches Anti-Daesh Operation 'Right After' Major Kurdish Victories -- Sputnik
Russia says extremely concerned over fighting in Syria's Hasaka -- Reuters
Diplomat: Russia is extremely worried over armed escalation in Syria’s Hasakeh -- TASS
Why Turkey sending tanks into Syria is significant -- Tim Lister, CNN

American University of Afghanistan Attack Ends: 14 Killed, Dozens Wounded



Reuters: Gun, bomb attack on American University in Kabul kills 13

Thirteen people, including students and a professor, were killed in an attack on the American University in Kabul that had students leaping from the windows in panic, the Afghan government said on Thursday.

The attack began on Wednesday evening with a large explosion from what officials said was a car bomb followed by gunfire, as suspected militants stormed into the complex where foreign staff and pupils were working.

It ended early on Thursday when two gunmen were shot dead by Afghan special forces who surrounded the walled compound and worked their way inside, interior ministry officials said.

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More News On Yesterday's Attack On The American University In Kabul, Afghanistan

American University of Afghanistan Attack: 14 Killed in Kabul -- NBC
Militant attack on American University in Kabul ends -- DW
Deadly Attack On American University In Kabul -- RFE
At least 13 killed, 36 wounded in attack on American University in Afghanistan -- FOX News
Death toll rises in attack at American college in Kabul -- USA Today
At Least 13 Dead, 45 Wounded as Afghanistan University Attack Ends -- VOA
All U.S. citizens at university in Afghanistan accounted for after attack: State Dept. -- Reuters
University survivors recall night of horror in Kabul -- Al Jazeera
Survivors Of Attack At American University Of Afghanistan Recall Terror -- RFE
Attack on American University of Afghanistan targets a rare oasis -- Zubair Babakarkhail and Scott Peterson, CSM

World News Briefs -- August 25, 2016



The Guardian: Italy earthquake: death toll soars as powerful aftershock rocks Amatrice

18-month-old girl whose mother survived 2009 L’Aquila quake is among victims as towns including Amatrice are razed

The death toll from the devastating pre-dawn earthquake that struck central Italy on Wednesday has been raised to 241, after rescue teams using sniffer dogs, bulldozers and their bare hands worked through the night in a desperate search for survivors.

At least 368 more people were injured, the national civil protection agency said in Rome, and an unknown number remained trapped in the rubble of collapsed and damaged buildings in the cluster of ancient hilltop towns and villages, some almost entirely razed by the 6.2-magnitude quake.

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MIDDLE EAST

Iran: Forces will warn any vessel after US warship incident.

Turkey sends more tanks to Syria, town of Jarablus ‘being cleansed’ of ISIS.

Turkish opposition leader escapes assassination attempt.

Global superpowers condemn chemical weapon use in Syria.

US pursues Syria cooperation with Russia amid new volatility.

Violence has taken years off of life expectancy in Syria.

Iraqi forces seize strategic town near Mosul from ISIL.

Iraq parliament impeaches defence minister.

UN calls for international probe into Yemen violations. Saudi-led coalition airstrikes #1 cause of civilian deaths in Yemen – UN body.

Kerry in Saudi Arabia for meetings on Yemen war impasse.

ASIA

Attack on Kabul's American University ends as attackers killed.

N. Korea threatens US with ‘nuclear hammers of justice’ after missile test. N. Korea's Kim Jong-Un hails missile test as 'greatest success'.

Uzbekistan claims disputed territory along border with Kyrgyzstan.

Duterte:'It will be bloody' if Philippine territory breached.

Maldives president faces 'removal plot', BBC learns. Leader of Maldives aware of plans to overthrow him: spokesman.

Asian companies have world's worst cybersecurity says study.

Eastern India struggles to evacuate reluctant villagers as floods wreak havoc.

Myanmar soldiers, police seal off ancient temples damaged by quake.

AFRICA

Libya's UN-backed govt seeks boosted US military backing.

Mediterranean rescue boat hit in armed raid off Libyan coast.

Two women lynched, set on fire in Congo as ethnic tensions flare.

UN: 475,000 children at risk in Lake Chad area.

Kenya athletes angry at Rio shanty accommodation.

Zuma says backs South Africa finance minister but can't stop probe.

Zimbabwe's government is standing by as its wildlife is slaughtered.

EUROPE

Italy earthquake: Aftershocks hamper rescue efforts. Italian quake death toll rises to 241, anguish mounts. Italy quake death toll hits 250 as rescuers search demolished towns.

Putin orders military drills as Merkel accuses Russia on Ukraine.

Dueling indictments as Russia, Ukraine target each other's military leaders.

In Estonia, Merkel and Roivas talk Russia and internet.

Assassination attempt on Donetsk republic leader foiled.

Spain braces itself for unwanted gift on Christmas Day: a third election.

Hungary offers Serbia help in guarding borders against migrants.

Portugal to bail out its biggest bank to the tune of €5bn.

AMERICAS

FARC, Colombian government announce end to decades-long conflict. Colombia and FARC rebels reach historic peace deal.

Brazil’s Senate begins impeachment trial of Rousseff. Brazil's Senate begins Rousseff's impeachment trial.

Venezuela’s decline prompts exodus.

Miners' protest in Bolivia becomes deadly.

UK opens files on Israeli arms sales to Argentina during Falklands War.

The NYPD broke its own rules when spying on Muslims, inspector general says.

New York Times denies hack of Moscow bureau.

TERRORISM/THE LONG WAR

Yemenis say U.S. drone strike kills 5 al-Qaida suspects.

Mississippi man to be sentenced for trying to join ISIS.

Social media giants 'failing' on extremism - MPs.

Prisoner releases turn Guantanamo inmates into $6 million men.

The Abu Zubaydah file.

ECONOMY/FINANCE/BUSINESS

71 million youths don't have a job: ILO.

Uber loses at least $1.2 billion in first half of 2016.

Washington threatens Brussels over plan to demand billions in unpaid taxes from Apple.

Military And Intelligence News Briefs -- August 25, 2016



USNI News: Video: Destroyer USS Nitze Harassed by Iranian Patrol Boats

The guided-missile destroyer USS Nitze (DDG-94) was followed and harassed by four Iranian patrol boats on Tuesday in the Persian Gulf, defense officials confirmed to USNI News.

The destroyer was in the vicinity of the Strait of Hormuz when four Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps Navy high-speed patrol boats came at the ship without responding to hails or warning flares fired from Nitze, according to a video of the incident provided to USNI News.

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Military And Intelligence News Briefs -- August 25, 2016

Volatile mix in Syria war puts new strain on US strategy -- AP

China military says it is providing medical training for Syria -- Al Arabiya/Reuters

Iraq defense minister gets no-confidence vote as military prepares to retake Mosul from ISIS -- FOX News/AP

Report: Berlin looks into pulling jets out of Turkey -- DW

German military mulls options if planes withdrawn from Turkish base -- Reuters

Invincible Weapon: Russian Long-Range Bombers to Receive New Cruise Missiles -- Sputnik

Silent Protector: Russia Develops Hi-Tech Jammer to Block Enemy Electronics -- Sputnik

High alert: Russia tests army’s readiness in massive snap exercise in west & south -- RT

Putin orders snap checks in Russian armed forces August 25-31 -- TASS

Russian Foreign Ministry: NATO military buildup bad for northern Europe -- TASS

Russian diplomat: US missile defense buildup in Asia-Pacific causes imbalance -- TASS

Russia, China to hold naval exercise to practice defensive operations -- TASS

North Korean submarine missile launch shows secretive program picking up steam -- FOX News/AP

US arms sale to Saudi Arabia under fire from lawmakers -- The Hill

GAO: Air Force Needs More Information Before Divesting A-10 -- Defense News

GAO: Air Force Doesn’t Grasp Implications of its Own A-10 Warthog Decisions -- National Defense

Navy F-35C Now Armed With Max Weapons Load -- Scout Warrior

DoD Presses On In Pursuit of Laser Weapons -- Defense News

Airlander Airship Crashes During Test Flight -- Defense News

The Pentagon Plans for Autonomous Systems -- Micah Zenko, Council on Foreign Relations

US military identifies soldier killed in Afghanistan -- The Hill

NSA Targeted Chinese Firewall Maker Huawei, Leaked Documents Suggest -- Motherboard

US Intelligence Still Sorting out NSA Hack -- ABC News/AP

Document: Report to Congress on U.S. Troop Levels in Iraq and Afghanistan -- USNI News

Lockheed Martin's Billion-Dollar Cash Advance -- Atlantic Council

'We're All Dirty': Inside the Navy's Corpsman Cheating Scandal -- Military.com

VA to ban large-scale display of Confederate flag in cemeteries -- The Hill

VA program to provide service dogs for some veterans with mental health conditions -- Military Times

Survey Results: The Greatest Woman in Military History -- USNI News

Office of No Threat Assessment -- Bill Gertz, Washington Times

How Everything Became War -- Joe Byerly, The Strategy Bridge

Retired Iranian General: New Militia Unit Will Destroy Israel In 20 Years


IBTimes: Iran Military Unit Will Destroy Israel Within Two Decades, Former General Claims

A newly created Iranian military unit seeks to carry out the destruction of Israel within the next two decades, a former senior military commander said last week. Retired Iranian Revolutionary Guards General Mohammad Ali Al Falaki claims the recently formed Shi'ite Liberation Army will wipe out Israel through extraterritorial military operations, the Jerusalem Post reported Thursday.

The military unit has been tasked with fighting from Iraq, Syria and Yemen with the goal of ending the Jewish state, according to an interview with Iran's Mashregh news agency. The mission statement is to "eradicate Israel after 23 years, especially that these battalions are now on Israeli borders."

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Update: Iranian ex commander: New militia formed to destroy Israel in 23 years (Jerusalem Post)

WNU Editor: In 23 years .... he seems very sure of himself.

Major Military Powers Are Preparing For The 'Robot Wars'

The US, the UK, Russia, China and Israel are in an “arms race” to develop the first killer robots

The SUN: GAME OF DRONES Inside the killer robot ‘arms race’ where the world’s five leading superpowers are secretly preparing for an all-out futuristic war

Leading experts say robots with the ability to kill targets of their own choosing are less than 10 years away from being a reality.

WORLD superpowers are engaged in a feverish “arms race” to develop the first killer robots completely removed from human control, the Sun Online can reveal.

These machines will mark a dramatic escalation in computer AI from the drones and robots currently in use, all of which still require a human to press the “kill button”.

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WNU Editor: I know that this story is from the tabloid "The Sun" .... but there is merit in this story and this 'arms race' is happening.

Hillary Clinton Defends The Clinton Foundation On CNN



CNN: Clinton on foundation attacks: 'I know there's a lot of smoke, and there's no fire'

(CNN)Hillary Clinton slammed Donald Trump and issued a strong defense of the Clinton Foundation Wednesday amid the Republican nominee's claims that she used public office for personal gain.

Speaking to CNN's Anderson Cooper in her first national news interview in nearly a month, Clinton pushed back against Trump's accusations and issued perhaps her most succinct answers on her use of a private email server during her time leading the State Department.

"What Trump has said is ridiculous," Clinton said. "My work as secretary of state was not influenced by any outside forces. I made policy decisions based on what I thought was right."

She added: "I know there's a lot of smoke, and there's no fire."

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WNU Editor: This is her first national news interview in nearly a month .... and she does it by phoning it in. Was she convincing .... watch the above video. What's my take .... the AP is the world's number one news service, and they are on this story big time, raising questions that definitely need answers .... Clinton defends foundation, says it has been transparent (AP). And while much of the U.S. press has been asleep on this story .... New York Times finds latest Clinton Foundation bombshell unfit to print (FOX News) .... the foreign press has still been the best in getting news on the U.S. election .... Hillary Clinton KNEW her aides were working with family foundation despite her pledge not to – and she even hosted dinner at her home for the charity when in office (Daily Mail)