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June 21, 2017 9:15 AM US shoots down 'Iranian-made' drone in Syria

Pentagon declined to speculate on who was operating it but said drone advanced on coalition forces in Syria's southeast. The US military says it has shot down an armed, Iran-made drone that had been bearing down on its forces near a garrison in Syria's southeast. In the latest sign of increasingly frequent confrontation with Damascus and its allies 6

June 18, 2017 11:46 PM U.S. shoots down Syrian aircraft for first time: Pentagon

WASHINGTON -- The U.S. military on Sunday shot down a Syrian Air Force fighter jet that bombed local forces aligned with the Americans in the fight against Islamic State militants, an action that appeared to mark a new escalation of the conflict. The U.S. had not shot down a Syrian regime aircraft before Sunday's confrontation, said Navy Capt. Jeff Davis 7

June 18, 2017 10:59 PM U.S. shoots down Syrian Air Force fighter

WASHINGTON -- The U.S. military on Sunday shot down a Syrian Air Force fighter jet that bombed local forces aligned with the Americans in the fight against Islamic State militants, an action that appeared to mark a new escalation of the conflict. The U.S.-led coalition headquarters in Iraq said in a written statement that a U.S. F-18 Super Hornet shot down a Syrian 9

June 16, 2017 6:00 PM Uncertainty over ISIS leader's fate after airstrike

BEIRUT -- Uncertainty and confusion surrounded the fate of the head of the Islamic State group Friday as Russia announced it may have killed him in an airstrike targeting a meeting of IS leaders just outside the group's self-declared capital in Syria, but U.S. officials said there was no definitive proof of his death. The demise of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi 6

June 9, 2017 7:19 PM Donald Trump, Rex Tillerson strike very different tones on Qatar

Trump heralded the blockade on Monday, but Qatar hosts airbase and thousands of U.S. military U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Friday urged Saudi Arabia and other Gulf states to ease their blockade against Qatar, saying it was causing unintended humanitarian consequences and affecting the U.S.-led fight against ISIS. Just under two hours later 13

June 7, 2017 12:22 AM Saudi ‘power play’ leaves Qatar facing two difficult options – and even fewer allies Add to ..

For years, the tiny kingdom of Qatar has wielded outsized importance in the Middle East, as both the host of a massive U.S. airbase and the owner of the powerful Al Jazeera television network. Suddenly, it’s a country besieged by its erstwhile allies, with U.S. President Donald Trump using his Twitter account on Tuesday to broadcast his support for a Saudi 13

May 31, 2017 11:22 AM Trump's cellphone diplomacy raises security concerns

Washington — President Donald Trump has been handing out his cellphone number to world leaders and urging them to call him directly, an unusual invitation that breaks diplomatic protocol and is raising concerns about the security and secrecy of the U.S. commander in chief's communications. Trump has urged leaders of Canada and Mexico to reach him on his cellphone 11

May 31, 2017 11:05 AM Russia fires cruise missiles targeting Islamic State in Syria Add to ..

Russians warships in the Mediterranean Sea have fired four cruise missiles at the Islamic State group’s positions in Syria, the Russian defence ministry said on Wednesday. The announcement came as Syrian government troops pushed ahead in their offensive against IS and militants in central and northern Syria. Moscow said in a statement that the Admiral 10

May 31, 2017 3:11 AM Trump's use of private cellphone raises security concerns

Trudeau has taken advantage of the offer to call Trump, officials say U.S. President Donald Trump has been handing out his cellphone number to world leaders and urging them to call him directly, an unusual invitation that breaks diplomatic protocol and is raising concerns about the security and secrecy of the U.S. commander in chief's communications 16

May 29, 2017 10:25 AM U.S. President Trump lashes out at leaks, considers White House upheaval

WASHINGTON -- U.S. President Donald Trump is assailing internal leaks as he considers an overhaul of his White House staff and grapples with a burgeoning crisis involving alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 campaign. Frustrated with what he views as his team's inability to push back against the drumbeat of new revelations, Trump is seeking expanded 20