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 Voice of America, VOA – Extremism Watch

  • CIA Chief: US-Canadian Couple Held for Five Years in Pakistan
    The head of the CIA said on Thursday a U.S.-Canadian couple kidnapped by Islamist militants in Afghanistan were held inside neighboring Pakistan for five years before being freed. "We had a great outcome last week when we were able to get back four U.S. citizens who had been held for five years inside of Pakistan," CIA Director Mike Pompeo told the Foundation for Defense of Democracies think tank in Washington. Pompeo's remarks appeared to be the first time a U.S. official has publicly stated that the couple and their children spent their captivity in Pakistan, contrary to accounts from Pakistani officials. Pakistan's military and government have indicated U.S. citizen Caitlan Coleman, her Canadian husband Joshua Boyle and their children were rescued shortly after entering Pakistan ... read more
    Source: News Feed – Voice of America (PD USPD) – Extremism WatchPublished on Friday, October 20, 2017
  • Raqqa Celebrates Victory Over IS Amid Destruction and Uncertain Future
    The U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), an alliance of Kurdish and Arab troops, announced earlier this week that they had captured Raqqa, an Islamic State stronghold and the terror group’s former de facto capital. While the recapture Tuesday of Raqqa is a significant blow to the Islamic State terror group, images emerging from the city show that the cost of four months of grueling battle to oust IS militants has been enormous, with most of the buildings reduced to rubble and tens of thousands of its residents displaced.   WATCH: Raqqa Lies in Rubble After Years of Islamic State Rule The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported more than 3,200 civilians lost their lives during the battle for Raqqa. Stéphane Dujarric, spokesperson for the U.N. ... read more
    Source: News Feed – Voice of America (PD USPD) – Extremism WatchPublished on Thursday, October 19, 2017
  • Pakistan’s Tehreek-i-Taliban Confirms Death of Its Top Leader
    Pakistan's Tehreek-i-Taliban (TTP) on Wednesday confirmed the death of Umar Mansoor, one of the group's top leaders and who allegedly was responsible for carrying out several deadly attacks in Pakistan. Mansoor was reportedly the mastermind behind the 2014 massacre at the Army Public School in Peshawar, which claimed the lives of more than 140 people, a majority of them children. "We confirm the death of Khalifa Umar Mansoor, and announce that Khalifa Usman Mansoor Hafizullah will succeed him as TTP's ameer (commander) in Darra Adam Khel and Peshawar," said a TTP statement emailed  to Pakistani media. The message didn't reveal any further information on how and under what circumstances the Taliban leader was killed. Pakistani media however reported that Mansoor had been killed in a ... read more
    Source: News Feed – Voice of America (PD USPD) – Extremism WatchPublished on Wednesday, October 18, 2017
  • Car Bomb Kills 5 Police, 2 Civilians in Southwest Pakistan
    A car bomb attack struck a Pakistani police truck in the southwestern city of Quetta on Wednesday, killing at least five policemen and two civilians. In a separate attack in Quetta, a police officer was gunned down by assailants riding on a motorcycle, authorities said. Also Wednesday, a roadside bombing near a tribal area along the border with Afghanistan killed two troops. The Pakistani Taliban claimed responsibility for the car bombing, which took place in the Saryab Road area of Quetta, the provincial capital of Baluchistan. Abdur Razzaq Cheema, the police chief in Quetta, said 24 people were also wounded, several critically. An investigation is underway to determine whether it was a suicide bombing or whether the explosives-laden vehicle was detonated remotely when the police ... read more
    Source: News Feed – Voice of America (PD USPD) – Extremism WatchPublished on Wednesday, October 18, 2017
  • Kurdish Officials Blame Iran as Disputed Territories Fall to Iraqi Forces
    Officials of the Kurdistan Regional Government are accusing Iran of playing a key role in the fall of disputed territories in northern Iraq including the oil-rich city of Kirkuk, a claim rejected by Iranian officials. This week the Iraqi government forces backed by Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF) marched into the Kurdish-controlled disputed territories after Kurdish forces known as Peshmerga withdrew from the region. "Iranians were leading the battle on Kirkuk and our forces had to withdraw to protect the lives of Peshmerga," Sheikh Jaafar Mustafa, the commander of Peshmerga forces in Kirkuk, said in a statement Monday. "The decision [to withdraw] was not a mistake," he emphasized. The Iraqi army and the PMF started their advances into Kirkuk on Monday after weeks of threats following ... read more
    Source: News Feed – Voice of America (PD USPD) – Extremism WatchPublished on Tuesday, October 17, 2017
  • Philippine Military Pushes to Defeat Last Marawi Fighters
    Gunfire rang out sporadically and explosions thudded as Philippine soldiers fought Tuesday to gain control of the last pocket of Marawi controlled by Islamic militants as President Rodrigo Duterte declared the southern city liberated from “terrorist influence.” The military, boosted by the deaths of two key militant leaders in a gun battle the day before, hopes the current fighting is the final phase of defeating a dwindling band of fighters who are now trapped in an area the army says is about 2 hectares (5 acres). Duterte visited the battle-scarred city on Tuesday where to cheers from troops he announced its liberation in a short speech from a stage at a ruined school campus about a kilometer from the fighting. “Ladies and gentlemen, I hereby ... read more
    Source: News Feed – Voice of America (PD USPD) – Extremism WatchPublished on Tuesday, October 17, 2017
  • Afghan Officials: Taliban Attacks Kill 10 Policemen
    Afghan officials say Taliban attacks in the country's south, west and east have killed at least 10 policemen. In southern Ghazni province, the insurgents stormed a security compound, using a suicide car, and killed at least seven policemen. Provincial chief police, Mohammad Zaman, says the attack in Andar district early on Tuesday morning triggered several hours of heavy fighting until the attackers were repelled. Zaman says the district compound has been destroyed. In western Farah province, police chief Abdul Maruf Fulad says the Taliban attacked a government compound in Shibkho district, killing three policemen. The Interior Ministry says a militant attack, including a suicide car bombing is underway in eastern Paktia province's capital, Gardez, where insurgents targeted a police training center. The Taliban have claimed ... read more
    Source: News Feed – Voice of America (PD USPD) – Extremism WatchPublished on Tuesday, October 17, 2017
  • Civilians Caught in Taliban, IS Crossfire in Afghanistan’s Nangarhar Province
    As fighting between the Islamic State militant group and Taliban insurgents continues in eastern Afghanistan, civilians are bearing the brunt of the rivalry between the two warring parties. At least four civilians who were caught in crossfire have died in fresh fighting between the Taliban and IS fighters in the Khogyani district of eastern Nangarhar province, local officials told VOA. "IS militants killed four civilians and wounded two others," Nangarhar government spokesperson Attaullah Khogyani told VOA. The fighting in Khogyani district, which continues for a second day, also left several dead from both warring sides. "Six IS fighters and three Taliban militants have been killed, and another three Taliban wounded in the fighting," spokesperson Khogyani said. Local residents have joined forces with the Taliban to ... read more
    Source: News Feed – Voice of America (PD USPD) – Extremism WatchPublished on Monday, October 16, 2017
  • Egyptian Army: Terror Plan Foiled in Sinai Peninsula
    Egyptian security forces have foiled a militant attack on army installations in the Sinai Peninsula, a day after half a dozen policemen were killed by insurgents in the region, a military statement said.   A statement by the Egyptian army on Saturday said a group of insurgents breached a heavily-guarded army installation in the city of el-Arish in northern Sinai to carry out a “terrorist attack.”   The militants, disguised in Egyptian army uniforms, were armed with grenades and firearms and carrying explosive belts – used in suicide attacks – Tamer El-Refaie, a spokesperson for the Egyptian army, said in the statement.   Rafaie did not provide the number of militants killed in the attack. But at least one militant was killed after his explosive ... read more
    Source: News Feed – Voice of America (PD USPD) – Extremism WatchPublished on Sunday, October 15, 2017
  • 3 Ahmadi Men Sentenced to Death in Pakistan on Blasphemy Charges
    A court in Pakistan’s Punjab province has sentenced three men of a minority religious group to death on charges of violating the country’s controversial blasphemy law. Mubasher Ahmad, Ghulam Ahmed and Ehsan Ahmed were found guilty and convicted by the trial court Wednesday for insulting the prophet of Islam. The men were tried under Section 295-B of Pakistan’s penal code, commonly referred to as the blasphemy law, which recommends either life imprisonment or the death penalty for anyone found guilty of deliberately insulting Islam. The men were arrested in May 2014 in a remote village in Punjab province after residents filed a complaint with the police and accused the defendants of tearing down a religious poster. Four men were arrested at the time. The fourth ... read more
    Source: News Feed – Voice of America (PD USPD) – Extremism WatchPublished on Saturday, October 14, 2017

 Voice of America, VOA – Hashtag VOA

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 Voice of America, VOA – The Correspondents

  • The Correspondents
    The Correspondents is VOA’s weekly discussion of the world’s top stories, as seen through the eyes of our dedicated reporters in the US and around the globe. Hosted by Mil Arcega, our panel of journalists goes beyond the headlines to give listeners and viewer real context and understanding of what’s driving the story. ... read more
    Source: News Feed – Voice of America (PD USPD) – The CorrespondentsPublished on Friday, October 13, 2017

 Voice of America, VOA – Did You Know

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  US Department of Defense, DOD – News Articles, Photos

  • Army Corps of Engineers Surveys Florida’s Hurricane Recovery Needs
    The Hurricane Irma-caused storm surge of around eight feet brought catastrophic destruction to Everglades City, Florida, and specifically Fisherman Cove’s mobile home park, according to U.S. Army Corps of Engineer's Huntington District team. ... read more
    Source: News Feed – US Department of Defense (PD USPD) – News ArticlesPublished on Friday, October 20, 2017
  • Syrian Democratic Forces Liberate Raqqa
    Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials reported that the Syrian city of Raqqa has been liberated from the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, the coalition’s Syrian Democratic Forces partners announced. ... read more
    Source: News Feed – US Department of Defense (PD USPD) – News ArticlesPublished on Friday, October 20, 2017
  • Face of Defense: Former Instructor Returns to Classroom to Ease Shortage
    An Air Force master sergeant at Joint Base Charleston, S.C., volunteered to return to the classroom to teach leadership to younger airmen, stepping away from his regular duties with the 628th Medical Group. Air Force Master Sgt. Darryl Lane helps prepare senior airmen to be professional leaders who can supervise Air Force teams. ... read more
    Source: News Feed – US Department of Defense (PD USPD) – News ArticlesPublished on Friday, October 20, 2017
  • Raqqa Close to Liberation as ISIS ‘Caliphate’ Crumbles
    The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria's so-called caliphate in the Middle East is on its last legs, and indigenous troops aided by coalition capabilities are taking the battle to the terror group worldwide, the chief Pentagon spokesperson told reporters. ... read more
    Source: News Feed – US Department of Defense (PD USPD) – News ArticlesPublished on Thursday, October 19, 2017
  • Mattis Discusses Niger Operation, Asks Media to Stop Second-Guessing
    Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said the Defense Department will make a report on the recent deaths of U.S. soldiers in Niger when it is appropriate and asked the media to not second-guess the leaders of the operation on the ground. ... read more
    Source: News Feed – US Department of Defense (PD USPD) – News ArticlesPublished on Thursday, October 19, 2017
  • Pacific Command Senior Enlisted Leader Discusses Region’s Network of Allies
    The senior enlisted leader of U.S. Pacific Command said North Korea's actions have stressed the need for strong relationships with allies throughout the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. ... read more
    Source: News Feed – US Department of Defense (PD USPD) – News ArticlesPublished on Thursday, October 19, 2017
  • Puerto Rican Engineers Depart Kuwait Following Hurricane Maria
    Soldiers with the Puerto Rico Army National Guard’s 215th Engineer Company are on their way home after a transfer of authority ceremony conducted with the Army Reserve's 306th Engineer Company from Farmingdale, New York, at Camp Buehring, Kuwait. ... read more
    Source: News Feed – US Department of Defense (PD USPD) – News ArticlesPublished on Thursday, October 19, 2017
  • Air Force Drones Help California Firefighters Combat Wildfires
    Remotely piloted aircraft are again in the air to help combat this year’s California wildfires. ... read more
    Source: News Feed – US Department of Defense (PD USPD) – News ArticlesPublished on Thursday, October 19, 2017
  • DoD Just One Piece of Cyberdefense Puzzle, Official Says
    Defense of America’s interests in cyberspace took center stage on Capitol Hill as the Senate Armed Services Committee heard testimony from the assistant secretary of defense for homeland defense and global security. ... read more
    Source: News Feed – US Department of Defense (PD USPD) – News ArticlesPublished on Thursday, October 19, 2017
  • Mattis, Egyptian Counterpart Discuss Defense Issues
    Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and the Egyptian defense minister emphasized the importance of strong U.S.-Egyptian cooperation for stability in the Middle East, the fight against terrorism and the success of the bilateral military exercise Bright Star 2017. ... read more
    Source: News Feed – US Department of Defense (PD USPD) – News ArticlesPublished on Thursday, October 19, 2017

  US Department of Defense, DOD – US Coast Guard

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  US Department of Defense, DOD – US Navy Top Stories, Photos, Videos

  • CABOT, Ark. (Oct. 18, 2017)
    A student at Cabot High School attempts the pull-up challenge before utilizing the Navy's Nimitz Virtual Reality Experience, which allows the user to lead a special warfare combatant-craft crewman team on a high-speed water extraction mission. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Timothy Walter (Released) 171018-N-FU443-0021 ... read more
    Source: News Feed – US Department of Defense (PD USPD) – US Navy PhotosPublished on Friday, October 20, 2017
  • BUSAN, Republic of Korea (Oct. 19, 2017)
    Explosive ordinance disposal divers from the U.S. and Republic of Korea navies exit an MH-53E Sea Dragon helicopter assigned to the Vanguards of Helicopter Mine Countermeasures Squadron (HM) 14, Detachment 2A, during the annual Multinational Mine Warfare Exercise (MN MIWEX). MN MIWEX is a mine countermeasures exercise between the U.S., Republic of Korea, and U.N. Command Sending States meant to increase combined capabilities and readiness to respond to any contingency on the Korean peninsula. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman William Carlisle (Released) 171019-N-TB148-468 ... read more
    Source: News Feed – US Department of Defense (PD USPD) – US Navy PhotosPublished on Friday, October 20, 2017
  • SANTA RITA, Guam (Oct. 19, 2017)
    Builder 2nd Class Kyle Forsman, assigned to Underwater Construction Team (UCT) 2, welds zinc anodes for underwater pier maintenance at Naval Base Guam, Oct. 19, 2017. UCT-2 provides responsive inshore and underwater construction capabilities under the guidance of Commander, Task Force 75. They are able to construct, inspect, repair, and maintain ocean facilities as well as underwater systems. U.S. Navy Combat Camera photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Arthurgwain L. Marquez (Released) 171019-N-CW570-0032 ... read more
    Source: News Feed – US Department of Defense (PD USPD) – US Navy PhotosPublished on Friday, October 20, 2017
  • USS Carl Vinson Conducts F—35C Flight Operations
    The Navy's first stealth fighter conducted flight operations Oct. 18, aboard USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) as the aircraft carrier trained off the coast of Southern California. ... read more
    Source: News Feed – US Department of Defense (PD USPD) – US Navy Top StoriesPublished on Friday, October 20, 2017
  • USS Fitzgerald Sailors Honored for Damage Control Efforts Following Collision
    Thirty—six Sailors, who distinguished themselves for their bravery and contributions to damage control efforts aboard the Arleigh Burke—class guided—missile destroyer USS Fitzgerald (DDG 62), were recognized at a ceremony Oct. 20. ... read more
    Source: News Feed – US Department of Defense (PD USPD) – US Navy Top StoriesPublished on Friday, October 20, 2017
  • Navy to Christen Expeditionary Sea Base Hershel “Woody” Williams (ESB 4)
    The Navy will christen the Expeditionary Sea Base future USNS Hershel "Woody" Williams (ESB 4) during a 10 a.m. PDT ceremony Saturday, Oct. 21, at General Dynamics NASSCO, San Diego. ... read more
    Source: News Feed – US Department of Defense (PD USPD) – US Navy Top StoriesPublished on Thursday, October 19, 2017
  • SAN DIEGO (Oct. 18, 2017)
    An F-35C Lightning II from the "Rough Raiders"of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 125 prepares to make an arrested cable landing on the flight deck of the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70). Carl Vinson is conducting fleet replacement squadron carrier qualifications off the coast of Southern California. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Sean M. Castellano (Released) 171018-N-BL637-0024 ... read more
    Source: News Feed – US Department of Defense (PD USPD) – US Navy PhotosPublished on Thursday, October 19, 2017
  • 5TH FLEET AREA OF OPERATIONS (Oct. 16, 2
    Search and rescue swimmers Boatswain's Mate 2nd Class Scott Stearns, from McKinney, Texas, and Gas Turbine Systems Technician (Mechanical) 3rd Class Harrison Kruger, from Lugoff, S.C., both assigned to the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Howard (DDG 83), rescue a sea turtle entangled on a semi-sunken fishing vessel. Howard is deployed in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations conducting maritime security operations to reassure allies and partners, preserving freedom of navigation and maintaining the free flow of commerce. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Tyler Preston (Released) 171016-N-AX638-0765 ... read more
    Source: News Feed – US Department of Defense (PD USPD) – US Navy PhotosPublished on Thursday, October 19, 2017
  • CARIBBEAN SEA (Oct. 18, 2017)
    Sailors embarked aboard the Military Sealift Command hospital ship USNS Comfort (T-AH 20) perform surgery on a patient in an operating room aboard the ship. Comfort is underway operating in the vicinity of San Juan, Puerto Rico. The Department of Defense is supporting the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the lead federal agency, in helping those affected by Hurricane Maria to minimize suffering and is one component of the overall whole-of-government response effort. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Stephane Belcher (Released) 171018-N-PG340-179 ... read more
    Source: News Feed – US Department of Defense (PD USPD) – US Navy PhotosPublished on Thursday, October 19, 2017
  • CARIBBEAN SEA (Oct. 17, 2017)
    Sailors aboard the Military Sealift Command hospital ship USNS Comfort (T-AH 20) say a prayer for Sara Victoria Llull Rodriguiz, the first child born aboard Comfort in more than seven years. Comfort is underway operating in the vicinity of San Juan, Puerto Rico, to provide medical services with additional visits being planned around the island. The U.S. Health and Human Services and Puerto Rico Department of Health representatives are prioritizing patients at each stop prior to Comfort's arrival. The Department of Defense is supporting the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the lead federal agency, in helping those affected by Hurricane Maria to minimize suffering and is one component of the overall whole-of-government response effort. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Ernest R. Scott ... read more
    Source: News Feed – US Department of Defense (PD USPD) – US Navy PhotosPublished on Thursday, October 19, 2017

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