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 Voice of America, VOA – Extremism Watch

  • IS Atrocities Spike in North, East Afghanistan
    Recent terror attacks claimed by the Islamic State militant group in Afghanistan indicate an increase in the atrocities it's committing against civilians and a deliberate attempt to wreak havoc and spread fear among noncombatants in the country. Since its emergence in 2015, the extremist group has claimed responsibility for a number of deadly attacks across Afghanistan and has been accused of indiscriminately attacking civilians in general and the Shi'ite minority in particular. On Monday, the terror group claimed responsibility for a deadly attack that occurred last week in Afghanistan's northern Sar-e-Pul province, killing about 54 Shi'ite Muslims, including children and elderly, in the Mirza Olang region. Afghan officials said Wednesday that local police had discovered several mass graves in Sar-e-Pul province, containing the bodies of ... read more
    Source: News Feed – Voice of America (PD USPD) – Extremism WatchPublished on Saturday, August 19, 2017
  • IS Member Behind Paris, Brussels Attacks Added to US Terrorist List
    Ahmad Alkhald, a Syrian national from Aleppo who played a key role in the Islamic State (IS) terrorist attacks in Paris and Brussels, has been identified as a specially designated global terrorist by the United States, the U.S. State Department said. The designation Thursday — which also included an Iraqi national who has provided close protection to Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the IS leader in Iraq and Syria — imposed “strict sanctions” on the individuals and prohibited any dealings with them. Alkhald is an IS bomb maker and the terror group's explosives chief who helped carry out the November 2015 attacks in Paris and the March 2016 attacks in Brussels, the State Department statement said. The series of the deadly terrorist attacks on several public places ... read more
    Source: News Feed – Voice of America (PD USPD) – Extremism WatchPublished on Friday, August 18, 2017
  • Civilian Deaths Surge in Raqqa as IS Tactics Slow US-backed Advances
    As U.S.-backed forces continue to make slow progress in their offensive to oust Islamic State (IS) from its self-proclaimed capital of Raqqa, thousands of civilians who are trapped in the city face an increasing danger of getting caught in crossfire, rights organizations and local activists warn. Officials from the U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) say their battle against IS has entered a fierce and grueling phase in the densely populated neighborhoods of the city, as the terrorist group tries various tactics to keep its stronghold. "This fight has become a matter of life and death for both sides," Mustafa Bali, a spokesperson for the SDF, told VOA. Bali said IS militants are increasingly using suicide car bombs, snipers, drones and tunnels to hinder SDF advances. ... read more
    Source: News Feed – Voice of America (PD USPD) – Extremism WatchPublished on Thursday, August 17, 2017
  • Analysts: Taliban Letter to Trump Is Tactic to Counter Pressure
    The Afghan Taliban's "open letter" to President Donald Trump calling for a total withdrawal of U.S. troops from the country, is aimed at taking pressure off the group as Washington presses Pakistan to crack down on the allied Haqqani terror network, analysts say. The letter, which was made public Tuesday, comes as Trump continues to cobble together his Afghan policy. There had been strong speculation the policy would be released at the NATO summit in late May, but it has yet to be finalized. U.S. commanders have said the military situation has ground to a "stalemate." The White House says Trump plans to meet Friday with his security team and Vice President Mike Pence at Camp David to examine the options, which range from a ... read more
    Source: News Feed – Voice of America (PD USPD) – Extremism WatchPublished on Thursday, August 17, 2017
  • US-backed Syrian Group Pardons 96 IS Members in Raqqa
    A U.S.-backed Syrian group known as Civil Council of Raqqa granted amnesty to 96 alleged members of the Islamic State (IS) on Wednesday in what it said was an attempt to dissuade low-ranking IS members from allegiance to the terror group. The council, which is expected to rule Raqqa after IS is removed from its self-proclaimed capital, said the release included only local IS members who have not engaged in crimes and militant activities.   “We made that decision to encourage trust between our community and [help] return tolerance between its groups,” Ibrahim al-Issa, head of the Civil Council of Raqqa, told VOA. Al-Issa said the pardoned people were all men, of different ages, who were residents of Raqqa and its countryside and held no ... read more
    Source: News Feed – Voice of America (PD USPD) – Extremism WatchPublished on Wednesday, August 16, 2017
  • US Imposes Sanctions on Pakistan-based Kashmiri Militant Group
    The U.S. State Department imposed sanctions on a Pakistan-based Kashmiri militant group, labeling it a foreign terrorist organization. “The Department of State has designated Hizbul Mujahideen — also known as Hizb-ul-Mujahideen, also known as HM — as a Foreign Terrorist Organization,” the State Department said in a statement Wednesday. The sanctions prohibit U.S. companies and U.S nationals from doing business with the militant group, block its assets in the United States and make it a high-profile target for law enforcement authorities worldwide. In June, the State Department declared Syed Salahuddin, the Pakistan-based chief of Hizbul Mujahideen, a global terrorist and imposed sanctions aimed at suppressing his organization. Salahuddin posed “a significant risk of committing acts of terrorism that threaten the security of U.S. nationals, or the ... read more
    Source: News Feed – Voice of America (PD USPD) – Extremism WatchPublished on Wednesday, August 16, 2017
  • Report: Considerable Drop in Militancy in Pakistan’s Restive Tribal Areas
    Pakistan’s northwestern tribal region, beleaguered for years by terrorism and lawlessness, has seen a decline in militant activities during the past few months as the result of government counterinsurgency operations, a recent security report says.   FATA Research Center (FRC), a non-governmental organization based in the capital of Pakistan, observed a decline of 19 percent in violent incidents during the second quarter of 2017 in the semi-autonomous Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) along the border with Afghanistan.   The report also indicated, however, that banned terror outfits such as Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan, Jamat-ul-Ahrar, Islamic State of Khorasan and Lashkar-e-Jhangvi were still able to carry out terrorist attacks.   The 33-page report is based on terrorism-related data from all seven FATA tribal agencies covering April through June ... read more
    Source: News Feed – Voice of America (PD USPD) – Extremism WatchPublished on Tuesday, August 15, 2017
  • Residents Return to Diverse Iraqi Town Once Controlled by IS
    When Islamic State (IS) fighters took over Bashiqa in June 2014, its mostly Yazidi, Christian and Kurdish residents deserted the town. But now many have returned and started to rebuild after IS was pushed out late last year. For VOA, Kawa Omar reports. ... read more
    Source: News Feed – Voice of America (PD USPD) – Extremism WatchPublished on Monday, August 14, 2017
  • US Strike Kills Islamic State’s Provincial Leader in Afghanistan
    A provincial leader of the Islamic State militant group in Afghanistan has been killed in a U.S. air strike in eastern Kunar province, Afghan and U.S. military officials confirmed Sunday. “U.S. and Afghan Forces have confirmed the death of Kunar provincial Islamic State of Iraq and Syria-Khorasan (ISIS-K) emir, Abdul Rahman,”  U.S. forces in Afghanistan said in a statement. Rahman was killed along with three additional senior IS members on Thursday in Kunar’s Dara-e-Pech district, the statement added.   Abdul Rahman was a potential candidate to become the IS leader in Afghanistan following Abu Sayed’s death in a U.S airstrike last month.    “The death of Abdul Rahman deals yet another blow to the senior leadership of ISIS-K,” said General John Nicholson, Commander of U.S. ... read more
    Source: News Feed – Voice of America (PD USPD) – Extremism WatchPublished on Sunday, August 13, 2017
  • US-backed Syrian Rebels Seek to Reposition for Deir ez-Zor Battle
    In a race with the Russia-backed Syrian government forces and Shiite militia groups to capture the eastern city of Deir ez-Zor from Islamic State militants, a Syrian rebel group supported by the U.S. claims it is in talks with the U.S.-led coalition to relocate its fighters to northern Syria. Such a move would better position the rebel group in its attempt to recapture the city, which is under IS control, they said. Officials from Jaish Maghawir al-Thawra (MaT), also known as Revolutionary Commando Army, a Syrian opposition militia supported by Washington, told VOA on Friday that the group was negotiating with the U.S.-led coalition to transport members of the group to the northern Syrian town of al-Shaddadi, roughly 55 miles northeast of Deir ez-Zor. "We ... read more
    Source: News Feed – Voice of America (PD USPD) – Extremism WatchPublished on Saturday, August 12, 2017

 Voice of America, VOA – Hashtag VOA

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 Voice of America, VOA – The Correspondents

  • Charlottesville and the President
    CHARLOTTESVILLE AND THE PRESIDENT A controversial march in Virginia that turned deadly leads to another big problem for the US president. VOA National Correspondent Jim Malone and VOA White House Bureau Chief Steve Herman talk about the violence involving far-right marchers in Charlottesville, Virginia, and the outcry against President Trump’s comments about the integrity and motives of protesters on both sides. ... read more
    Source: News Feed – Voice of America (PD USPD) – The CorrespondentsPublished on Friday, August 18, 2017
  • US Ready to Talk with North Korea
    US READY TO TALK WITH NORTH KOREA  US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson suggests Washington is open to talks between Washington and Pyongyang.  VOA State Department Correspondent Nike Ching and VOA National Security Correspondent Jeff Seldin discuss the military threat against Guam by North Korea, the status of the standoff and diplomatic efforts to end the crisis. ... read more
    Source: News Feed – Voice of America (PD USPD) – The CorrespondentsPublished on Friday, August 18, 2017
  • A Rare Sight in the Sky
    A RARE SIGHT IN THE SKY People who live along a narrow band of the continental United States will experience a celestial spectacle few people will ever see - a total eclipse of the sun. VOA reporters George Putic and Carolyn Presutti talk about the August 21 solar eclipse, viewable at least in part across most of the US, how people are preparing to see it, and what researchers may learn from the event. ... read more
    Source: News Feed – Voice of America (PD USPD) – The CorrespondentsPublished on Friday, August 18, 2017
  • North Korea Threat
    NORTH KOREA THREAT Tough talk from the US president and escalating fears of a military clash after North Korea threatens to launch a missile strike near a US territory. VOA Pentagon correspondent Carla Babb in Hawaii and Bill Gallo of VOA News talk about US President Donald Trump’s rhetorical “fire and fury” response to the provocation, and the US military’s readiness and preparations in the Pacific. ... read more
    Source: News Feed – Voice of America (PD USPD) – The CorrespondentsPublished on Friday, August 11, 2017
  • Bad Neighbor To The North
    BAD NEIGHBOR TO THE NORTH With regional military threat on the rise, South Koreans can only watch and wait, along with the people of Japan - the only country to experience the horrors of a nuclear attack. VOA Korean Service Chief Dong Hyuk Lee, and VOA Senior Investigative reporter Jeffrey Young discuss the response and attitudes of South Koreans to the threat to their north, and what are Pyongyang’s actual current ICBM capabilities and technologies. ... read more
    Source: News Feed – Voice of America (PD USPD) – The CorrespondentsPublished on Friday, August 11, 2017
  • First Crisis for Whitehouse
    FIRST CRISIS FOR WHITE HOUSE After seven months of relative calm, US President Donald Trump is now facing what may be his greatest foreign policy challenge to date - what to do with a belligerent and nuclear-capable North Korea. VOA National correspondent Jim Malone talks about how President Trump may be approaching the crisis with North Korea politically, as he struggles with his agenda in Congress, and low public opinion polls at home. ... read more
    Source: News Feed – Voice of America (PD USPD) – The CorrespondentsPublished on Friday, August 11, 2017
  • The Correspondents (Full Episode)
    North Korea Threat 0:59, Bad Neighbor to the North 11:46, First Crisis for White House 21:59 ... read more
    Source: News Feed – Voice of America (PD USPD) – The CorrespondentsPublished on Friday, August 11, 2017

 Voice of America, VOA – Did You Know

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  US Department of Defense, DOD – News Articles, Photos

  • Military Relationships, North Korea Dominate Dunford Pacific Trip
    The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff has wrapped up a trip to South Korea, China and Japan that had been planned months ago, but it could not have happened at a better time. ... read more
    Source: News Feed – US Department of Defense (PD USPD) – News ArticlesPublished on Saturday, August 19, 2017
  • DoD Initiates Process to Elevate U.S. Cyber Command to Unified Combatant Command
    At the direction of the president, the Defense Department has initiated the process to elevate U.S. Cyber Command to a unified combatant command to strengthen cyberspace operations and create more opportunities to improve the nation’s defense. ... read more
    Source: News Feed – US Department of Defense (PD USPD) – News ArticlesPublished on Friday, August 18, 2017
  • DoD Announces Start of Exercise Ulchi Freedom Guardian
    South Korea and U.S. Combined Forces Command will hold the annual Ulchi Freedom Guardian exercise Aug. 21-31, a computer-simulated defensive exercise designed to enhance readiness, protect the region and maintain stability on the Korean Peninsula. ... read more
    Source: News Feed – US Department of Defense (PD USPD) – News ArticlesPublished on Friday, August 18, 2017
  • Defense Secretary to Visit Middle East and Europe
    Defense Secretary Jim Mattis will take a five-day trip to the Middle East and Europe to reaffirm the U.S. commitment to strategic partnerships, Pentagon officials said. ... read more
    Source: News Feed – US Department of Defense (PD USPD) – News ArticlesPublished on Friday, August 18, 2017
  • Medical Exercise in Cameroon Enhances Army Readiness
    The U.S. Army Africa-led Medical Readiness Training Exercise 17-5 in Cameroon gave U.S. Army medical professionals a chance to work at a partnered nation's established and alternatively resourced medical facility, shoulder to shoulder with their counterparts. ... read more
    Source: News Feed – US Department of Defense (PD USPD) – News ArticlesPublished on Friday, August 18, 2017
  • Shark Therapy: Wounded Soldiers Learn Coping Skills in Shark Tank
    The four soldiers who stood over the shark tank knew what creatures lurked below. But as large flashes of gray streaked across the dark water, they willingly dove in to see if what many find terrifying could actually be therapeutic. ... read more
    Source: News Feed – US Department of Defense (PD USPD) – News ArticlesPublished on Friday, August 18, 2017
  • Face of Defense: Army Reserve Sniper is Mentor, Model Soldier
    Army Sgt. Ian Rivera-Aponte lies motionless in the tall grass, hidden by face paint and his ghillie suit. He stares down the scope of his M2010 Enhanced Sniper Rifle and waits to take the shot. This is the life of a sniper. A third-generation service member, Rivera-Aponte said he's just trying to carry on that family legacy. ... read more
    Source: News Feed – US Department of Defense (PD USPD) – News ArticlesPublished on Friday, August 18, 2017
  • Officials Release Details of Latest Counter-ISIS Strikes in Syria, Iraq
    U.S. and coalition military forces continued to attack the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials reported. ... read more
    Source: News Feed – US Department of Defense (PD USPD) – News ArticlesPublished on Friday, August 18, 2017
  • Mattis Reaffirms Alliance in Meeting With Japanese Counterpart
    Defense Secretary Jim Mattis met with Japanese Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera on the sidelines of the U.S.-Japan Security Consultative Committee meeting at the State Department to reaffirm the strength of the U.S-Japan Alliance. ... read more
    Source: News Feed – US Department of Defense (PD USPD) – News ArticlesPublished on Thursday, August 17, 2017
  • Mattis Congratulates South Korea’s New Defense Minister
    Defense Secretary Jim Mattis congratulated the South Korean defense minister on his confirmation to the position and discussed a range issues related to the U.S.-South Korean alliance during a phone call. ... read more
    Source: News Feed – US Department of Defense (PD USPD) – News ArticlesPublished on Thursday, August 17, 2017

  US Department of Defense, DOD – US Coast Guard

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

  • Researchers Announce Wreckage from USS Indianapolis Located
    A team of civilian researchers led by entrepreneur and philanthropist Paul G. Allen has announced they have found the wreck of the World War II cruiser USS Indianapolis (CA 35), which was lost July 30, 1945. ... read more
    Source: News Feed – US Department of Defense (PD USPD) – US Navy Top StoriesPublished on Saturday, August 19, 2017
  • IMPERIAL BEACH, Calif. (Aug. 14, 2017)
    Chief petty officers (CPO) and CPO selectees assigned to Coastal Riverine Group (CRG) 1 conduct CPO 365 phase II physical training at Imperial Beach Naval Outlying Landing Field. CPO 365 phase 1 and 2 contain time-honored traditions and training focused on the critical relevance of teamwork and resilience, providing an opportunity for consistent year-round professional development. U.S. Navy photo by Chief Boatswain's Mate Nelson Doromal (Released) 170814-N-NT795-201 ... read more
    Source: News Feed – US Department of Defense (PD USPD) – US Navy PhotosPublished on Friday, August 18, 2017
  • MEDITERRANEAN SEA (Aug. 18, 2017)
    Culinary Specialist 2nd Class Bennett Evans, left, and Culinary Specialist 3rd Class Vonnalle Green man a .50-caliber machine gun aboard the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Oscar Austin (DDG 79) as the ship transits the Strait of Gibraltar. Oscar Austin is conducting a routine deployment supporting the U.S. national security interests in Europe and increasing theater security cooperation and forward naval presence in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Ryan U. Kledzik (Released) 170818-N-UY653-024 ... read more
    Source: News Feed – US Department of Defense (PD USPD) – US Navy PhotosPublished on Friday, August 18, 2017
  • BILLINGS, Montana (Aug. 17, 2017)
    Musician 2nd class Dan Webber, assigned to the U.S. Navy Band Northwest popular music group, Passage, performs at the St. John's Summer Concert Series during Navy Week Montana. Navy Week programs serve as the Navy's principal outreach effort in areas of the country without a significant Navy presence. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class James Vazquez (Released) 170817-N-KB426-269 ... read more
    Source: News Feed – US Department of Defense (PD USPD) – US Navy PhotosPublished on Friday, August 18, 2017
  • GOOSE CREEK, S.C. (Aug. 16, 2017)
    Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy Steven S. Giordano speaks to Sailors, Airmen and Marines during an all-hands call on Joint Base Charleston, S.C. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class John P. Curtis (Released) 170916-N-SD120-003 ... read more
    Source: News Feed – US Department of Defense (PD USPD) – US Navy PhotosPublished on Friday, August 18, 2017
  • Headlines for Friday, August 18, 2017
    US Navy Commissions First-of-Class Expeditionary Sea Base, USS Lewis B. Puller, George H.W. Bush Carrier Strike Group Returns Home ... read more
    Source: News Feed – US Department of Defense (PD USPD) – US Navy VideosPublished on Friday, August 18, 2017
  • Khaan Quest 2017 Mass Casualty Training
    Members of the Mongolian Armed Forces partake in a medical evacuation exercise during Khaan Quest 2017 while members of the United States military oversee at Five Hills Training Center ... read more
    Source: News Feed – US Department of Defense (PD USPD) – US Navy VideosPublished on Friday, August 18, 2017
  • 7th Fleet Announces USS Fitzgerald Accountability Determinations
    The commanding officer, executive officer and command master chief of the guided—missile destroyer USS Fitzgerald (DDG 62) were relieved of their duties by Vice Adm. Joseph Aucoin, Commander, Seventh Fleet, on August 18. ... read more
    Source: News Feed – US Department of Defense (PD USPD) – US Navy Top StoriesPublished on Thursday, August 17, 2017
  • Navy Releases USS Fitzgerald Supplemental Line of Duty Investigation
    The Navy has completed and released a supplement to its line of duty investigation of the USS Fitzgerald (DDG 62) collision off the coast of Japan on June 17. ... read more
    Source: News Feed – US Department of Defense (PD USPD) – US Navy Top StoriesPublished on Thursday, August 17, 2017
  • US Navy Commissions First—of—Class Expeditionary Sea Base, USS Lewis B. Puller
    The U.S. Navy converted USNS Lewis B. Puller (T—ESB 3) to a U.S. naval warship, commissioning the Expeditionary Sea Base, USS Lewis B. Puller (ESB 3) during a ceremony at Khalifa bin Salman Port in Al Hidd, Bahrain, Aug. 17. ... read more
    Source: News Feed – US Department of Defense (PD USPD) – US Navy Top StoriesPublished on Thursday, August 17, 2017

  US Department of Defense, DOD – US National Guard


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