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Erik Prince: DOJ Admits Blackwater Contractors Were Caught in Enemy Crossfire

Former Navy SEAL and former Blackwater CEO Erik Prince talked about the United States v. Slatten case currently being argued before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. circuit. Also known as the “Nisour Square case,” it involves the conviction of former Blackwater contractors who were convicted of criminal offenses related to the shooting of Iraqi civilians in 2007. The contractors are seeking to have their convictions overturned on the grounds that they believed themselves to be under attack.

In this photo provided by the Defense Department, taken Oct. 23, 2016, Defense Secretary Ash Carter listens as U.S. Army Lt. Gen. Stephen Townsend, commander of Combined Joint Task Force-Operation Inherent Resolve, speaks during a news conference in Erbil, Iraq. Townsend, the commander of the U.S.-led coalition against the Islamic State group says there’s an urgent need to encircle the extremists’ stronghold in the Syrian city of Raqqa because of intelligence warnings that attacks on Western targets are being plotted there. (U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Brigitte N. Brantley/DoD via AP)

Top U.S. General Praises Iran-Backed Shiite Militias in Mosul as Professional

The top commander of the U.S.-led coalition against the Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL) has lauded the Iran-allied Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF), a predominantly Shiite militia umbrella group that also includes individuals who have been deemed terrorists by the United States, for their contribution to the ongoing offensive to retake Sunni majority Mosul.

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Istanbul Club Shooter Wore Santa Claus Hat

CCTV footage shows that the assailant in a nightclub shooting in Istanbul wore a Santa Claus hat for part of the attack, which unfolded despite increased security measures. The footage, obtained by AP from Haberturk newspaper, shows the male assailant dressed in black and carrying a backpack as he shoots down a police officer outside the Reina nightclub.