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U.S. Officials: Iran-Allied Shiite Militias in Iraq ‘Extort and Terrorize’ Religious Minorities

WASHINGTON, DC — Some factions of a Baghdad-sanctioned organization of mainly Iranian-backed Shiite militias are engaging in egregious violations such as torture, extrajudicial detentions, rape, extortion, and kidnappings in northern Iraq’s Nineveh province, where persecuted religious minorities like Christians are struggling to recover from the Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL) atrocities, top U.S. officials said this week.

TOPSHOT - David Dosha, the priest of the Church of Mart Shmony, located in the Christian Iraqi town of Bartella, about 15 kilometres (10 miles) east of Mosul, inspects the damage on October 24, 2016 at the church's compound after Iraqi forces retook control of the town from jihadists of …

U.S. Approves Biggest Arms Sale to Taiwan of Trump’s Presidency

The U.S. Department of State (DOS) approved the possible sale to democratically ruled Taiwan of over $2 billion worth of arms and related equipment, the Pentagon announced this week, despite Communist China’s objections to the most significant weapons deal with Taipei so far since Donald Trump became president.

US Army personnel offload military equipment at the Mihail Kogalniceanu Air Base near Constanta in Romania on February 14, 2017. Soldiers and equipment from the 3rd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, arrived at the Mihail Kogalniceanu Air Base as part of the ongoing Atlantic Resolve mission. The combined …

Pompeo: U.S. Made ‘Real Progress’ in Taliban Peace Talks

U.S. President Donald Trump’s administration hopes to have a peace deal with the Taliban to end the war in Afghanistan “before September 1,” Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said, touting “progress” in the negotiations the day before the terrorist group killed two American service members on Wednesday.

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speaks during a press conference with Chinese politburo member Yang Jiechi and Defense Minister Wei Fenghe during the US-China Diplomatic and Security Dialogue in the Benjamin Franklin Room of the State Department in Washington, DC on November 9, 2018. (Photo by MANDEL NGAN / …

Putin Warns Pompeo Taliban ‘Getting Stronger’ amid Peace Talks

Russian President Vladimir Putin, in a meeting with America’s top diplomat, urged more cooperation between Moscow and Washington on reaching a peace settlement to end the war in Afghanistan, warning that the Taliban is “getting stronger,” a Kremlin presidential aide revealed Tuesday.

Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks Friday in the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia. Donald Trump has called Putin "a leader" who has "very strong control over his country." But most Americans aren't on board with Trump's assessment of Putin's leadership skills, a new Associated Press-GfK poll shows. (Mikhail Klimentyev/Sputnik, Kremlin Pool …