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Dozens of U.S. diplomats urge military strikes against Syria's Assad

Diplomats urge Syria bombingMore than 50 State Department diplomats have signed an internal memo critical of U.S. policy in Syria, calling for military strikes against President Bashar al-Assad's government to stop its persistent violations of a civil war ceasefire.

The "dissent channel cable" was signed by 51 mid- to high-level State Department officers advising on Syria policy.

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June 6, 1944: Remembering D-Day: then and now

D-DaySeventy-two years ago, on June 6, 1944, Allied troops waded ashore on the beaches of Normandy to liberate Nazi-occupied Europe. The night before, on June 5, American airborne forces had landed on the western flank of the invasion area near Sainte-Mère-Église, while British airborne forces secured the eastern flank and Pegasus Bridge.

They jumped out of C-47 Dakota transport planes, through darkness and into glory. Some arrived by glider. Pvt. John Steele of the 82nd Airborne landed on the steeple of the church at Sainte-Mère-Église. He managed to survive by playing dead.

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Documents Show Pentagon Whitewash of U.S. Killing and Mutilation of Afghan Family in 2010

Gardez raid documentsMore than six years after a notorious night raid gone wrong by U.S. Special Operations Forces in Afghanistan, Pentagon documents shed new light on the event including the determination that mutilating the bodies of dead pregnant women was an “appropriate use of force,” according to a new report in the Intercept by Jeremy Scahill.

Scahill had previously written about the February 2010 night raid near Gardez in Paktia Province in his 2014 book, Dirty Wars. Seven civilians were killed, including two pregnant women, and troops used knives to remove bullets from their bodies after the shooting. The victims were all members of a family that opposed the Taliban and had worked with U.S. forces to build up the Afghan police and judicial system.

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Family of driver killed in US strike on Taliban leader file criminal case

family of driver kiled by drone files criminal chargesThe family of a taxi driver who was killed in a drone strike while driving the leader of the Afghan Taliban across Pakistan have lodged a criminal case against the US government.

Mohammad Azam was killed on 21 May while unwittingly taking Taliban leader Mullah Akhtar Mansoor from the Iranian border to Quetta, the capital of Balochistan.

The unprecedented attack has thrown into uncertainty possible peace talks with the Taliban as well as US-Pakistan relations.

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Pentagon: U.S. troops sent to Yemen in al-Qaida battle

US troops sent to YemenA "small number" of U.S. troops were deployed to support Arab forces in Yemen, the Pentagon announced Friday.

Navy Capt. Jeff Davis said the troops have been in the conflict-stricken country for about two weeks in an effort to assist both Yemeni and Emirati special forces against the militants, according to the Washington Post.

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Obama announces 250 new military personnel for Syria

more troops to SyriaUS President Barack Obama has said he plans to send 250 more troops to Syria, a sharp increase in the number of Americans working with local Syrian forces.

"I've decided to increase US support for local forces fighting ISIL in Syria ... I've approved the deployment of up to 250 US personnel in Syria, including special forces," Obama said, announcing the decision after a meeting in Hanover with German Chancellor Angela Merkel

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U.S. to Admit 20 More Civilian Deaths

drone deaths admittedThe U.S. military will admit later today to nine instances of coalition strikes that have killed 20 civilians in a five-month period in the campaign against ISIS, a Defense Department official tells The Daily Beast.

Those figures nearly double the number of cases the U.S. has admitted to during the 20-month campaign—in just a five-month period. Up until this latest tranche, the Pentagon had admitted to killing 21 civilians and injuring an additional nine.

On Friday, that figure jumps to 41 killed and 20 injured.

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