The United States military used the most powerful non-nuclear weapon in its arsenal Thursday against its Islamic State foes in Afghanistan. The bomb is formally called GBU 43/B Massive Ordnance Air Blast, or MOAB. Its nickname is Mother of All Bombs.
With an executive order, Donald Trump upset the immigration and refugee applecart in America. Applicants from seven named countries won’t be able to enter the United States for four months. From Syria, the ban is indefinite.
Abu Mohammed al-Adnani, a spokesman for Islamic State and planner of international attacks, reportedly met his end Tuesday in the Syrian province of Aleppo. The United States hasn’t confirmed his death yet, but the media arm of Islamic State issued a statement saying that al-Adnani had been “martyred.”
The family of Times of London correspondent Marie Colvin, killed by artillery blasts in 2012 in the city of Homs, have filed a lawsuit alleging that Syrian military forces deliberately targeted her to shut down Colvin’s reporting of human rights abuses.
Rukmini Callamachi, the NYT reporter on the Islamic State beat, posted a remarkably informative Twitter essay Sunday evening on the fight against Islamic State in Syria and Iraq. I’ve reproduced it below:
CBCNews.ca writer Andre Mayer has penned an analysis piece looking at why Turkey would do something as risky as shoot down a Russian military aircraft.
From the Globe and Mail (“Putin: ‘Serious consequences’ coming after Turkey downs Russian jet“): World leaders, including U.S. President Barack Obama and NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg, called Tuesday for cooler heads to prevail after Turkish warplanes shot down a Russian fighter plane that allegedly flew through Turkey’s airspace while carrying out a bombing mission in […]
Prime Minister Stephen Harper told Canadian forces involved in the air war against Islamic State that they have his unconditional support for the effort — then went into a hair-raising rant about the dangers posed by IS.
What if you gave special coverage online to the fourth anniversary of the Syrian civil war and precious few people clicked on it? That’s the situation Al Jazeera found itself in after Sunday’s anniversary. Online editor Barry Malone tries to make sense of it.
From the BBC: Jordan has confirmed the death of pilot Moaz al-Kasasbeh after a video published online by Islamic State (IS) claimed to show him being burned alive.