Syrian army says will 'bring down' any Turkish war planes in its air spaceThe Syrian military said on Thursday that it would bring down any Turkish war planes entering Syrian air space, a response to air strikes carried out by Turkey overnight in northern Syria. "Any attempt to once again breach Syrian airspace by Turkish war planes will be dealt with and they will be brought down by all means available," the Syrian army general command said in a statement. Turkish air strikes hit a group of Kurdish fighters allied to U.S.-backed militia late on Wednesday, which the Syrian statement called an act of "blatant aggression".
Turkey bombs Syrian Kurdish militia allied to U.S.-backed force
By Ece Toksabay and Angus McDowall ISTANBUL/BEIRUT (Reuters) - Turkish air strikes pounded a group of Kurdish fighters allied to a U.S.-backed militia in northern Syria overnight, highlighting the conflicting agendas of NATO members Ankara and Washington in an increasingly complex battlefield. The jets targeted positions of the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) in three villages, northeast of the city of Aleppo, that the SDF had captured from Islamic State, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said late on Wednesday. The Turkish military confirmed its warplanes had carried out 26 strikes on areas recently taken by the Kurdish YPG militia, the strongest force in the SDF, and that it had killed between 160 and 200 combatants.
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Iraqi special forces join battle for Mosul, US soldier dies
BARTELLA, Iraq (AP) ? In a significant intensification of the battle for Mosul, elite Iraqi special forces joined the fight Thursday, unleashing a pre-dawn assault on an Islamic State-held town east of the besieged city. The U.S. military announced the first American death since the operation began.
Southern California schools cope with heat from gusty winds
WESTMINSTER, Calif. (AP) ? Southern California was slammed with the second day of a heat wave Thursday that raised the risk of wildfires and left many schoolchildren to sweat it out in aging classrooms.
France warns UK premier of tough time ahead in Brexit talks
BRUSSELS (AP) ? France warned Britain at the start of a European Union summit on Thursday that it would face a tough, unyielding opponent if it sought too many concessions during its negotiations to leave the 28-nation EU.
US stock indexes slightly lower in afternoon trade
U.S. stock indexes veered slightly lower in late-afternoon trading Thursday, on course to give up some of their gains from a day before. Trading was mostly listless as investors waded through another round of company earnings news. Telecom sector stocks declined the most, while health care and financial companies eked out small gains.
US service member killed by roadside bomb in northern Iraq
WASHINGTON (AP) ? A U.S. military member was killed by a roadside bomb Thursday in connection with the Iraqi effort to retake the key city of Mosul, marking the first American combat casualty in the long-planned push against the Islamic State group.
ICRC steps up aid for Iraq amid fears of post-Mosul sectarian strifeBy Stephanie Nebehay GENEVA (Reuters) - As Iraqi families begin streaming out of villages in the path of an army offensive to retake Mosul from Islamic State, some fear that the onslaught may stoke future sectarian strife in the volatile region, a senior Red Cross official said on Thursday. The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) is prepared to provide aid to 800,000 people who could flee the looming battle for Mosul, including against any use of chemical weapons, said Patrick Hamilton, the ICRC's deputy director for the Near and Middle East. Islamic State militants have used banned chemical agents previously against Iraqi Kurdish forces.
Half a year after 8 relatives killed, no answers or arrests
PIKETON, Ohio (AP) ? Six months after someone shot eight members of an extended family to death in their homes, surviving relatives are still waiting ? for an explanation, for an arrest, for a hint of closure.