Mosul civilians caught in ISIS crossfire as dramatic video emerges

Dramatic new video from the ISIS stronghold of Mosul captures the pitched battle between the black-clad jihadist army and the U.S.-backed Iraqi forces – and the innocent civilians caught in the crossfire. Airing Monday on Fox News’ “Shepard Smith Reporting,” the Sky News video captured the firefights, damage and desperation as the world’s most feared terrorist group makes its last stand in the war-torn nation. “And in the middle, Mosul residents too scared to leave and terrified at staying,” Sky News Special Corespondent Alex Crawford says. Footage depicts Iraqi soldiers, with members of the press, taking sniper fire on a rooftop and moving on ISIS positions as coalition attack helicopters roar above. Crawford reveals the human side of the fighting, meeting with one family that has converted their home into a bunker, with makeshift blast walls made from sandbags. They venture out only for sustenance. “They pick their way past

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US sending around 200 more troops to Mosul in ISIS fight, official says

Two companies from the U.S. Army’s 82nd Airborne Division are being deployed to the Mosul to bolster security in Iraq at the request of the top American commander in Baghdad fighting ISIS, a U.S. defense official with knowledge of the order told Fox News. A U.S. defense official told Fox News the 200 additional troops from the 82nd Airborne Division are going to Mosul—“to provide additional ‘advise and assist’ support to our Iraq Partners as they liberate Mosul,” according to the official. In another sign the Pentagon is ramping up the fight against ISIS, jets from the aircraft carrier USS George HW Bush began striking ISIS targets on Friday, days after arriving in the Persian Gulf. Last month, Bush conducted airstrikes in Syria from the Eastern Mediterranean. US-BACKED FORCES SEIZE SYRIAN AIR BASE FROM ISIS In recent weeks, multiple press reports said upwards of 1,000 additional American troops would deploy

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Oil-rich Venezuela is experiencing crippling gas shortages

Venezuela, the country with the largest crude oil reserves on the planet, is currently facing a crippling gas shortage — just the latest shortage of everyday necessities to affect the economically beleaguered nation. According to Deutsche Welle, getting gas hasn’t usually been a problem in Venezuela’s capitol city of Caracas, but the country’s main domestic producer — state-controlled company Petróleos de Venezuela S.A.  — is struggling with distribution, and a backlog of payment delays to suppliers has caused a massive slowdown. “I can’t find 95 octane gasoline anywhere,” Jose Paredes, in Caracas’ wealthy Altamira district, told the Reuters news agency. “We’re an oil-producing country! It’s pathetic.” PDVSA head, Ysmel Serrano says the internal shipping problems will be solved soon, saying, “we’re strengthening deliveries to the center of the country to stabilize gasoline supplies.” But while Serrano is asking for calm and optimism, one union leader is saying that problems are a lot worse than

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The Atmosphere in London Intensifies

Jihadi terror manuals on how to use a car as a ‘tool of war’ for mass murder can be found in just two minutes on Google and Twitter   Fanatics are urged to use cars before going on stabbing rampage in the guides Video revealed after Khalid Masood killed three in car then stabbed a policeman Manuals told jihadists in West to learn from Palestinian terrorists who use cars  News comes as Boris Johnson accused social media sites of inciting terrorism    Guides to mounting a car terror attack were available on Google and Twitter last night. The vile manuals were online despite widespread warnings that UK jihadists use them for training. Fanatics are urged to deploy large vehicles as ‘tools of war’ before going on a stabbing rampage – the template for Wednesday’s atrocity in Westminster. Boris Johnson accused social media websites of inciting terrorism. +4 The vile manuals

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North Korea has no fear of U.S. sanctions move, will pursue nuclear arms – envoy

By Stephanie Nebehay | GENEVA North Korea has nothing to fear from any U.S. move to broaden sanctions aimed at cutting it off from the global financial system and will pursue “acceleration” of its nuclear and missile programs, a North Korean envoy told Reuters on Tuesday. This includes developing a “pre-emptive first strike capability” and an inter-continental ballistic missile (ICBM), said Choe Myong Nam, deputy ambassador at the North Korean mission to the United Nations in Geneva. Reuters, quoting a senior U.S. official in Washington, reported on Monday that the Trump administration is considering sweeping sanctions as part of a broad review of measures to counter North Korea’s nuclear and missile threat. (For Monday’s story, click reut.rs/2n9HZ5a) “I think this is stemming from the visit by the Secretary of State (Rex Tillerson) to Japan, South Korea and China…We of course are not afraid of any act like that,” Choe told

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London terror attack: ISIS claims responsibility for deadly rampage outside Parliament building

The Islamic State has claimed responsibility for the terror attack that left four people dead, including the assailant and a police officer, outside of London’s Parliament building on Wednesday, according to the Amaq media agency. “The perpetrator of the attacks yesterday in front of the British Parliament in London is an Islamic State soldier and he carried out the operation in response to calls to target citizens of the coalition,” the Amaq statement said. The claim of responsibility comes fewer than 24 hours after a man driving an SUV plowed into pedestrians on Westminster Bridge near the Parliament building. Two people were killed and more than 30 others injured before the attacker fatally stabbed police officer Keith Palmer on the Parliament’s grounds. Police shot the attacker, who later was pronounced dead. The attacker’s identity has not been revealed, but British Prime Minister Theresa May said he was born in Britain

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UK police arrest 8 in massive pre-dawn raids; still believe assailant acted alone

British police said Thursday that six homes were raided and eight arrests were made in connection to the Wednesday terror attack that left four dead, including the attacker and a police officer. Armed police carried out the raid in the central city of Birmingham, about 130 miles north of London; however, police said they believed the terror attacker acted alone during his assault on the Westminster Bridge near Parliament. HERO COP LIKELY SAVED OTHERS FROM LONDON MANIAC The identity of the attacker has not been released. In an address to the members of Parliament on Thursday, British Prime Minister Theresa May said the man was British-born and had previously been investigated by intelligence services for links to extremism, but had been determined to be a peripheral figure. The revelation came moments after Parliament held a minute of silence and reconvened less than 24 hours after Wednesday’s brutal attack. PHOTOS: AFTERMATH OF

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Shots fired at UK Parliament; officer stabbed and assailant shot, reports say

DEVELOPING –   Police have named the officer who was killed by a knifeman terrorist in London today and revealed the death toll in the attack has risen to five. Keith Palmer, 48, was stabbed to death outside Parliament by the attacker who brought carnage to London, mowing down pedestrians on Westminster Bridge, killing three and injuring around 40 more. A 4×4 drove along the pavement on the crowded bridge, knocking down and seriously injuring pedestrians before crashing into a fence below Big Ben. The killer, described by witnesses as ‘middle-aged and Asian’, then managed to break into the grounds of Parliament, where he fatally stabbed Mr Palmer – who had 15 years service with the police – with two knives. The attacker – who was shot at least twice by armed officers guarding the building – died after he was taken to hospital while Mr Palmer – a husband and

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U.S., Britain Curb Electronics On Flights From Middle East, North Africa

By David Shepardson and Kylie MacLellan | WASHINGTON/LONDON The United States and Britain on Tuesday imposed restrictions on carry-on electronic devices on planes coming from certain airports in Muslim-majority countries in the Middle East and North Africa in response to unspecified security threats. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security said passengers traveling from a specific list of airports could not bring into the main cabin devices larger than a mobile phone such as tablets, portable DVD players, laptops and cameras. Instead, such items must be in checked baggage. Although civil liberties groups raised concerns that U.S. President Donald Trump was seeking another limit on movement after a travel ban from Muslim-majority countries was challenged in the courts, Britain took similar steps. A spokesman for British Prime Minister Theresa May said there would be curbs on electronic items in the cabin on flights from six countries in the Middle East. The

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North Korea Has No Fear Of U.S. Sanctions Move, Will Pursue Nuclear Arms – Envoy

March 21, 2017 By Stephanie Nebehay GENEVA (Reuters) – North Korea has nothing to fear from any U.S. move to broaden sanctions aimed at cutting it off from the global financial system and will pursue “acceleration” of its nuclear and missile programs, a North Korean envoy told Reuters on Tuesday. This includes developing a “pre-emptive first strike capability” and an inter-continental ballistic missile (ICBM), said Choe Myong Nam, deputy ambassador at the North Korean mission to the United Nations in Geneva. Reuters, quoting a senior U.S. official in Washington, reported on Monday that the Trump administration is considering sweeping sanctions as part of a broad review of measures to counter North Korea’s nuclear and missile threat. (For Monday’s story, click http://reut.rs/2n9HZ5a) “I think this is stemming from the visit by the Secretary of State (Rex Tillerson) to Japan, South Korea and China…We of course are not afraid of any act

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