Syrian Islamists kills 150 fellow insurgents as battle becomes more bloody: Dozens of those murdered were members of a Free Syrian Army (FSA) faction, it said, citing a pro-al Qaeda social media outlet.

41 fighters executed in Syria jihadist infighting: monitor; A jihadist group has executed 41 fighters from Al-Qaeda’s former Syria affiliate and allied factions in infighting between the extremists in Syria’s Idlib province, a monitor said on Friday, February 17.

13 Daesh terrorists killed in northern Syria: The statement added that 70 Daesh targets, including shelters and weapon emplacements, were hit by Free Syrian Army (FSA) fighters with Turkish army support.

Turkish shelling ‘kills 9’ in IS-held Syria town: Nine civilians were killed in overnight Turkish bombardment of a jihadist-held town in northern Syria, a monitor said on Friday, but Ankara said the shelling killed 13 “terrorists”.

Russian strategic bombers hit ISIS in Raqqa in coordination with Pentagon; In October 2015, Russia and the US agreed to a flight safety memorandum which regulates flight paths and to inform each other of an emergency situation in Syria

Mattis Not Ready to Recommend Ground Combat Troops for Syria, Iraq: Mattis did not rule out the possibility but said, “I first want to talk to the other allies and we’ll decide where we’re going.”

US breached guidelines and used depleted uranium in air strikes against Isis in Syria; In breach of official guidelines, the United States military has fired thousands of rounds of depleted uranium (DU) while fighting Islamic State (Isis) in Syria.

Iraq: 14 militants killed as coalition jets pound IED factory in western Mosul: The militants were killed in an airstrike by aircraft from the U.S-led military coalition that targeted a textile factory in al-Somoud district,

Iraq: Official: IS kills 8 Iraqi militia near Tikrit: The Islamic State group attacked a battalion of state-sponsored militia southeast of Tikrit on Friday, killing at least eight militia members, an intelligence official said.

Iraq: Looting, Destruction by Forces Fighting ISIS: The Iraqi authorities should investigate allegations of war crimes and hold those responsible to account, Human Rights Watch said.

Attack hits Yemen mourners, killing 9 women, 1 child: residents: the Saudi-led coalition struck a house north of Yemen’s capital where a crowd of mourners was gathered, residents said on Thursday, killing nine women and a child and injuring dozens.

UAE says two of its soldiers killed in Yemen: General Command of the UAE Armed Forces offered its condolences to the family of the killed

Navy SEAL Raid in Yemen: Ally of U.S.-Backed President Killed: The main figure killed in last month’s U.S. raid in Yemen targeting al Qaeda was a tribal leader who was allied to the country’s U.S.- and Saudi-backed president and had been enlisted to fight Yemen’s Shiite rebels

US drone carrying ‘top-secret tech’ shot down in Yemen; Local media released alleged images of the downed drone in flames, including pictures of the GILGAMESH geolocation system used by the US military’s Joint Special Operations Command in its long-running drone war on Yemen.

Bomb kills at least five soldiers in Egypt’s Northern Sinai”: At least five soldiers were killed and two injured on Friday by a roadside bomb in Egypt’s restive Northern Sinai where the government faces an Islamic State-led insurgency, medics and security sources said.

US ambassador to UN contradicts Trump’s position on two-state solution; Nikki Haley said US upholds longstanding policy on Israeli-Palestine conflict, as French foreign minister finds Rex Tillerson’s proposal ‘confusing and worrying’

Trump nominee for Israel ambassador heckled, questioned at Senate: Trump’s nominee apologized for his stinging criticism of liberal American Jews and promised to be less inflammatory in an official capacity.

Flynn Pressured U.N. on Israel Vote Before Taking Office: A month before inauguration, President Donald Trump’s would-be national security advisor sought to scupper a U.N. resolution condemning Israel.

11 killed as Nigerian troops repel Boko Haram suicide bombers; Battling multiple bombers strapped with suicide vests, Nigerian troops and civilian self-defense fighters on Friday repelled the fiercest Boko Haram extremist attack in months on the key northeastern city of Maiduguri.

ISIS thriving in Libya 6 years after revolt against Gaddafi: Today is the sixth anniversary of an uprising meant to usher in a new era of freedom. Instead, ISIS thrives in the chaos and misery of a broken nation

Tunisia army clashes with militants in mountains, two killed: ministry: The operation took place in Samamma mountains where the security forces since 2015 have been trying to contain small brigades of al Qaeda-linked militants who have used the remote region as a base.

Islamic State fighters kill 18 Afghan soldiers in attack on outpost: Operations by Afghan troops backed by international forces, had killed about 25 Islamic State militants in two districts of the province in the past 24 hours.

Apple to start India manufacturing in coming months with iPhone SE: source: Apple Inc will in the coming months start assembling its lower-priced iPhone SE models at a contract manufacturer’s plant in the southern Indian technology hub of Bengaluru

‘Donetsk People’s Republic’ seeks sense of nationhood: Self-proclaimed breakaway region teaches children about citizenship and issues passports as it aspires to recognition.

Russia’s Putin Leaps Into World’s Most Admired Men Top 10: Putin ranks as the sixth most admired man in the world in an annual survey by pollster YouGov.

NATO to boost naval presence in Black Sea: NATO will step up naval war games and surveillance in the Black Sea to complement its increased presence of land and air forces near a “more assertive Russia”.

WATCH: Mattis Rules Out Military Collaboration with Russia : Before military cooperation takes place, Russia must “prove itself” able to comply with international law, Mattis said.

Europe warns US against hurting cohesion, favouring Russia: European leaders Friday fired a salvo of warnings against Washington, cautioning it against hurting EU cohesion, abandoning shared values and seeking a rapprochement with Russia behind the backs of its allies.

In case you missed it: Trump faces American ‘war-making machine’ if he tries to strike deal with Russia – Pilger ; “The US’ biggest business is war. Lockheed Martin and all other major armament companies have a great halt on the US administration, on the US Congress.

Juncker: EU must resist US bullying on NATO spending: “It has been the American message for many, many years,” the European Commission president said in a speech on the sidelines of the Munich Security Conference Thursday. “I am very much against letting ourselves be pushed into this.”

Wikileaks; CIA espionage orders for the last French presidential election: All major French political parties were targeted for infiltration by the CIA’s human (“HUMINT”) and electronic (“SIGINT”) spies in the seven months leading up to France’s 2012 presidential election.

War criminal: Tony Blair tells the people to ‘rise up’ against Brexit: The former Prime Minister says the referendum result was based on ‘imperfect knowledge’ and to find a way to avert the present rush over the cliff’s edge

Ford sticks with plan to open two plants in Mexico; US car maker Ford is sticking with a plan to open two auto-parts plants in Mexico this year, despite earlier announcing it had scrapped plans for a separate factory there.

Mexican Consulates Flooded With Fearful Immigrants; First came the anxious calls in the days after the election of President Trump. Now, people begin lining up before 8 a.m. and crowd the waiting rooms inside the Mexican Consulate here.

ICE: Raid reports fake news, Obama grabbed 350% more; The agency this week said that had made 683 arrests of mostly criminal illegal immigrants, or those with multiple cases against them beyond illegally crossing the border.

Trump Weighs Mobilizing National Guard for Immigration Roundups; The Trump administration is considering a proposal to mobilize as many as 100,000 National Guard troops to round up unauthorized immigrants, including millions living nowhere near the Mexico border, according to a draft memo obtained by The Associated Press.

Homeland Security on AP’s National Guard: ‘Absolutely Incorrect’: The Department of Homeland Security is roundly condemning an Associated Press story that broke Friday morning about considering the use of the National Guard to “round up” undocumented immigrants.

Here Is The “Leaked” Memo Directing The National Guard To Arrest Illegal Immigrants: PDF: Here Is The “Leaked” Memo Directing The National Guard To Arrest Illegal Immigrants

Trump wouldn’t be first president to mobilize National Guard for immigration enforcement: In 2006, former President George W. Bush called up 6,000 National Guard troops to California, Arizona, New Mexico and Texas.Obama said he would deploy 1,200 National Guard troops to the U.S.-Mexico border.

Spies Keep Intelligence From Donald Trump on Leak Concerns: U.S. intelligence officials have withheld sensitive intelligence from President Donald Trump because they are concerned it could be leaked or compromised, according to current and former officials familiar with the matter.

Scott Pruitt, Trump’s environment pick, gets Senate approval: Scott Pruitt has been a fierce critic of the agency he will now be running.

Vice Admiral Robert Harward turns down national security adviser job: Two sources close to the situation confirm Harward demanded his own team, and the White House resisted.

Trump Disapproval Reaches New Heights In Gallup Poll: 56 percent of Americans disapprove of the job Donald Trump is doing as President, according to a Gallup’s daily poll released Friday.

Trump Team’s Growth Forecasts Far Rosier Than Those of CBO, Private Economists: While there are often disparities between the White House and independent agencies on growth projections, they are rarely this large

Pew: Jews are best-liked religious group in America: Atheists and Muslims again had the lowest ratings. Atheists ranked at 50 degrees, up from 41, and Muslims were at 48, up from 40.

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