Accounts of Rick Rodriguez’s death are vague, but they involve a trash-talking brawl in northern Iraq that left the Special Forces veteran beaten unconscious. He never woke up.
More than a year has passed since the brutal battle to retake the Iraqi city of Mosul from ISIS ended. But parts of the city, which was pummeled by both sides in the conflict, remain in shambles, marked by booby traps and buried bodies. As residents strive to return to normal life, the city’s governor, Nawfal Hammadi, is tasked with reconstruction. Special correspondent Jane Ferguson reports.
President Donald Trump on Monday sought to end fears of an abrupt US pullout from Syria, saying the fight against the Islamic State group was not over and that withdrawal would be done in a “prudent” manner. “We will be leaving at a proper pace while at the same time continuing to fight ISIS and doing all else that is prudent and necessary!” Trump tweeted. The president has come under withering pressure both at home…
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) – Black activists on Monday called for leadership changes and protests at an Alabama civil rights museum after it rescinded an award for political activist Angela Davis, a move the mayor said followed complaints from the Jewish community. Speaking outside the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute, located in the same downtown area where civil rights violence once shocked the nation, organizers told a news conference that Davis, a Birmingham native, was wronged by the decision to rescind the honor. Davis, a longtime activist who has supported Palestinian rights and criticized Israeli policy, is on a par with civil rights legend Rosa Parks, activist Frank Matthews said.
A new wave of state laws that try to limit Americans’ constitutional right to engage in political boycotts is now 0 for 2 in federal court.
Israel to seek $250bn from Arab countries that expelled Jews to ‘restore their rightful property’ — RT World News
Israel will demand $250 billion in compensation from seven Arab countries and Iran for assets left by Jews forced to flee after the creation of the State of Israel, in an effort to correct the “historic injustice” of the pogroms.