At least 140 dead after Taliban attack on a key Afghan army base, officials say

On Friday, in a stunning blow to the Western-backed war effort, the base on a sun-baked plain near the city of Mazar-e Sharif became the target of the deadliest single attack by Taliban insurgents since their regime in Kabul was overthrown in 2001. A spokesman for the Islamist militia claimed responsibility for the attack.

Source: At least 140 dead after Taliban attack on a key Afghan army base, officials say

Tillerson: Iran complying with nuclear deal, but still sponsoring terrorism – CNNPolitics.com

Secretary of State said the Trump administration was reviewing the lifting of sanctions against Iran, arguing that the country remains a sponsor of terrorism.

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  • Secretary of State Tillerson: sanction policy under review
  • “Iran remains a leading state sponsor of terror,” Tillerson says

Source: Tillerson: Iran complying with nuclear deal, but still sponsoring terrorism – CNNPolitics.com

Woman fatally stabbed in Jerusalem amid Good Friday gatherings

A British exchange student was fatally stabbed Friday by a Palestinian attacker just steps from Jerusalem’s Old City, where thousands of Jews and Christians gathered for religious holidays at one of the busiest times of the year, officials said.

Thousands of people filled parts of the ancient city: Jews to celebrate Passover, which ends Monday, and Christian pilgrims for Good Friday. The attack took place inside a car of the city’s light-rail train not far from the entrance to the Old City’s Christian Quarter.

The victim was identified by an Israeli news agency as a British tourist.

Source: Woman fatally stabbed in Jerusalem amid Good Friday gatherings

U.S. Drops ‘Mother of All Bombs’ on ISIS Caves in Afghanistan

A new version of the most powerful conventional bomb in the American arsenal, so big it had to be dropped from a cargo plane, was used for the first time in combat.

The strike was the first combat use of what is formally named the GBU-43/B Massive Ordnance Air Blast. President Trump has bestowed additional authority on the Pentagon in his first months in office, which the military has argued will help it defeat the Islamic State more speedily. Mr. Trump did not say whether he had personally approved Thursday’s mission.

Source: U.S. Drops ‘Mother of All Bombs’ on ISIS Caves in Afghanistan

Misdirected US strike killed 18 allied fighters in Syria – NY Daily News

BEIRUT (AP) — U.S.-backed Syrian Kurdish forces say they have entered the fourth stage of their campaign to capture the Islamic State group’s de facto capital Raqqa with an advance on the militants in a valley north of the city.

U.S. Central Command said coalition aircraft were given the wrong coordinates by their partner forces, the predominantly-Kurdish Syrian Democratic Forces, for a strike intended to target IS militants south of their Tabqa stronghold, near the extremists’ de facto capital, Raqqa.

The strike hit an SDF position instead, killing 18. Central Command said the strike was launched Tuesday.

Source: Misdirected US strike killed 18 allied fighters in Syria – NY Daily News

Putin is floating a bizarre new conspiracy theory about the US’ intervention in Syria – Business Insider

Vladimir Putin slammed the US on Tuesday over Trump’s decision to target an airfield believed to have been used by Syrian President Bashar Assad’s military.

Putin was asked specifically about US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson’s comments on Tuesday morning — that Russia is either “incompetent” or has “failed” to hold up its end of the deal to destroy Assad’s chemical weapons, and needed to choose whether to abandon or “maintain its alliance” with Assad.

Tillerson is due to meet today with his Russian counterpart, Sergei Lavrov, in Moscow.

Source: Putin is floating a bizarre new conspiracy theory about the US’ intervention in Syria – Business Insider

US, Jordanian forces break into Syria to rescue rebels surrounded by ISIS

DAMASCUS, SYRIA – ISIS launched a surprise offensive on the Tanf Border Crossing between Syria and Iraq following a powerful car bomb attack on the border

US-backed Syrian rebels were quickly surrounded by a group of ISIS fighters prompting US and Jordanian troops to intervene hurriedly to lift the pressure off their Syrian allies. Some 20 US tanks and armored vehicles were allegedly involved in repelling the ISIS assault.

Source: US, Jordanian forces break into Syria to rescue rebels surrounded by ISIS

The Latest: Reports: Airstrike by US-led coalition kills 13

Syrian activists and state media say an airstrike by the U.S.-led coalition on a northern village held by the Islamic State group has killed at least 13 civilians, including children.

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says 15 people including four children were killed in Saturday’s airstrike on the village of Hneida.

Syrian state TV said the airstrike killed 13 including children.

Source: The Latest: Reports: Airstrike by US-led coalition kills 13