Friday, August 5, 2016

World News Briefs -- August 5, 2016

Al Jazeera: Obama: ISIL still a threat despite coalition gains

US president outlines progress in fight against ISIL but cautions that the group can still inspire small-scale attacks.

US President Barack Obama has touted gains in the campaign against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), but cautioned that the group, also known as ISIS, can still direct and inspire damaging attacks.

Speaking after meeting with top aides at the Pentagon, Obama said on Thursday that ISIL will continue to be a threat, highlighting the group's ability to motivate so-called "lone wolf" supporters to launch small-scale attacks that are harder to detect and prevent.

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IS captures 3000 Iraqis fleeing villages in nothern district of Kirkuk. UNHCR: 3,000 fleeing Iraqis seized by ISIL.

Dam’s need for maintenance clouded by power struggle for Mosul.

Strikes kill 13 in Syria's rebel-held Aleppo: monitor.

Syria war: Stranded refugees get first aid in weeks.

Syria's war: Swap offer for bodies of Russian air crew.

Putin, Erdogan may discuss Turkey’s compensation for downed Su-24 bomber.

Turkey dismisses 167 staff from scientific research council: minister/NTV.

Pokemon Go banned by Iranian authorities over 'security'.


Attackers kill 13 at busy market in India's Assam. Several killed in rebel attack in India's Assam state.

Fresh Indian Kashmir protests kill two, injure over 100.

Indonesian police: plot foiled to fire rocket at Singapore.

Singapore steps up security after Indonesia uncovers terror plot.

Japan summons Chinese ambassador over ship 'intrusions'. Japan protests after Chinese ships sail near disputed islets.

Tourism booming in Thailand despite military rule.

Japan's emperor to address nation amid abdication reports.

Malaysian PM says U.S. Department of Justice suit doesn't involve him.

Malaysia confirms Flight 370 course was on pilot's simulator.


South Africa's ruling party suffering biggest electoral blow. South Africa local elections: ANC suffers major setback.

Congo, Uganda leaders agree on sharing intel to fight rebels.

South Sudan army slams UN report alleging killings, rape.

US warns citizens on Nigeria travel over security concerns.

Egypt's former Grand Mufti survives assassination attempt.

Uganda deploys new police contingent to Somalia.

Zimbabwe military threatens to ‘deal with’ social media-powered protesters.

Amid tensions, Burundi blocks vehicles from entering Rwanda.


Support for Germany's Merkel plunges after attacks.

Moldova: Russia military exercises undermine our sovereignty.

Turkish foreign minister says Austria is 'capital of radical racism'.

Battle of words as Croatia celebrates independence, Serbia mourns.

Russians riled by PM Medvedev's teacher remarks.

UK's Cameron accused of cronyism over honors for allies.

Ten held as Black Lives Matter protest blocks Heathrow road.


Protesters clog Rio's Copacabana beach ahead of Games opening.

Rio Olympics opening ceremony highlights Brazil, environment.

Poll: Most young Americans say parties don't represent them.

Obama denies $400M payment to Iran was ransom.

Peru president works out with cabinet.

US trade deficit hits $44.5 billion, biggest in 10 months.

US jobs growth beats forecasts in July.

Trump’s border wall idea dismissed by Mexico’s Foreign Minister.

White House on track to bring in 10,000 Syrian refugees.


Egypt: Leader of Islamic State affiliate killed in Sinai.

Obama says Islamic State on the run, despite attacks around globe.

Al-Qaeda, ISIS compete for recruits in war-torn Yemen – UN report.


Growth snapshots ahead in world awash with cheap money.

This company has built a profile on every American adult.

Oil down 1 percent as dollar jumps on U.S. jobs data.


Anonymous said...

Hmm, wonder if he had to get a map out to find the Pentagon.

Aizino Smith said...

Obama: ISIL still a threat despite coalition gains

Which coalition's gains?

The American-Kurdish-FSA (?) one or the far larger Russian-Iranians-Syrian-Iraqi-Hezbo one?

What about ISIL gains every where else?

So Obozo did a little dog and pony show to hopefully carry his poll #s over while he stays at the richy-rich enclave of MV.

It would be much easier for terrorists to attack the Hamptons than Martha's Vinyard. Why does he not vacation in the Hamptons? Is he scared? Does he know that he has f cked up American security that much?

Actually Jeb Bush would not do much better than Obama. He is the RINO impersonation of the wooden, tree-like Al Gore.

No wall. Obama makes the Border Patrol post safe routes into the U.S. on their website, etc.

The Beat goes on. We are so screwed.