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US drone strike in Syria reportedly kills top ISIS online recruiter

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A U.S. drone strike in Syria Tuesday reportedly killed a fugitive British computer hacker who had become one of ISIS' top online recruiters.

The Wall Street Journal reported the death of Junaid Hussein late Wednesday, citing two people familiar with the operation. The officials said that Hussein was killed by a targeted airstrike near the Syrian city of Raqqa, the de facto capital of ISIS' self-proclaimed "caliphate".

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US Ex-Generals Urge Congress to Reject Iran Nuclear Deal

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A group of nearly 200 retired, high-ranking American military officials is urging U.S. lawmakers to reject the Iran nuclear deal, arguing it will not prevent Iran from developing nuclear weapons.

"Removing sanctions on Iran and releasing billions of dollars to its regime over the next ten years is inimical to the security of Israel and the Middle East," said the letter, addressed to leaders in both houses of Congress.

It comes a little more than a week after another letter, sent by 36 retired senior military officers, expressed support for the deal.

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Finland Detains Russian Accused of US Malware Crimes

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Finland confirmed on Thursday it has detained a Russian citizen, Maxim Senakh, at the request of U.S. federal authorities on computer fraud charges, in a move that Russia calls illegal.

The Finnish Justice Ministry says Senakh is accused in the state of Minnesota of infecting computer servers with malware, resulting in criminal gains worth millions of dollars.

Konstantin Dolgov, the Russian Foreign Ministry's special representative for human rights, said on Wednesday that Senakh's detention was "another demonstration of the illegal practice of detaining Russian citizens abroad launched by U.S. authorities."

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Poland to Store US Military Equipment From Mid-2016

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The United States will store heavy military equipment at two sites in Poland from mid-2016, Poland's defense minister said, a part of Washington's efforts to reassure allies made uneasy by Russian actions in Ukraine.

The move will mark the first time Washington has stored heavy military equipment in the newer NATO member states in Eastern Europe and the Baltics, which were once under the Soviet sphere of influence or part of the Soviet Union.

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China 'Expands' in Southeast Asia

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A small Philippine island is at the forefront of China’s expansion into Southeast Asian waters. In a region that Beijing claims is its historic territory, its armed forces have built a cluster of artificial islands within what’s known internationally as the Spratlys - an approximately 425,000 square kilometer swath of the South China Sea, consisting of several hundred islets, rocks and reefs. Of those, Pag-asa island is one of the largest and most populated.

For its 117 Filipino residents, the main way to travel between their homes and Puerto Princesa, the capital of Palawan province, is a wooden hull cargo-ship - the M/V Queen Seagull.
 

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US Army Awards Medal to Guardsman Who Helped Stop Train Attack

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The U.S. Defense Department says one of the Americans who helped subdue a Moroccan national alleged to have planned an attack on a high speed train will be awarded one of the U.S. Army's highest honors.

The Pentagon announced Tuesday that Aleksander Skarlatos, a member of the Oregon National Guard, will be awarded the Soldiers Medal -- an award the army calls the "highest award for acts of heroism not involving actual conflict with an enemy."

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Moroccan Charged with Attempted Terror Attack on French Train

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French prosecutors have charged a Moroccan national with premeditated attempted murder of a terrorist nature in connection with last week's attack on a high-speed French train.

The formal charges against Ayoub El-Khazzani, 25, were filed Tuesday in Paris, and were later confirmed by judicial sources to Agence France-Presse.

Earlier Tuesday, Paris prosecutor Francois Molins told reporters that Khazzani boarded the train Friday in Brussels armed with an assault rifle and 270 rounds of ammunition.  He said the suspect also carried a pistol, a bottle filled with gasoline and a box cutter.

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