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IS launches overnight attack against Iraqi troops in Mosul

Published by: American Security Council Foundation ASCF

Islamic State militants launched an overnight attack against Iraqi security forces in the southeastern part of Mosul, a day after troops advanced deeper into that part of the city, Iraq's military said Wednesday.

The attack "inflicted heavy losses," Iraqi Army Sgt. Maj. Hakim Saranbii told The Associated Press, without giving specific casualty figures or further details. Iraqi Defense Ministry officials in Baghdad did not immediately comment.

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Obama Defends Counterterrorism Record, Offers Guidance for Trump

Published by: VOA News

President Barack Obama used his final national security speech to offer a defense of his counterterrorism record and lay out what he believes should be guiding principles for the new administration taking over the White House in January.

Speaking to troops Tuesday at MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa, Florida, Obama said, “Over the last eight years, no foreign terrorist organization has successfully planned and executed an attack on our homeland,” adding that it was not for a lack of trying. He told the troops, “This is your work.”

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Syrian Rebels Offer Temporary Truce after Withdrawal from East Aleppo

Published by: VOA News

Syrian rebels in the besieged city of Aleppo are calling for an immediate five-day cease-fire to ensure the humanitarian evacuation of civilians from the eastern part of the city.

The rebels made the proposal Wednesday morning, just hours after Syria's Russian-backed army gained control of at least three-quarters of Aleppo's Old City, which had been under rebel control since 2012.

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Trump: US Must End 'Cycle of Intervention and Chaos'

Published by: VOA News

U.S. President-elect Donald Trump returned Tuesday to his vision of a non-interventionist foreign policy for the United States, saying, as he did during his campaign, that he does not want American forces fighting "in areas that we shouldn't be fighting in."

At a "thank you" rally for his supporters in Fayetteville, North Carolina, Trump said his focus instead will be on defeating terrorists, including the Islamic State group.

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US Marine pilot ejects from jet in Japan; search underway

Published by: The Miami Herald

A U.S. Marine Corps pilot ejected Wednesday from an F/A-18 jet in southern Japan, and search and rescue efforts were underway, the U.S. military said.

The aircraft was on a regular training mission at the time of the incident, which occurred about 120 miles (190 kilometers) southeast of Iwakuni, the Marine Corps said in a statement.

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