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‘Thank you!’ Putin phones Trump after CIA foils Russia terror attack

The CIA sent Russia a tip-off that helped prevent a terrorist bomb attack on a cathedral in the Russia city, the Kremlin has revealed.  And today the two leaders shared a short phone call during which Mr Putin thanks Donald Trump for the intelligence service’s efforts.  A senior White House administration official confirmed the pair had spoken on Sunday.  It comes just days after the pair spoke on the phone about North Korea.  The Kremlin said information provided by CIA allowed Russian law-enforcement agencies to arrest the would-be attackers before…

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ISIS ‘still exists’ through brainwashed victims it CONTROLS, warns priest

Father Daniel said the death cult still exists in the minds of people brainwashed while living under their rule in Iraq and Syria.  The priest told Express.co.uk those who were forced to live under ISIS rule in towns and cities controlled by the group had succumbed to their propaganda and continue to support their extremist views today. Father Daniel said: “ISIS has been defeated only militarily. Mentally, it still exists under many people who lived under their control.  “For an example, Mosul. Two million people lived there. They ran schools…

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EU to sanction Poland over reforms to its national courts as bloc goes on collision course

Warsaw’s controversial shake-up of its judiciary, which could force two-fifths of supreme court judges to step down, is causing increasing friction with Brussels. The country’s new prime minister, Mateusz Morawiecki, is braced for the EU to issue an extaordinary formal warning by triggering article 7.1, a procedure which could lead to member states having bloc voting rights suspended. He said: “As far as I understand, the decision has already been made that next Wednesday [December 20] the European Commission plans to start article 7.1…it will most likely be triggered.” This…

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Putin WAR footing? Russia will DOUBLE ballistic missile tests in 2018 military expansion

The number of tests carried out will double to 12 next year as Russia steps up military preparations, commander Sergei Karakayev said. Mr Karakayev said: “Five missile launches were carried out in 2017, with another one pending, and 12 launches have been planned for 2018.” Russia’s troops will also be given 20 Yars missile launchers in 2018, with military chiefs planning to have transitioned to the ballistic missile launchers by 2026. The upgraded system will allow ballistic missiles carrying multiple independent nuclear warheads to be fired from moving launchers and silos. Mr…

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Jihadi bride facing death penalty after becoming Iraq enforcer sobs ‘I’ve ruined my life’

The teenager, who could face the death penalty in Iraq, added: “I don’t know where I got the dumb idea to join Islamic State.” Linda, 17, was speaking to the German TV programme Tagesschau for the first time since she was found in the rubble of IS stronghold Mosul back in the summer. German diplomats are hopeful she will be spared the death penalty for joining Islamic State in Syria and Iraq. Charges were laid against her and three other German women captured in the Isis stronghold of Mosul in…

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U.S. jets use warning flares to chase away Russian jets over Syria

WASHINGTON — Two U.S. fighter jets intercepted two Russian planes in Syria on Wednesday after the Russians crossed a “deconfliction line,” and the U.S. fired chaff and warning flares in a confrontation that lasted 40 minutes, an American military spokesman said Thursday. One of the Russian planes flew so close to a U.S. jet that the two aircraft nearly collided, said the spokesman. Russian planes have been breaching U.S./coalition airspace up to eight times a day since early November, according to the spokesman for the Air Force Central Command, meaning…

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The U.S. bought this anti-tank weapon. 59 days later, ISIS had it.

LONDON — Some weapons bought by the U.S. military in 2015 ended up in the hands of Islamic State fighters within two months, according to a report released Thursday. The findings, by Conflict Armament Research (CAR), an independent arms-tracking organization, are based on three years of meticulous documentation of weapons recovered from ISIS on the battlefields of Iraq and Syria. CAR used serial numbers or key markings on the weapons to trace them back to their origin and try to piece together how they were obtained by the militants. Some…

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Putin’s TAKEOVER: Russia expands naval base in Syria as Moscow eyes Middle East and Africa

The plans for the base at Tartus on the coast of Syria would allow the facility to accommodate bigger warships. Currently the base is classed as a ‘repair and replenishment’ facility and can only deal with four vessels at any one time. But dredging work and new piers would make space for up to 11 warships, as well as Russia’s largest battlecruiser, the nuclear-powered Pyotr Velikiy. Tartus is Moscow’s only naval base outside of the former Soviet Union, and the warm waters of the Mediterranean would give Russian ships access…

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Upbeat Putin promises to modernize Russia if re-elected

An upbeat Vladimir Putin pledged Thursday to create a “forward-looking, modern country” if re-elected as Russia’s president next year. The 65-year-old told reporters at his annual televised news conference that he wanted to improving living standards if, as seems likely, he wins another six-year term on March 18. With his approval ratings topping 80 percent, he is on course to extend his lock on power to 24 years and become the country’s longest-serving leader since Soviet dictator Josef Stalin. The news conference comes days after Putin made a triumphant trip…

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Putin’s Syria victory lap is premature. Here’s why.

Standing under clear skies at an airbase in Syria, Russian President Vladimir Putin told his troops the good news: They had all but secured victory in the Middle East country’s six-year civil war. “The task of combating armed gangs here in Syria … has been largely resolved — brilliantly resolved,” he said during the surprise announcement Monday. Russian President Vladimir Putin addresses the troops at the Hemeimeem air base in Syria on Monday. Mikhail Klimentyev / AP But many experts say Putin’s victory lap is premature with huge swaths of…

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