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Dodging bullets on the frontline of Libya’s chaotic conflict

Dodging bullets on the frontline of Libya’s chaotic conflict

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Fierce fighting has broken out in Libya's capital as military groups try to defend the city against a warlord formerly allied to ex-dictator Colonel Gaddafi.Here, Sky's special correspondent Alex Crawford gives her first-hand account as she joined forces frantically trying to stop Khalifa Haftar and the Libyan National Army. The frontlines in Tripoli are a chaotic mess.A ragtag group of fighters allied to a range of different militias have banded together to defend the capital - and it's a jumble of shooting, firing, running and attacking, only to be followed by frantic retreating. Image: Fierce fighting has broken out in Tripoli Image: A range of different militias have banded together to...
Syria conflict: US officials withdraw troops after IS 'defeat'

Syria conflict: US officials withdraw troops after IS 'defeat'

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The Trump administration says US troops are being withdrawn from Syria, after the president said the Islamic State (IS) group had been "defeated".The Pentagon said it was transitioning to the "next phase of the campaign" but did not give details.Some 2,000 troops have helped rid much of north-eastern Syria of IS, but pockets of fighters remain.It had been thought defence officials wanted to maintain a US presence to ensure IS did not rebuild.There are also fears a US withdrawal will cede influence in Syria and the wider region to Russia and Iran. Trump's Syria troop removal prompts questions After the caliphate: What next for IS? Both the Pentagon and the White House statement said the US had started "returning United States troo...
BAE to develop conflict modeling software for DARPA

BAE to develop conflict modeling software for DARPA

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June 12 (UPI) -- BAE Systems has been contracted by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency to develop software that models political and military conflicts around the world. The $ 4.2 million contract, announced Monday by the defense contractor, is the first phase of software development for the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory as part of its Causal Exploration of Complex Operational Environments program. The software -- called Causal Modeling for Knowledge Transfer, Exploration and Temporal Simulation, or CONTEXTS -- is meant to help the Department of Defense model political, territorial and economic tensions that lead to military conflicts as a means of helping to plan ahead for them. "Military planners often conduct manual research and use limited modelling tools to generate ...
Syria conflict: Putin orders Eastern Ghouta 'humanitarian pause'

Syria conflict: Putin orders Eastern Ghouta 'humanitarian pause'

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Media playback is unsupported on your deviceRussia's President Vladimir Putin has ordered a daily five-hour pause in the Syrian government's assault on the rebel-held Eastern Ghouta area.It will start on Tuesday, and include the creation of a "humanitarian corridor" to allow civilians to leave.The rebel enclave near Damascus, where 393,000 civilians are trapped, has been under intense bombardment by government forces with Russian support.More than 560 people have been killed in eight days, a monitoring group says. Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu made the announcement about the "humanitarian pause", saying it would run from 09:00 until 14:00 local time (07:00-12:00 GMT) daily. In a further statement, the ministry said the Syrian Red Crescent would help set up the corridor and people ...
UN calls for end to 'hell on earth' Syrian conflict

UN calls for end to 'hell on earth' Syrian conflict

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The United Nations has called for an end to the "hell on earth" violence in Syria after hundreds of civilians were killed in eastern Ghouta.Residents in the rebel-held area outside Damascus say they are waiting for their "turn to die" after more than 290 people including dozens of children were killed since Sunday.UN secretary general Antonio Guterres said the Syrian government's bombing campaign had turned the region into "hell on earth" for civilians."My appeal to all those involved is for an immediate suspension of all war activities in eastern Ghouta allowing for humanitarian aid to reach all those in need," he said.Video:Moment Syrian airstrike hits rebel-held suburbFrench president Emmanuel Macron has called for a humanitarian truce to allow civilians to be evacuated.Rockets and barr...