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Watch The Trailer For A New Iraq War Film Written By An Actual Iraq War Veteran

Army veteran Chris Roessner returned home from Iraq in 2004 and spent the next 10 years writing and pitching a film based on his experiences at war. Now, that film, “Sand Castle,” is set to premiere on Netflix in April. Judging from the trailer, Roessner’s Iraq deployment was pretty awful. The film, however, looks great. Starring Nicholas Hoult — who ...

Why Trump won’t tear up Iran nuclear deal

One of Donald Trump’s most vocal riffs during his campaign was “rip it up.” He was referring, of course, to the Iran agreement that is meant to keep nuclear weapons out of the hands of the ayatollahs for at least a decade. Candidate Trump boasted he would rip up the agreement, then renegotiate a much better document. This sent shivers ...

Egypt’s Christians are being driven out – will the world notice?

A spike in attacks on Coptic Christians in Egypt, spurred by a video threat from ISIS, has drawn the prayers and concern of advocates, who are urging global leaders to take notice. “Americans need to know that one of the oldest Christian communities in the world is under threat from being completely pushed out of Egypt,” which would be disastrous ...

ISIS militants gun down another Christian in Egypt

EL-ARISH, Egypt — Suspected Islamic militants gunned down a Coptic Christian inside his home in northern Sinai, the sixth such killing in a month’s time in the restive region, officials said Friday, prompting some Christian families to flee from the area for fear of being targeted next. The militants stormed the home of Kamel Youssef, a plumber, on Thursday and ...

Egypt says near meeting Russia’s airport security demands

Cairo – Egyptian officials say they are drawing closer to meeting all demands set by Russia on airport security to restore flights to Egypt. They say work has begun this week to install up to 16 finger-print security gates for employees at two of Cairo airport’s main terminals and to raise a potentially vulnerable stretch of the facility’s perimeter fence ...

Trump is already losing the long-term fight in Iraq

IRAQI GOVERNMENT forces last week launched a crucial campaign to retake the western side of Mosul, the Islamic State’s largest remaining urban stronghold. U.S. planes and special forces were providing critical close-up support for a battle that commanders believe could drag on for months. Victory is not assured and the humanitarian cost, which Iraqi forces managed to minimize in capturing ...

Stirrings of new trade deal with Iran

The resumption of trade ties with Iran appears closer following the signing of a new deal with the Iranian government. The signing of a meat arrangement means sheep and beef exports to Iran can now resume. Steps are underway to develop Kiwifruit exports as well. The Minister for Primary Industries, Nathan Guy, is calling the agreement, “a crucial step for ...

Bodies of more than 70 migrants wash up on Libya’s coast

KALAHAN DENG The bodies of 74 migrants have been recovered by the Libyan Red Crescent after washing up on the country’s northern coast near the city of Zawiya. Rescuers say a sole survivor was found near a torn rubber dinghy. Volunteers, who responded to a call yesterday morning, say they believe the individuals drowned while trying to cross the Mediterranean ...

Split by Trump’s travel ban, a family races to reunite

KALAHAN DENG Abdalla hears his English teacher’s voice beaming across the room like a ray of sunshine. “What… is… the… matter?” The teacher sounds out each syllable, pausing as photos of injuries flash on a projection screen. If you go to the doctor, she says, these are words you’ll need to know. In this Atlanta classroom, dozens of refugees who ...

Truck rams New Orleans crowd during Mardi Gras parade; 28 injured

KALAHAN DENG One man is in custody after an accident at a Mardi Gras parade in New Orleans injured at least 28 people, five seriously, officials said. Police Chief Michael Harrison said the suspect, who was driving a pickup truck that hit two cars before running into the crowd, appeared to be highly intoxicated. Among the injured, the youngest is ...