DONALD Trump made a radical break with 50 years of US foreign policy by officially recognising Israel's sovereignty over the Golan Heights. But where are the Golan Heights and when were they occupied? Here's everything you need to know. WHERE ARE THE GOLAN HEIGHTS? The Golan Heights is region of around 700 square miles in the Levant - an area of the Eastern Medditerranean primarily in Western Asia. It is the name given to the area Israel captured from Syria during the Six-Day War — an armed conflict between Israel, Jordan, Syria, and what is now known as Egypt. Since the war in 1967, Israel has occupied the western two-thirds of the region while the eastern third has remained under the control of Syria. With the outbreak of the Syrian Civil War, the eastern area of the Golan Heights has seen fighting between the Syrian Arab Army and many different factions of the Syrian opposition. As of July 2018, the Syrian government has regained its grip on the eastern Golan Heights. … [Read more...] about Where are the Golan Heights when did Israel occupy them and what’s the source of dispute over them?
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Maj. Marc Catalano’s AC-130 gunship was one of America’s most efficient aircraft for taking enemy lives.Bristling with machine guns, 40 mm cannon and 105 mm howitzer, it’s a flying battleship that can devastate troops on the ground. But on Oct. 21, 2016, Catalano used the big plane and its guns to save lives, freeing more than 200 hostages held in Iraq by Islamic State insurgents.“You get back home and that’s when it sinks in,” Catalano said Thursday after he accepted the Air Force Academy’s Jabara Award, the school’s highest honor for airmanship.Now a commercial pilot, Catalano in 2016 was leading a crew of 14 airmen toward a busy night of work. The AC-130, called “Spooky” by ground troops, is one of the Air Force’s top planes for supporting troops in combat. It can linger over the battlefield for hours, and when it opens up with its weapons, it is devastating. Military West Point apologizes for falcon's injuries; … [Read more...] about Air Force Academy graduate receives Jabara Award for saving Iraqi hostages from the air
DONALD Trump described the Iran nuclear deal as the "worst ever" agreement negotiated by the US. The US President claimed Iran was still developing its nuke programme. ere's what you need to know. Why has Donald Trump pulled out of the Iran nuclear deal? Announcing his decision to withdraw in July 2018 to announce his decision, he said: “The so-called Iran deal was supposed to protect the United States and our allies from the lunacy of an Iranian nuclear bomb, a weapon that will only endanger the survival of the Iranian regime. “In fact, the deal allowed Iran to continue enriching uranium and over time reach the brink of a nuclear blackout.” “Today, we have definitive proof that this Iranian promise was a lie." The Republican, who called the agreement "rotting and decaying", said he would impose the "highest level" of economic sanctions on Iran. He said: "The United States no longer makes empty threats. When I make promises, I keep them."What sanctions are … [Read more...] about Why did Donald Trump pull out of the Iran nuclear deal and what sanctions are the US reinstating?
Adam Garcia, the founder of MadRead, a new online bookstore bringing the latest English book releases to Spain, shares his top ten essential reads with The Local readers. In some ways, Spain is a very familiar country. The Iberian Peninsular is a common holiday destination for most Europeans and you may have visited prior to making the move to live here. Yet in other ways, Spain is unlike any other country on earth. It has a complicated and partly ‘forgotten’ history full of conflict, be it due to power, politics, territory, invasion, persecution, family and yes of course, football. This complex past results in subtle comments and attitudes from Spaniards that are difficult to understand without a good understanding of their origins. Reading is the best way to achieve that understanding, but .... ten cuidado! History is only told by those who survive it and can be slanted to portray the teller’s personal opinions rather than fact, … [Read more...] about Ten books that tell you everything you need to know about Spain
Updated 8:37 pm CDT, Friday, October 19, 2018 Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, the missing Saudi contributor to The Washington Post, disappeared after visiting the Saudi Arabia embassy in Instanbul, Turkey on Oct. 2, 2018. Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, the missing Saudi contributor to The Washington Post, disappeared after visiting the Saudi Arabia embassy in Instanbul, Turkey on Oct. 2, 2018. Photo: Hasan Jamali, AP In a frame from surveillance camera footage taken Oct. 2, 2018, and published Thursday, Oct. 18, 2018, by the pro-government Turkish newspaper Sabah, a man identified by Turkish officials as Maher Abdulaziz Mutreb, walks outside the Saudi consul general’s residence in Istanbul. Writer Jamal Khashoggi disappeared at the nearby Saudi consulate on the same day. Saudi Arabia, which initially called the allegations "baseless," has not responded to repeated requests for comment from The … [Read more...] about The Latest: Trump: I do find Saudi explanation credible