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Roger That: U.S.-led airstrikes kill 10 Islamic State leaders

Mike Fitzgerald
Mike Fitzgerald

US-led forces have killed 10 Islamic State leaders in airstrikes, including individuals linked to the Paris attacks, a U.S. spokesman said, dealing a double blow to the militant group after Iraqi forces ousted it from the city of Ramadi, according to the Associated Press.

Meanwhile, Russia’s defense ministry says it has killed several leaders of the Islamic State group outside their stronghold of Raqqa in Syria, according to Military.com.

Army Col. Steve Warren, the top spokesman for the coalition, told reporters that Charaffe al Mouadan was killed Dec. 24 in an airstrike. He declined to say where in Syria the attack occurred, and described it as part of a wave of attacks carried out since Dec. 7 that have killed 10 Islamic State leaders, including others involved in “external operations” that included plotting attacks in the West.

The attacks in Paris killed 130 people on Nov. 13. The Islamic State claimed responsibility for them, and the suspected leader of the attackers, Abdelhamid Abaaoud, was killed in a police raid in the Paris suburb of Saint-Denis five days later.

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Airmen will take the first step of a five-year strategy to decrease interpersonal violence across the service in January when 1,500 Airman implementers attend one of 22 Green Dot prep sessions worldwide, the Air Force has announced.

The Air Force contracted the non-profit Green Dot organization to provide these violence prevention tools to the total Air Force over the next three years.

Green Dot prepares organizations to implement a strategy of violence prevention that reduces power-based interpersonal violence, which includes not only sexual violence, but also domestic violence, dating violence, stalking, child abuse, elder abuse and bullying.

In a Wednesday interview for Air Force Times, Andra Tharp — the Air Force’s expert on preventing sexual assault and other forms of violence — said the new Green Dot system will do more than just teach bystanders how to step in when they see, for example, a sexual assault about to happen at a bar or drunken party. She hopes it will lead to a cultural change in how airmen think about all forms of interpersonal violence — not just sexual assault, but also domestic violence, dating violence, stalking, child abuse, elder abuse and bullying.

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Three months of Russian airstrikes in Syria have killed more than 2,300 people, a third of them civilians, a monitoring group has said, according to The Guardian newspaper, of Great Britain.

Russia began conducting its air war in Syria on Sept. 30 in support of its embattled ally, President Bashar al-Assad.

According to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, Moscow’s strikes on Syria have killed 2,371 people so far. The toll includes 792 civilians, among them 180 children.

The raids killed 655 Islamic State fighters, which Russia says it is targeting along with “other terrorist groups.”

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Fort Leonard Wood has identified five international soldiers who drowned when their car was swept away by floodwaters.

The soldiers were returning to the Army base from Osage Beach on Saturday night when their car went off Highway U near Crocker, about 15 miles northwest of Fort Leonard Wood, according to Army Times.

The men were in a program that brings troops from other countries to the installation to study engineering, military policing and chemical defense.

The victims were Maj. Mohammad Hassan Ibrahim, 32, Egypt; Maj. Akram Abu Al-rub, 38, Jordan; Capt. Ahmed Moussouni, 32, Algeria; Capt. Ahmed Abdelghani, 29, Egypt; and Capt. Hasman Hussin, 33, Malaysia.

Fort officials said Wednesday the bodies are being returned to the men’s home countries for burial.

Mike Fitzgerald: 618-239-2533, @MikeFitz3000

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