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Battle form Mosul...Pentagon eyes al-Shabab...Confused Swedes

By The Associated Press | Posted - Feb. 26, 2017 at 3:00 a.m.



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BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraqi forces are chipping away at the Islamic State group's hold on Western Mosul. A senior commander says Iraqi militarized police have captured a neighborhood on the western side of Iraq's second-largest city amid fierce clashes with the militants. The commander says IS militants deployed at least 10 suicide car bombs, but nine of them were blown up before reaching their targets. The 10th killed two policemen and wounded five.

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Pentagon is asking the White House to let it take the fight against Islamic militants to Somalia by helping that country's forces battle the al-Qaida-linked, al-Shabab extremists. Senior U.S. officials say the group has plotted attacks on the United States. The plan to allow assistance to Somali forces potentially puts U.S. personnel closer to the fight.

NEW YORK (AP) — The U.S. has left Swedes in a state of confusion for the second time in a week. The latest head-scratcher is the appearance on Fox News of a man billed as a "Swedish defense and national security adviser." But the guest Thursday on commentator Bill O'Reilly program turns out to be unknown to Sweden's military and foreign-affairs community. Earlier, President Donald Trump referred to a non-existent incident in Sweden.

ATLANTA (AP) — Observers say Tom Perez has his work cut out for him as new Democratic Party Chairman. Many liberals were disappointed that he beat Minnesota Rep. Keith Ellison, even though Perez offered and Ellison accepted the deputy chairmanship. Perez, the former labor secretary, now faces the task of Unifying Democrats as well as rebuilding party fortunes which have taken a beating of late.

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) — Police are working to bring back to Connecticut a man suspected of fleeing the state with his daughter after killing the girl's mother. Oscar Hernandez is in custody in Pennsylvania. Bridgeport police are also investigating details surrounding his immigration status. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials say he'd been deported in 2013.

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