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Date: Mar 4, 2019

A New Zealander serving with the Islamic State group has been captured in Northern Syria and is being held in a Kurdish prison.

Nicknamed the Kiwi Jihadi, Mark Taylor told the ABC he fled the Islamic State group in December and surrendered to Kurdish forces because life had become unbearable.

"There was no food, no money, basic services were pretty much collapsed. I was in a pickle myself and had to make a final decision, which was to leave," Taylor said.

For five years he lived with the extremist group but claims he wasn't a fighter and was only deployed as a guard.

"I was helping to guard a border between the Syrian Government and the Islamic State," he said

Read more: ABC Net (Australia)

An Irish man accused of murdering four soldiers in an IRA bomb attack in Hyde Park in 1982 can be extradited to Northern Ireland to face charges over a separate bomb attack in 1972, a Dubin court has ruled.

The high court on Friday rejected John Downey’s attempt to avoid extradition, clearing the way for the alleged bomber to face trial in Belfast for the murder of two soldiers from the Ulster Defence Regiment a decade before the London bombing.

L/Cpl Alfred Johnston, 32, and Pte James Eames, 33, died when an IRA bomb exploded in a car they were checking in Enniskillen, County Fermanagh, on 25 August 1972.

Downey , 67, was detained at his home in County Donegal, in the Irish Republic, last November under a European extradition warrant.

Read more: The Guardian (UK)

President Trump has ordered most American troops to withdraw from Syria. He wants to bring home thousands more from Afghanistan. Now hundreds of United States commandos and other forces are leaving West Africa — despite an onslaught of attacks from an increasingly deadly matrix of Islamist fighters.

The shift has unnerved African commanders in Burkina Faso and neighboring nations in the Sahel, a vast sub-Saharan scrubland increasingly racked by bombings, massacres, kidnappings and attacks on hotels frequented by Westerners. It is a region in which most Americans were unaware of United States military involvement until four Army soldiers were killed in a deadly 2017 ambush in Niger by Islamic State fighters.

What is emerging, critics said, is a glimpse of what happens when American troops, especially Special Operations forces, pull back before insurgents are effectively subdued, leaving local or allied forces to fend off the Islamic State, Al Qaeda or their offshoots.

Read more: New York Times

Maryland doesn’t stand much of a chance should the United States and Russia come to nuclear blows.

It’s not only next to Washington, but also home to Fort Meade and the National Security Agency, Aberdeen Proving Ground and the Camp David presidential retreat.

Camp David, nestled in the Catoctin Mountains near Thurmont, was among five targets listed on Russian state television for that nation’s hypersonic missile capable of delivering a nuclear warhead within five minutes.

The bellicose threat by Dmitry Kiselyov, host of Russia’s main weekly TV news show “Vesti Nedeli,” came after Russian President Vladimir Putin warned the U.S. not to deploy new missiles to Europe.

Read more: The Baltimore Sun