Britain’s May hosts Jordanian King at Downing Street

British Prime Minister Theresa May welcomes Jordanian King Abdullah II to Downing Street during his visit to the UK. IMAGES of meet between May and Abdullah II

Pompeo reassures Jordan amid Syria drawdown plans

(8 Jan 2019) US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Tuesday held face to face meetings with Jordan’s King Abdullah II amid confusion over conflicting Trump administration statements about a planned US troop withdrawal from Syria. (Jan. 8)

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US secretary of state meets with Jordan’s King Abdullah II

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo meets with Jordan’s King Abdullah II in Washington. IMAGES

Jerusalem is the ‘key to stability’ of entire Middle East

Jerusalem is the ‘key to stability’ of entire Middle East says Jordan’s King Abdullah at a press conference alongside Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. It comes following an announcement by US President Donald Trump in which he unveilled an intention to recognise Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. SOUNDBITE

British PM May meets Jordan’s King Abdullah II

British Prime Minster Theresa May on Thursday met with Jordan’s King Abdullah II in Amman as part of her visit to the region. IMAGES

Step Inside An ISIS Base That Was Just Liberated | Retaking Mosul (HBO)

The Iraqi-led offensive to take back the city of Mosul from the Islamic State terrorist group drags into its third week. Coalition forces are now digging in for a drawn-out, house-to-house fight in a city riddled with tunnels and rigged with improvised explosive devices.

“We want to do it quickly, but in Bashiqa it’s been two years that Daesh [IS] is working on the buildings,” peshmerga commander Najat Abdullah told VICE News correspondent Seb Walker in Bashiqa, east of Mosul. “A lot of mines have been placed in the roads, approximately 10 to 15 massive ones have exploded around my troops.”

Commander Abdullah’s forces discovered an abandoned IS base that the terrorists had fled in haste, leaving behind their weapons and documents. Tunnels underneath the base revealed an underground network of improvised explosive devices.

The offensive has been grueling and is expected to drag on for weeks. But last week Iraqi forces saw some notable gains when they killed 116 IS fighters in bombing raids and breached the city’s outer limits for the first time in more than two years.

This segment originally aired Oct. 31, 2016, on VICE News Tonight on HBO.

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Protests Over Voting Fraud: Elections in Afghanistan (Dispatch 5)

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In the space of a few short days, Afghan presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah went from confident frontrunner to aggrieved underdog as his rival, Ashraf Ghani, took a surprise lead. Abdullah promptly announced that he rejected the preliminary election results and demanded the resignation of the head of the election commission, Zia-ul-Haq Amarkhail, amid accusations of ballot tampering.

Peaceful street protests in support of Abdullah sprung up across central Kabul, echoing the protests of the Arab Spring. When Amarkhail resigned after Abdullah’s team released audio tapes of him allegedly discussing large-scale electoral fraud, Abdullah’s campaign seemed revitalized, culminating in a large Friday demonstration in the center of Kabul during which Abdullah personally addressed his supporters.

While the peaceful nature of the demonstrations illustrate how far Afghanistan has come since 2001, the political deadlock is now edging the country toward crisis, with no sense of how or when the high-stakes political drama will end.

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The Rise of British Jihadists in Syria

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Britain’s young Muslims are taking the fight against President Bashir al-Assad from UK towns to the frontlines of Syria. VICE News headed to the civil war-torn country to follow Amer Deghayes, a 20-year-old former student from Brighton, who joined the “holy war” against his father’s wishes after carrying out extensive research online.

We joined Amer after the death of his 18-year-old brother Abdullah, who died in a fierce battle against Assad forces in northern Syria. Undeterred by the bloody and brutal conflict, Amer’s 16-year-old brother Jaffer has since met up with him in Syria.

The UK is now attempting to combat, block, and remove thousands of items of “jihadist propaganda” from the internet in an attempt to deter Britons from taking up arms abroad. For Amer, the power of jihadist social media — which promotes stories of jihadi legend, martyrdom, and paradise — opened his eyes to the suffering of Muslims in Syria.

England is also now citing returning militants as “the biggest security threat to the United Kingdom.” The government’s position could leave Amer — and the possibly thousands of unknown British fighters — stranded in increasingly fierce and bloody conflicts, and within the grasp of extremist jihadist groups.

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