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US Fighter Jet Downs Syrian Warplane

A U.S. fighter jet shot down a Syrian warplane Sunday after it reportedly bombed U.S.-backed fighters battling Islamic State. The Pentagon said Sunday a Syrian SU-22 dropped bombs on coalition-partnered fighters near the town of Tabqah. A U.S. Super Hornetimmediately responded and shot down the Syrian plane. There is no word on the pilot’s fate or any other casualties. Earlier, Syrian forces attacked coalition fighters in Ja'Din,

US opposes UN authorizing 5 countries to fight extremists

 The United States is opposing a French-drafted U.N. resolution that would authorize military action by five countries in Africa’s vast Sahel region against extremist groups. France’s U.N. Ambassador Francois Delattre says the African Union and the five countries — Mali, Burkina Faso, Mauritania, Niger and Chad — have asked for Security

America’s descent into middle eastern-style conspiracy-theory

How the once-sturdy institutions of our democracy—the press, the intelligence community, political parties—have been used to legitimize a conspiracy theory, and why those theories are so hard to disprove By Lee Smith The testimony that former FBI Director James Comey delivered Thursday morning before the Senate Intelligence Committee and a wide television audience