WASHINGTON — One U.S. soldier was killed and two others injured when they came under fire while conducting a train, advise and assist mission in Afghanistan, the Pentagon said Tuesday.The incident took place earlier Tuesday in Marjah in Afghanistan’s Helmand Province, said Peter Cook, spokesman for the U.S. Defense Department, adding that a number of Afghan forces were also injured. (U.S.-Afghanistan-Soldier)
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BAGHDAD — The Islamic State (IS) has lost 40 percent of its occupied territory in Iraq, while the Iraqi security forces retook an area near the town of Haditha in the western province of Anbar, the U.S.-led anti-IS coalition said on Tuesday.
Besides Iraq, the IS has also lost about 20 percent of its controlled area in Syria, the coalition spokesman, Col. Steve Warren, said in a press briefing in Baghdad. “Taking together Iraq and Syria, they lost 30 percent of the territory they once held.” (Iraq-IS-Land)
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WASHINGTON — U.S. President Barack Obama Tuesday unveiled a handful of executive measures on gun control, including expanding background checks, calling for “a sense of urgency” about gun violence.
Anybody in the business of selling firearms must get a license and conduct background checks or be subject to criminal prosecutions, Obama said at the White House, joined by gun control activists and the families of gun victims. (U.S.-Gun Control-Obama)
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NEW DELHI — The death toll in a strong earthquake that hit India’s north-eastern state of Manipur Tuesday rose to eight, officials said.
“As per the reports received from the Government of Manipur, eight people have lost their lives and 88 others were injured due to the earthquake,” Indian government in an official statement said. (India-Earthquake-Toll) Enditem