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Tucker Carlson: Exchange between Clinton staffers "infuriating"

 Tucker Carson told viewers Wednesday on “Special Report with Bret Baier” that the email exchange between Clinton staffers revealed by the latest WikiLeaks email dump is “infuriating on a whole bunch of different levels.”  Host of Fox & Friends was referring to the email exchange from 2011 between senior fellow John Halpin at the progressive think tank Center for American Progress, Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta and her communication director Jen Palmieri, in which Halpin and Palmieri bashed Catholics and evangelists.

Tucker Carson stated that had Clinton staffers ridiculed Islam instead of Catholicism, “the president would have a prime time press conference right now, urging all of us to sort of quell  our anti islamophobia.” In Carson’s opinion, Clinton communications director is “maligning the world’s largest religion.”

Fox & Friend anchor argued that its senseless to say that “Catholicism is backwards,” because there are many other “world religions that are far more retrograded on that question than anything that Catholic Church has ever come out with.” Tucker Carlson also expressed his frustration about the lack of media coverage on the WikiLeaks emails.

Krauthammer on Trump’s debate performance: He ‘stopped the bleeding’

Syndicated columnist Charles Krauthammer said Monday on “Special Report with Bret Baier” that Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump’s performance during a primetime debate Sunday helped keep his campaign afloat… amid dozens of weekend defections from the GOP.

“He prevented the crash last night. He was headed… over the edge, because his party was deserting him,” Krauthammer said. “All those defections, the governors and senators and members of Congress. Remember, when Nixon resigned, it was not right after the Supreme Court ordered him to release the tapes. It was when Barry Goldwater and the delegation from the Congress went to Nixon and said, 'It's over, you've got to resign.' And the next day, he announced his resignation.”

Krauthammer labeled the desertion by Republicans a “flight to the exits,” but said the debate steadied the campaign to a degree.

“It looks as if [Trump] stopped the bleeding,” he said.

Nevertheless, Krauthammer  acknowledged Trump’s leaked audio has cost his campaign much-needed time.

“He's behind… He used a debate that he could have used to close the gap to simply hold the campaign together,” he concluded. 

UN Security Council Syria emergency meeting

By Jonathan Wachtel

The UN Security Council is holding a closed emergency meeting on Syria after UN envoy, Staffan de Mistura, warned Thursday that the lives of some 275,000 people are hanging in the balance as the Russian and Syrian government air bombardment of Aleppo continues unabated.

“In maximum two months, two-and-a-half months, the city of eastern Aleppo may be totally destroyed,” de Mistura said. The Kremlin says Russian fighter jets are “assisting Syria’s armed forces in the fight against terrorism,” while de Mistura, who is briefing the Security Council today via video link in Geneva, has implored Russia to halt its airstrikes to end the terrible suffering of Aleppo’s residents and allow a few hundred jihadi fighters holed up in the city to leave. “If you decide to leave with dignity… I am personally ready to physically accompany you,” de Mistura said, urging former Al-Nusra Front fighters in eastern Aleppo to leave in a deal that would end the brutal air campaign against the city and its residents.

Russian Foreign Minister, Sergei Lavrov, said on Russia’s Channel One news that Moscow is “ready to urge” the Syrian government to agree to De Mistura’s proposal to allow the Al-Nusra fighters out of eastern Aleppo in exchange for a temporary cessation of hostilities.

On Monday, Secretary of State John Kerry announced that the United States ended talks with Moscow on Syria over Russia’s stepped up air campaign in Aleppo. Moscow and Washington accuse each other of breaking a fragile ceasefire last month. Russia has since deployed advanced S-300 and S-400 surface-to-air-missiles to Syria. And yesterday, a Russian defense ministry spokesman warned that any US aircraft attempting to launch strikes may be shot down by the Russia air defenses.

Security Council members are discussing a French-drafted resolution that demands a ceasefire in Aleppo. Fox News saw an initial draft of the resolution which called for the suspension of all aerial military activity over the war-torn city. The measure also called for the delivery of humanitarian aid and the establishment of a mechanism to monitor the ceasefire.

Russia’s Ambassador to the UN, Vitaly Churkin, said earlier this week that the resolution in its current form “has no chance of working,” essentially threatening to veto. Moscow’s deployment of advanced air defenses in Syria is viewed by Western diplomats as a move that would deter any attempt by the West to impose a no-fly zone over Syria, a long-standing appeal by Syria’s opposition.

France may call for a vote on its draft resolution as early as Friday. Russia’s UN, Vitaly Churkin, said a short time ago outside the Security Council that “the French draft contains elements that we think are harmful,” hinting Moscow’s intention to veto.  

Krauthammer: Trump must ‘ignore the bate’ in next debate.

Before Sunday’s second presidential debate in St. Louis, syndicated columnist Charles Krauthammer offered some advice to Donald Trump.

“Ignore the bait,” he said Thursday on Special Report. “He [Trump] should just dismiss all the quotations that he hears the way that Pence did, deny it ever happened and ignore the fact checkers the next day.”

Krauthammer added that although the republican presidential nominee might have lost the first presidential, he felt it wasn’t the route many said it was.

“It was pretty close… but he really threw it away the morning after,” he said.  “When he went down the rabbit hole on Miss Universe and all the other stuff.”

Krauthammer said Trump needed to prepare and focus on Clinton’s weaknesses at the next debate and then “just have somebody remove the cellphone overnight.”


Pentagon identiefies Green Beret killed in Afghanistan

The Pentagon has identified the U.S. Army Green Beret killed in eastern Afghanistan while on a foot patrol with Afghan forces in Nangarhar Province.

Staff Sgt. Adam S. Thomas, 31, of Tacoma Park, Maryland was part of the 10th Special Forces Group based out of Ft. Carson, Colorado.

Thomas was killed Tuesday when a roadside bomb detonated near his patrol during a counterterrorism mission against an ISIS-affiliated group, according to the Pentagon.

That same day, Pentagon spokesman Peter Cook was asked by Fox News if Thomas was killed in combat.  Cook called it a “combat situation.”

Thomas is the second special forces soldier killed in action inside Afghanistan since late August, the third overall in 2016. 

Late last month the top US commander in Afghanistan said there were roughly 1,300 ISIS-affiliated fighters in eastern Afghanistan.  Most are former Pakistani Taliban who have switched allegiances, according to Gen. John Nicholson during a press conference.

Nicholson said the Taliban control 10 percent of Afghanistan and contest up to 25 percent of the country, 15 years after the 9/11 attacks.

On Oct. 7, 2001, the US military began airstrikes against the Taliban, the start of the longest war in American history. 

Kurtz on Trump’s former Ms. Universe dust up: “He can’t seem to let go of it”

Howard Kurtz told viewers Friday on “Special Report with Bret Baier” that when it comes to Donald Trump’s continued clashes with former Ms. Universe Alicia Machado, “he can’t seem to let go of it.”

“I cannot figure out what Donald Trump gains especially among women by continuing to attack Alicia Machado,” Kurtz said.

In a series of tweets posted before dawn Friday, Trump slammed Machado and told his followers not to believe any anonymously sourced reports about his campaign. A short time later, Trump tweeted that rival Hillary Clinton’s acceptance of Machado’s support was a sign of “bad judgement” and alleged that Machado has a sex tape.

Clinton responded by calling the tirade “unhinged, even for Trump.”

Kurtz said Trump’s tactic is nothing new, adding, “This is part of his familiar pattern of refusing to walk away from fights even with obscure figure even when the fight does not benefit him.”

Race for the White House

Krauthammer on Trump’s central weakness: ‘His Vanity.’

Syndicated columnist Charles Krauthammer said Wednesday on “Special Report with Bret Baier” that Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump’s central weakness is his vanity.

“I don't know why everybody's surprised of his lack of discipline. I mean he's been out there for 15 months, he's completely undisciplined,” said Krauthammer. Adding,  “Yet, for about a month he's been led around, shackled, handcuffed by his staff, made to read from the teleprompter.”

However Krauthammer asserts that it’s not that simple for the Trump campaign, “The minute you let him loose, meaning on the debate stage, where there is no prompter, and then immediately after when he's reacting... What emerges is his central weakness; Vanity.

US mil: 18 ISIS leaders killed in airstrikes in past month//500-800k refugees expected in Mosul

By Lucas Tomlinson

18 ISIS leaders have been killed in Iraq and Syria in the past month, a Baghdad-based US military spokesman told reporters at the Pentagon Thursday. 

Fox News had reported last week on Special Report that over a dozen ISIS leaders had been killed in Mosul ahead of the expected ground operation next month in Iraq’s second largest city. Some of the ISIS leaders are Chechens who hold a “special place” with the terror group, said Col. John Dorrian, a spokesman for the US-led coalition.

One of the critical tasks facing the Iraqi government in retaking Mosul from ISIS is the handling the expected 500-800,000 refugees expected to pour out of Mosul after ISIS is defeated, said Dorrian. He said the screening of the refugees is one of the most important components of the Mosul operation, saying it’s a conversation the US-led coalition has with the Iraqis “every day.”   Dorrian said the screening process must be done under the “command and control” of the Iraqi government.

In June, following the liberation of Fallujah by Iraqi forces, hundreds of Iraqi Sunni refugees fleeing the city were reportedly abducted and later killed by Iranian-backed forces outside the city, including Kataaib Hezbollah, which was designated a terrorist organization by the State Department in 2009 for attacking US forces in Iraq. 

The United Nations said in July that 900 Iraqi refugees who left Fallujah were missing and at least 50 had been executed and blamed Iraqi Shia militias, many backed by Iran.

Some of these Iranian-backed forces are now located on the outskirts of Mosul, according to US officials.  

Dorrian said the 615 troops going to Iraq that the defense secretary announced Wednesday would be the last increase needed to help the Iraqis take Mosul.

“We believe this is all the force we will need to liberate Mosul,” he said.

Dorrian said a sizable number of the new US troops going to Iraq are intelligence personnel that will be needed to sift through terabytes of information ISIS is expected to leave behind when they either flee the city or are killed.  

When the ISIS supply hub of Manbij was liberated near Syria’s border with Turkey, 20 terabytes of information was recovered by US-backed forces, said Dorian calling it a “treasure trove” of information about ISIS that has since been shared with western intelligence agencies including those in Europe.

When asked why some troops are going to a remote airbase in western Iraq’s Anbar province, Dorrian said the goal is to turn al-Asad airbase located northwest of Ramadi into a 24/7 airport to fly drones and support Iraqi military aircraft.  At the moment, the airbase can only support day time operations, he said.



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