In our news wrap Monday, President Trump charged again today that President Obama should have done more to stop Russia’s meddling in the 2016 election. This comes after federal indictments for 13 Russians. Also, "Islamic State" attackers in Iraq ambushed and killed 27 Shiite-led militiamen. Iraqi officials had declared victory over ISIS just 2 months ago.
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President Trump charged again that President Obama should have done more to stop Russia’s election meddling in 2016. It came in the president’s latest tweet since federal indictments on Friday that named 13 Russians.
We will look at the fallout from those charges made by the special counsel, Robert Mueller, and Mr. Trump’s response after the news summary.
Islamic State attackers in Iraq have ambushed and killed 27 Shiite-led militiamen. It happened in a town southwest of Kirkuk, while the militiamen were conducting nighttime raids. Families mourned the victims as their bodies arrived at a military airfield in Baghdad. Iraqi officials had declared victory over ISIS just two months ago.
Turkey and Syria may be headed toward a confrontation. Syrian state TV reported today that pro-government forces will go to the aid of Kurdish fighters near the Turkish border. Turkey says the Kurds are terrorists, and it’s attacking them around Afrin.
In Jordan’s capital, Amman, the visiting Turkish foreign minister warned that Syria is risking an armed clash.
I have also seen the reports this morning. The aim of our Afrin operation is obvious, to eliminate the terrorists that carry out attacks against us and pose a threat against Turkey. However, if the Syrian regime comes in to defend them, then nothing and nobody can stop us or the Turkish soldiers.
By nightfall, no Syrian-backed troops had entered Afrin. Turkey has also demanded that the United States stop supporting the Syrian Kurdish fighters.
The state parole board in Louisiana has denied parole to an inmate whose case led to a landmark court decision. Henry Montgomery was just 17 years old when he killed a sheriff’s deputy. He’s now 71. In 2016, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that sentencing juvenile murder defendants to life without parole is unconstitutional. Montgomery must now wait another two years to seek parole again.
And at the Winter Olympics in South Korea, the day’s highlights included a win for American women. The U.S. women’s hockey team beat Finland and will play Canada for the gold medal later this week.
And officials confirmed that a Russian curler failed a doping test. Russia is trying to recover from findings that it ran a systematic doping scheme for years.