Syria War: Russia Halts Aleppo Bombing for Humanitarian Pause-BBC News
Russian and Syrian warplanes have stopped airstrikes in the city of Aleppo ahead of a humanitarian pause on Thursday that will allow rebels and civilians to leave the eastern part of the city safely through humanitarian corridors. UN agencies have criticized the nine-hour humanitarian pause scheduled for Thursday arguing that at least 12 hours will be needed to effectively escort people out of the eastern part of the city. “We would welcome any pause in fighting, but there is a need for a longer pause in order to get aid in,” UN spokesman Stephane Dujarric said.
U.N. Chides North Korea for Latest ‘grave violation’-CBS News
The U.N. Security Council has released a statement condemning all of North Korea’s missile tests including 11 previous ballistic missile launches and Saturday’s attempted launch. The Council demands that North Korea discontinue all launches and tests and requested all countries implement new sanctions on North Korea. The Council has also declined North Korea’s pleas to stop U.S.-South Korean military exercises. “We strongly condemn this and North Korea’s other recent missile tests, which violate U.N. Security Council Resolutions explicitly prohibiting North Korea’s launches using ballistic missile technology,” Pentagon spokesman Cmdr. Gary Ross said.
Battle for Mosul Tests Obama’s Strategy to Shift Fight’s Burden From U.S.-NY Times
Iraqi forces began their campaign to retake the city of Mosul from ISIS on Monday. The success of this campaign by Iraqi forces and determining how the city will be governed once ISIS is removed will define President Obama’s legacy as a war commander that planned to remove the United States from the counterterrorism war. 5,000 American troops are currently in Iraq with 200 to 300 of them working as Special Operations commandos giving advice to Iraqi and Kurdish troops on the front lines of the Mosul campaign. Also, there is not a detailed plan for who from a mix of Kurds, Shiites and Sunnis will govern the city once ISIS no longer governs Mosul. “Everyone will want a piece of the pie. A lot of actors will be calling the shots,” Matthew Henman, managing editor of IHS Jane’s Terrorism and Insurgency Center in London said.