US Blames Russia For Civilian Deaths in Syria
As Operation Inherent Resolve works on preparing Syria so nongovernmental agencies can go in and provide food to starving civilians, the Pentagon is quick to admit that the situation in the country “remains volatile.” Moreover, Army Col. Steve Warren said that Russian intervention had “made matters worse.”
Bombing strikes by Russia and the regime forces were said to have been “indiscriminate,” leading to a significant number of civilian casualties. So far, Warren said they have received reports of a school in northern Syria as well as two hospitals hit by bombs. To make things worse, Warren said Russia and the regime forces also make use of barrel bombs, which has been described as a flying IED (improvised explosive device).
Meanwhile, the U.S. and its coalition allies continue its fight against ISIS. Recently, it has launched strategic strikes on various oil targets in Operation Tidal Wave II. The goal is to strike against the Islamic State’s industrial base in order to reduce its revenue. Warren said they have received reports of ISIS fighters’ salaries being reduced to 50 percent. At the same time, Iraqi forces continue with removing IED’s implanted by ISIS in Ramadi.
Apple Says No To Helping The FBI
A judge has ordered Apple to help the FBI by cracking an iPhone recovered from Syed Farook, one of the San Bernardino shooters. The tech company is adamantly saying no.
According to a report from Reuters, Apple said it will not crack the terrorist’s iPhone as it would mean the company would have to create a master key that will allow them to break into anyone’s Apple device. For them, this could possibly have “chilling” implications, as the said key can be used by hackers, criminals and governments. It is likely that Apple will file an appeal against the court order.
Julianne Moore In Talks For ‘Kingsman 2’
If negotiations fall through, it looks like Oscar winner Julianne Moore will end up joining the cast of the “Kingsman 2” with original cast member Taron Egerton. According to Hollywood Reporter, Moore will be playing the role of a villain if the deal pushes through. Meanwhile, Matthew Vaughn returns to direct the movie, with filming starting in May.