Ranking ISIS leader killed in Aleppo: Although official reports conflict, Russia is claiming its airstrikes targeting al-Bab killed top Islamic State militant leader in Aleppo, Abu Mohammed al-Adnani.
ISIS news agency Amaq only confirmed the death of a “senior IS official” Tuesday, but it is speculated al-Adnani was killed; Amaq did not confirm whether he was killed in battle or the result of an airstrike.
Al-Adnani is believed to be the second-highest-ranking ISIS member, subordinate only to ISIS leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.
The U.S. dismissed Russian claims taking responsibility for al-Adnani’s death as “preposterous.”
Approval rating for Aussie PM hits low: Beset by parliamentary gridlock, the Australian public is blaming Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull. Turnbull’s approval rating sit at a dismal 34 percent.
Determined to break the legislative logjam, Turnbull called early election in July; however, the political maneuvering failed and his Liberal-National Party suffered significant losses.
Since the new session began, Turnbull’s Liberal-National coalition holds a one-seat advantage in the House, leaving it dependent on defectors from the Labor Party for support.
Libya says ISIS driven from Sirte: Following three months of intense fighting and backed by 92 U.S. airstrikes, Libyan forces loyal to the UN-recognized Government of National Accord have driven the last vestiges of the Islamic State (ISIS) from the coastal city of Sirte.
The recent victory comes in the wake of a brief respite to allow families of ISIS fighters to leave the city.
Libyan spokesman Rida Issa declared Sirte’s Neighborhood One to be “completely liberated” and 11th Brigade forces were completing final cleanup operations.
Aussie aid worker freed in Afghanistan: Abducted from the office of aid agency Zardozi in April, Australian charity worker, Kerry Jane Wilson, was freed following a raid conducted by Afghani security forces on Monday.
Held for four months, Wilson is a 20-year-veteran aid worker in Afghanistan and was freed from captivity near the Afghan city of Jalalabad.
Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop declined to comment further to protect civilians living and working in Afghanistan.
It is the official policy of Australia not to pay ransom for hostages.
Mass of migrants rescued in Mediterranean: In one of the largest rescue operations in recent memory, the Italian Corps of the Port Captaincies has plucked over 6,500 African migrants 12 miles from the Libyan coast.
It is believed a majority of those saved are of Eritrean and Somalian origin.
It is believed the migrants originally settled in Libya, but fled by sea to escape uncertainty, political upheaval and human traffickers in Libya.
Over 100,000 migrants from the region have been accepted by the Italian government.
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