Several hundred Marines have deployed into Syria with artillery guns, as part of the ongoing preparation for the fight to push ISIL out of its self-declared headquarters of Raqqa, a Pentagon spokesman has confirmed. In addition, the US is preparing to send up to 1,000 troops to Kuwait. Source: Al-Jazeera
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The number of refugees striving for Europe has increased significantly in the countries south and east of the Mediterranean since the beginning of the year. This was reported by the “Bild” newspaper on Tuesday, citing a “Confidential” paper of the German security authorities. Source Diepresse
The combined amount spent on the refugee crisis by the federal government totalled over €20 billion in 2016. Over half of the money was spent abroad aiming to stop the flow of migrants making the journey to Europe. Source The Local
Two people have died in two blasts at a public bus station in the Indonesian capital Jakarta, police say. Police said Wednesday’s explosions were triggered by a “suicide bomber” and confirmed that one officer was killed along with the attacker. Source Al Jazeera