Iraqi security forces have uncovered a mass grave containing 39 Indian construction workers who were kidnapped and executed by the #IslamicState in the city of #Mosul back in 2014. Harjit Masih, the only member of the group who managed to escape, told the Associated Press that the men were contracted for construction work on the Mosul University. When the city fell to ISIS, the workers, who are Sikhs, were rounded up and killed. Masih was shot in the leg before escaping the city. For years, the Indian government did not believe his account of the incident, until now. ( AFP) #AtlasNewsUpdateIraq
The St. Mary's County Sheriff has confirmed that the gunman from the shooting at the Great Mills High School in #Maryland has been killed after he was shot by the school resource officer. Two students were wounded, one of which is in critical condition. #AtlasNewsUpdateUnitedStates
A self driving #Uber car struck and killed a pedestrian in #Tempe, #Arizona, which is believed to be the first death caused by an autonomous vehicle. Authorities said the woman was crossing the street outside of a cross walk when she was struck. She was then transported to a local hospital and pronounced dead shortly after arrival. There was a driver in the vehicle at the time of the crash, but the car was in “autonomous mode.” In response, Uber has suspended several self driving car operations. #AtlasNewsUpdateUnitedStates
A shooting at the Great Mills High School in #Maryland has left two people wounded, according to the Associated Press. The gunman is also reportedly in critical condition after being engaged by the school resource officer. No word on any fatalities. According to local authorities, the incident is “contained.” #AtlasNewsUpdateUnitedStates
#Turkish forces and Syrian rebels have captured the #Kurdish held enclave of #Afrin after a two month long operation to push out #YPG forces. Operation Olive Branch, which is spearheaded by #Turkey, aims to flush out Kurdish forces along the Syrian border. Although the main objective is to create a “buffer zone” at the border, Turkish officials have said they will continue to push all the way to #Iraq. #AtlasNewsUpdateSyria
President Vladimir #Putin has won #Russia’s presidential election while securing 76.68 percent of votes, according to Reuters. Opposition leader Alexei Navalny, who has been barred from running for office, is expected to organize protests after deeming the election unfair. #AtlasNewsUpdateRussia
Four of the seven #UnitedStates servicemen who were killed in a helicopter crash in #Iraq have been identified, according to family and officials. #FDNY released a message on Facebook stating that FDNY Lieutenant Christopher J. Raguso (center) and FDNY Fire Marshal Christopher T. “Tripp” Zanetis (right) were killed in the crash near Qaim, which doesn’t appear to be from enemy fire. Raguso, an Air Force Master Sergeant, is survived by his wife and two daughters. A family member of Staff Sgt. Dashan Briggs (left) told Stars and Stripes of his death. He is survived by his wife and two kids. Friends and family of Air Force Staff Sgt. Carl Enis announced his death. The #Pentagon has not confirmed the identities of those who were killed. #AtlasNewsUpdateUnitedStates
#UnitedStates Attorney General Jeff Sessions has fired Former #FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, just a day before he could retire. Sessions said the firing was justified because an internal review found that McCabe leaked information to the press and mislead investigators. McCabe denied the claims, saying he was fired because he is a key witness to the #Russia investigation. In a statement, McCabe said “This attack on my credibility is one part of a larger effort not just to slander me personally, but to taint the FBI, law enforcement and intelligence professionals more generally. It is part of [the #Trump] administration's ongoing war on the FBI and the efforts of the special counsel investigation, which continue to this day. Their persistence in this campaign only highlights the importance of the special counsel's work." #AtlasNewsUpdateUnitedStates
Newly released information by the #Florida Department of Transportation revealed that reports of cracks forming on the pedestrian bridge at the Florida International University in #Miami were submitted two days before it collapsed, killing at least six people. However, it is unclear whether or not the cracks contributed to its collapse. Authorities believe there are more bodies underneath the rubble of the 950 ton bridge. #AtlasNewsUpdateUnitedStates
Seven #UnitedStates service members were killed when their HH-60 Pave Hawk helicopter crash near the Iraqi town of Qaim, according to the US Central Command. US Col. Thomas Veale announced “While the investigation is still ongoing, there is absolutely no reason to believe this involved enemy action. All indications are this was an accident during a routine troop movement. The Department of Defense will release casualty details after next of kin notifications are complete." #AtlasNewsUpdateIraq
Prime Minister Theresa May has expelled 23 Russian diplomats from the #UnitedKingdom after #Russia failed to give an explanation for why former Russian double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter were found unconscious from a soviet made nerve agent known as Novichok in the city of Salisbury on March 4. The #EU and #UnitedStates have shown support for the UK and have demanded answers from Russia, who has denied any involvement in the poisoning. The Russian embassy in #London called May’s decision a “hostile action.” #AtlasNewsUpdateUnitedKingdom
Earlier today #UnitedStates President Donald #Trump announced that #CIA Director Mike Pompeo will replace Rex Tillerson as the Secretary of State. The President tweeted “Mike Pompeo, Director of the CIA, will become our new Secretary of State. He will do a fantastic job! Thank you to Rex Tillerson for his service! Gina Haspel will become the new Director of the CIA, and the first woman so chosen. Congratulations to all!” #AtlasNewsUpdateUnitedStates
#Florida prosecutors have announced that they are seeking the death penalty for #Parkland shooting suspect Nikolas Cruz, who fatally shot 17 people at the Stoneman Douglas High School. Cruz faces a 34 count indictment, which includes 17 counts of first degree murder and 17 counts of attempted murder. Cruz’s attorney said he is willing to plead guilty for a life sentence. #AtlasNewsUpdateUnitedStates
A draft report made by the GOP led House Intel Committee has concluded that there is “no evidence of collusion” between #UnitedStates President Donald #Trump and #Russia. #Democrats are expected to release a separate statement with an opposing conclusion. The report will made public after it is reviewed. #AtlasNewsUpdateUnitedStates
Weekly Update March 5-11:
•Two anti-European Union parties in the Italian election gain more power, but neither establish a majority.
•South Korean envoys representing Moon Jae-in meet with #NorthKorea leader Kim Jong-un.
•#Nashville Mayor Megan Barry turned in her resignation after after being caught in an extramarital affair with a bodyguard and pleading guilty to stealing thousands of dollars from the city.
•The office of South Korean President Moon Jae-in announced that a summit will be held with Kim Jong-Un’s government in a truce village on the South Korean side of the DMZ.
•#France is planning to set the legal age of consent to 15 after two men are acquitted after being accused of having sex with 11 year old girls.
•Clinton, Missouri Police Officer Ryan Morton is killed and two other officers are wounded while checking on a reported home disturbance.
•A 17 year old girl is killed and a 17 year old boy is wounded at Huffman High School in Birmingham, #Alabama, in an apparent accidental shooting.
•President #Trump announces he will meet North Korean leader Kim Jong-un by May. Sanctions will continue until North Korea promises to get rid of their nuclear weapons
•#Florida Governor Rick Scott signs a bill raising the minimum age for buying a rifle from 18 to 21. The National Rifle Association is filing a federal lawsuit on the matter.
•Rohingya Muslims have formed and are living in a tent city along the #Myanmar-#Bangladesh border.
•Helicopter crashes into #NYC’s East River killing five while one person is saved. #AtlasNewsWeekInReview
Authorities in #Texas believe that a string of explosions by packages left at door steps in #Austin are related and have advised residents to avoid opening unexpected boxes. Earlier today, two explosions killed a 17 year old male and seriously injured two women, one in her 40s and the other 75. On March 2, a similar incident occurred when 39 year old Anthony House was killed by a package that detonated on his porch. The #FBI is investigating the incidents. #AtlasNewsUpdateUnitedStates
Dozens are dead after a passenger jet carrying 71 people veered off a runway and burst into flames at an airport in Kathmandu, #Nepal. A police spokesperson told AFP that”31 died at the spot and nine died at two hospitals in Kathmandu.” Those who survived the crash were taken to the hospital with severe burns. The cause of the crash is unclear at this time. (Reuters) #AtlasNewsUpdateNepal