Russia: Only matter of time before Turkey attacks Syria’s Idlib province

Turkish army artillery arrives in the east of Idlib, Syria, Saturday, Feb. 15, 2020. (AP Photo)

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UPDATED 3:58 PM PT — Wednesday, February 19, 2020

Russia recently said a Turkish military operation against Syrian forces in the Idlib region would be a “worst-case scenario.” A Kremlin spokesperson said Russia has made its final warnings about an “imminent” Turkish attack in Syria.

The official said Moscow failed to deescalate tensions between the two countries. This came after Syria killed over a dozen Turkish troops in an operation to retake rebel held areas in its Idlib province.

Russia emphasized Turkey will likely retaliate soon.

“If it is about military operation against terrorist groups in Idlib, it would be in line with Sochi agreements,” stated spokesman Dmitry Peskov. “Neutralization of those terrorist groups, who currently possess powerful infrastructure, weaponry, hardware and ammunition, is a duty of the Turkish side.”

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said he will give Syrian forces until the end of the month to withdraw from Idlib.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan addresses to his ruling party’s legislator at parliament, in Ankara, Turkey, Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2020. (AP Photo/Burhan Ozbilici)

Meanwhile, the U.S. has expressed deep concern over Russia’s recent escalation of violence in eastern Ukraine. In a Wednesday tweet, a state department spokeswoman said the U.S. stands in solidarity with its allies in condemning Russian aggression against Ukraine.

She cited the administration’s support for President Zelensky and his commitment to peace in the region.

Officials have also called on Russia to abide by a ceasefire it signed under the Minsk Protocol. The U.S. Embassy in Ukraine spoke out against this week’s attack against the Ukrainian military in Donbass by Russian backed forces.

In this video grab provided by the RU-RTR Russian television, a woman stands next to her home, that was distroyed during cross fire between Russia-backed separatists and Ukrainian forces, in Zaitseve, Donetsk region, eastern Ukraine, Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2020. (RU-RTR Russian Television via AP)

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Reports: Iowa’s Democrat Party knew of problems with election app one week before caucus date

Caucus goers check in at a caucus at Roosevelt Hight School, Monday, Feb. 3, 2020, in Des Moines, Iowa. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

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UPDATED 6:59 AM PT — Tuesday, February 4, 2020

Officials in Iowa reportedly knew there were problems with the mobile app used to tally the results in Monday’s caucus. The state’s Democrat Party released a statement late Monday to announce its decision to delay the release of the official results. They cited “inconsistencies” in the results as the reason for the postponement.

The Democrats went on to specify the delay was not because of a hack in an apparent effort to quell possible theories of election interference. On top of the supposed “inconsistencies,” however, many county chairs in Iowa have said they reported problems with the new app in the week before the caucus date. One chair from Polk County said not only were there unresolved problems with the app, but local Democrat officials weren’t provided any training on how to use it.

There were also reports of the phone lines being backed up for counties to report their results, with some reports suggesting county officials were on-hold for over an hour. Many counties were forced to switch to recording the votes on paper. Despite all this, the state’s Democrat Party has assured voters the underlying reporting was sound, but it would take time to tally the votes.

During the so-called “quality checks,” multiple candidates addressed their supporters with all of them claiming to be doing well in the state.

“Thank you, thank you and let me begin by stating that I imagine, have a strong feeling that at some point, the results will be announced,” said Bernie Sanders. “And when those results are announced, I have a good feeling, we’re going to be doing very well here in Iowa.”

Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., speaks to supporters at a caucus night campaign rally in Des Moines, Iowa, Monday, Feb. 3, 2020. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

Elizabeth Warren also expressed hopefulness in Iowa. “This is the moment we have been called to, our moment to make history, our moment to dream big,” she told her supporters. “Fight hard and win.”

Besides being the first state to kick-off the presidential primaries, Iowa’s caucus has also historically been a good predictor of who will go on to win the Democrat primary. Seven of the past 10 Democrat presidential nominees won in Iowa.

Most Democrat contenders headed over to New Hampshire Monday night in anticipation of the state’s primaries, which are scheduled for February 11, 2020.

RELATED: President Trump hosts ‘Keep America Great’ rally in Iowa

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Illegal immigrant suspected in deadly hit-and-run may to be deported before facing charges

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UPDATED 10:36 AM PT — Friday, January 31, 2020

The family of an Oregon woman who was killed in a hit-and-run might not see justice as the suspect has been ordered to return to Mexico.

A federal judge ordered 42-year-old illegal immigrant Jaime Mendoza-Chavez to be deported to Mexico despite pending negligent homicide charges for the death of 82-year-old Sandra Bolsch.

Jaime Mendoza-Chavezis pictured. (Photo/handout/Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office)

According to Portland Police, Mendoza-Chavez confessed to drinking two beers before hitting Bolsch with his car last year.

Since Oregon is a sanctuary state, however, Mendoza-Chavez was released just two days later on bail despite a detainer request from Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).

After Mendoza-Chavez’s release, ICE was still able to arrest him and move him to a processing center in Tacoma, Washington.

Portland Police now want him sent back, however, ICE is requiring an arrest warrant and a judicial transportation warrant to ensure after his trial he will be returned to ICE custody.

OTHER NEWS: Fla. authorities search for newborn after father, accused of murdering three women, found dead

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President Trump to host N.H. rally day before primary

President Donald Trump speaks at a campaign rally Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2020, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Jeffrey Phelps)

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UPDATED 11:15 AM PT — Friday, January 24, 2020

On the eve of New Hampshire’s first-in-the nation primary, the president plans to throw a ‘Keep America Great’ campaign rally for his supporters.

President Trump took to Twitter to double down on his reelection team’s announcement that he will be returning to the Granite State on February 10th.

According to reports, he may not be traveling to Manchester alone. It has been suggested that an appearance from Vice President Mike Pence is also in the works.

The event will be held at the Southern New Hampshire University Arena, which the president packed with thousands of supporters back in August of last year.

In this Jan. 14, 2020, photo, President Donald Trump arrives at UW-Milwaukee Panther Arena to speak at a campaign rally in Milwaukee. Trump’s surrogates are fanning out across the country as part of an aggressive effort to stretch his appeal beyond the base of working-class white voters who propelled him to victory in 2016 (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)

According to Trump campaign Chief Operating Officer Michael Glossner, the “promises made, promises kept” message is one the president is eager to celebrate.

New Hampshire is home to President Trump’s very first electoral victory when he came out on top in the 2016 presidential primary. The president’s second visit to New Hampshire will draw focus as his Democrat challengers work to lock in votes before the polls open.

RELATED: President Trump to hold ‘Keep America Great’ rally in N.J. on Jan. 28th

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Horowitz testifies before Senate committee after FISA court rebukes FBI

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Horowitz: Report 'doesn't vindicate anyone'

Horowitz faces questions on IG report; Anna Kooiman has the details.

Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz will testify before the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee Wednesday, in the aftermath of his report examining the origins of the FBI’s Russia probe and problems with the process used to obtain a warrant to monitor former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page.

Horowitz previously testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee, but Wednesday’s hearing comes a day after the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC) rebuked the FBI in a rare public order that referenced his report. Horowitz had revealed that there were 17 inaccuracies and omissions in the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) warrant applications for Page, which included a doctored email and the failure to include exculpatory information about Page that may have impacted the FISC’s decision to grant the warrants.


“The FBI's handling of the Carter Page applications, as portrayed in the [Office of Inspector General] report, was antithetical to the heightened duty of candor described above," Judge Rosemary Collyer wrote in her four-page order. "The frequency with which representations made by FBI personnel turned out to be unsupported or contradicted by information in their possession, and with which they withheld information detrimental to their case, calls into question whether information contained in other FBI applications is reliable."

Horowitz’s report also described how the FBI relied on information gathered by former British spy Christopher Steele as part of opposition research for Fusion GPS on behalf of the Clinton campaign and Democratic National Committee. Steele’s information helped lead officials to approve seeking a FISA warrant for Page, even though the information had not been vetted as required by FBI policy.


The report said that while there were clear problems with the FBI’s FISA process, Horowitz did not find documentary or testimonial evidence that the Russia probe itself was launched due to political bias, although he noted that the threshold to start the probe was low. Additionally, when asked by the Senate Judiciary Committee, the inspector general made it clear that the question of possible bias “gets murkier” when discussing the FISA process.

Former FBI Director James Comey, who led the bureau at the time, insisted he was unaware of any impropriety at the time, but told “Fox News Sunday” he “was wrong” when he defended the FBI’s FISA process in the past. Still, he defended his former subordinates by claiming that no one committed any intentional misconduct, despite Horowitz calling for accountability and making referrals for further investigation. At the same time, Comey admitted that there was “real sloppiness,” and that as director, he was ultimately responsible.

Fox News' Andrew O'Reilly and Bill Mears contributed to this report.

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