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“I think I’ve actually gone there with him one time,” Winnett said.

The two men lived together twice before, around 2012 and 2014, in Simi Valley and Reseda, a neighborhood in Los Angeles.

“He was kind of weird. He always locked himself in his room, he was always by himself,” Winnett, 35, recalled. “I didn’t really know him very well.”

Winnett never witnessed Long get physical with anyone — but said he wasn’t exactly the world’s best roommate.

“He didn’t want to help anyone do anything. He was just lazy I guess,” Winnett recalled. When Long was once asked to take out the trash, he snarled, “That’s not my f—ing job,” Winnett said.

“He wasn’t violent but he was mean,” he added. “He would go to the gym and then he would, I guess, try to learn dance moves or something. He would close the garage and be playing music and dancing in there, like sweating. I would open the garage and would be like, ‘What are you doing?'”

Winnett said he hasn’t spoken to Long in years.

“It’s been so long since I talked to him. I tried reaching out to him before,” he said. “People can change. I just don’t know why I can’t see really any information on why he would do something like that. That’s crazy. I’m blown away.”

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November 08, 2018

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  • Afghan Military Deaths Since 2015: More Than 28,000

    Afghan Military Deaths Since 2015: More Than 28,000

    ers and soldiers have been killed since 2015, the Afghan president revealed this week, breaking with his government’s longstanding suppression of casualty totals.</p><p>Taliban insurgents also killed dozens of police officers and soldiers in a series of attacks in Farah Province, and an additional 14 police officers in an attack on a police station in the central city of Ghazni.</p><p>“Since 2015, still much regrettable, but the entire loss of American forces in Afghanistan is 58 Americans. In the same period, 28,529 of our security forces have lost their lives,” Mr. Ghani said.</p><p>To put Mr. Ghani’s figure in context, it means that the current death rate is on average about 25 police officers and soldiers a day, or 175 a week — more than 9,000 a year. By comparison, in 2013 there were occasional weeks in which the death toll for the government exceeded 100, but the average was far less.</p><p>If the average week now is nearly twice as bad as a bad week in 2013, the losses are even less sustainable — although American military leaders are not talking publicly about that now.</p><p>Here is how the current rate is calculated. Mr. Ghani said that 28,529 security force members had been killed since the beginning of 2015. Previously released government data confirmed 5,000 deaths in 2015 and nearly 7,000 in 2016. That leaves 16,529 over the past 23 months (Mr. Ghani did not specify how up to date his figure was, but he spoke on Monday). Assuming, conservatively, that losses have held steady in 2017 and 2018, that is an average of about 175 a week.</p><p>Even with a larger force, however, the government has been fighting a largely static war, guarding facilities, roads, bases and outposts throughout the country, while the Taliban have been free to pick their targets and concentrate their forces.</p><p>But most deaths among the Afghan security forces continue to be those of police officers and soldiers at relatively isolated outposts, as military leaders struggle with local politicians who want their areas protected.</p><p>“Is the state at risk of collapse?” he said. “No. Why? Because as long as we have our commando forces and our air force, we will be able to retake. Are the losses horrific? Yes.”</p><p>Verifying that claim is difficult; only in rare cases are the authorities able to produce bodies or photographs as evidence. That is partly because the insurgents generally try to take away their dead, and unlike government casualties, they rarely end up in hospitals or morgues.</p><p>The low number of American casualties reflects the fact that most of the fighting is being done by the Afghans. Of the 14,000 American troops in Afghanistan now, only about half are Special Operations troops involved in combat missions. By comparison, in 2011 there were more than 100,000 American soldiers in Afghanistan.</p><p>Najim Rahim contributed reporting from Kabul, and Taimoor Shah from Kandahar.</p>

    1 November 16, 2018
  • World War 3 fears GROW as Chinese President demands ‘preparations for fighting a WAR’

    World War 3 fears GROW as Chinese President demands ‘preparations for fighting a WAR’

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    1 November 16, 2018
  • 8 U.N. Peacekeepers Killed in Congo in Area Facing Ebola Outbreak

    8 U.N. Peacekeepers Killed in Congo in Area Facing Ebola Outbreak

    se soldiers were killed in a joint military operation against rebels in the northeast of the Democratic Republic of Congo, which is facing a deadly Ebola outbreak, the Security Council said Thursday.</p><p>Ten peacekeepers were injured and one was missing after Wednesday’s operation that targeted Allied Democratic Forces rebels, said the United Nations spokesman, Stéphane Dujarric.</p><p>The Security Council’s statement said seven of the peacekeepers who were killed were from Malawi and one was from Tanzania.</p><p>The joint forces were attacked while conducting operations to dislodge the rebel fighters from a stronghold in Kididiwe, near the regional capital of Beni, a United Nations official said. The mission succeeded and a number of rebels were captured, the official added, speaking on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to discuss the matter publicly.</p><p>Congo’s volatile east is home to many armed groups vying for control of the mineral-rich region, and the Allied Democratic Forces are especially active in the Beni area.</p><p>The Security Council called on all armed groups to stop the violence immediately and lay down their arms. It also urged Congolese authorities to apprehend and bring to justice the perpetrators of attacks on civilians, national security forces and the peacekeepers.</p><p>The Security Council emphasized “that deliberate attacks targeting peacekeepers may constitute war crimes under international law.”</p><p>The Allied Democratic Forces group originated in Uganda as a rebel movement against that country’s government. A military campaign forced them to relocate to eastern Congo.</p><p>Since October 2014, the group’s fighters have killed more than 1,500 people in the Beni region. United Nations investigators blamed the Allied Democratic Forces for the deadliest single assault on the peacekeeping mission in Congo in almost 25 years, an attack last Dec. 7 at a base near Beni that killed 15 Tanzanian peacekeepers and wounded 43 others.</p><p>In recent attacks, the group has also killed civilians and abducted children in the Beni region.</p><p>Rebel attacks have forced suspension of efforts to contain the Ebola outbreak in some areas.</p><p>Dr. Peter Salama, the emergencies chief for the World Health Organization, predicted Tuesday that Congo’s Ebola outbreak, which has killed more than 200 people, will last at least six more months.</p><p>The outbreak is “arguably the most difficult context that we’ve ever encountered,” Dr. Salama said, pointing to activities of the armed rebel groups in the region.</p>

    1 November 16, 2018
  • North Korea Says It Has Tested ‘Ultramodern Tactical Weapon’

    North Korea Says It Has Tested ‘Ultramodern Tactical Weapon’

    y said Mr. Kim visited the testing ground of the Academy of Defense Science, the center of weapons development in North Korea, and “supervised a newly developed ultramodern tactical weapon test.”</p><p>“After seeing the power of the tactical weapon, Supreme Leader Kim Jong-un was so excited to say that another great work was done by the defense scientists and munitions industrial workers to increase the defense capability of the country,” the news agency reported.</p><p>The South Korean daily newspaper Chosun Ilbo on Friday quoted anonymous government sources as saying that North Korea had tested multiple-rocket launchers this month. Besides the North’s nuclear weapons, such rockets are considered one of the greatest military threats against South Korea because the North deploys them near the inter-Korean border to target the South’s capital, Seoul, a city of 10 million people.</p><p>Many Western experts still doubt that North Korea has mastered all the technologies needed to deliver a small nuclear warhead on such missiles. Still, following the November test, Mr. Kim said his country no longer needed to conduct nuclear and long-range missile tests because it had achieved the capability to hit the United States with nuclear missiles.</p><p>But the Singapore agreement was short on specifics, and subsequent negotiations on carrying it out have since stalled.</p><p>North Korea has pledged to dismantle its Yongbyon nuclear complex, a center for producing nuclear bomb fuel, and take other actions, but will do so only if Washington takes “corresponding” steps, like easing sanctions and signing a peace declaration. It has also expressed anger in recent days at South Korea’s resumption of small-scale military drills with the United States.</p>

    1 November 16, 2018

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