Trump says he will unite civilized world against terrorism

U.S President Donald Trump has said his first trip overseas to “lands associated with three of the world’s great religions” is aimed at uniting the civilized world in a fight against terrorism. Trump, who embarked on a nine-day trip to Saudi Arabia, Israel, Vatican, Belgium and Italy, said in his weekly web and radio address to the nation that he would represent the views of the American people frankly and clearly.
I will be visiting with the leaders in many different countries to strengthen our old friendships, build new partnerships, and unite the civilized world in a fight against terrorism”. “In that spirit of unity, I will travel to lands associated with three of the world’s great religions, Trump said.

Syria says US airstrike killed several soldiers near Jordan

A Syrian military official said Friday that an aerial "aggression" by the U.S.-led coalition on a government military position near the border with Jordan the day before killed several soldiers and caused material damage. The strike was the first such close confrontation between U.S. forces and fighters backing President Bashar Assad and the development is likely to increase tensions in the war-torn country.
The unnamed official's comments were carried by Syrian state TV a day after the strike.The U.S.-led coalition said Thursday that a U.S. airstrike hit pro-Syrian government forces it said posed a threat to American troops and allied rebels operating near the border with Jordan.

Italy investigates Milan station attacker for alleged terrorism

Italian prosecutors are investigating a man who stabbed a policeman and two army officers at Milan’s main train station for alleged international terrorism, an investigative source said on Friday.
Police said Ismail Hosni, 20, attacked the three men on Thursday night after they asked to see his identity papers. None of the three suffered life-threatening injuries.Video released by police showed the injured officers taking hold of Hosni and pushing him to the ground before other patrol staff intervened.

In Saudi Arabia, Trump aims to 'unite the civilized world against terrorism'

Saudi Arabia — President Trump said Friday that he would deploy tough talk with Muslim leaders in his attempt to unite the world against terrorism, promising to "represent the views of the American people frankly and clearly" in a meeting with 50 leaders from around the region. But Trump is heading to Saudi Arabia with more than just lofty rhetoric. He's bringing with him to Riyadh a variety of diplomatic, economic and military tools – the most important of which may be Air Force One itself.
The presidential plane has become a symbol of U.S. power and diplomacy, and its arrival in a foreign capital is a sign that an American president takes the relationship seriously — all the more so because Trump has chosen Riyadh as his first foreign destination as president. Trump will use a package of arms deals, economic sanctions and intelligence cooperation in his effort to reset the relationship with Saudi Arabia after eight years of cooler relations under President Obama.

France thwarts suspected new terror attack

French anti-terrorism forces arrested four people, including a 16-year-old girl, and uncovered a makeshift laboratory with explosives material as they thwarted a suspected new terror attack, the Paris prosecutor’s office said Friday. The arrests Friday were in the Montpellier area of southern France.
The prosecutor’s office said around 70 grams of TATP were seized. The explosive, which can be made from readily available ingredients, was used in the November 2015 attack in Paris and the March 2016 attack in Brussels carried out by Islamic State extremists. The men arrested were aged 20, 26 and 33. Unconfirmed French media reports said the people arrested were planning a suicide bombing on a tourist site in Paris. The prosecutor's office, which handles terrorism investigations in France, has not commented on the reports.