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No more US troops to fight Islamic State: Barack Obama

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Washington: US President Barack Obama said that local forces should be the main forces to fight the extremist group the Islamic State (IS) and currently there was no plan for his administration to send more troops abroad.

Obama on Monday told reporters after being briefed by US military leadership on the status of US-led coalition campaign that to succeed in a long-term fight against the IS, “we have to develop local security forces that can sustain progress,” Xinhua reported.

The rare visit to the Pentagon came as Obama, though insisting he would not send US “boots on the ground”, was enhancing the US military involvement in Iraq to help combat IS fighters by adding another 450 military trainers and advisors to help Iraqi troops tor retake Ramadi, the provincial capital of Anbar province, which fell to IS in May.

(IANS)

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U.S. Library of Congress will not collect every tweet on twitter

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Developers can now access twitter archives. VOA
Developers can now access twitter archives. VOA

US, Dec 31, 2017: The U.S. Library of Congress says it will no longer collect every single tweet published on Twitter as it has been doing for the past 12 years.

The library said this week that it can no longer collect everything across the entire social media platform because of recent changes Twitter has made, including allowing longer tweets, photos and videos.

It said in a blog post this week that its first objective with collecting and archiving tweets was “to document the emergence of online social media for future generations.” The library says it has fulfilled that objective and no longer needs to be a “comprehensive” collector of tweets.

FILE - In this Dec. 19, 2013 file photo, the Library of Congress is seen in Washington.
FILE – In this Dec. 19, 2013 file photo, the Library of Congress is seen in Washington. VOA

The Library of Congress said it will still collect and archive tweets in the future, but will do so on a more selective basis. It said going forward “the tweets collected and archived will be thematic and event-based, including events such as elections, or themes of ongoing national interest, e.g. public policy.”

The library said it generally does not collect media comprehensively, but said it made an exception for public tweets when the social media platform was first developed.

The library said it will keep its previous archive of tweets from 2006-2017 to help people understand the rise of social media and to offer insight into the public mood during that time. “Throughout its history, the Library has seized opportunities to collect snapshots of unique moments in human history and preserve them for future generations,” it said.

“The Twitter Archive may prove to be one of this generation’s most significant legacies to future generations. Future generations will learn much about this rich period in our history, the information flows, and social and political forces that help define the current generation,” it said. (VOA)

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