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 In this June 22, 2016, file photo, Border Patrol agent Eduardo Olmos walks near the secondary fence separating Tijuana, Mexico, background, and San Diego in San Diego. U.S. President Donald Trump will direct the Homeland Security Department to start building a wall at the Mexican border. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull, file)

White House unleashes federal agents against illegal immigrants

- The Washington Times 45 minutes ago

Homeland Security Secretary John F. Kelly officially unleashed federal agents this week to begin arresting and deporting more illegal immigrants, unshackling the handcuffs the Obama administration had imposed and putting millions of people in the country without authorization at risk.

This militant photo released by Ninawa State, a media arm of the Islamic State terror group on Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2017 shows Abu Zakariya al-Britani, suicide bomber who attacked a military base in Iraq this week who was a former Guantanamo Bay detainee freed in 2004 after Britain lobbied for his release. The Islamic State group identified the bomber as Abu Zakariya al-Britani and two British security officials also confirmed the man featured in the Islamic State group video was a 50-year-old formerly Briton formerly known as Ronald Fiddler and as Jamal al-Harith. (Ninawa State via AP)

Abu Zakariya al-Britani, Iraqi suicide bomber, was ex-Gitmo detainee

- Associated Press

A suicide bomber who attacked a military base in Iraq this week was a former Guantanamo Bay detainee freed in 2004 after Britain lobbied for his release, raising questions about the ability of security services to track the whereabouts of potential terrorists.

Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shougu speaks during a meeting with senior military officials in Moscow, Russia, in this Thursday, Dec. 22, 2016, file photo. Shoigu told lawmakers on Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2017, that the sweeping military modernization program will continue at a high pace this year. Amid tensions with the West, the Kremlin has continued to spend big on new weapons despite Russia's economic downturn. (Balashova Olga/Defence Ministry Pool Photo via AP, file)

Planes, tanks, ships: Russian military gets massive upgrade

- Associated Press

The Russian military received a sweeping array of new weapons last year, including 41 intercontinental ballistic missiles, and the wide-ranging military modernization will continue this year, the defense minister said Wednesday.

Secretary of State Rex W. Tillerson has little backup for a delicate diplomatic Mexico mission on Wednesday. (Associated Press)

Tillerson alone at the top as key State Department jobs remain unfilled

- The Washington Times

Secretary of State Rex W. Tillerson heads to Mexico City for a delicate diplomatic mission Wednesday, but he is going at a moment of tremendous uncertainty back at the office, where more than dozen key assistant secretary positions are still without even a proposed nominee from the White House.

Luis Almagro, secretary-general of the Organization of American States, will travel to Cuba on Wednesday to receive a pro-democracy award. (Associated Press)

New secretary-general rattles members of OAS

Former Uruguayan Foreign Minister Luis Almagro has created an exceptionally bold profile in less than two years as head of the traditionally somnolent Organization of American States, one that will grow even more controversial when he travels to Cuba on Wednesday to accept an award from a pro-democracy group that has long clashed with the Castro communist regime in Havana.

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Federal police officers look towards Islamic State group territory as civilians flee the area, in the town of Abu Saif, Iraq, Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2017. A military spokesman says Iraqi forces are consolidating their gains south of Mosul ahead of moving deeper into the city's Islamic State-held western half. The spokesman of the Joint Military Operation Command, Brig. Gen. Yahya Rasool, told The Associated Press that nearly 123 square kilometers -- about 47 square miles -- have been taken south of Mosul since the new push started on Sunday. (AP Photo/Bram Janssen)

Iraqi Shiite militias push to take villages west of Mosul

- Associated Press

Iraq's government-sanctioned paramilitary forces, made up mainly of Shiite militiamen, launched a new push Wednesday to capture villages west of the city of Mosul from Islamic State militants, officials said.

President Donald Trump, right, speaks as Army Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster, left, listens at Trump's Mar-a-Lago estate in Palm Beach, Fla., Monday, Feb. 20, 2017, where Trump announced that McMaster will be the new national security adviser. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Trump pick as security adviser is independent-minded

- Associated Press

President Donald Trump's choice of an outspoken but non-political Army general as national security adviser is a nod to pragmatism, but Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster will serve a commander in chief with unorthodox ideas about foreign policy and an inner circle of advisers determined to implement them.

In this photo taken Feb. 7, 2017, released by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, an arrest is made during a targeted enforcement operation conducted by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) aimed at immigration fugitives, re-entrants and at-large criminal aliens in Los Angeles. The Trump administration is wholesale rewriting the U.S. immigration enforcement priorities, broadly expanding the number of immigrants living in the U.S. illegally who are priorities for deportation, according to a pair of enforcement memos released Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2017.  (Charles Reed/U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement via AP)

Trump lays out tougher approach to illegal immigration

- Associated Press

Donald Trump the presidential candidate made no secret of his desire to crack down on illegal immigration, but once elected, he repeatedly offered varying interpretations of just how tough he would be in the White House.

In this photo taken Feb. 7, 2017, released by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, an arrest is made during a targeted enforcement operation conducted by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) aimed at immigration fugitives, re-entrants and at-large criminal aliens in Los Angeles. The Trump administration is wholesale rewriting the U.S. immigration enforcement priorities, broadly expanding the number of immigrants living in the U.S. illegally who are priorities for deportation, according to a pair of enforcement memos released Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2017.  (Charles Reed/U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement via AP)

Mexicans weigh the daunting prospect of deportee camps

- Associated Press

Mexicans fear deportee and refugee camps could be popping up along their northern border under the Trump administration's plan to start deporting to Mexico all Latin Americans and others who entered the U.S. illegally through this country.

Family, attorney denied access to hospitalized asylum seeker

Associated Press

Attorneys for a Salvadoran woman who collapsed in a Texas detention center earlier this month as she seeks asylum said Tuesday that family and lawyers have been denied most contact with her as well as information about her medical condition.

White House press secretary Sean Spicer speaks during the daily press briefing at the White House in Washington, Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2017. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

AP FACT CHECK: Were hands of Obama-era border agents tied?

- Associated Press

Assertions from the White House that immigration-enforcement agents had their hands tied in the last administration are difficult to square with the massive deportations of Barack Obama's presidency.