(Reuters) -The U.S. drug regulator gave Moderna Inc clearance to speed up output of its COVID-19 vaccine by letting it fill a single vial with up to 15 doses, with the United States banking on rapid immunisation to stem the spread of the deadly virus. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) also authorized vaccinators to extract a maximum of 11 doses from the current vials, instead of the ten previously permitted. In a statement, Moderna said its vaccine can now can be supplied in vials containing 11 or 15 doses, and it expected to begin shipping 15-dose vials in coming weeks. "Both of the...
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The Islamic State jihadist group said Wednesday that its leader Abu Hasan al-Hashimi al-Qurashi has been killed in battle and announced a replacement.
A spokesman for the group said Hashimi, an Iraqi, was killed "in combat with enemies of God", without elaborating on the date of his death or the circumstances.
Speaking in an audio message, the spokesman identified the group's new leader as Abu al-Hussein al-Husseini al-Qurashi.
Qurashi refers to a tribe of the Prophet Mohammed, from whom IS leaders must claim descent.
The spokesman did not provide details on the new leader, but said he was a "veteran" jihadist and called on all groups loyal to IS to pledge their allegiance.
After a meteoric rise in Iraq and Syria in 2014 that saw it conquer vast swathes of territory, IS saw its self-proclaimed "caliphate" collapse under a wave of offensives.
It was defeated in Iraq in 2017 and in Syria two years later, but sleeper cells of the Sunni Muslim extremist group still carry out attacks in both countries.
IS's previous leader, Abu Ibrahim al-Qurashi, was killed in February this year in a US raid in Idlib province in northern Syria.
His predecessor Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was killed, also in Idlib, in October 2019.
Hassan Hassan, who authored a book on IS, said one "unprecedented" but possible scenario was that the Hashimi "was killed 'accidentally' during a raid or fighting without him being known to whoever killed him".
In October this year, US forces killed a "senior" IS member in a pre-dawn raid in northeastern Syria, the US military's Central Command said at the time.
It said a later air strike had killed two other senior IS members.
The US leads a military coalition battling IS in Syria.
In July, the Pentagon said it had killed Syria's top IS jihadist in a drone strike in the north of the country.
US Central Command said he had been "one of the top five" IS leaders.
Turkey in September said security forces had arrested a "senior executive" of IS known as Abu Zeyd, whose real name was Bashar Khattab Ghazal al-Sumaidai.
Turkish media said there were some indications Sumaidai might have been the IS leader.
During an interview on the War Room podcast, Bannon spoke to GOP strategist Athan Koutsiouroumbas.
"Ultimately, things didn't go the right way in Pennsylvania," Koutsiouroumbas said. "And the reason was because Republicans didn't vote."
"There is no evidence of any fraud that I've seen in Delaware County," he continued.
Koutsiouroumbas explained that election fraudsters would need thousands of legitimate licenses or social security numbers to steal the election.
"They're just not going to be able to pull it off," the guest insisted. "It's baked-in voter ID that Republicans have been begging for in Pennsylvania for years. And voter ID is a 80-20 issue in Pennsylvania. We have it today with mail-in ballots, and Republicans need to start using it."
Following a commercial break, Bannon noted that his audience had expressed outrage at Koutsiouroumbas for claiming there was no election fraud.
"I understand the audience," Bannon said. "I've got it. People's heads are blowing up. Take a deep breath. It's the first step of a journey."
Meanwhile, audience members gathered in War Room's chat disagreed with the host.
"There's fraud somewhere!" one person wrote.
"This guy with Bannon is a phony," another said.
"WTF! It's Wednesday PsyOp day," one viewer complained.
Watch the video below or at this link.
Around 8,000 soldiers in the U.S. Army were accidentally tear-gassed on the day before Thanksgiving at Fort Carson in Colorado, Fox News reports.
The Army's 4th Infantry Division were participating in a physical morale event where they scaled obstacles, ran up hills, and crawled through trenches when the incident took place. The soldiers had no prior knowledge that tear gas would be used during the event. Division leaders took the unusual step of marking the boundary of the course with tear gas, but the wind then caused the gas to drift over and settle on the soldiers doing the course -- who were not wearing any kind of protective gear.
"The purpose of this event was to build unit cohesion. Leaders at echelon participated in this event with Soldiers," Fort Carson spokesperson Dee McNutt said in a statement to Military.com. "The limited use of CS [gas] was not intended to interfere with the formations but to deter participants from leaving the course."
\u201cSoldiers think that 4th Infantry Division is toxic. Well, leadership really showed them by spreading toxic gas (CS) on their Division run without any prior knowledge of the Soldiers. 4ID, taking toxic to the next level. We learned it was riot control grenades.\u201d— U.S Army WTF! Moments (@U.S Army WTF! Moments) 1669274321
Read the full report over at Fox News.