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Russia deploys troops westward as standoff with NATO deepens

Russia deploys troops westward as standoff with NATO deepens

Russia deploys troops westward as standoff with NATO deepens Russia is building an army base near its border with Ukraine, the latest in a chain of new military sites along what the Kremlin sees as its frontline in a growing confrontation with NATO. While there have been no clashes between …

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IS drives Syria rebels from near Turkish border

IS drives Syria rebels from near Turkish border

Islamic State drives Syria rebels from near Turkish border Islamic State fighters captured territory from Syrian rebels near the Turkish border on Friday and inched closer to a town on a supply route for foreign-backed insurgents fighting the jihadists, a monitoring group said. The ultra-hardline group has been fighting against …

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Thousands of Afghan Hazaras join power line protest in Kabul

Thousands of Afghan Hazaras join power line protest in Kabul

Thousands of Afghan Hazaras join power line protest in Kabul Thousands of demonstrators from Afghanistan’s Hazara minority marched in protest through Kabul on Monday, accusing President Ashraf Ghani’s government of cutting them out of a multi-million dollar power transmission line project. Protesters demanded that the planned route for the 500 …

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Pentagon report reveals Afghan mission confusion

Pentagon report reveals Afghan mission confusion Amid fierce fighting after the Taliban captured the northern Afghan city of Kunduz last year, U.S. special forces advisers repeatedly asked their commanders how far they were allowed to go to help local troops retake the city. They got no answer, according to witnesses …

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Yemen’s Houthis seize military base, endangering peace talks

Yemen’s Houthis seize military base, endangering peace talks Yemen’s Houthi movement and its armed allies seized a military base north of the capital Sanaa on Sunday, dealing a setback to a shaky ceasefire and peace talks in Kuwait aimed at ending a year-long war. Unlike most of Yemen’s soldiers, those …

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Air strikes hit Aleppo hospital, at least 27 killed

Air strikes hit Aleppo hospital, at least 27 killed Air strikes hit a hospital in a rebel-held area of Syria’s Aleppo and killed at least 27 people, including three children and the city’s last pediatrician, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said on Thursday. The al-Quds hospital was supported by …

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Iran and Russia move closer but their alliance has limits

Iran and Russia move closer but their alliance has limits When Iran took delivery of the first parts of an advanced Russian air defense system this month, it paraded the anti-aircraft missile launchers sent by Moscow to mark Army Day. Tehran had cause to celebrate: the Kremlin’s decision a year …

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Islamic State driven out of Syria’s ancient Palmyra city

Islamic State driven out of Syria’s ancient Palmyra city Syrian government forces backed by heavy Russian air support drove Islamic State out of Palmyra on Sunday, inflicting what the army called a mortal blow to militants who seized the city last year and dynamited its ancient temples. The loss of …

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