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    Afghan officials and Taliban talk despite wave of violence

    Afghan officials are carrying out at least two tracks of talks with the Taliban, it has been learned, even after a month of brutal bombings and attacks by the militants that killed nearly 200.

    Central Asia
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    US Syria strikes 'killed up to 200 Russian fighters' in Deir az-Zour

    US military forces reportedly killed scores of Russians fighting on behalf of the Syrian regime last week in deadly clashes in the oil-rich region of Deir az-Zour, according to one US official.

    West Asia
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    Saudi Arabia ignores hundreds of civilian death reports in Yemen inquiry

    The Saudi-led coalition bombing Yemen is investigating less than 15 percent of more than 300 alleged violations of international humanitarian law carried out by its forces in the country.

    West Asia
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    Iraq says reconstruction after war on ISIS to cost $88 billion

    Rebuilding Iraq after three years of war with ISIS will cost $88.2 billion, with housing a particularly urgent priority, Iraqi officials told an international donors’ conference on Monday.

    West Asia
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    Eleven Turkish troops die, chopper down in deadliest day of Kurdish offensive

    Eleven Turkish soldiers were killed on Saturday, including two military personnel when a helicopter was downed, in the bloodiest day in Ankara's offensive against a Kurdish militia in northern Syria.

    West Asia
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    Israeli F-16 shot down during raid on Iran base in Syria

    Israel has shot down several drones that previously tried to infiltrate its territory from Syria. The targeting of an Iranian site in response, however, marks an escalation in the Israeli retaliation. 

    West Asia
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    US soldiers possible targets in Syria operation:Turkey

    Turkey has warned that American soldiers risk being targeted in northwestern Syria as the Turkish military pushes ahead with its offensive against Kurdish militants supported by the United.

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    US general rules out military operations inside Pakistan

    Another general said that despite differences Pakistan remains “absolutely critical” to America’s success in Afghanistan, while the Pentagon’s chief spokesperson urged Islamabad to join US efforts.

    South Asia
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    More countries speed up funding for Palestinians after US cuts

    The head of the U.N. agency for Palestinian refugees said that Russia, Kuwait and nine European countries have agreed to speed up their contributions to help fill a shortfall left by the Trump

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    UAE-backed group to expel Saudi-backed govt in Yemen’s Aden

    Clashes between United Arab Emirates (UAE)-backed groups and the Saudi-backed, internationally recognized government has intensified, with most of Aden now under control.

    West Asia
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    Fighting Flares in Yemen’s Aden After Coup Attempt

    Aden has served as the headquarters of Saudi-backed president Abd-rabbu Mansour Hadi’s government since it was forced out of the capital Sanaa by Houthi fighters three years ago, AFP reported.

    West Asia
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    Afghan Bombings: Is US security strategy in Afghanistan working?

    IN the last seven days, Afghanistan has suffered from three major attacks in the cities of Kabul and Jalalabad that resulted in the deaths of at least 123 persons and injuries to more than 200.

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    Kabul on high alert after ambulance bomb toll exceeds 100

    Afghanistan on Sunday declared a day of national mourning as the toll for those killed by a huge bomb hidden in an ambulance in Kabultopped 100 people, sharply raising tensions after.

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    Turkey's opt against Kurds in Syria's Afrin strains ties with U.S

    As the Turkish military advances in Syria's Afrin against Kurdish militia forces, the U.S. call for a limitation of the operation's scope reveals rising tension in ties between the two NATO allies.

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    Will extend Syria opt despite risk of US confrontation:Erdogan

    President Tayyip Erdogan warned on Wednesday that Turkey would extend its military operation in Syria to the town of Manbij, a move that could potentially bring Turkish forces into.

    West Asia
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    Israel gets flak over human rights record in Geneva

    The exchange came during a major review of Israel’s human rights record by more than 100 country delegates, including the 47-strong United Nations Human Rights Council who spearhead the session.

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    Kabul hotel attack death toll rises to 43, including 14 foreigners

    Gunmen in army uniforms who stormed Kabul’s Intercontinental Hotel late on Saturday and battled Afghan Special Forces through the night killed more than 30 people and wounded many more.

    Central Asia
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    US, allies meet on North Korean threat, but ignore China, Russia

    Allied world powers met on Tuesday for crisis talks on the North Korean nuclear missile threat, but without key player China, there seemed little chance of a breakthrough.

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    Erdogan vows to 'strangle' U.S.-backed force in Syria

    The US infuriated its NATO partner Turkey on Sunday by announcing that Washington and a coalition of its allies purportedly fighting Daesh will work with US-backed militants of the so-called Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF

    West Asia
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    Protesters burn Netanyahu effigy in New Delhi ahead of ‘historic’ visit

    Protesters in the Indian capital denounced Benjamin Netanyahu’s “historic” arrival in India – the first by an Israeli leader in 15 years. People burned an effigy with the PM’s picture, urging him to go back home.

    South Asia
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    IS cells operate in Kabul under noses of Afghan and US forces

    Middle-class Afghans turned militants have assisted the banned Islamic State (IS) group's expansion from its stronghold in Afghanistan's restive east to Kabul, analysts say, helping to make the capital.

    Central Asia
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    ISIS declares war on Hamas after Trump's Jerusalem move

    The Egyptian branch of ISIS has declared war on Palestinian terrorist group Hamas for failing to stop Donald Trump declaring Jerusalem as Israel's capital.

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    Syria: Israeli missiles target Damascus military outposts

    Syria’s military accused Israel of launching missiles targeting its outposts near Damascus in a wave of three pre-dawn attacks Tuesday and claimed that the Syrian air force hit one of the Israeli jets.

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    Israeli Chief of Staff hints at full-scale war against Syria

    The Israeli Chief of Staff hinted yesterday at the possibility of launching a full-scale war against Syria to prevent the imposition of Shia hegemony in Israel’s neighbour. Lieutenant-General Gadi

    West Asia

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