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IS 'caliphate' on brink of defeat in Syria as Trump urges Europe to do more

IS 'caliphate' on brink of defeat in Syria as Trump urges Europe to do more Sun, 17 Feb, 2019

U.S.-backed fighters in Syria are poised to capture Islamic State's last, tiny enclave on the Euphrates, the battle commander said on Saturday, bringing its self-declared caliphate to the brink of total defeat as U.S. President Donald Trump spoke of "100 percent victory".

Abu Dhabi arms fair opens amid Yemen war criticism

Abu Dhabi arms fair opens amid Yemen war criticism Sun, 17 Feb, 2019

A biennial arms fair has opened in the United Arab Emirates as the country faces increasing scrutiny over its involvement in the Saudi-led war in Yemen.
US strikes IS-held mosque as Syria battle intensifies

US strikes IS-held mosque as Syria battle intensifies Tue, 12 Feb, 2019

 The U.S. military said Tuesday it struck a mosque that had allegedly been used as an Islamic State control center, as American-allied Syrian forces battled the extremists in their last stronghold in eastern Syria amid reports of more civilian casualties.
Fierce battles near final IS foothold in eastern Syria

Fierce battles near final IS foothold in eastern Syria Mon, 11 Feb, 2019

Islamic State group militants cornered in their last foothold in eastern Syria fought back with suicide car bombs, snipers and booby traps Monday, slowing Kurdish fighters advancing under the cover of U.S.-led coalition airstrikes, Kurdish news agencies and a Syrian war monitor said.
Israeli gunfire kills Gaza teens during border protests

Israeli gunfire kills Gaza teens during border protests Fri, 08 Feb, 2019

Israeli troops shot dead two Palestinian teenagers including a 14-year-old boy during Gaza border protests on Friday, Palestinian health officials said.
US and Taliban agree to a 'draft framework' for peace deal

US and Taliban agree to a 'draft framework' for peace deal Mon, 28 Jan, 2019

The US and the Taliban have drafted the framework of a deal which could pave the way for peace talks with Kabul, special envoy Zalmay Khalilzad was quoted as saying Monday, but major sticking points including a ceasefire and a withdrawal of foreign forces remain.
US, Taliban see significant progress in ending Afghan war

US, Taliban see significant progress in ending Afghan war Sat, 26 Jan, 2019

The United States and the Taliban said Saturday they had made substantial headway in negotiations to end the 17-year US war in Afghanistan, although sticking points remained.
Hundreds of Syrian refugees return home from Lebanon

Hundreds of Syrian refugees return home from Lebanon Thu, 24 Jan, 2019

Hundreds of Syrian refugees in Lebanon went back to their war-torn country on Thursday — the latest batch to return home in recent months.
Taliban says talks with the US enter fourth day in Qatar

Taliban says talks with the US enter fourth day in Qatar Thu, 24 Jan, 2019

Negotiations between the Taliban and US officials in Qatar entered a fourth straight day Thursday, the militants said, with the "unprecedented" discussions raising expectations as both sides seek a way out of the 17-year Afghan conflict.
Syria's Assad suspends special visas for EU diplomats

Syria's Assad suspends special visas for EU diplomats Thu, 24 Jan, 2019

The European Commission said on Thursday that Syria's President Bashar al-Assad had suspended special visas for European Union diplomats to Damascus.
Russia and Turkey mull next steps in war-torn Syria

Russia and Turkey mull next steps in war-torn Syria Wed, 23 Jan, 2019

Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan met Wednesday to coordinate their moves in Syria as their governments bargain over zones of influence in the war-torn country.
Israel strikes in Syria in more open confrontation with Iran

Israel strikes in Syria in more open confrontation with Iran Mon, 21 Jan, 2019

 Israel struck in Syria early on Monday as part of its increasingly open assault on Iran's presence there, shaking the night sky over Damascus with an hour of loud explosions in a second consecutive night of military action.
Germany bans Iranian airline on suspicion of spying, terror

Germany bans Iranian airline on suspicion of spying, terror Mon, 21 Jan, 2019

Berlin has revoked Iranian airline Mahan's right to operate in Germany, a senior government source told Reuters on Monday, giving both safety concerns and the suspicion that the airline was being used for military purposes as reasons.
Clashes erupt in Yemen's Hodeida despite truce

Clashes erupt in Yemen's Hodeida despite truce Sat, 12 Jan, 2019

Clashes erupted between Huthi rebels and government forces in Yemen's flashpoint port city of Hodeida on Saturday, dealing a new blow to a fragile truce, an AFP correspondent reported.
Saudi teen who fled family leaves Thailand for asylum in Canada

Saudi teen who fled family leaves Thailand for asylum in Canada Sat, 12 Jan, 2019

An 18-year-old Saudi woman who fled her family saying she feared for her life has been granted asylum in Canada, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said on Friday, as Thai officials confirmed the teen was en route to Toronto.

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