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USA to Cut Down Level of Troops Deployed in Afghanistan, Iraq

United States President Donald Trump will sharply reduce the number of US forces in Afghanistan from 4,500 to 2,500 before he leaves office, the Pentagon has announced according to AlJazeera and other news agencies. The Pentagon also outlined a modest withdrawal of US forces in Iraq that will reduce troop levels from 3,000 to 2,500. Acting Secretary of Defense Chris...

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USA to Cut Down Level of Troops Deployed in Afghanistan, Iraq

United States President Donald Trump will sharply reduce the number of US forces in Afghanistan from 4,500 to 2,500 before he leaves office, the Pentagon has announced according to AlJazeera and other news agencies. The Pentagon also outlined a modest withdrawal of US forces in Iraq that will reduce troop levels from 3,000 to 2,500. Acting Secretary of Defense Chris...

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Nine Italians confirmed dead in Dhaka attack

Dhaka: Nine Italians were killed in Friday's attack by militants in the Bangladeshi capital, with another Italian still unaccounted for, Italy's foreign minister said on Saturday. The militants killed 20 people, most of them foreigners, inside an upmarket restaurant in Dhaka before security forces stormed the building and ended a 12-hour standoff on Saturday. "We have identified nine (Italians) killed,...

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New Taliban leader tells US to end Afghan ‘occupation’ in first message

KABUL: New Taliban leader Haibatullah Akhundzada on Saturday called on the United States to end its “occupation” of Afghanistan in his first message since being appointed the militant group's chief in May. “Admit the realities instead of useless use of force and muscle... and put an end to the occupation,” Akhundzada said in a speech on the eve of Eidul...

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Bus accident kills 26 in north China: Report

BEIJING: A bus accident in north China killed 26 people and injured four when the coach crashed through a highway guard rail and plunged into a canal, state media reported Saturday. Images of the scene of Friday’s accident showed rescue workers pulling bodies from a coach submerged in deep water below an expressway near the northern port city of Tianjin....

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Myanmar mob torches mosque as religious tensions spike: Report

YANGON: A mob wielding weapons razed a Muslim prayer hall in northern Myanmar, state media reported Saturday, the second attack on a mosque in just over a week as anti-Muslim sentiment swells in the Buddhist majority nation. Myanmar has struggled to contain bouts of deadly religious bloodshed in recent years, with bristling sectarian tensions and rising Buddhist nationalism posing a...

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6 killed in extremist attack on 2 buses, say Kenyan official

A Kenyan official says suspected al-Shabab gunmen killed at least six people when they shot at two buses traveling in Mandera County in northern Kenya. North Eastern Regional Security Coordinator Mohammed Saleh said Friday several people were wounded in the attack as the buses headed toward Mandera town at 10 am. The buses were carrying passengers from the capital, Nairobi....

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Istanbul airport attackers planned hostage-taking: Report

ISTANBUL: The three suicide attackers who struck Istanbul's main international airport this week are believed to have been planning to take dozens of people hostage, a Turkish newspaper reported Friday. A total of 44 people were killed in Tuesday night's gun and bomb spree at Turkey's busiest airport, the deadliest in a string of attacks to hit Istanbul this year....

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At least 70 killed in north of Syria’s Aleppo: Monitor

BEIRUT: At least 70 regime and rebel fighters have been killed in 24 hours in a government assault and a jihadist-led counterattack in northern Syria, a monitor said Thursday. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said 30 regime soldiers and 39 rebel fighters had been killed in battles around Al-Maleh, north of Aleppo, since Wednesday afternoon. Jihadists fighting for the...

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Separate attacks in Baghdad kill at least 12 civilians

BAGHDAD: Iraqi officials say separate attacks targeting commercial areas in Baghdad have killed at least 12 civilians. Police say the deadliest of Thursday’s assaults was in the southwestern neighborhood of Shurta al-Rabia where a suicide bomber blew up himself up in an outdoor market, killing seven people and wounding at least 15. In Baghdad’s western Ghazaliya neighborhood, a bomb explosion...

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Ten killed in jihadist suicide bombing in Cameroon

YAOUNDé: A suicide bombing by a Boko Haram jihadist has killed at least 10 people in northern Cameroon, a security source said Thursday. It was the latest in a spate of attacks blamed on the Nigeria-based Islamist militant group in northern Cameroon, which have driven tens of thousands of people from their homes. The security source said the attacker blew...

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US-led strikes pound Islamic State in Iraq, kill 250 fighters

WASHINGTON: US-led coalition aircraft waged a series of deadly strikes against Islamic State around the city of Falluja on Wednesday, US officials told Reuters, with one citing a preliminary estimate of at least 250 suspected fighters killed and at least 40 vehicles destroyed. If the figures are confirmed, the strikes would be among the most deadly ever against the extremist...

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Putin orders government to start ‘normalising’ trade with Turkey

MOSCOW: Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday ordered his government to begin the process of lifting sanctions imposed against Turkey after Ankara shot down a Russian warplane last year. "I ask that the Russian government begins the process of normalising general trade and economic ties with Turkey," Putin said at a cabinet meeting following a telephone conversation with Turkish counterpart...

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Putin and Erdogan hold first phone talk since jet downing

Moscow: Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Wednesday held their first phone call since Ankara downed one of Moscow's jets in Syria last year, both sides said. The two leaders spoke as they sought to mend ties over the November incident that saw Moscow slap sanctions on Ankara. "The president's phone call with president...

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Firebomb attack outside Australian mosque termed ‘hate crime’

SYDNEY: A firebomb attack outside an Australian mosque during prayers was condemned Wednesday by Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, with one Islamic leader calling it a "hate crime". No one was injured in Tuesday night's blast which destroyed a car parked outside a mosque and Islamic college in the Perth suburb of Thornlie. "It is believed an accelerant was used...

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Yemen clashes, air strikes kill 80 including 37 civilians

ADEN: Intensified fighting and air strikes over the past 24 hours in Yemen have left 80 people dead, including 37 civilians, as lengthy peace talks in Kuwait made no headway, officials said. In the largest toll, warplanes from the pro-government Saudi-led coalition killed 34 people, including 19 civilians when they targeted Shiite rebels in the southwestern region of Taez, a...

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