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AFGHANISTAN POLITICS: Taliban: The History

AFGHANISTAN POLITICS: Taliban: The History

Taliban was formed in the early 1990s by an Afghan faction of Mujahideen, Islamic fighters who had resisted the Soviet occupation of Afghanistan. Read more.

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IRAQ: Iraqi Troops At Mosul’s Gate, Baghdadi Promises Victory

IRAQ: Iraqi Troops At Mosul’s Gate, Baghdadi Promises Victory

Winning back the country’s second biggest city would mark the defeat of the Iraq wing of a crossborder caliphate.

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USA: US Service Members Killed By Taliban Bullets

USA: US Service Members Killed By Taliban Bullets

“The service members came under fire during a train, advise and assist mission with our Afghan partners to clear Taliban position,” the U.S. military said.

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AFGHANISTAN: 30 Civilians Killed By NATO Airstrike

AFGHANISTAN: 30 Civilians Killed By NATO Airstrike

NATO airstrike killed 30 Afghan civilians, including women and children in Kunduz. “They were asleep when their house came under attack,” Akbari said.

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SYRIA: Russia To Rebels: Leave Aleppo By Friday

SYRIA: Russia To Rebels: Leave Aleppo By Friday

President Vladimir Putin had ordered the pause in fighting “to avoid senseless victims,” the Defence Ministry said.

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NIGERIA: Buhari Meets With Niger Delta Leaders, Militants

NIGERIA: Buhari Meets With Niger Delta Leaders, Militants

President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday met leaders from Niger Delta and representatives of militant groups who have been attacking oil facilities.

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IRAQ: Islamic State, Iraqi Troops Battle Inside Mosul

IRAQ: Islamic State, Iraqi Troops Battle Inside Mosul

“This is a good sign for the people of Mosul because the battle to liberate Mosul has effectively begun,” Lieutenant-General Talib Shaghati said.

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RUSSIA: Syria Peace Talks Uncertain – Russia Says

RUSSIA: Syria Peace Talks Uncertain – Russia Says

“It is time for our Western colleagues to determine who they are fighting against: terrorists or Russia,” Shoigu said, in remarks broadcast on Russian TV.

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SYRIA: Rebels Open New Front In Aleppo As Fighting Spreads

SYRIA: Rebels Open New Front In Aleppo As Fighting Spreads

The rebels, including both Free Syrian Army factions and jihadists, are seeking to end the siege by seizing government-held areas of Aleppo.

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IRAQ: Shi’ite Militias Launch Offensive To Seal Off Western Mosul

IRAQ: Shi’ite Militias Launch Offensive To Seal Off Western Mosul

The battle for Mosul is expected to be the biggest in 13 years of turmoil unleashed in Iraq by the 2003 U.S.-led invasion which toppled Saddam Hussein.

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COLOMBIA: Child Soldiers Reluctant To Leave FARC ‘Family’

COLOMBIA: Child Soldiers Reluctant To Leave FARC ‘Family’

Victoria Sandino, a commander with the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) says, “They don’t want to leave the organization.”

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ISRAEL: Netanyahu Recalls Ambassador After UNESCO Vote

ISRAEL: Netanyahu Recalls Ambassador After UNESCO Vote

“The theatre of the absurd continues and I decided to recall our ambassador for consultation,” Netanyahu said. “We will decide what the next steps will be.”

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SYRIA: Rebels Launch Aleppo Counter-Attack To Break Siege

SYRIA: Rebels Launch Aleppo Counter-Attack To Break Siege

Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said more than 15 civilians had been killed and 100 wounded by rebel shelling of government-held western Aleppo.

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YEMEN: Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi Not Part Of UN Peace Plan

YEMEN: Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi Not Part Of UN Peace Plan

Hadi fled the armed advance of the Iranian-allied Houthi movement in March 2015 and has been a guest of neighbouring Saudi Arabia ever since.

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PALESTINE: Israeli Troops Razed To The Ground Palestinian Homes

PALESTINE: Israeli Troops Razed To The Ground Palestinian Homes

United Nations documented rise in demolitions, saying 124 Palestinians, including 60 children, were left homeless in the occupied West Bank in a single day.

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SOUTH SUDAN: UN To South Sudan: Defuse Growing Tensions Between Ethnic Groups

SOUTH SUDAN: UN To South Sudan: Defuse Growing Tensions Between Ethnic Groups

South Sudan is suffering in hate speech to violence against certain ethnic groups which could result in mass atrocities if the government does not act.

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SYRIA: Russia To Extend Moratorium On Aleppo Air Strikes

SYRIA: Russia To Extend Moratorium On Aleppo Air Strikes

Defence ministry spokesman Major-General Igor Konashenkov: Russian, Syrian planes had not approached let alone bombed the devastated city since last Tuesday.

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PALESTINE: Next Gaza War Will Be The ‘Last’ – Avigdor Lieberman

PALESTINE: Next Gaza War Will Be The ‘Last’ – Avigdor Lieberman

Avigdor Lieberman said next war would be “their last. I would emphasize again: It will be their last confrontation because we will completely destroy them.”

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SYRIA: Demands For Assad’s Departure ‘Thoughtless’ – Russia

SYRIA: Demands For Assad’s Departure ‘Thoughtless’ – Russia

Russia’s Dmitry Peskov said Assad needs to stay in power to prevent the country from falling into the hands of jihadist.

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IRAQ: Mosul: Islamic State Steps Up Counter-Attacks

IRAQ: Mosul: Islamic State Steps Up Counter-Attacks

Islamic State expanded attacks against Iraqi army, Kurdish forces to relieve pressure on its militants confronting offensive on Mosul, its last stronghold.

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