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Syrian rebels say U.S., allies sending more arms to fend off Iran threat

By Tom Perry, Suleiman Al-Khalidi and Maher Chmaytelli BEIRUT/AMMAN/BAGHDAD (Reuters) – Syrian rebels say the United States and its allies are sending them more arms to try to fend off a new push into the southeast by Iran-backed militias aiming to open an overland supply route between Iraq and Syria. ...

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Merkel sees EU, Gulf states making progress on free trade deal

By Andreas Rinke ABU DHABI (Reuters) – German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Monday she hopes the European Union and the six Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries can finally complete a free trade agreement and that she would discuss the issue with Abu Dhabi’s crown prince. Germany, which relies on ...

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Iranians Raise Cry As They Brace For U.S. Immigration Ban

Anticipating an executive order from the White House to temporarily shut off Iranians’ access to U.S. visas and other avenues to immigration, Iranians have voiced frustration with being targeted for exclusion alongside citizens from a handful of predominantly Muslim countries where conflicts are raging. The prospect of such immigration curbs ...

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Syria Says No To Autonomous Administration In East Aleppo

The Syrian government has rejected a proposal by the United Nations to grant Aleppo’s rebel-held areas autonomy to help restore calm to the northern city. The state’s institutions “must be restored” to Aleppo once rebels have been expelled, Foreign Minister Walid al-Muallem said after talks with the UN’s special envoy ...

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Iraqi Troops Push Forward In Eastern Mosul Against Stiff Resistance

Iraqi troops are facing stiff resistance from Islamic State (IS) militants as they push deeper into eastern Mosul, backed by aerial support from the U.S.-led international coalition. Major General Sami al-Aridi of the Iraqi special forces said on November 19 that IS militants were fighting in eastern Mosul with snipers, ...

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Six Afghans Killed, Scores Injured After Taliban Attack On German Consulate

A Taliban suicide bomber drove a truck loaded with explosives into the German Consulate in northern Afghanistan, killing at least six people and wounding more than 100. The truck exploded at the entrance of the consulate in the city of Mazar-e Sharif, destroying the gate and wall just before midnight ...

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Afghanistan Before The Wars

It’s difficult to imagine today, but Afghanistan was once a popular destination for foreigners with adventure in their blood. From 1970 to 1974, as Western and Soviet powers competed for influence in the country, one young American family compiled a photographic record of expat life in a country that has ...

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