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FILE PHOTO: Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF) ride on a tank during a battle with Islamic State militants, at Um Jaris village on the Iraqi border with Syria, Iraq May 29, 2017.  REUTERS/Stringer/File Photo
Syrian rebels say U.S., allies sending m...

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... read more »

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Nayef shakes hands with German Chancellor Angela Merkel during a reception ceremony in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia April 30, 2017. Bandar Algaloud/Courtesy of Saudi Royal Court/Handout via REUTERS
Merkel sees EU, Gulf states making progr...

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... read more »

Will visa restrictions also apply for Academy Award-winning Iranian film director Asghar Farhadi (right), who was nominated for a second Oscar this week for his film The Salesman? Actress Taraneh Alidoosti (left) says she will not attend the Oscar ceremony in protest.
Iranians Raise Cry As They Brace For U.S...

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... read more »

Syria Says No To Autonomous Administrati...

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... read more »

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Shi'ite fighters fire artillery toward Islamic State militants during a battle on the outskirt of Tal Afar, west of Mosul, on November 18.

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... read more »


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... read more »

Marty Larson and her young son (bottom right) float on a raft made of inflated goat skins. The man carrying the briefcase was a neighbor of the Larsons in Jalalabad. He now lives in the United States.

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... read more »

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