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Afghan government loses 5 percent of territory in 4 months: U.S. government watchdog

By Reuters The Afghan government lost control or influence of nearly 5 percent of its territory between January and May, the U.S government’s top watchdog on Afghanistan said in a report on Friday, an indication of the challenges its forces are facing. Fifteen years after the United States invaded Afghanistan to topple the Taliban rulers who had harbored al Qaeda militants who attacked the United … Continue reading Afghan government loses 5 percent of territory in 4 months: U.S. government watchdog

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Syria: Save the Children says Idlib hospital bombed

By Agencies A Syrian maternity hospital in a rebel-held area of Idlib province has been extensively damaged after a direct hit, according to the international charity Save the Children, which supports the facility. The UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights also said on Friday that the hospital in the town of Kafar Takharim was heavily damaged and left barely operational. The charity also published a … Continue reading Syria: Save the Children says Idlib hospital bombed

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Nusra confirms split with al-Qaeda ‘to protect Syrian revolution’

By Agencies Nusra Front leader Abu Muhammad al-Juolani confirmed late on Thursday that his group has formally split from al-Qaeda and has renamed itself as Jabhat Fath al-Shaam (Levantine Conquest Front). “The creation of this new front aims to close the gap between the jihadi factions in the Levant,” Joulani said in his first televised appearance, soon after Nusra released the first photo of the … Continue reading Nusra confirms split with al-Qaeda ‘to protect Syrian revolution’

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Does Trump’s America First policy mean Allies Last?

By Carl Bildt There is a new Trump doctrine in foreign and security affairs emerging: be unpredictable about everything. In general, there is something to be said for an element of uncertainty. Potential spoilers and adversaries should not be able to anticipate every single response to their different advances. So far, I guess Henry Kissinger would agree. But in some respects there has to be … Continue reading Does Trump’s America First policy mean Allies Last?

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Priest killed in hostage situation at French church

By Agencies An 84-year-old priest has been killed with a knife, and another person seriously wounded, after two men with alleged links to the so-called Islamic State (IS) group, took several people hostage in an attack on a church in northern France. Father Jacques Hamel reportedly had his throat slit on Tuesday before French police entered and shot dead the attackers, a French police source told … Continue reading Priest killed in hostage situation at French church

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Germany: Syrian arrested after deadly machete attack

  By Agencies A woman has been killed and two people injured in a machete attack in southern Germany. Police said the perpetrator, who has been arrested, is a 21-year-old Syrian asylum seeker. The attack took place in the German city of Reutlingen, near Stuttgart. The assailant’s motives were unknown. “There is no danger to anyone else at this time,” a police official told Reuters … Continue reading Germany: Syrian arrested after deadly machete attack

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80 killed, 231 injured in Kabul bomb blasts

By Agencies Afghanistan’s Interior Ministry says at least 80 people were killed and 231 others wounded in two bomb blasts in the capital Kabul. The blasts were carried out at the Deh Mazang Square, where thousands of Hazara demonstrators had gathered from early morning in protest against a controversial power line project. The so-called Islamic State (IS) group claimed responsibility for the bombing. According to police, one of the attackers … Continue reading 80 killed, 231 injured in Kabul bomb blasts