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Afghan forces struggle to drive back Taliban from besieged city

Afghan security forces.The Afghan army and police on Thursday failed to expel Taliban fighters from the outskirts of a besieged provincial capital as a seventh day of fierce fighting put pressure on national forces struggling largely without U.S. military backup.

Islamic State has killed over 2,000 off battlefield since June

Islamic State militants.Ultra-radical Islamic State insurgents have killed at least 2,154 people off the battlefield in Syria since the end of June when the group declared a caliphate in territory it controls, a Syrian human rights monitor said on Tuesday.

Car bombs, suicide attack kill at least 22 in Iraq

Car bomb damage in Iraq.At least 22 people were killed in explosions across Iraq on Sunday, including a suicide car bomb attack on a military post in western Anbar province, police and medical sources said.

Fighting escalates across Yemen, air strikes on capital Sanaa

Air strike damage in Yemen.Air raids, naval shelling and ground fighting shook Yemen on Sunday in some of the most widespread combat since a Saudi-led alliance intervened last month against Iranian-allied Houthi militia who have seized large tracts of the country.

More fighting, air strikes in Yemen, civilian death toll exceeds 550

An air strike in Yemen.Fighting between Yemen's warring factions raged in southern and central parts of the country and air strikes hit Houthi militia forces in Aden on Friday, but there were no fresh moves towards dialogue.

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