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Middle East

One year on, Baghdad falls silent to mark defeat of Islamic State

An Iraqi armoured personnel carrier.A hush descended on central Baghdad on Monday as Iraqis observed a minute’s silence for those killed in the battle against Islamic State a year after the group was defeated.


Afghan security forces' deaths unsustainable

Afghan security forces.The Pentagon’s pick for the next commander of U.S. Central Command said on Tuesday the high casualty rate of Afghan security forces would not be sustainable even with the stalemate in the fight against Taliban militants.


Yemen's Houthis set to head for peace talks in Sweden

Air strikes in Yemen.A Yemeni Houthi delegation is expected to leave for Sweden on Tuesday for U.N.-sponsored peace talks, the first since 2016, as Western nations press for an end to the war that has pushed the impoverished country to the verge of starvation.

Shi'ite rivalry paralyses Iraq's government

A woman carries a poster of Moqtadr al-Sadr.A growing rivalry between two powerful Shi’ite Muslim factions has paralysed efforts to form a government in Iraq six months after an election aimed at steering the country towards recovery from years of war.

Iran navy launches stealth warship in the Gulf

The Iranian Navy destroyer Sahand.Iran’s navy on Saturday launched a domestically made destroyer, which state media said has radar-evading stealth properties, as tensions rise with arch-enemy, the United States.


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