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Middle East

Mosul assault in focus two years after Islamic State takeover

A mortar pit in Iraq.When Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi pledged in December that Iraq would retake Islamic State's de facto capital Mosul by the end of 2016, the target was greeted with scepticism by Western allies and officials within his own government.

Waste fears as Afghan soldiers cash in on spent ammo

An Afghan soldier.Zahir Jan, a scrap metal dealer in the southern Afghan province of Helmand, pays about 175 Afghani ($2.55) per kilo of spent cartridge casings and has no trouble finding supplies from poorly paid soldiers and policemen looking for extra cash.

Death of Islamic State's Shishani may damage foreign recruitment

Abu Omar al-Shishani.The death of Islamic State's "minister of war" may disrupt its operations, a senior U.S. military officer said on Thursday, and an Iraqi security expert said it could damage the group's important recruitment efforts in ex-Soviet republics.

Without two-state solution, Middle East faces 'perpetual violence' - U.N.

Air strikes in Palestine.A two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is more remote than ever, with the risk of generations of violence and radicalism unless leaders act, the United Nations' most senior official in the region said on Wednesday.

Saudi Arabia's new jihadists: poorly trained but hard to stop

A bombing in Saudi Arabia.Technical hitches limited the death tolls in three suicide attacks in Saudi Arabia but the apparent coordination of the blasts suggests jihadis have the tools to sustain their bombing campaign.

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