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Middle East

Syrian army gains ground on Jordan border in southwest

Syrian soldiers.The Syrian army and its allies seized control of at least 30 km (19 miles) of Syria's border with Jordan from rebels in an attack on Thursday, two rebel groups and a Syrian military source said.
 

Syrian army steps up strikes on capital's last rebel enclave

altThe Syrian army stepped up shelling and air strikes on the last rebel-held enclaves in the Syrian capital on Monday, its heaviest bombardment in a two-month campaign, rebels and witnesses said.
   

After military shake-up, Erdogan says Turkey to tackle Kurds in Syria

A Turkish armoured vehicle in Syria.Days after a reshuffle of Turkey's top military commanders, President Tayyip Erdogan has revived warnings of military action against Kurdish fighters in Syria that could set back the U.S.-led battle against Islamic State.
   

Afghan forces lose 2,531 killed from January 1-May 8 says report

Afghan soldiers.A total of 2,531 Afghan security forces were killed and 4,238 wounded in the first four months of the year, according to figures released in a report by the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan, a U.S. Congressional watchdog.
   

Iraqi general sees easy victory over exhausted IS fighters in Tal Afar

Iraqi rapid response forces in Mosul.A senior Iraqi general predicted a relatively easy victory for his forces in the upcoming battle for the Islamic State haven of Tal Afar as up 2,000 fighters and their families there are "worn out and demoralised".
   

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