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Middle East

Islamic State developing new weapons despite losses

An Islamic State flag.Islamic State militants have developed an improvised explosive device (IED) that can be launched from rifles or dropped from an aerial drone, an arms monitoring group said on Wednesday.


Afghan defense chief quits over attack, as Mattis flies in

Afghan soldiers.Afghanistan's defence minister and army chief of staff resigned on Monday after the deadliest ever Taliban attack on a military base, threatening to overshadow a visit by U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis as Washington looks to craft a new strategy for the country.


Resentment festers in Mosul: just ask Saddam Hussein

A man walks past damaged buildings in Mosul.If you want to hear the resentment people of Mosul feel now that Iraqi forces have driven Islamic State out of most of the city, you should talk to Saddam Hussein.


Battle zone scenes at Paris Champs Elysees after drive-up police killing

A French soldier near the Champs Elysees.Paris' Champs Elysees boulevard looked more like a combat zone than the tourist and shopping mecca it is on Thursday night after a drive-up-and-shoot attack in which an assailant killed a police officer with what appeared to be an automatic rifle.


Syrian army advances along vital highway in rebel-held Hama province

Syrian soldiers.The Syrian army advanced into the town of Taybet al Imam in Hama province on Thursday, expanding its territory along the strategic western highway between Damascus and Aleppo, the army and rebels said.


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