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Saudi king overhauls security services following royal shakeup

Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud.Saudi King Salman on Thursday decreed the consolidation of counter-terrorism and domestic intelligence under a new body, in a major overhaul of the security apparatus weeks after the interior minister was ousted from the royal succession.


After Mosul, Islamic State digs in for guerrilla warfare

Iraqi forces celebrate the freeing of Mosul.Islamic State militants began reinventing themselves months before U.S.-backed Iraqi forces ended their three-year reign of terror in Mosul, putting aside the dream of a modern-day caliphate and preparing the ground for a different fight.


U.S. ending laptop ban on Middle Eastern airlines

Airport security.The U.S. Transportation Security Administration said on Monday it was lifting a ban on passengers on Saudi Arabian Airlines carrying large electronics like laptops onboard U.S.-bound flights, the last carrier under the restrictions.


Egypt ends visa-free entry for Qataris, insists Doha meets demands

Qatar.Egypt will end visa-free entry for Qatari nationals with some exceptions, the Egyptian Foreign Ministry said on Monday, the latest measure taken against Doha which Cairo and three Gulf governments are boycotting.


Head of Islamic State in Afghanistan killed

Blast damage in Afghanistan.The head of Islamic State in Afghanistan, Abu Sayed, was killed in a strike on the group's headquarters in Kunar province earlier this week, the Pentagon said on Friday.

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