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Iraqi military captures Hawija from Islamic State

Iraqi forces near Hawija.Iraqi forces have captured the town of Hawija and the surrounding area from Islamic State, though some fighting still raged in a pocket to the north and east of the town where the militants were surrounded, the military said on Thursday.


Iran tests new missile after U.S. criticises arms programme

Iran has tested a new missile.Iran said on Saturday it had successfully tested a new ballistic missile with a range of 2,000 km (1,200 miles) and would keep developing its arsenal despite U.S. pressure to stop.


Turkey warns of global conflict if Iraq or Syria break up

Turkish armoured vehicles.Turkey escalated its opposition to a Kurdish independence referendum in northern Iraq on Tuesday, training tank guns and rocket launchers across the southern border and saying the break-up of its neighbours could lead to global conflict.


Afghan Air Force receives first Black Hawk helicopters

Afghanistan is receiving Black Hawk helicopters.The Afghan Air Force took delivery of its first four U.S.-made UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters on Tuesday as part of a planned replacement of its ageing fleet of Russian-made Mi-17 helicopters, officials said.


Jihadists launch big attack on Syrian government near Hama

A Syrian rebel tank.Insurgent groups launched a big attack on government-held areas in northwestern Syria on Tuesday, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights and a media outlet run by the Lebanese group Hezbollah reported.


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