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Middle East

Iraq could split if Shi'ite militias enter Mosul

Battle damage in Mosul.Iraq is at risk of partition and the worst sectarian bloodletting since the 2003 U.S.-led invasion if Shi'ite paramilitary units get involved in the fight against Islamic State for Mosul, a senior Sunni Iraqi politician said on Monday.

Under U.S. plan, Afghans may get Black Hawks to replace Russian aircraft

A Black Hawk helicopter.The U.S. military wants to replace Afghanistan's well-worn fleet of Russian helicopters with American-made aircraft, according to a new budget proposal, a decision aimed at reducing the Afghan air force's decades-long reliance on Russian equipment.

Islamic State uses drones to attack Iraqi army in Mosul

Islamic State drones.Islamic State has been using drones to attack Iraqi troops advancing in the northern city of Mosul, the militant group's last major urban stronghold in country, the military said on Thursday.

Suicide truck bomb kills about 100 in Iraq, mostly Iranian pilgrims

Site of a suicide truck bomb in Hilla.A suicide truck bomb killed about 100 people, most of them Iranian Shi'ite pilgrims, at a petrol station in the city of Hilla 100 km (62 miles) south of Baghdad on Thursday, police and medical sources said.

Iranian death toll in Syria passes the thousand mark

More than a thousand Iranian soldiers killed in SyriaMore than 1,000 soldiers deployed by Iran to Syria to back the government side in its civil war have been killed, an Iranian official said, underlining Tehran's increasing presence on front lines of the conflict.

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