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Middle East

Iraq starts offensive to take back Tal Afar from Islamic State

Iraqi tanks.Iraqi security forces launched an offensive to take back the city of Tal Afar on Sunday, their next objective in the U.S.-backed campaign to defeat Islamic State militants, Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said.


Lebanese army, Hezbollah announce offensives against Islamic State on Syrian border

Lebanese tanks.The Lebanese army launched an offensive on Saturday against an Islamic State enclave on the northeastern border with Syria, as the Lebanese Shi'ite group Hezbollah announced an assault on the militants from the Syrian side of the frontier.


Assad advisor says Syria war nearing its end

Bashar al Assad.An advisor to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has said the six-year war is nearly over as foreign states cut backing for rebels, and vowed the government would confront any "illegitimate" forces, whether Turkish or American.

U.N. hopes for Syria peace talks in October or November

The UN hopes for Syrian peace talks later this year.The United Nations hopes for a "serious negotiation" between the government and a still-to-be-formed unified Syrian opposition in October or November, U.N. Special Envoy Staffan de Mistura said on Thursday.

Two killed on Gaza-Egypt border in confrontation between Hamas and rival Islamist militants

Militants in Gaza.A Hamas security man and a member of a rival Islamist militant group were killed on Thursday in a confrontation in the Gaza Strip near the Palestinian enclave's border with Egypt, security sources said.

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