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US offers further air support to Afghan troops amid Taliban offensive

The United States will to continue to carry out airstrikes to support Afghan forces facing attack from the insurgent Taliban, a regional US commander...

As Taliban advances, Afghan military overhauls war strategy

Reeling from a surge in battlefield losses, Afghanistan's military is overhauling its war strategy against the Taliban to concentrate forces around the most critical...

Half of all Afghan district centers under Taliban control – US general

Taliban insurgents control about half of Afghanistan's district centers, the senior US general said on Wednesday, indicating a rapidly deteriorating security situation. Insecurity has been...

Youth killed in Iran water crisis protests

A young man was shot dead during a second night of protests over water shortages in southwest Iran, a local official said on Saturday,...

Afghan neighbours wary of new refugee crisis as violence surges

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani meets regional leaders for talks in Uzbekistan on Thursday as deteriorating security in his country raises fears of a new...

Afghan Taliban seize border crossing with Pakistan in major advance

Taliban fighters in Afghanistan said on Wednesday they had taken control of one of the main border crossings with Pakistan, perhaps the most strategic...

In symbolic end to war, US general to step down from command in Afghanistan

The US general leading the war in Afghanistan, Austin Miller, will relinquish command on Monday, US officials say, in a symbolic end to America's...

Taliban say they control 85% of Afghanistan, humanitarian concerns mount

Taliban officials said on Friday the Sunni Muslim insurgent group had taken control of 85% of territory in Afghanistan, and international concern mounted over...

Series of attacks target US personnel in Iraq and Syria

US diplomats and troops in Iraq and Syria were targeted in three rocket and drone attacks in the past 24 hours, US and Iraq...

Afghan forces retake provincial capital after Taliban incursion – defence ministry

Afghan government forces on Thursday wrested back control of a western provincial capital stormed by the Taliban a day earlier and hundreds of fresh...


Additional troop deployment is welcome and shows the need for a strong SANDF

The announcement on Wednesday 14 July that 25 000 members of the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) will be deployed to help counter...
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