Middle East

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

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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

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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

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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

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

Taliban fighters storm capital of northwestern Afghan province

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Regional officials in northern Afghanistan said on Wednesday they had recaptured government buildings in a provincial capital after Taliban fighters stormed it overnight, taking...

Taliban aim to present written peace plan at talks as soon as next month

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The Taliban plan to present a written peace proposal to the Afghan government side as soon as next month, a spokesman for the Islamist...

Hundreds of Afghan security personnel flee into Tajikistan as Taliban advance

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More than 1 000 Afghan security personnel fled across the border into Tajikistan on Sunday after Taliban advances in northern Afghanistan, the Tajik border...

Era ends, war looms as US forces quit main base in Afghanistan

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American troops pulled out of their main military base in Afghanistan on Friday, leaving behind a piece of the World Trade Center they buried...

Israel strikes Hamas site in Gaza over fire balloons – military

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Israeli aircraft bombed a Hamas site in the Gaza Strip overnight in response to incendiary balloons launched from the Palestinian enclave, Israel's military said...

Afghan civilians take up arms as US-led forces leave

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Gun in hand, 55-year-old Dost Mohammad Salangi recites poetry as he leads a small group of men to a look-out post high in the...

US tells UN that weekend airstrikes aimed to deter Iran

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The United States told the UN Security Council on Tuesday that it targeted Iran-backed militia in Syria and Iraq with airstrikes to deter the...

US military days away from completing Afghan withdrawal – sources

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The US military appears just days away from completing its withdrawal from Afghanistan, well ahead of the 11 September deadline set by President Joe...

Undeclared conflict? America’s battles with Iran-backed militia escalate, again

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US President Joe Biden’s latest strikes against Iran-backed militia in Syria and Iraq were not the first nor likely the last of his young...

Blinken: ‘Untenable’ for 10 000 IS fighters still to be held in Syria

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US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said on Monday that 10 000 Islamic State fighters continue to be held in detention in camps run...

Taliban say committed to Afghan peace talks, want ‘genuine Islamic system’

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The Taliban said on Sunday they were committed to peace talks, adding they wanted a "genuine Islamic system" in Afghanistan that would make provisions...

Turkey should pull troops from Afghanistan under 2020 accord -Taliban spokesman

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Turkey should withdraw its troops from Afghanistan under the 2020 deal for the pullout of US forces, a Taliban spokesman said on Thursday, effectively...

Afghan government and Taliban negotiators meet in Doha to discuss peace

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Afghan government and Taliban negotiators met in Qatar's capital Doha this week to discuss the peace process, the first known meeting in weeks after...

Egypt’s intelligence chief holds truce talks with Hamas in Gaza

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Egypt's intelligence chief met Hamas leaders in Gaza on Monday to try to bolster a ceasefire between the Palestinian militant group and Israel and...

Hamas to keep finger on trigger after ceasefire, says official

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A Hamas official said that Israel must end its violations in Jerusalem and address damages from the bombardment of Gaza following a ceasefire that...

Silos and saturation salvoes: Gaza rockets bedevil Israel

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Named after slain Islamist commanders and fashioned mostly from makeshift materials in clandestine Gaza workshops, the rockets of Hamas and Islamic Jihad have long...

Israel says it has no ‘timeframe’ for end to Gaza hostilities

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Israel said on Wednesday it was not setting a timeframe for an end to hostilities with Gaza as its military pounded the Palestinian enclave...

Thai workers killed in Israel-Palestinian conflict as truce calls mount

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Israel bombarded Gaza with air strikes and Palestinian militants resumed cross-border rocket fire on Tuesday after a brief overnight lull during which the UN...

Biden administration approved $735 million arms sale to Israel – sources

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President Joe Biden's administration approved the potential sale of $735 million in precision-guided weapons to Israel, and congressional sources said on Monday that US...

Call for peaceful negotiation to end Israel, Palestine conflict

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President Cyril Ramaphosa says South Africa is committed to being part of international efforts aimed at reviving a political process that will lead to...

Israel targets Gaza tunnels, Palestinian rocket attacks persist

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Israel fired artillery and mounted extensive air strikes on Friday against a network of Palestinian militant tunnels under Gaza, amid persistent rocket attacks on...

Israeli troops mass at Gaza border amid rocket fire, air strikes and clashes in...

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Palestinian militants fired more rockets into Israel's commercial heartland on Thursday as Israel kept up a punishing bombing campaign in Gaza and massed tanks...

Death toll rises from air strikes in Gaza and rocket fire on Israel

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Israel carried out hundreds of air strikes in Gaza on Wednesday and Palestinian militants fired multiple rocket barrages at Tel Aviv and the southern city...

Palestinian rocket fire, Israeli strikes in Gaza run into second day

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Palestinians fired uninterrupted barrages of rockets into Israel, as its military pounded Gaza with air strikes through the early hours of Tuesday, in a...

Car bombing at Afghan school in Kabul kills 55, injures over 150

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Explosions caused by a car bomb and mortarsoutside a school in the Afghan capital Kabul on Saturday killed at least 55 people and wounded...

Militants attack oil wells in Iraq’s north, production unaffected – sources

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Militants using bombs attacked two oil wells at an oilfield close to the northern Iraqi city of Kirkuk on Wednesday, killing at least one...

Taliban launches huge Afghan offensive after deadline for US pullout

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Afghan security forces fought back a huge Taliban offensive in southern Helmand province in the last 24 hours, officials and residents said on Tuesday,...

Car bomb kills 27 in Afghanistan’s eastern Logar province

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A huge car bomb blast killed at least 27 people and injured dozens more in Afghanistan's eastern Logar province on Friday evening, with high...

Top US commander in Afghanistan says steps to end military mission launched

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The commander of foreign forces in Afghanistan, US Army General Scott Miller, on Sunday said an orderly withdrawal of foreign forces and the handing...

Israel intensifying air war in Syria against Iranian encroachment

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Israel has dramatically expanded air strikes on suspected Iranian missile and weapons production centres in Syria to repel what it sees as a stealthy...

Germany will synchronize withdrawal from Afghanistan with US, minister says

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Germany will match US plans for the withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan, Defence Minister Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer said, adding she expected a NATO decision to...

Biden administration proceeding with $23 billion weapon sales to UAE

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US President Joe Biden’s administration has told Congress it is proceeding with more than $23 billion in weapons sales to the United Arab Emirates,...

Yemen’s Houthis say they attacked Saudi Aramco facilities; no Saudi confirmation

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Yemen’s Iran-aligned Houthi movement said on Monday it had fired 17 drones and two ballistic missiles at targets in Saudi Arabia, including Saudi Aramco...

Saudi-led coalition intensifies Yemen air strikes, hits grains port

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The Saudi-led coalition fighting in Yemen unleashed dozens of air strikes against what it called Houthi military targets in the country’s north, including the...

Four killed in bombing of Afghan government bus, nine die in helicopter crash

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Four people were killed and nine wounded when a roadside bomb hit a bus carrying Afghan government employees in Kabul on Thursday, while nine...

SA pledges support to Yemen

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International Relations and Cooperation Minister, Dr Naledi Pandor, has conveyed South Africa’s sympathies amid Yemen’s deepening humanitarian crisis, sparked by the ongoing conflict in...

Houthi ballistic missiles land in uninhabited Saudi land, coalition says

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Two ballistic missiles fired by Yemen’ Iran-aligned Houthi group landed in uninhabited border areas of southern Saudi Arabia on Monday, the ‮Saud‬i-l‮ed coalitio‬n‮ ‬fighting...

Iran releases footage of Revolutionary Guards ‘missile city’ base

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Iran released images and film footage on Monday of what it said was a new Revolutionary Guards base armed with cruise and ballistic missiles...

Saudi-led coalition destroys Houthi ‘hostile aerial target’ in Yemen’s Marib

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The Saudi-led coalition fighting in Yemen destroyed on Wednesday a “hostile aerial target”, belonging to the Iran-aligned Houthi forces in Yemen’s Marib city, Saudi...

Syrian youth still paying high price for decade of war: Red Cross

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Young Syrians have suffered heavy personal losses in a decade of war and still have to face rebuilding their shattered homeland, the International Committee...

Learning the hard way: Saudi Arabia better prepared for latest attacks

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Saudi Arabia fared far better on Sunday, when it escaped missile and drone attacks on its oil heartland with no serious damage, than 18...

Yemen’s Houthis say fired missile at Saudi Aramco site in Jeddah

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Yemen’s Houthi forces fired a cross-border missile at a Saudi Aramco facility in Saudi Arabia’s Red Sea city of Jeddah, a Houthi military spokesman...

US failure to sanction prince for Khashoggi killing ‘dangerous’: UN expert

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A UN human rights investigator said on Monday that it was “extremely dangerous” for the United States to have named Saudi Arabia’s de facto...

Iraq militia denies role in anti-US attacks, welcomes pressure on Saudi

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An Iran-aligned Iraqi militia group on Tuesday denied any role in recent rocket attacks against US targets in Iraq, but said an attack against...

Violence against civilians surges in Afghanistan after peace talks: UN report

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Civilian casualties in Afghanistan escalated sharply after peace talks began last year, the United Nations said in a report released on Tuesday, calling for...

Yemen’s Houthis raise stakes in Marib ‘blood bath’, sources say

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Hundreds of fighters have been killed in a weeks-long Houthi offensive on the Yemeni region of Marib, military sources and a local official said...