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by Associated Press | Mon, 10/07/2019 - 12:28am | 0 comments
"The White House says Turkey will soon invade Northern Syria, casting uncertainty on the fate of the Kurdish fighters allied with the U.S. against in a campaign against the Islamic State group."
by The Wall Street Journal | Mon, 10/07/2019 - 12:20am | 0 comments
"Years of runaway spending, economic mismanagement and corruption in Iraq have combusted in protests that have killed more than 100 people and risk spiraling into civil conflict."
by The New York Times | Mon, 10/07/2019 - 12:15am | 0 comments
"When Hong Kong’s leader invoked emergency powers to ban face masks during protests, she went to great lengths to explain that the city wasn’t in a state of emergency."
by Associated Press | Mon, 10/07/2019 - 12:12am | 0 comments
"The workers were sleeping on the mountainside where they had spent a long day harvesting pine nuts in eastern Afghanistan. Some were in tents, others lay outside under the stars, when the U.S. airstrike tore into them."
by Foreign Policy | Mon, 10/07/2019 - 12:09am | 0 comments
"The Russian firm Wagner Group, a shadowy mercenary outfit waging secret wars on the Kremlin’s behalf from Ukraine to Syria to the Central African Republic, seems like something from a Tom Clancy novel."
by Voice of America | Sun, 10/06/2019 - 3:37pm | 0 comments
A group of eleven key Taliban prisoners is reported to have been released from the U.S.-run Bagram military base in Afghanistan in exchange for three Indian hostages.
by Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty | Sun, 10/06/2019 - 12:43pm | 0 comments
Thousands of demonstrators are rallying in Kyiv against President Volodymyr Zelenskiy's plan to hold local elections in eastern Ukrainian territory that is under the control of Russia-backed separatists.
by Voice of America | Sun, 10/06/2019 - 11:54am | 0 comments
Iraq’s Cabinet issued a new reform plan early Sunday following a night of clashes in which security forces opened fire on protesters killing at least 19 people.
by Agence France-Presse | Sun, 10/06/2019 - 11:06am | 0 comments
"About 10,000 people including Ukraine's former president Petro Poroshenko gathered in central Kiev on Sunday to protest a plan for broader autonomy for separatist territories ahead of a high-stakes summit with Russian leader Vladimir Putin."
by Fox News | Sun, 10/06/2019 - 5:16am | 0 comments
"Turkey President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Saturday that his country will soon launch an 'air and ground military operation' east of the Euphrates River in northeastern Syria, prompting the U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces to promise 'all-out war' if they face an unprovoked attack."
by Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty | Sun, 10/06/2019 - 4:52am | 0 comments
A top United Nations official condemned violence related to protests in Iraq, saying that “this must stop” after the reported five-day death toll surged to near 100 people.
by Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction | Sun, 10/06/2019 - 4:30am | 0 comments
Continue on for the latest Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction report.
by Voice of America | Sun, 10/06/2019 - 3:08am | 0 comments
Thousands of residents of Pakistan-held Kashmir rallied Saturday on board vehicles and motorbikes to press for their demand that India lift a two-month old controversial clampdown in its controlled portion of the disputed region.
by Voice of America | Sun, 10/06/2019 - 2:28am | 0 comments
North Korea angrily walked away from working-level nuclear talks with the United States on Saturday, with Pyongyang’s top negotiator saying he was “greatly disappointed” with Washington’s inflexible approach.
by The Wall Street Journal | Sun, 10/06/2019 - 2:01am | 0 comments
"Subway remains closed, along with many storefronts and shopping malls, day after government invoked emergency measure."
by Institute for the Study of War | Sun, 10/06/2019 - 12:46am | 0 comments
"Turkey is preparing to invade Northeastern Syria despite U.S. efforts to de-escalate tensions through a joint security mechanism along the border. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced on October 5 that 'We have made our preparations, completed our operation plans' and that air and ground operations will begin within days."
by Stratfor | Sat, 10/05/2019 - 4:38pm | 0 comments
"As the U.S. conflict in Afghanistan enters its 19th year, several significant developments have unfolded in recent weeks that will shape the country's security and governance dynamics."
by Associated Press | Sat, 10/05/2019 - 11:04am | 0 comments
"The Taliban met with U.S. peace envoy Zalmay Khalilzad in the Pakistan capital for the first time since President Donald Trump declared a seemingly imminent peace deal to end Afghanistan's 18-year war 'dead' a month ago, a Taliban official said early Saturday."
by Associated Press | Sat, 10/05/2019 - 11:00am | 0 comments
"Iraq faced the prospect of a deepening political crisis Saturday, after four days of unrest left at least 64 people dead, and authorities lifted a round-the-clock curfew in the capital meant to quell the anti-government demonstrations."
by The British Broadcasting Corporation | Sat, 10/05/2019 - 10:16am | 0 comments
"Most of Hong Kong's metro system remains shut after a day which saw stations and businesses attacked in violent anti-government protests."
by The New York Times | Sat, 10/05/2019 - 12:16am | 0 comments
"After years of growing hostility and competition for influence, Saudi Arabia and Iran have taken steps toward indirect talks to try to reduce the tensions that have brought the Middle East to the brink of war, according to officials from several countries involved in the efforts."
by Voice of America | Sat, 10/05/2019 - 12:13am | 0 comments
A top U.S. military commander says embattled Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro is slowly but surely losing his grip on power, forced to rely on countries like Cuba and Russia, and even on drug cartels, to stay in office.
by Institute for the Study of War | Fri, 10/04/2019 - 7:05pm | 0 comments
"ISIS has mounted low-level efforts to replenish its ranks from members held in detention facilities and displacement camps across Syria and Iraq since late 2018. Some ISIS members have paid bribes to guards in order to buy their freedom."
by Army Times | Fri, 10/04/2019 - 6:44pm | 0 comments
"On the anniversary of the Oct. 4, 2017 ambush that killed four American soldiers near the village of Tongo Tongo, Niger, family members of three of the fallen expressed continued frustration with how U.S. Africa Command handled the investigation."
by Military Times | Fri, 10/04/2019 - 5:44pm | 0 comments
"The U.S. is offering a $5 million reward for information that leads to the arrest or conviction of the militants who committed or aided in the deadly Oct. 4, 2017, attack on a joint U.S.-Nigerien military patrol that left four U.S. soldiers dead."