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On front lines, US commanders want more trainers for AfghansDeep in the mountains of eastern Afghanistan, where Afghan troops are on the front lines against Taliban and Islamic State fighters, U.S. military commanders say they needs more forces to better train the local army
The Associated Press5 hours ago
FILE -- In this Nov. 15, 2015, file photo, Lebanese Interior Minister Nohad Machnouk holds a press conference at the police headquarter in Beirut, Lebanon. Machnouk said Monday that the country's police intelligence played a major role in foiling a plot to bring down an Emirati passenger plane that was supposed to take off from Sydney in Australia to the United Arab Emirate capital of Abu Dhabi. (AP Photo/Bilal Hussein)
Lebanon says it helped foil plot to down plane in AustraliaLebanon's interior minister says the country's police intelligence played a major role in foiling a plot to bring down an Emirati passenger plane that was supposed to take off from Australia
The Associated Press9 hours ago
Belgian special forces soldiers sit on a rooftop with a guided-missile launcher, a few miles from the frontline, in the village of Abu Ghaddur, east of Tal Afar, Iraq, Sunday, Aug. 20, 2017. U.S.-backed Iraqi forces have launched a multi-pronged assault to retake the town of Tal Afar, west of Mosul, marking the next phase in the country's war on the Islamic State group. Tal Afar and the surrounding area is one of the last pockets of IS-held territory in Iraq after victory was declared in July in Mosul, the country's second-largest city. (AP Photo/Balint Szlanko)
Iraqi forces close in on IS-held town west of MosulThe U.S.-led coalition says Iraqi forces have made significant progress as they close in on the Islamic State-held town of Tal Afar, west of Mosul
The Associated Press10 hours ago
US defense official says Navy chief orders wide investigation of Pacific fleet after two recent collisionsUS defense official says Navy chief orders wide investigation of Pacific fleet after two recent collisions
The Associated Press12 hours ago
Emirates approves new 'sin tax' to boost government revenueThe United Arab Emirates has issued a new law that imposes taxes on tobacco products, energy drinks and soft drinks to boost revenue and help offset the impact of lower oil prices
The Associated Press13 hours ago
Egypt officials: Militants kill soldier, policeman in SinaiEgypt officials: Soldier, policeman killed in attacks by suspected Islamic militants in northern Sinai
The Associated Press15 hours ago
Qatar denies blocking Saudi planes ferrying pilgrims to hajjQatar denies allegation it's blocking Saudi planes from transporting Qataris to hajj pilgrimage
The Associated Press15 hours ago
Defense Secretary James Mattis attends a news conference, Thursday, Aug. 17, 2017, at the State Department in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
The Latest: Trump to address nation Monday on AfghanistanTrump to reveal plan for war in Afghanistan in national address Monday night
The Associated Press1 day ago
The Latest: UN says thousands will flee Tal Afar operationU.N. warns thousands of civilians will flee Islamic State-held Tal Afar and surrounding areas as Iraqi security forces begin operation to retake town
The Associated Press1 day ago
Afghan President Ashraf Ghani, to the right of the podium, is joined by top U.S. and Afghan military leaders for the launch of the Afghan Army’s new special operations corp on Sunday, Aug. 20, 2017, at Camp Morehead, a training base southeast of Kabul. (AP Photo/Lolita Baldor)
Trump will address path forward on AfghanistanWhite House announces that President Donald Trump would address the nation's troops and the American people Monday night to update the path forward in Afghanistan and South Asia
The Associated Press1 day ago
Tensions rise within Yemen's rebel allianceA long-simmering power struggle between Yemen's Shiite rebels and a former president has burst into the open, threatening to undermine their alliance against the internationally-recognized government and its Saudi-led backers
The Associated Press1 day ago
Palestinians await 'clear vision' from US on peace talksA spokesman for Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas says the Palestinians are still waiting for a "clear vision" from the United States on resuming peace talks with Israel as President Donald Trump's envoys are set to visit
The Associated Press1 day ago
A Belgian special forces soldiers looks through his binoculars near the frontline, east of Tal Afar, Iraq, Sunday, Aug. 20, 2017. Iraqi forces have launched a multi-pronged assault to retake the town of Tal Afar, west of Mosul, marking the next phase in the country's war on the Islamic State group. Tal Afar and the surrounding area is one of the last pockets of IS-held territory in Iraq after victory was declared in July in Mosul, the country's second-largest city. (AP Photo/Balint Szlanko)
Iraq launches operation to take back IS-held town near MosulU.S.-backed Iraqi forces have launched a multi-pronged assault to retake the town of Tal Afar, west of Mosul, marking the next phase in the country's war on the Islamic State group
The Associated Press1 day ago
Saudi carrier says Qatar has not approved hajj flightsSaudi Arabia says its aircraft have not been given permission to land in Doha to pick up Qatari pilgrims for the annual hajj after the king authorized flights to transport people to Mecca
The Associated Press1 day ago
Egyptian MP steps back from call to extend president's termThe Egyptian lawmaker behind a call to amend the constitution to extend the president's term by two years says the change won't apply to President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi's current four-year term
The Associated Press1 day ago
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