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US admits troops are present in Yemen, Lebanon, Jordan

12 December, 2017

In a semi-annual report it provided to Congress on Monday, the White House aknowledged the presence of hundreds of troops in Yemen, Jordan and Lebanon.

Iran state TV: 6.2 magnitude earthquake rocks southern Iran

12 December, 2017

Iran’s state TV says that a magnitude 6.2 earthquake has jolted the country’s southern province of Kerman.

IS 'seeking shelter' in Afghanistan after Middle East losses

12 December, 2017

Afghanistan's military said it plans to launch a major operation to stop IS making inroads into the country's northern provinces, officials said on Tuesday.

Iraqi women's rights must be protected

11 December, 2017

Comment: Women's rights activists in Iraq insist on the necessity of civil struggle, linking their fight for equality with that of the fight for a civil state, writes Zahra Ali.

Iraq's former oil hub deserted years after IS defeat

11 December, 2017

Two years after IS were forced from the industrial hub of Baiji the city remains a devastated ghost town as funds to help rebuild life have failed to materialise.

IS driven out of Syria's Idlib after 'regime-enabled' incursion

11 December, 2017

IS have been driven out of Idlib province, days after making an incursion into the region bordering Turkey, but activists claim the regime is assisting IS against rebel groups there.

Thousands of IS fighters could return to Africa

11 December, 2017

More than 6,000 Africans who fought for IS in Iraq and Syria could return home, the African Union's top security official warned, calling on countries to prepare for the threat.

Putin meets Assad at Russian military base in Syria

11 December, 2017

Russian President Vladimir Putin visited a Russian military air base in Syria on Monday and announced a partial pullout of Russian forces from the country.

Iraq holds military parade to celebrate 'victory' over IS

11 December, 2017

The Iraqi military has held a celebration to celebrate the end of the campaign against IS, while others warn the fight is not yet over.

Lebanon slams Iraq militia visit to Israel ceasefire line

10 December, 2017

A visit by an Iraqi Shia militia leader to Lebanon's ceasefire line with Israel was criticised by Lebanon's prime minister on Saturday, who said it violated local law.

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