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After a devastating attack on Ghazni last week, the Taliban attacked two checkpoints in Baghlan, northern Afghanistan, killing at least 46 soldiers and police.

Analysis: Since the fall of IS' self-proclaimed caliphate, some fighters from south-east Asia have returned home, but many remain in the region, writes Zam Yusa.

Russia downs two drones near Syrian air base

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Russia downs two drones near Syrian air base

Russia's defence ministry said it shot down two 'unmanned aerial vehicles' that were believed to be launched by rebels in Idlib's de-escalation zone on Sunday.

Dozens of civilians dead in Syria arms depot blast

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Dozens of civilians dead in Syria arms depot blast

At least 39 people died in a blast in Idlib on Sunday that collapsed two buildings and left civilians trapped under rubble.

Syrian regime forces attack rebels in Latakia's Turkmen Mountains

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Syrian regime forces attack rebels in Latakia's Turkmen Mountains

Syrian rebels holed up in the Jebel Turkmen mountains in Latakia province have come under attack by regime forces, despite the area ...

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Leaflets dropped over Syria's Idlib call for 'reconciliation'

Helicopters dropped leaflets over parts of the rebel-held northwestern province of Idlib, calling on residents to reconcile with the regime as warplanes simultaneously pounded the region.

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Second Syrian Druze hostage held by IS dies

The 65-year-old Syrian woman was among more than 30 people seized by IS two weeks ago as it unleashed a violent attack against the Druze ...

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Selling a phoney peace in Syria

Comment: By allowing French aid to be directly distributed by the Russian army, France's president Macron is endorsing Russian hegemony over ...

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Iraq says it will reluctantly abide by Iran sanctions

Iraq Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi has condemned new US sanctions on Iran, but says Baghdad will abide by the embargo.

NATO probing reports Afghan police killed in US airstrike

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NATO probing reports Afghan police killed in US airstrike

NATO is investigating reports that at least nine Afghan police officers were killed in a US airstrike in eastern Afghanistan, its ...

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Mossad killed Syrian chemical weapons chief: NYT

Aziz Esber was assassinated by Israeli spies who believed the chemical weapons director was developing specialised missiles for Iran, according ...

US-led strikes kill 28 militants in <em>eastern</em> Syria

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US-led strikes kill 28 militants in eastern Syria

Dozens of IS militants were killed in US-led coalition air strikes.

Iran diplomat granted entry to Saudi Arabia

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Iran diplomat granted entry to Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia has granted a visa to an Iranian diplomat to work in a consular office in Jeddah, state media reported on Sunday.

Suicide attack kills three NATO troops in Afghanistan

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Suicide attack kills three NATO troops in Afghanistan

The US military has said that three NATO troops have been killed and three injured in a Taliban-claimed suicide attack.

Suicide bomb attack on Afghan Shia mosque kills dozens

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Suicide bomb attack on Afghan Shia mosque kills dozens

Police said 25 people were killed and 40 were wounded, Reuters has reported.

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Idlib further complicates Turkish-Russian relationship

Comment: If Assad attempts an assault on the western province, a major geopolitical showdown as well as devastation on the ground will follow, write Giorgio Cafiero and Theodore Karasik.

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Turkey 'turns blind eye' to rebel abuses in Afrin

Amnesty International on Thursday accused Turkish forces of allowing Syrian armed groups to commit major rights abuses in the northern region of ...

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Syria rebels announce new coalition in Idlib

The northwest province is the last of four regions covered under a 2017 'de-escalation' agreement where rebels are still present.

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No major assault planned on Syria's Idlib: Moscow

Moscow contradicted Assad's pledges to retake the northern Syrian rebel stronghold by force, saying there "can be no question of an operation, ...

IS jihadists cornered in pocket of south Syria: monitor

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IS jihadists cornered in pocket of south Syria: monitor

IS used the release of 30 Druze women and children it kidnapped last week as a bargaining chip to get themselves out of a pocket of Syria's ...

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IS kidnapped '36 Druze women, children' during Suweida attacks

Last week's attacks were the bloodiest ever in the Suweida province and among the deadliest massacres waged by IS in Syria.

Russia urges world powers to support Syria reconstruction aid

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Russia urges world powers to support Syria reconstruction aid

Russian Deputy Ambassador Dmitry Polyansky called for global assistance to help Syria's economic recovery and the return of refugees on Friday.

Militants attack Afghan midwife training centre: officials

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Militants attack Afghan midwife training centre: officials

A midwife training centre in eastern Afghanistan was the latest target of an attack by militants on Saturday, officials said.

Islamic State kills scores in southern Syria attacks

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Islamic State kills scores in southern Syria attacks

A string of Islamic State group attacks, including suicide blasts, killed at least 150 people in southern Syria on Wednesday.

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