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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.

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.

Putin meets Assad at Russian military base in Syria

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Putin meets Assad at Russian military base in Syria

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.

Islamic State is gone, but the tobacco industry remains

Faisal Abualhassan

Islamic State is gone, but the tobacco industry remains

Comment: The tobacco industry's hold over Arab smokers may finally be cracking, writes Faisal Abualhassan.

Putin says IS suffers ‘complete defeat’ in <em>eastern</em> Syria

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Putin says IS suffers ‘complete defeat’ in eastern Syria

Russia's Putin said Wednesday that the Islamic State group has suffered a “complete defeat” in eastern Syria at the hands of Syrian ...

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Russian airstrikes kill 21 civilians in east Syria: monitor

Russian airstrikes killed 21 civilians early Wednesday in a village held by the Islamic State group near the Euphrates River in eastern Syria, a monitor said.

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'Fewer than 3,000 IS fighters' left in Iraq, Syria

There are fewer than 3,000 IS fighters left in Iraq and Syria as the group clings to the remnants of its self-styled caliphate, the US-led ...

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Kurdish forces capture eastern Syria with 'US, Russia support'

Kurdish militia the YPG announced they have captured some of the last territories held by IS in eastern Syria's Deir az-Zour ...

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Suicide bomber targets Afghan political rally

A suicide bomber in Afghanistan has killed at least six people, including a child, when they targeted a political rally in the east of the ...

Iraq invites bids to develop oil and gas fields

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Iraq invites bids to develop oil and gas fields

Iraq on Monday invited foreign companies to apply for tenders to explore and develop eight oil and gas fields along its Iranian and Kuwaiti ...

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Russian strikes kill 53 civilians in Syria's Deir az-Zour

At least 53 civilians, including 21 children, died on Sunday when Russian air strikes hit residential buildings in a village held by Islamic ...

Syrian regime airstrikes target besieged <em>Eastern</em> Ghouta, Deir az-Zour

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Syrian regime airstrikes target besieged Eastern Ghouta, Deir az-Zour

More than 19 civilians were killed in Eastern Ghouta on Sunday as the Syrian regime stepped up its campaign to retake the last major ...

More than 13 million Syrians in need of aid

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More than 13 million Syrians in need of aid

The UN said 40 percent of the needy were children, adding that people in besieged or so-called "hard-to-reach" areas were particularly ...

Syria army, allied militias retake IS stronghold Albu Kamal

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Syria army, allied militias retake IS stronghold Albu Kamal

Syria regime forces and allied militias have recaptured Albu Kamal, the Islamic State group's last urban stronghold in the country.

Iraq plays Iran and United States against each other

Austin Bodetti

Iraq plays Iran and United States against each other

In-depth: Iran is arming anti-American Shia militias, including one labeled a terrorist organization, through the Iraqi government, an American ...

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Rescuers search debris after Iran-Iraq quake kills 430

Rescuers on Tuesday used backhoes and heavy equipment to dig through the debris of buildings toppled by a powerful earthquake on the border between Iran and Iraq.

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Saudi Arabia to host Syria opposition meeting

Saudi Arabia will host a meeting of the Syrian opposition later in November as the United Nations prepares to convene new peace talks with the ...

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Heavy bombing wreaks havoc on Aleppo despite 'de-escalation zone'

Dozens of Syrian civilians, including 20 children, were killed on Monday in airstrikes on the northern province of Aleppo despite a ...

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IS recaptures 'last stronghold' in Syria from regime, Hizballah

IS fighters have retaken the town of Albukamal in eastern Syria from Assad regime troops and allied Iranian-backed militias, which ...

Encouraged by Iraq's gains, Assad may attack Syrian Kurds

Paul Iddon

Encouraged by Iraq's gains, Assad may attack Syrian Kurds

Analysis: Damascus may now control a rump of Syria, but it still considers Kurdish-held areas 'occupied', writes Paul Iddon.

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Syria: IS launch fierce counter-attack to recapture Albu Kamal

Islamic State fighters have launched a blistering counter-attack on Albu Kamal in eastern Syria in a desperate attempt to claw back ...

Syrian regime, allies recapture last IS stronghold Syrian regime, allies recapture last IS stronghold

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Syrian regime, allies recapture last IS stronghold

Syrian regime forces and allied militias recaptured the last major Islamic State-held town in Syria on Wednesday, having launched an operation ...

Scores killed in IS bomb attack on Syria refugees

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Scores killed in IS bomb attack on Syria refugees

At least 75 Syrians died following a bombing of a refuge convoy in Deir az-Zour province, in the latest brutal attack carried out by ...

IS car bombing kills displaced Syrians in Deir az-Zour

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IS car bombing kills displaced Syrians in Deir az-Zour

A car bomb attack by Islamic State militants has killed dozens of displaced people who had fled fighting in Syria's Deir az-Zour ...

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