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Comment: The US State Department is one of the most understaffed and dysfunctional in modern history, writes Sam Fouad.

Yemeni government officials and loyalists to the former President Ali Abdullah Saleh believe the scenario surrounding his death was fabricated by Houthi rebels.

Saudi-led coalition intensifies Yemen airstrikes as US raises concerns

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Saudi-led coalition intensifies Yemen airstrikes as US raises concerns

Saudi-coalition fighter jets carried out dozens of airstrikes in Yemen, as US Defence Secretary Jim Mattis said the humanitarian situation is likely to worsen after the death of Saleh.

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

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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 countryside.

US defence secretary meets with Egyptian officials in Cairo

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US defence secretary meets with Egyptian officials in Cairo

Mattis' visit was part of a five-day trip 'to re-affirm the enduring US commitment to partnership in the Middle East, West Africa and ...

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Mattis says US ready to end Syrian-Kurdish military support

US Defence Secretary Jim Mattis has said arms supplies to Kurdish militias in Syria will end, now that the war against IS comes to an end.

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US pledges to support Libya government under UN plan

President Donald Trump welcomed Prime Minister Fayez al-Sarraj to the White House shortly after the Libyan visited the State Department for ...

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Syrian Kurdish officials back long-term US role in Syria

Syrian Kurdish officials on Wednesday voiced support for a long-term US role in Syria once IS has been defeated.

James Denselow

Islamic State - the best of enemies?

Comment: The collapsing 'caliphate' has exposed the significant differences between American and Russian visions for Syria, writes James ...

Saudi Arabia to host Syria opposition meeting

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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 ...

Naveed Ahmad

US-Canadian rescue saga: A silver lining for Afghan counter-insurgency?

Comment: The United States is looking more to regional allies to help bring about stability in Afghanistan, as can be seen by the Boyle family's ...

Five-month battle with IS ends in Philippine city

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Five-month battle with IS ends in Philippine city

Islamic State militants in the city of Marawi were completely cleared after a five-month long battle, the military confirmed on Monday.

Kurds, Iraqi forces in standoff in oil-rich Kirkuk

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Kurds, Iraqi forces in standoff in oil-rich Kirkuk

Thousands of Iraqi troops were locked in an armed standoff with Kurdish Peshmerga forces in the disputed oil-rich province of Kirkuk on Saturday.

<em>Mattis</em> says US working to de-escalate Kirkuk tensions

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Mattis says US working to de-escalate Kirkuk tensions

US Defence Secretary Jim Mattis said on Friday that the United States is working to ensure tensions between Kurdish and Iraqis forces ...

Iraqi and Kurdish in tense stand-off in oil-rich Kirkuk

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Iraqi and Kurdish in tense stand-off in oil-rich Kirkuk

Pro-Baghdad and Kurdish fighters are facing off in the contested city of Kirkuk, as allies of the two powers look to avert a major conflict.

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US, Turkish military relations good amid spat, says Mattis

The diplomatic spat erupted last week when Turkey arrested a Turkish employee of the American consulate on suspicion of links to the group blamed for last year's failed coup.

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Iranian president Rouhani says Trump cannot undermine nuclear deal

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on Saturday defended the landmark nuclear deal agreed with Western powers in 2015, insisting that US President ...

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US halts Gulf military exercises over Qatar crisis

The United States has halted some military exercises with Gulf allies in a bid to end the months-long blockade of Qatar by a Saudi-led coalition.

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US defence secretary urges continuation of Iran nuclear deal

Defence Secretary James Mattis has defied pressure from President Trump and said the US should remain in a nuclear agreement with Iran,

Civilian killed in failed attack on <em>Mattis</em> in Kabul

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Civilian killed in failed attack on Mattis in Kabul

Six rockets that were destined for a plane carrying US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis to Afghanistan killed at least one civilian and ...

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Pentagon downsizes reporter crews travelling on Mattis Middle-East visits

The Pentagon has scaled back the number of journalists joining US Defence Secretary Jim Mattis on trips overseas, raising concerns over ...

The cracks are beginning to show in Trump's administration

Imad K. Harb

The cracks are beginning to show in Trump's administration

Comment: Some of Trump's top officials have made concerted efforts to distance themselves from him and his policies, writes Imad K. Harb.

Syrians in IS-held Raqqa 'under fire from all sides' Syrians in IS-held Raqqa 'under fire from all sides'

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Syrians in IS-held Raqqa 'under fire from all sides'

Civilians trapped in Raqqa in northern Syria are coming under fire from all sides, Amnesty International warned, as the battle for control of ...

How long will the US stay in Syria?

Paul Iddon

How long will the US stay in Syria?

Analysis: The Pentagon has invested significant resources in northern Syria, and doesn't seem to be in a rush to leave, notes Paul Iddon.

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