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Islamic State ‘Well-Positioned’ to Rebuild Caliphate

Destroying the Islamic State is proving more difficult than the United States and its allies envisioned, with the most recent intelligence assessments warning that the self-declared caliphate is well-positioned to rise again. For months, U.S. and coalition officials have talked about how the combination of air power and partner forces on the ...

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Afghan forces confront Taliban militants in Ghazni days after brazen attack

Afghan security forces are engaged in intense fighting with Taliban militants in Ghazni, three days after the start of an offensive on the strategic city that has so far killed more than 150 people, according to a local member of parliament.

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The Afghan Army’s Last Stand at Chinese Camp

“We all think they have sold us out to the enemy,” an Afghan army captain said of his top commanders before he was killed by the Taliban.

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Why the Taliban’s Assault on Ghazni Matters

The Taliban besieged yet another major Afghan city, this time less than 100 miles from the country’s capital city, Kabul.

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Far From Dead: Tens of Thousands of IS Fighters Linger in Iraq, Syria    

The Islamic State terror group may be far more resilient, stronger and dangerous than U.S. officials have been willing to let on, boasting a fighting ...

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Taliban Offensive Exposes Fragile US Hopes for Afghan Peace 

A year after the Trump administration introduced its strategy for Afghanistan, the Taliban are asserting themselves on the battlefield even as U.S. ...

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Taliban attacks strategic Afghan city of Ghazni

The Taliban launched a brazen attack on the strategic Afghan city of Ghazni early Friday, seizing key buildings and trading fire with security forces.

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Taliban Launch Assault on Ghazni, a Key Afghan City

Officials denied that the provincial capital had fallen, but they conceded that the insurgents were within 300 yards of the governor’s office and police headquarters.

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Taliban attack strategic Afghan city of Ghazni

Taliban militants sow terror on the streets of Ghazni, south of Kabul, in a major night-time attack.

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U.S. Airstrike Kills Afghan Forces Amid Battle With Taliban

As the Taliban attacked a district 50 miles outside the capital, Afghan forces called for American help. But the strike mistakenly hit a police ...

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The Afghan air force is growing. So are questions about its actions in combat.

The U.S.-trained force is busier than ever but is facing allegations of civilian casualties.

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Confusion reigns over surrender of 200 ISIS fighters

Over 200 ISIS fighters have surrendered to the Afghan army in the country's north, with some reports suggesting they handed themselves over to the military rather than be captured by the Taliban.

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Suicide Bomber Kills 3 NATO Troops on Day of Violence in Afghanistan

An attack hit a joint NATO and Afghan patrol north of Kabul. A Taliban assault continued in Uruzgan Province. And an Afghan soldier died trying to stop a bombing in Jalalabad.

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Afghan suicide bomber kills Czech Nato soldiers

The three soldiers were targeted while on a foot patrol in eastern Afghanistan.

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Suicide Attack Kills 3 NATO Soldiers in Afghanistan

NATO’s Resolute Support mission in Afghanistan announced Sunday three of its soldiers were killed when a suicide bomber attacked a combined, dismounted patrol with local forces. An American service member and two Afghan National Army soldiers were ...

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Are ISIS Fighters Prisoners or Honored Guests of the Afghan Government?

Targeted by the Taliban in northern Afghanistan, the Islamic State militants turned themselves into the government, but many civilians are furious at ...

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Recruited by Iran to fight for Syrian regime, young Afghans bring home cash and scars

Interviews with Afghan Shiite combat veterans offer a rare glimpse into the multinational fight in Syria.

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Saudis Escalate Siege of Port in Yemen, Alarming Aid Groups

Airstrikes by the Saudi-led coalition on Al Hudaydah, occupied by Houthi rebels, killed at least 30 people, medical workers said.

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U.S. talks with the Taliban could be a breakthrough in the Afghan war

Insurgents say a second meeting and cease-fire are under discussion.

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'I'm hiding an Afghan asylum seeker in my house'

People are hiding asylum seekers in their houses as Sweden toughens its immigration policy.

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