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Defense Secretary James Mattis attends a news conference, Thursday, Aug. 17, 2017, at the State Department in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
The Latest: Trump to address nation Monday on AfghanistanTrump to reveal plan for war in Afghanistan in national address Monday night
The Associated Press8 hours ago
The Latest: UN says thousands will flee Tal Afar operationU.N. warns thousands of civilians will flee Islamic State-held Tal Afar and surrounding areas as Iraqi security forces begin operation to retake town
The Associated Press11 hours ago
Afghan President Ashraf Ghani, to the right of the podium, is joined by top U.S. and Afghan military leaders for the launch of the Afghan Army’s new special operations corp on Sunday, Aug. 20, 2017, at Camp Morehead, a training base southeast of Kabul. (AP Photo/Lolita Baldor)
Trump will address path forward on AfghanistanWhite House announces that President Donald Trump would address the nation's troops and the American people Monday night to update the path forward in Afghanistan and South Asia
The Associated Press11 hours ago
Tensions rise within Yemen's rebel allianceA long-simmering power struggle between Yemen's Shiite rebels and a former president has burst into the open, threatening to undermine their alliance against the internationally-recognized government and its Saudi-led backers
The Associated Press13 hours ago
Palestinians await 'clear vision' from US on peace talksA spokesman for Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas says the Palestinians are still waiting for a "clear vision" from the United States on resuming peace talks with Israel as President Donald Trump's envoys are set to visit
The Associated Press14 hours ago
A Belgian special forces soldiers looks through his binoculars near the frontline, east of Tal Afar, Iraq, Sunday, Aug. 20, 2017. Iraqi forces have launched a multi-pronged assault to retake the town of Tal Afar, west of Mosul, marking the next phase in the country's war on the Islamic State group. Tal Afar and the surrounding area is one of the last pockets of IS-held territory in Iraq after victory was declared in July in Mosul, the country's second-largest city. (AP Photo/Balint Szlanko)
Iraq launches operation to take back IS-held town near MosulU.S.-backed Iraqi forces have launched a multi-pronged assault to retake the town of Tal Afar, west of Mosul, marking the next phase in the country's war on the Islamic State group
The Associated Press14 hours ago
Saudi carrier says Qatar has not approved hajj flightsSaudi Arabia says its aircraft have not been given permission to land in Doha to pick up Qatari pilgrims for the annual hajj after the king authorized flights to transport people to Mecca
The Associated Press14 hours ago
Egyptian MP steps back from call to extend president's termThe Egyptian lawmaker behind a call to amend the constitution to extend the president's term by two years says the change won't apply to President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi's current four-year term
The Associated Press16 hours ago
Bomb kills 3 Lebanese troops battling Islamic StateLebanon suffered its first casualties from a massive operation to drive the Islamic State group from an area along the Syrian border on Sunday when a roadside bomb killed three soldiers
The Associated Press16 hours ago
In this photo released by the official Facebook page of the Syrian Presidency, Syrian President Bashar Assad speaks to dozens of Syrian diplomats, in Damascus, Syria, Sunday, Aug. 20, 2017. In defiant comments Sunday, Assad blasted the West, rejecting any security cooperation or reopening of embassies in Damascus before those countries cut relations with opposition groups. In the speech, Assad praised Russia, Iran, China and Lebanon's Hezbollah for supporting his government. (Syrian Presidency Facebook page via AP)
Syria's Assad rejects security cooperation with the WestSyrian President Bashar Assad has blasted the West rejecting any security cooperation or reopening of embassies in Damascus before these countries cut relations with opposition groups
The Associated Press17 hours ago
Recently re-elected Iranian President Hassan Rouhani walks to the podium to speak during a session of parliament for a vote of confidence for his new cabinet, in Tehran, Iran, Sunday, Aug. 20, 2017. Iranian lawmakers on Sunday approved 16 Cabinet members nominated by Rouhani, including the first defense minister unaffiliated with the elite, hard-line Revolutionary Guard in 25 years. (AP Photo/Vahid Salemi)
Iran approves nearly all of Rouhani's Cabinet picksIranian lawmakers have approved 16 Cabinet members nominated by recently re-elected President Hassan Rouhani, including the first defense minister unaffiliated with the elite, hard-line Revolutionary Guard in 25 years
The Associated Press18 hours ago
The Latest: Reports say shell hits Syrian fairSources say a shell has hit Syria's first international trade fair since the war broke out six years ago, killing and wounding several
The Associated Press20 hours ago
Iraqi prime minister says operation to retake Tal Afar from Islamic State group has begunIraqi prime minister says operation to retake Tal Afar from Islamic State group has begun
The Associated Press1 day ago
Israeli forces shoot, kill Palestinian after stabbing attackIsraeli forces shoot, kill Palestinian after he stabbed an Israeli policemen at a West Bank checkpoint
The Associated Press1 day ago
Army officers watch a video of President Michel Aoun calling field commanders in east Lebanon, during a press conference at the Lebanese Defense Ministry, in Yarzeh near Beirut, Lebanon, Saturday, Aug. 19, 2017. Lebanon's U.S.-backed army launched operations against Islamic State group positions inside the country on Saturday, to start the most serious engagement with the militants since they found a foothold here in 2014. (AP Photo/Bilal Hussein)
Lebanon starts offensive to clear border of IS militantsUS-backed Lebanese army announces start of military offensive to clear Islamic State militants from border with Syria.
The Associated Press1 day ago
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