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Jadwaa Hamad, 72, from Tayran neighborhood gets help from Commander Tarek Gazali, far right, and Thomas Ordway, second from right, after his visit to a field clinic operated by medics from the Iraqi Emergency Response Division and New York City Medics, a humanitarian aid group providing emergency medical care, near the front lines in Mosul, Nineveh Province, on March 20, 2017. Hamad suffers from an severely infected burn wound from a recent airstrike and requires immediate hospitalization or risks losing his leg to amputation. <br>Marcus Yam/Los Angeles Times/TNS

American medics try to heal Mosul

As Iraqis face the daily horrors of improvised explosive devices, mortar rounds, snipers’ bullets and airstrikes, nonprofit civilian groups from Europe, Canada and the U.S., are flocking to the war-ravaged nation to provide medical assistance.


Taliban take key Afghan district in south; 9 killed in north

Afghan officials say the Taliban have captured a key district in southern Helmand province while in the country's north, an Afghan officer turned his rifle on sleeping colleagues, killing nine policemen.


First US aircraft carrier of Trump presidency enters Gulf

American sailors watched as the first Revolutionary Guard vessels appeared on the horizon of the Strait of Hormuz, beginning a daylong face-off that has become familiar to both Iranian paramilitary and U.S. naval forces that pass through the narrow mouth of the Persian Gulf. But these routine, if tense encounters may soon grow even more perilous.


Report: Houthi forces using Iranian-made drones to ram Saudi air defenses in Yemen

Houthi forces are using a type of drone probably built by Iran to attack Saudi and UAE missile defense sites in Yemen, an arms research organization said in a report Wednesday.

US airlifts Syrian rebels into key Islamic State-held city near Raqqa

The U.S. military airlifted hundreds of Syrian fighters into a key area west of Raqqa held by Islamic State group to launch an assault on a strategically vital town and nearby dam, the Pentagon said Wednesday.


Israeli archeologists dig up liquor bottles of WWI troops

In a search for antiquities, Israeli archaeologists have unearthed a far more modern find - century-old liquor bottles that belonged to British soldiers in World War I.


Emirates defends security as laptop ban looms

The president of Emirates, the Middle East's biggest airline, defended security measures at the carrier's Dubai hub on Wednesday and said the ban on personal electronics onboard U.S.-bound flights came without warning.


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Afghanistan wants more US help in fight against Taliban, Islamic State

Afghanistan wants the United States to send more forces to help meet shortfalls in the battle against the Taliban and the Islamic State group, the nation's top diplomat said Tuesday.


Media: Netanyahu to continue East Jerusalem construction

Israeli media is quoting Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu as saying that he has no plans to limit Jewish construction in East Jerusalem. The Haaretz newspaper reported that Netanyahu made the comments to Israeli reporters during a visit to Beijing Tuesday.


Turkey says soldier killed by sniper shot fired from Syria

Turkish military officials said a sniper shot that killed a soldier standing guard in Turkey was fired from a region held by U.S.-backed Syrian Kurdish militia in Syria.

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