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A cement maker in Rawabi, West Bank works near a store that will sell goods from Lacoste, a high-end clothing brand. <br>Linda Davidson/The Washington Post

New Palestinian metropolis rises in the West Bank as Israeli occupation turns 50

Israel's military occupation of the West Bank and Gaza began five decades ago, when Israel defeated three Arab armies. Today, millions of Palestinians still face concrete walls, checkpoints and other Israeli controls. What does it feel like to be "occupied" in 2017?

Iraqi forces release videos it says counters claims of abuse

An Iraqi Interior Ministry unit accused of abusing civilian detainees while fighting the Islamic State group in Mosul has released videos it says refutes the allegations reported by Germany's Der Spiegel magazine.

Bahrain, Egypt block Al-Jazeera websites amid Qatar dispute

Bahrain and Egypt on Thursday apparently joined Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates in blocking access to websites run by the pan-Arab satellite network Al-Jazeera, part of a growing regional dispute with Qatar after an alleged hack of its state-run news agency.

UAE may fly warplanes from Somalia as Africa reach grows

A proposed United Arab Emirates base in semi-autonomous northern Somalia may add a naval facility to a military airport, extending the Arab nation's reach on the Horn of Africa coastline, a Somali official said.

At least 13 soldiers killed in south Afghanistan, officials says

At least 13 soldiers were killed and eight others wounded in fighting with Taliban insurgents at several security checkpoints in southern Afghanistan, a government official said Thursday.

Bill to authorize new sanctions on Iran gets Senate panel backing

A Senate panel overwhelmingly backed bipartisan legislation that would authorize President Donald Trump to put new sanctions on Iran while keeping the landmark nuclear deal with Tehran in place.

Report: US failed to track $1B in weapons and vehicles sent to Iraq

The U.S. Army failed to properly account for more than $1 billion in equipment, including vehicles, weapons and ammunition, before transferring it to the Iraqi government, according to a 2016 Pentagon audit obtained by Amnesty International and released Wednesday.

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Iraq orders investigation into abuses by security forces in anti-ISIS campaign

An elite Iraqi police unit participating in the campaign to retake Mosul from the Islamic State is being investigated for alleged abuses that include rape, torture and targeted killings, an Iraqi official said.


Are the US, Iran on a collision course in Syria?

A U.S. air raid against Iranian-backed fighters in southern Syria last week represents a volatile new phase of the conflict that could trigger a wider confrontation between the United States and Iran - and their allies on the ground.

US, Russia boost dialogue about Syria operations to include generals

Lt. Gen. Jeffrey Harrigian, the commander of Air Forces Central Command, said so-called "deconfliction" between the two countries has been boosted as the U.S.-led campaign against Islamic State progresses. The talks are designed to prevent aerial accidents or clashes between aircraft.

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