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In this Sunday, March 22, 2020 file photo, health workers measure the temperature of Afghan passengers in an effort to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, as they enter Kabul trough Kabul's western entrance gate, in the Paghman district of Kabul, Afghanistan. 
<br>Rahmat Gul/AP

From Iran's hot zone, Afghans flee home, spreading virus

So far, Afghan authorities have confirmed 273 cases of the new coronavirus, more than 210 of them in people who returned from Iran. Four deaths have been recorded.

Iraqi military: Three rockets target US oil company in south

There was no significant damage, the military said, adding that Iraqi security forces in Basra are searching for the perpetrators of the attack.

Leader of ISIS in Afghanistan arrested, security officials say

The head of the Islamic State group’s Afghanistan affiliate has been arrested along with 19 other militants, Afghan officials said Saturday.

Marines, coalition forces pull out of Iraq’s Taqaddam Air Base

The U.S.-led coalition in Iraq transferred its compound at Taqaddam Air Base to government security forces on Saturday, as international forces battling the Islamic State group continue to shrink their presence in the country.

Nine rebels, three Indian soldiers killed in Kashmir fighting

Nearly 70,000 people have been killed since 1989 in the fighting and the ensuing Indian crackdown.

Attempts for Middle East cease-fires amid the coronavirus crisis have not stopped the fighting

Despite calls for a global cease-fire regional conflicts appear to be immune to the coronavirus even as more than 4,000 have died across the Middle East and almost 90,000 people have confirmed cases.

Saudi Arabia sharply rebukes Russia over oil price collapse

Saudi Arabia sharply criticized Russia on Saturday over what it described as Moscow blaming the kingdom for the collapse in global energy prices, showing the tensions ahead of an emergency meeting of OPEC and other oil producers.

US deploys Patriot missiles in Iraq as tensions with Iran continue to rise

Ground-based air defenses in Iraq were being set up “to protect Iraqi, coalition, and U.S. service members from a variety of air threats,” a Pentagon official confirmed Wednesday, declining to say where or whether they were operational.

Fort Hood-based soldier’s death is seventh for coalition in Iraq this year

Sgt. 1st Class John David Randolph Hilty was due to retire in June and looking forward to returning to civilian life, according to friends.

‘In limbo’ in Kuwait: Rapidly deployed paratroopers don’t know when they’re coming home

Some 2,500 Army paratroopers who were rushed to the Middle East just days after Christmas remain separated from their friends and families indefinitely as the rapidly spreading coronavirus prevents them from returning home.

Israel to help Christians share 'holy fire' amid outbreak

Israel is working with foreign governments and Orthodox Christian leaders in the Holy Land to make sure that one of their most ancient and mysterious rituals — the Holy Fire ceremony — is not extinguished by the coronavirus outbreak.

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