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Residents of a Taliban district and an Afghan army soldier pose for photos with a Taliban flag in Logar province, June 16, 2018. Across the country, photos of Taliban and government troops taking photos of each other spread online during an unprecedented cease-fire between the Taliban and the Afghan government.<br>J.P. Lawrence/Stars and Stripes

Report: Afghanistan cease-fires suggest Taliban unity that could aid peace talks

“That Taliban leaders were able to enforce a major political decision throughout the movement is particularly noteworthy,” the report by the Brussels-based International Crisis Group said. “Even members who questioned the logic behind the cease-fire respected their leaders’ decision.”


Hamas says member killed in Israeli strike on Gaza militants

An Israeli airstrike against a Gaza crew launching incendiary devices killed a member of the militant group Hamas and wounded three others, Israeli and Palestinian officials said Thursday.


'Steady as she goes' approach: Votel says no new direction on Syria after Trump-Putin talks

The commander of U.S. forces in the Middle East said Thursday he has received no new guidance from the Pentagon on cooperating with Russia in Syria following a U.S.-Russia summit that Moscow says focused heavily on Syria.


Palestinians protest US visa denial to experts to come to UN

The Palestinians are protesting the U.S. refusal to grant visas to six experts from the prime minister's office to come to the United Nations to present a report on Palestinian implementation of U.N. goals for 2030.

Israeli parliament passes contentious Jewish nation bill

Israel's parliament approved a controversial piece of legislation on Thursday that defines the country as the nation-state of the Jewish people but which critics warn sidelines minorities.


Syrian forces' bombing intensifies in rebel's southern holdout

Syrian government forces determined to retake the largest opposition holdout in the country's southwest unleashed an intense bombing campaign, killing at least a dozen people and wounding over 100 in a densely populated town, activists and rescuers said Wednesday.


Yemeni military commander dies in central province

Yemen's Shiite rebels claim they killed a prominent military commander but the country's internationally recognized government disputes that, saying he died during an army drill.


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Report: Afghanistan cease-fires suggest Taliban unity that could aid peace talks

“That Taliban leaders were able to enforce a major political decision throughout the movement is particularly noteworthy,” the report by the Brussels-based International Crisis Group said. “Even members who questioned the logic behind the cease-fire respected their leaders’ decision.”



Under Assad's grip, uneasy co-existence with former rebels

Former rebel commander Omar Melhem has nearly come full circle. He was a colonel in the Syrian army when the uprising against President Bashar Assad began in 2011. He defected a year later and joined the armed revolt against the Syrian leader. Then, when Assad's forces marched into Talbiseh, he was among the rebels who handed over their weapons and agreed to a surrender deal.


ISIS is making a comeback in Iraq less than a year after Baghdad declared victory

The Islamic State is creeping back into parts of central Iraq just seven months after the government declared victory in the war against the group.


ANALYSIS

Analysts: Taliban optimism may sink any direct peace talks with US

The Taliban may respond positively to new peace initiatives but are unlikely to make significant concessions when they feel they are winning the 17-year war, analysts said Tuesday following reports that the United States is open to direct talks with its enemy.

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