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A helicopter lifts off of the aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln as it transits the Strait of Hormuz on Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2019.<br>Stephanie Contreras/U.S. Navy

US Navy carrier transits Strait of Hormuz after deployment

A U.S. aircraft carrier ordered by the White House to rapidly deploy to the Mideast over a perceived threat from Iran has transited the Strait of Hormuz for the first time since its deployment.

EUCOM restricts troops’ travel to West Bank, Jerusalem’s Old City

U.S. European Command has issued an order restricting travel to Israel’s West Bank, which includes the Old City of Jerusalem and Bethlehem, citing security concerns after the U.S. reversed its policy on Israeli settlements.

US continues building troop presence in Saudi Arabia

A planned troop buildup in Saudi Arabia is moving forward, with some U.S. forces on the ground and others set to deploy on a mission to deter Iranian aggression, President Donald Trump confirmed Tuesday in a letter to Congress.

Iraqi officials say 27 wounded in renewed fighting in Baghdad

Iraqi security officials say at least 27 protesters have been wounded in renewed clashes overnight in central Baghdad.

Israel to host largest event ever focused on anti-Semitism

Israeli officials announced Wednesday that dozens of world leaders will arrive in Jerusalem for the largest-ever gathering focused on combating anti-Semitism amid a global spike in violence against Jews.

South Korea says seized vessels released by Yemen's rebels

Iran-backed rebels fighting in Yemen released three foreign vessels on Wednesday that they seized south of the Red Sea, freeing 16 crew members, South Korea's Foreign Ministry said.

Iran blames deadly unrest on outsiders, including US

As a cold rain fell on a suburb of Iran’s capital on Wednesday, women swallowed by black chadors and men in green military-style jackets walked alongside the flag-draped coffin of a Revolutionary Guard member, one of over 100 people reported to be killed in protests across the country.

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Two US service members killed in helicopter crash in Afghanistan

Two U.S. service members were killed in a helicopter crash Wednesday in Afghanistan, a statement from U.S. Forces Afghanistan said.

Islamic State’s ‘backbone was broken’ in Afghanistan as hundreds surrender

Hundreds of Islamic State fighters have surrendered after separate operations by government forces and the Taliban hemmed them into the mountainside in the country’s south, Afghan officials said Tuesday.

Iran likely to purchase Russian fighters, tanks if UN arms embargo ends next year

Iran will look to Russia and China to replace its long-outdated fighter jets and tanks next year when the decades-old international arms embargo banning the country from purchasing such weapons abroad is set to expire, a senior defense intelligence official said Tuesday.

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