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Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan speaks with people after Friday prayers at a mosque inside his presidential palace in Ankara, Turkey, on Friday, Nov. 24. 2017. Erdogan's office says the Turkish leader has discussed the Syrian crisis and other regional issues with U.S. President Donald Trump. <br>Pool/AP

Turkey: US to stop arming Syrian Kurdish fighters

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said Friday that U.S. President Donald Trump told his Turkish counterpart that the United States will no longer supply arms to Syrian Kurdish fighters.

UN: Saudi coalition OKs resumption of UN flights to Yemen

The Saudi-led coalition that has imposed an air, sea and land blockade on war-battered Yemen since Nov. 6 has authorized the resumption of U.N. flights to the Yemeni capital starting Saturday, a U.N. aid official said.


The caliphate is destroyed, but the Islamic State lives on

The fall of the town of Abu Kamal in Syria and recent victories by Iraqi security forces in Qaim and Rawa in Iraq mark the collapse of the Islamic State caliphate. As the it has demonstrated in the past, the Islamic State is a resilient and adaptive enemy that almost certainly will not go quietly into the night. Rather, it will work doggedly in the coming months to keep its brand alive.

Pakistan releases suspected mastermind of 2008 Mumbai attack that killed 168

Pakistani authorities acting on a court order released a U.S.-wanted militant Friday who allegedly founded a banned group linked to the 2008 Mumbai, India attack that killed 168 people, his spokesman and officials said.


With Saudi blockade threatening famine in Yemen, US points finger at Iran

The White House is pressing to declassify intelligence allegedly linking Iran to short-range ballistic missile attacks by Yemeni insurgents against Saudi Arabia, part of a public relations blitz aimed at persuading America's U.N. counterparts that Tehran is helping to fuel the country's conflict.

Brass help mark ‘normal’ holiday in Afghanistan

American military brass served Thanksgiving dinner to troops and contractors at NATO’s Resolute Support headquarters in Kabul on Thursday.

Volunteers serve Thanksgiving lunch in Bahrain

Volunteers assisted MWR personnel in serving Thanksgiving meals to hundreds of military and family members in Bahrain on Thursday.

UN urges Iraq to probe troop violations during fight with ISIS

A top UN official Thursday called on the Iraqi government to speed up investigations into allegations of human rights violations committed by security forces during the fight against ISIS and to make the results of those probes public.

Afghanistan says Russia must pressure Taliban to seek peace

Russia must press the Taliban to enter peace talks in Afghanistan, while an international inquiry should establish whether the Kremlin is arming the insurgent group, according to Afghan National Security Adviser Mohammad Haneef Atmar


US expands goals and plans to keep a presence in Syria

The Trump administration is expanding its goals in Syria beyond routing ISIS to include a political settlement of the country's civil war, a daunting and potentially open-ended commitment that could draw the U.S. into conflict with both Syria and Iran.

Attacks on Israeli soldier turned whistleblower get personal

A former Israeli combat officer turned whistleblower has found himself in the fight of his lifetime, leading a campaign against Israel's occupation of the West Bank and drawing relentless criticism from the country's leaders who have labeled him a traitor.

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