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YPG Commander Dilsoz Derek, 32, conferred with fighters after spotting what he believed to be Islamic State militants riding motorcycles near their base north of Dair Alzour in eastern Syria earlier this month.<br>Molly Hennessy-Fiske/Los Angeles Times/TNS

Conflict among Syrian forces may draw US into proxy fight

Syrian opposition fighters and their U.S. allies tried to maintain a strained detente with President Bashar Assad’s Russian-backed forces as the battle against ISIS shifted from northern Iraq to eastern Syria. But there’s an essential conflict: Many of the U.S.-backed fighters also want to overthrow Assad.


Cooperation with Russia becomes central to Trump strategy in Syria

Some lawmakers and White House officials have expressed concern that the strategy is shortsighted, gives the long-term advantage in Syria to Russia, Iran and Assad, and ultimately leaves the door open for a vanquished Islamic State to reestablish itself.


Israel dismantles metal detectors from key Jerusalem shrine

Israel on Tuesday dismantled metal detectors it installed a week earlier at a contested Jerusalem shrine, hoping to defuse a crisis with the Muslim world, including security ally Jordan, the Muslim custodian of the holy site.


Jordan releases security footage of shooting of 3 US troops

Jordan's military released security camera footage Monday of a shooting in which a Jordanian soldier killed three U.S. military trainers at an air base in the kingdom.

Pakistan: Suicide bombing in Lahore kills 26, wounds 54

A suicide bomber struck near a police team in the eastern city of Lahore Monday killing at least 26 and wounding another 54, many of them police officers. An outlawed Taliban faction claimed responsibility.


Pakistan: Suicide bombing in Lahore kills 26, wounds 54

A suicide bomber struck near a police team in the eastern city of Lahore Monday killing at least 26 and wounding another 54, many of them police officers. An outlawed Taliban faction claimed responsibility.


After Mosul victory, Iraq mulls future of Shiite militias

The Shiite militias stepped into a vacuum when the Iraqi army largely dissolved after IS overran Mosul and pushed within 80 miles of the Iraqi capital.


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Criminal investigation launched into $28M in US funds wasted on Afghan uniforms

It is too early to determine if stupidity, corruption or a broken system led to the U.S. purchasing uniforms for the Afghan army in a woodland camouflage pattern, instead of using one of 12 Defense Department-owned camouflage patterns, said John Sopko, the special inspector general for Afghanistan reconstruction.



Russia deploys military police at 'safe zone' in Syria

Russia has deployed military police to monitor the cease-fire in a safe zone in the eastern suburbs of Syria's Damascus, the chief of the Russian General Staff said on Monday.


Turkish president meets Qatari leader over Gulf dispute

Turkey's president on Monday urged Qatar and Arab countries isolating it to negotiate an end to the crisis dividing them as he wrapped up a two-day Gulf tour.


Red Cross chief visits besieged city on Yemen's front lines

The executive directors of UNICEF and WHO are also in Yemen to urge for much-needed humanitarian aid.

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