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In this file photo taken on Monday, May 9, 2016, Russian the S-300 air defense missile systems drive during the Victory Day military parade in Moscow's Red Square. Russia will supply the Syrian government with modern S-300 missile defense systems following last week's downing of a Russian plane, the Russian Defense Minister announced on Monday Sept. 24, 2018.<br>Alexander Zemlianichenko/AP

US warns Russia over providing Syria with missile defense system

The Trump administration is warning Russia that supplying Syria with an advanced missile defense system would be a "major mistake" and should be reconsidered. It also says U.S. forces will not leave Syria until Iran leaves.


Iran-backed militias accused of reign of fear in Iraqi Basra

Angry Basra residents have repeatedly taken to the streets in recent weeks to protest failing government services, including water contamination that sent thousands to hospitals.


Militant group rejects demilitarized zone in Syria's Idlib

Horas al-Din, Arabic for Guardians of Religion, called the deal to establish the zone by Oct. 15 a "great conspiracy."


American victims want Palestinian leader barred from UN meet

The group appealed Sunday for President Donald Trump to declare Abbas a "persona non grata."

Militants attack Iran military parade, killing at least 25

Militants disguised as soldiers opened fire Saturday on an annual Iranian military parade in the country's oil-rich southwest, killing at least 25 people and wounding over 60 in the deadliest terror attack to strike the country in nearly a decade.


Turkey faces perilous mission in northern Syria - and possible disaster if it fails

As the chief backer of Syria's embattled opposition, Turkey now faces a perilous task. It must disarm its rebel allies in Syria's Idlib province, under a new agreement with Russia, and eliminate the hardcore jihadists in their midst.


7 Pakistani soldiers, 9 militants killed in shootout

In a statement Saturday, Pakistan's military said security forces raided militant hideouts in the Gharlamai and Spera Kunar Algad areas of North Waziristan near the border with Afghanistan, setting off a shootout.


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Iran summons Western diplomats over parade attack killing 25

Militants disguised as soldiers opened fire on an annual Iranian military parade in the country's oil-rich southwest, killing at least 25 people and wounding over 60 in the deadliest terror attack to strike the country in nearly a decade.


Turkey says it will patrol north Syria town with US forces

Turkey will soon conduct joint patrols with U.S. forces in the strategic northern Syrian town of Manbij, once a stronghold of the Islamic State group, a top Turkish official said on Friday.


After attack in Iran, the US offers a muted response

In the hours after a suspected terrorist attack on a military parade in the Iranian city of Ahvaz on Saturday left more than two dozen dead, countries from around the world offered their sympathies to the victims. Some analysts wondered, however, why there wasn't a stronger response from the United States.

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