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In this image released on Friday, June 23, 2017, long-range Kalibr cruise missiles are launched by a Russian navy ship in the eastern Mediterranean. Russia's Defense Ministry said it fired cruise missiles from the Mediterranean Sea on positions of the Islamic State in Syria. <br>Russian Defense Ministry Press Service via AP

As Russia launches missiles into Syria, US faces strategic dilemma

Russia launched a flurry of cruise missiles into Syria Friday, targeting Islamic State fighters with a strike that also demonstrates Moscow’s ability to use its muscle to advance the interests of a Syrian government hostile to U.S.-backed militias.

Qatar's neighbors issue steep list of demands to end crisis

A 13-point list demands that Qatar sever all ties with the Muslim Brotherhood and with other groups including Hezbollah, al-Qaida and the Islamic State group.

'You can hear the screams': Inside Yemen's secret prisons

They call it the "grill": The victim is tied to a spit like a roast and spun furiously within a circle of fire. It is just one of the terrors inflicted by interrogators on detainees in Yemen who are routinely beaten with wires and were kept in filthy shipping containers, blindfolded for months — all by one of America's closest counterterrorism allies.

Military: Canadian Special Ops sniper hit target from more than 2 miles away

A Canadian Special Operations sniper shot an ISIS fighter from nearly 2.2 miles away in Iraq, the Globe and Mail reported. Canadian Special Operations Command confirmed that one of its soldiers hit a human target from 3,540 meters away.

US airstrike kills al-Qaida commander, 2 others, in Yemen

The U.S. military says an American airstrike in Yemen has killed a top commander for the al-Qaida affiliate there and two of his associates.

Flags to be lowered for NC soldier killed in Afghanistan

Gov. Roy Cooper has ordered that all U.S. flags at state facilities be lowered to half-staff in remembrance of a North Carolina soldier killed in Afghanistan.

Taliban release video showing American, Australian captives

The Taliban released a new video on Wednesday showing an American and an Australian captive they abducted last August, the second such footage of the hostages.


Homes in Kabul painted bright colors to cheer up war weary residents

Afghan officials are hoping to alleviate some of the depression associated with war by literally brightening up the country’s capital.

Suicide car bomb outside Afghan bank kills at least 29

A suicide car bomb exploded Thursday at a bank in Afghanistan's Helmand province as Afghan troops and government workers waited to collect their pay ahead of a major Muslim holiday, killing at least 29 people, officials said.

Debate over next steps in ISIS fight

Trump administration officials, anticipating the defeat of the Islamic State in its de facto Syrian capital of Raqqa, are planning for what they see as the next stage of the war.

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