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Smoke rises as Iraqi security forces launch explosives as Kurdish security forces withdraw from a checkpoint in Altun Kupri, on the outskirts of Irbil, Iraq, Friday Oct. 20, 2017. <br>Khalid Mohammed/AP

State Department calls on Iraqi, Kurdish forces to ‘restore calm’

As Iraqi and Kurdish forces clashed in northern Iraq on Friday, the U.S. State Department called on all parties to “restore calm” and avoid provocative movements.

Syria troops capture central town recently taken by ISIS

Syrian government forces and their allies regained control Saturday of a predominantly Christian central town that sleeper cells of the Islamic State group captured late last month.

Attack outside Afghan military academy is latest in wave of suicide bombings in Afghanistan

More than a dozen Afghan soldiers were killed Saturday when a suicide bomber attacked their vehicle outside a training academy in Kabul, officials said. The blast was the latest in a surge of deadly attacks across the country.

Officials say dead from Kabul mosque attack rises to 39

The ministry's press office says in a statement Saturday it is investigating the attack a day earlier at the Imam Zaman Mosque in western Kabul's Dashte-e-Barchi neighborhood. It said the assailant blew himself up as worshippers began their prayers.

54 Egyptian police killed in ambush, say officials

At least 54 policemen, including 20 officers and 34 conscripts, were killed when a raid on a militant hideout southwest of Cairo escalated into an all-out firefight, authorities said Saturday, in one of the single deadliest attacks by militants against Egyptian security forces in recent years.

Tillerson's Mideast aim is a Saudi-Iraqi axis against Iran

As U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson visits the Middle East this weekend, he'll hope to achieve something that has eluded top American diplomats for a generation: sealing a new alliance between Saudi Arabia and Iraq that would shut the doors of the Arab world to neighboring Iran.

Taliban used a new tactic, the Humvee bomb, in Afghan base attack

Taliban insurgents packed two Humvees stolen from Afghan security forces with explosives, detonated the vehicles outside an army base in the south, and then stormed the base a deadly attack Thursday.

Some Afghan troops training in US feared violence at home. So they went AWOL

Threats of death, widespread corruption and dismal job prospects spurred scores of Afghan troops to flee training courses in the United States, according to a report issued Friday.

Devastation in Raqqa raises questions about cost of victory

Syrian Kurdish-led forces backed by the United States declared victory over the Islamic State group in its former "capital" of Raqqa on Friday, declaring the northern Syrian city free of any extremist presence after a four-month battle that left it in ruins.

Suicide bombings in Afghanistan hit mosques, killing 72

Suicide bombers struck two mosques in Afghanistan during Friday prayers, a Shiite mosque in Kabul and a Sunni mosque in western Ghor province, killing at least 72 people at the end of a particularly deadly week for the troubled nation.

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