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Local residents applaud as a convoy of Turkish forces trucks transporting tanks is driven in Sanliurfa province, southeastern Turkey, at the border with Syria, Saturday, Oct. 12, 2019. <br>Lefteris Pitarakis/AP

US troops withdraw from another Syrian town as Turkish forces block supply lines

The withdrawal came amid reports that hundreds of Islamic State supporters may have escaped from a camp housing displaced people in the town of Ain Issa.


Iran's Guard says it detains Paris-based exiled journalist

Ruhollah Zam had been living in exile in Paris, where he ran a news website that posted embarrassing videos and information about Iranian officials.


EU nations commit to arms export ban against Turkey

European Union nations vented outrage Monday at Turkey’s military offensive in northern Syria against the Kurds and joined France and Germany in banning arms sales to Ankara, a rare move against a NATO ally for many of them.


Afghan officials say election results ready later this month

Hawa Alam Nuristani, head of the Independent Election Commission, says Monday that the goal is to meet the deadline for announcing the preliminary results on Oct.19.

ISIS supporters escape as Turkish troops, Kurds clash in Syria

Hundreds of Islamic State supporters escaped from a holding camp in northern Syria on Sunday amid heavy clashes between invading Turkish-led forces and Kurdish fighters.


US forces say Turkey was deliberately 'bracketing' American troops with artillery fire in Syria

The incident occurred on a hilltop base overlooking the town of Kobane as Turkey continues an operation launched Tuesday against Syrian Kurds, some of whom the United States has partnered with for years in its campaign against the Islamic State.


Separate gun attacks target Afghan government officials

No one immediately claimed attacks in Parwan and Balkh, but Taliban are active in both provinces.


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Esper warns Turkey of 'serious consequences' over Syria move

Defense Secretary Mark Esper “strongly encouraged” Turkey’s defense minister to stop its incursion into northeastern Syria during a call Thursday, saying the operation “risks serious consequences for Turkey,” according to a Pentagon statement released Friday.



Turkey’s invasion of Syria puts ISIS fight on hold

A senior official with the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces said the anti-ISIS fight had come to a complete halt, because U.S. troops cannot operate without their SDF partners on the ground, and the SDF is unable to participate in missions while also confronting Turkey.


Turkish forces say they've captured key Syrian border town

Turkey's military said it captured a key Syrian border town under heavy bombardment Saturday in its most significant gain since an offensive against Kurdish fighters began four days ago, with no sign of relenting despite mounting international criticism.


Iranian official says oil tanker attack won't go unpunished

A senior Iranian security official said Saturday that an attack on one of the country's oil tankers won't go unpunished, the official IRNA news agency reported.

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