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Afghans stand over bodies of civilians during a demonstration in Nangarhar province east of Kabul, Afghanistan, on Saturday, May 25, 2019. Afghan officials said at least six civilians, including a woman and two children, were killed mistakenly in an Afghan security forces raid against Taliban fighters in eastern Nangarhar province.<br>Mohammad Anwar Danishyar/AP

Security forces mistakenly kill 6 civilians in Afghanistan

An Afghan security forces raid against Taliban fighters in eastern Nangarhar province mistakenly killed at least six civilians, including a woman and two children, provincial officials said Saturday.

In Kabul, a cleric was hailed for denouncing extremists. Now he's mourned after mosque bombing.

The killing of a prominent pro-government cleric in a mosque bombing has left the Afghan capital shaken and prompted U.N. officials Saturday to denounce a marked escalation of civilian casualties during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.


Pentagon to deploy another 900 troops to Middle East, extend Patriot missile battalion amid tensions with Iran

The Pentagon will send another 900 troops to the Middle East in the coming weeks in a move meant to bolster security for U.S. troops in the region amid heightening tensions with Iran, the Defense Department announced Friday.


US following deportation case of rights activist in Israel

The U.S. State Department says it is closely following Israel's case against the local director of Human Rights Watch, who faces deportation under a law barring entry to those who have publicly supported a boycott of Israel or its West Bank settlements.


In letter to Guterres, Yemen's president says UN envoy undermines chances for peace

Yemen's internationally recognized president sent a letter to the U.N. secretary-general criticizing his envoy to the war-torn Arab country over allegedly siding with Iran-aligned Houthi rebels, the president's office said Friday.

Iran's foreign minister in Pakistan amid tensions with US

Iran's foreign minister lashed out at President Donald Trump on Friday during a critically timed visit to Pakistan amid a simmering crisis between Tehran and Washington and ahead of next week's emergency Arab League meeting called by Saudi Arabia over the region's tensions.


Afghan police official says blast at Kabul mosque kills two

A bomb exploded during weekly prayers Friday at a mosque in an eastern part of Kabul, killing two people, including the prayer leader, and wounding 16, officials said.


Supporters of Iraqi Shiite cleric hold sit-ins against war

Thousands of supporters of an Iraqi populist Shiite cleric held sit-ins around Iraq on Friday night, saying their country should not be a battlefield between the United States and Iran.



Pakistan official: Bomb at Quetta mosque kills 2, wounds 28

A bombing Friday at a mosque in the Pakistani city of Quetta, the capital of restive Baluchistan province, killed two people, including the prayer leader, and wounded 28 worshippers, officials said.


ANALYSIS

Faced with relentless American pressure, Iran starts to hit back

Iran has made a dramatic shift in how it confronts the United States, abandoning a policy of restraint in recent weeks for a series of offensive actions aimed at pushing the White House to rethink its efforts at isolating Tehran, say diplomats and analysts.


State Department orders evacuation of non-emergency US government employees from Iraq

The State Department has ordered all non-emergency U.S. government employees at the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad and the U.S. consulate in Erbil to leave the country, according to a statement posted on the embassy’s website Wednesday.

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