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Two American servicemembers killed in action in Afghanistan, NATO says

The deaths bring the number of American troops killed by hostile enemy action in 2019 to 14, the highest number of U.S. combat deaths in Afghanistan since former President Barack Obama formally ended combat operations there at the end of 2014.


As warm welcome chills, Turkey clamps down on Syrians

Hundreds of Syrian refugees have been detained and reportedly forcibly deported to Syria in the past month, according to accounts by refugees. The expulsions reflect rising anti-refugee sentiment in a country that once flung open its borders to millions of Syrians fleeing civil war.


Jerusalem demolishes illegally built Palestinian home

Jerusalem's municipality has carried out the court-ordered demolition of what it said was an illegally built Palestinian home in the city's eastern sector.


Iran moves to strike four zeroes from its battered currency

Iran's president sent a bill to parliament Wednesday that would cut four zeroes from the value of the Islamic Republic's sanctions-battered currency, the rial, as tensions remain high between Tehran and Washington.

America's biggest base in the Middle East is getting bigger

Vast sums of money are being spent to improve sprawling Al Udeid Air Base, making it not only more central to the U.S. military posture, but also more permanent.


Houthi rebels in Yemen claim to shoot down US drone

The U.S. military's Central Command said in a statement that it was investigating the Houthi claims that they attacked an unmanned U.S. drone "operating in authorized airspace" over Yemen.


Iran-backed militias blame US for attacks on bases in Iraq

Iraqi paramilitary forces backed by Iran accused Israeli drones of carrying out a series of attacks on bases run by the militias, saying Wednesday that they hold the United States ultimately responsible.


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Two American servicemembers killed in action in Afghanistan, NATO says

The deaths bring the number of American troops killed by hostile enemy action in 2019 to 14, the highest number of U.S. combat deaths in Afghanistan since former President Barack Obama formally ended combat operations there at the end of 2014.



Iran tanker Helm makes distress call near Saudi Red Sea port

The Iranian oil carrier Helm experienced technical issues in the Red Sea off the Saudi port of Yanbu and the crew is working to resolve them, according to the National Iranian Tanker Co.


Wedding attack's death toll rises to 80, Afghan official says

The death toll in a suicide bombing at a Kabul wedding claimed by the Islamic State affiliate in Afghanistan has risen to 80, an official said Wednesday, as a U.S. envoy was set to resume talks with the Taliban on ending America's longest war.


US envoy to resume talks with Taliban on ending Afghan War

The United States envoy negotiating with the Taliban for an end to nearly 18 years of fighting in Afghanistan was departing Tuesday for Qatar to resume the talks, the State Department said, amid concerns about a growing threat by an Islamic State affiliate.

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