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A Marine Corps F-35B Lightning II assigned to the Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 211, 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit, receives fuel on Sept. 15, 2018. The Marine Corps' F-35B could fly its first ever combat mission over Afghanistan in the coming days, according to CNN.  <br>Keith James/U.S. Air Force

Marine Corps F-35Bs could make debut in Afghanistan, report says

The stealth aircraft were traveling from the Gulf of Aden to the Persian Gulf aboard the USS Essex amphibious assault ship on Wednesday morning, CNN reported.

Businessman bilked US government of millions for mine in Afghanistan, court says

A California business owner defrauded the U.S. government of nearly $16 million by misusing an American loan intended to help develop a marble mine in western Afghanistan, a U.S. court ruled on Monday.

German court upholds Kuwait Airways' refusal of Israeli man

A German appeals court upheld a ruling Tuesday that Kuwait's national airline did not have to transport an Israeli citizen because of Kuwait's boycott of Israel.

Surge of Afghan civilian casualties from airstrikes alarms United Nations

The United Nations mission in Afghanistan expressed concern Tuesday over a surge of civilian casualties from airstrikes conducted by Afghan and U.S.-led forces while battling insurgents.

Iran says US wants to overthrow government, rejects two-way talks

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani accused the United States on Tuesday of trying to overthrow his government, rejecting bilateral talks after President Donald Trump predicted stepped-up U.S. sanctions would get Tehran to negotiate over its nuclear program.

Iraqi activist assassinated in tense southern city of Basra

Masked gunmen shot dead a human rights activist and mother of four outside a supermarket in Basra on Tuesday, a brazen afternoon assassination that threatens to worsen tensions in the southern city wracked by violent protests.

Syria: Everyone else's battleground, in both war and peace

As world leaders talk peace at the U.N. this week, the people of Idlib cling to fragile hope that diplomacy will avert a blowout battle over Syria's last rebel stronghold.

In western Afghanistan, villagers are fleeing not just war but drought

Chronic drought, the result of a severe lack of rain and snowfall in many recent years, has now spread to 20 of the country's 34 provinces, where nearly 15 million people depend on agriculture.

Syrian official vows that government will retake Idlib

The Syrian government intends to retake the rebel-held northwestern province of Idlib, either by force or through peaceful means, an official said in remarks published Tuesday.

Watchdog accuses Yemen rebels of taking hostages, torture

An international watchdog on Tuesday accused Yemen's Shiite rebels, known as Houthis, of committing abuses including hostage taking, torture and enforced disappearances of people they hold in detention.

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