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    Iraq retakes Kurdistan borders after deal

    Federal Iraqi forces have peacefully taken control of all border crossings ringing the Iraqi Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) following an agreement with Kurdish authorities.

    Southeast Asia
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    Iraq forces advance in 'last den' of ISIS

    Iraqi forces on Thursday recaptured from the Islamic State group several military bases and villages as they launched a push to wipe out remnants of the jihadists' self-styled caliphate in the country.

    West Asia
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    Iran Backs Iraq, Warns It Against Falling In US Trap

    Supreme leader "gave his support for measures taken by the Iraqi government to defend the unity, sovereignty and territorial integrity of Iraq", leader's office said in a statement after Abadi

    West Asia
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    Iraq rejects US call for Iran-backed forces to end operations

    The Iraqi government dismissed a call from US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson for Iranian-backed paramilitary units that helped Baghdad defeat Islamic State and capture the Kurdish-held city of Kirkuk to end operations.

    West Asia
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    IS 'executed' 116 in Syria town revenge campaign

    The Islamic State group killed 116 people it suspected of collaborating with the Syrian regime in al-Qaryatain this month before losing the desert town to government forces, a monitor said Monday.

    West Asia
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    'No more militants in Marawi': Philippines declares end to 5-month siege

    The Philippine government declared the end Monday to the militant siege of a southern city that lasted five months, left more than 1,100 people dead and sparked fears of the militant Islamic State .

    Southeast Asia
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    Wouldn't hand over Raqqah to Syrian government:US backed group says

    A US-backed grouping of militants that calls itself the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) says the Syrian city of Raqqah, where Daesh terrorists have recently left, will be part of a system of “federal government”.

    West Asia
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    Iraqi Kurds say open to talks after Baghdad military operation

    The Iraqi Kurdish regional government said Thursday it was open to talks with Baghdad after central government forces seized a swathe of disputed territory from Kurdish fighters.

    West Asia
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    Daesh ‘caliphate’ crumbles but group remains potent threat

    The fall of Raqqa has boxed Daesh into a small “rump caliphate” straddling the Iraqi-Syrian border, a remote but strategically key area its enemies are keen to seize.

    West Asia
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    'If US rips up nuclear deal, Iran will tear it into shreds'

    Iran's Supreme Leader said on Wednesday Tehran would stick to its 2015 nuclear deal with world powers as long as the other signatories respected it, but would "shred it" if the United States pulled out, media reported

    West Asia
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    Iraqi forces reestablish security in Kirkuk

    Iraqi government forces have established security over the northern city of Kirkuk after retaking contested territory from Kurdish militants.Police have called on the residents, who had fled in their thousands.

    West Asia
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    Wave of Taliban suicide attacks on Afghan forces kills 74

    The Taliban militants have launched coordinated attacks on police forces in two neighboring provinces in southern Afghanistan, leaving at least 74 people dead and more than 200 others injured.

    Central Asia
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    With Syria Lost And Iran Deal On Block, Trump Turns Hard On Hezbollah

    Earlier this month, the leader of the Lebanese political party Hezbollah, Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah, accused the Israeli government of intentionally pushing the Middle East towards war. He further

    West Asia
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    Israeli TV Shows Footage Of ISIS Training Camp On Israel’s Border

    Last November, Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said his country “won’t allow Islamic State figures or other enemy actors, under the cover of the war in Syria, to set up next to our borders.

    West Asia
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    Iraqi troops in armed standoff with Kurdish forces in Kirkuk

    Fighting broke out between Iraqi Turkmen fighters from the Popular Mobilization Units (Hashd al-Sha’abi) and Kurdish forces in the country’s central province of Salahuddin as tensions remain high

    West Asia
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    Iranians are all IRGC today: Zarif

    “Today, Iranians – boys, girls, men, women – are ALL IRGC,” Zarif said on his official Twitter account on Saturday, a day after US President Donald Trump refused to certify the nuclear agreement.

    West Asia
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    Iraq launches Kirkuk operation as Kurd fighters mobilise

    A senior Kurdish official said thousands of heavily armed fighters had been deployed to resist the offensive "at any cost" and called for international intervention with the federal government in Baghdad.

    West Asia
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    Turkey launches military operation in Syria's Idlib

    Syrian rebel fighters are launching a major military operation backed by Turkish forces into a northwestern area of Syria largely controlled by jihadists, Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said on Saturday.

    West Asia
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    US aiding IS in Afghanistan, says Karzai

    The US forces are helping the militant Isla­mic State group in Afghan­istan, Hamid Karzai, the country’s former president, alleged in a controversial interview aired on Sunday.

    Central Asia
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    Afghan Taliban in bid for ceasefire with IS

    The top leadership of Taliban in Afghanistan has reportedly According to Khaama Press, a source privy to the development said Mullah Haibatullah Akhundzada had also instructed his fighters to not attack IS militants.

    Central Asia
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    'People no longer care': Damascus accepts Assad victory as fait accomplish

    Within the capital city the story is similar. Half the checkpoints have been lifted, say Damascus residents, reducing the stress of traffic jams and creating a sense of a gradual return to normality.

    West Asia
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    Iraq forces retake Islamic State bastion Hawija

    Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi says Iraqi armed forces have liberated the strategic town of Hawijah, ridding the Takfiri outfit of its last bastion in the northern part of the Arab state.

    West Asia
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    Syrian War Nearing Its End, Says Grand Mufti

    Islam is a religion of peace and had never waged a war against anyone, and gives shelter to others. We are standing at the gate of victory in Syria and soon we will announce “Syria is free from foreign fighters”.

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    Erdogan, Putin agree joint push to end Syria war

    President Vladimir Putin and Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan Thursday agreed to step efforts to bring peace to Syria, with the Russian leader declaring the right conditions now existed.

    West Asia

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