Afghan Forces Battle to Push Back Taliban in Helmand

By Mohammad Stanekzai LASHKAR GAH, Afghanistan, Dec 23 – Afghan forces on Wednesday battled Taliban fighters who overran the district of Sangin in the southern province of Helmand this week after reinforcements and NATO military advisers were rushed in to try to stop another district falling into insurgent hands. Acting Defense Minister Masoom Stanekzai said

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Syria’s Assad Says His Enemies Increasing Support for Insurgents

BEIRUT/AMMAN, Nov 29 – Syrian President Bashar Al Assad told a senior Iranian official on Sunday that his adversaries had increased weapon supplies and financial support to insurgents since the start of a major offensive aided by his allies to regain lost territory. Assad was quoted by state media as telling Ali Akbar Velayati, a

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Reports of Civilian Casualties Dim Chances of U.S.-Russia Alliance in Syria

By Jonathan Landay, Phil Stewart and Warren Strobel WASHINGTON, Nov 25 – Reports of heavy civilian casualties from Russia’s bombing campaign in Syria are one key reason why Washington is unlikely to coordinate airstrikes with Moscow against Daesh, U.S. officials told Reuters, even as President Barack Obama left the door ajar on Tuesday to military

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