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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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Syrian Opposition Groups Seek Common Ground At Peace Talks in Riyadh

By Angus McDowall RIYADH, Dec 9 (Reuters) – Syria’s fragmented opposition and rebel groups sought common ground on Wednesday ahead of planned peace talks to end a conflict which has devastated the country and drawn forces from Cold War and Middle East rivals into ever deeper combat operations. The talks in Saudi Arabia mark the

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NATO Allies Seek to Strengthen Turkey’s Defences

By Robin Emmott, Sabine Siebold and Arshad Mohammed BRUSSELS, Dec. 1 (Reuters) – NATO allies sought on Tuesday to strengthen Turkey’s defences along its Syrian border after the United States withdrew its missile defence battery for modernisation, leaving Ankara exposed as Russia intensifies actions in the area. Germany has also removed its Patriot battery supporting

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How to Prevent World War III in Syria Between Turkey and Russia

By Joshua W. Walker Nov 25 (Reuters) – NATO entered uncharted territory on Tuesday when one of its members, Turkey, shot down a Russian warplane. There is an urgent need for Washington to bring both sides together to avoid World War Three. Details are still emerging to corroborate Ankara’s insistence that the jet had been

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Putin Says Turkey’s Downing of Russian Warplane a ‘Stab in the Back’

  MOSCOW/SOCHI, Russia, Nov. 24 (Reuters) – President Vladimir Putin called Turkey’s downing of a Russian fighter jet a stab in the back administered by “the accomplices of terrorists,” saying the incident would have serious consequences for Moscow’s relations with Ankara. Speaking in the Russian Black Sea resort of Sochi on Tuesday before a meeting

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U.S. Issues Global Travel Alert As Hunt Continues for Paris Attackers

By Arshad Mohammed and Chine Labbé WASHINGTON/PARIS, Nov 24 – Citing “increased terrorist threats” from militant groups in various regions of the world, the U.S. State Department issued a global alert on Monday for Americans planning to travel following deadly militant attacks in France and Mali. As millions of Americans prepare to travel for the

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