Turkish troops move into al-Qaida-dominated Syrian province
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Turkish troops move into al-Qaida-dominated Syrian province

BEIRUT (AP) — Turkish armored vehicles have rolled into northwestern Syria to impose a “de-escalation zone” in a province dominated by al-Qaida-linked militants, an incursion that the Turkish leader said was meant to secure his country’s border. The Turkish military said it began an operation late Thursday to set up “observation points” in Idlib, without … Continue reading

Pakistan PM vows to fight terror after 70 died in Lahore
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Pakistan PM vows to fight terror after 70 died in Lahore

LAHORE, Pakistan (AP) — Pakistan’s prime minister on Monday vowed to eliminate perpetrators of terror attacks such as the massive suicide bombing that targeted Christians gathered for Easter the previous day in the eastern city of Lahore, killing 70 people. The attack underscored both the militants’ ability to stage large-scale attacks despite a months-long government … Continue reading

Afghan Taliban open new front in war with attacks on media
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Afghan Taliban open new front in war with attacks on media

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The Taliban suicide bombing against a bus carrying employees of Afghanistan’s biggest media company last month has shocked local journalists, who fear they are now in the cross hairs of an increasingly lethal insurgency. Journalism has always been a dangerous line of work in Afghanistan, and reporters have long had to … Continue reading

US general: Afghan army being ‘rebuilt’ for Taliban battle
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US general: Afghan army being ‘rebuilt’ for Taliban battle

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — After months of ferocious fighting, Afghan army units battling the Taliban in southern Helmand province are facing major restructuring and leadership changes, with several key commanders being replaced, a U.S. military official said Monday. Helmand has been a fierce battleground since last fall, with fighting taking place in 10 districts. At … Continue reading

Taliban overrun remote northern district in Afghanistan
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Taliban overrun remote northern district in Afghanistan

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The Taliban have overrun a district in northern Afghanistan’s Takhar province, and intense battles were underway Wednesday as government forces fought to retake it, an official said. Six Afghan security forces were killed in the fighting over Darqad district, which borders Tajikistan, according to Sonatullah Taimor, the spokesman for the provincial … Continue reading

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Russian intelligence chief: IS may invade Central Asia

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian intelligence on Wednesday warned of an increased risk of Taliban or Islamic State fighters invading Central Asia. FSB director Alexander Bortnikov said in comments carried by Russian news agencies that a concentration of Taliban fighters, some of whom had pledged allegiance to the Islamic State group, at Afghanistan’s northern border make … Continue reading

Pakistan renews commitment to facilitate Afghan peace talks
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Pakistan renews commitment to facilitate Afghan peace talks

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistan’s Foreign Ministry spokesman says Islamabad is still ready to facilitate the revival of stalled peace talks between the Afghan government and the Taliban. The spokesman, Qazi Khalilullah, made his remarks at a news conference Friday shortly after Sartaj Aziz, the Pakistani prime minister’s adviser on national security and foreign affairs, traveled … Continue reading

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Pakistani teachers arming selves in wake of school massacre

  PESHAWAR, Pakistan (AP) — When Pakistani Taliban militants stormed a Peshawar school and massacred 150 children and teachers, nobody could fight back. Shabnam Tabinda and some of her fellow teachers want to change that — and are practicing how to shoot terrorists. Government authorities in Pakistan’s northwest frontier have given permission for teachers to … Continue reading