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Clashes in northwest Syria kill 35 fighters: monitor

Clashes in northwest Syria kill 35 fighters: monitor

Clashes on the edge of a militant bastion in northwestern Syria have killed 35 fighters in 24 hours, a monitor said Monday, after regime bombardment on the region devastated health services.

Japan to ramp up defence spending to pay for new fighters, radar

Japan to ramp up defence spending to pay for new fighters, radar

Japan aims to boost defence spending over the next five years to help pay for new stealth fighters and other advanced US military equipment, a source with knowledge of the plan said on Tuesday.

Kurd-Arab council ready for 'unconditional talks' with Syria regime

Kurd-Arab council ready for 'unconditional talks' with Syria regime

The political arm of a powerful alliance of Syrian Kurd and Arab fighters announced Sunday it was ready for unconditional peace talks with the central government in Damascus.

Taliban fighters battle Afghan forces in western city

Taliban fighters battle Afghan forces in western city

Taliban fighters battled police and troops in the western city of Farah overnight, officials said, as security forces struggled to regain control of a city that has been under growing pressure from the militants for months.

Syrian rebels pull out of their last besieged area

Syrian rebels pull out of their last besieged area

It further cements President Bashar al-Assad's dominant position over the most populated parts of Syria after years of fighting, but means any new military campaign might risk direct conflict with foreign powers.

Syrian rebels begin to leave last bastion in Ghouta

Syrian rebels begin to leave last bastion in Ghouta

The first fighters from the last rebel bastion in Eastern Ghouta left on Sunday for insurgent-held territory in the country's northwest, state media said, raising hopes of an end to conflict in the enclave.

Chad soldier, 20 Boko Haram fighters killed in clash: army source

Chad soldier, 20 Boko Haram fighters killed in clash: army source

A Chadian soldier and 20 Boko Haram members were killed in a clash in the restive Lake Chad region near Nigeria, a Chadian military officer told AFP Saturday.

Taliban take district centre in western Afghan province

Taliban take district centre in western Afghan province

Naser Mehri, a spokesman for the provincial governor, said a large group of fighters had captured the centre of Anar Dara district on Sunday night after hours of fighting.

Iraq in new push against IS holdouts as PM eyes victory

Iraq in new push against IS holdouts as PM eyes victory

Haider al-Abadi has said he will not declare the jihadists have been defeated until they have been cleared from the dry valleys and other natural hideouts that have provided them with a desert refuge.

Iraqi forces clash with IS in Mosul days after victory

Iraqi forces clash with IS in Mosul days after victory

Iraqi forces clashed with Islamic State fighters holding out in Mosul's Old City on Wednesday, more than 36 hours after Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi declared victory over the militants.

Philippine troops find stash of banknotes as fighters pull back

Philippine troops find stash of banknotes as fighters pull back

Philippines troops found bundles of banknotes and cheques worth about $1.6 million abandoned by Islamist militants holed up in Marawi City, a discovery the military said on Tuesday ...

Buses evacuate hundreds from besieged Syrian towns

Buses evacuate hundreds from besieged Syrian towns

Hundreds of civilians and fighters who have been under crippling siege for more than two years left four Syrian towns in fleets of buses on Friday under a delayed evacuation deal.