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US commander confident in ability of Afghan security forces

Oct. 20, 2018 12:36 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The assassination of Afghan leaders in Kandahar province won't lessen U.S. support for the war in Afghanistan or deter local security forces in the fight against the Taliban, the top U.S. military commander in the Middle East said Saturday. Gen. Joseph Votel said the U.S. was "pretty...

US goals in Afghanistan seem ever more distant after attack

Oct. 19, 2018 5:12 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A brazen attack that the Taliban says targeted the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan is a stark reminder of the formidable task the Trump administration faces as it tries to extricate America from its longest war. The commander, Army Gen. Scott Miller, escaped unharmed from Thursday's...

Protesters gather on Gaza frontier, Israeli fire wounds 77

Oct. 19, 2018 1:16 PM EDT

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Thousands of Palestinians massed Friday along Israel's frontier, with dozens approaching and breaching the perimeter fence that separates Gaza from Israel, even as Egypt stepped up efforts reach a lasting cease-fire between the territory's Hamas rulers and Israel. The militant...

Egyptian mediators step up truce efforts with Israel, Hamas

Oct. 18, 2018 5:36 PM EDT

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — A team of Egyptian mediators on Thursday shuttled between Israel and the Gaza Strip's Hamas rulers in a stepped-up effort to forge a cease-fire between the two enemies. The series of meetings came a day after Gaza militants fired a rocket that struck a home in southern Israel,...

Egyptian mediators race to restore calm in Gaza

Oct. 17, 2018 12:32 PM EDT

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — A high-level Egyptian delegation on Wednesday held urgent talks with Gaza's Hamas rulers, seeking to restore calm after a rocket from the Palestinian area slammed into a home in southern Israel and the Israeli military responded with airstrikes on Hamas targets. The pre-dawn...

US airstrike wiped out al-Shabab camp, intel officials say

Oct. 17, 2018 11:16 AM EDT

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Somali intelligence officials say the largest U.S. military airstrike against al-Shabab extremists in Somalia in nearly a year largely destroyed a training camp where recruits were preparing to graduate and killed more fighters than the U.S. announced. Two officials tell The...

Fighting in Kashmir city leaves 3 combatants, civilian dead

Oct. 17, 2018 10:40 AM EDT

SRINAGAR, India (AP) — Anti-India protests and clashes erupted in the main city in disputed Kashmir on Wednesday after a gunbattle between militants and government forces killed at least two rebels, a civilian and a counterinsurgency police official, residents and police said. At least a dozen journalists...

US airstrike in Somalia kills about 60 al-Shabab fighters

Oct. 16, 2018 12:43 PM EDT

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — The U.S. military on Tuesday announced its deadliest airstrike against the al-Shabab extremist group in Somalia in nearly a year, killing about 60 fighters. The U.S. Africa Command said Friday's airstrike occurred near the al-Shabab-controlled community of Harardere in Mudug province...

Militants seize 14 Iranian security forces near Pakistan

Oct. 16, 2018 12:18 PM EDT

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Militants in Iran abducted 14 members of a border security force near the Pakistan border on Tuesday in the latest blow to the powerful Revolutionary Guard. Media reports quoted an unnamed but informed source as saying two of those abducted are members of the Guard's intelligence...

Israeli defense minister: Now's the time to strike Hamas

Oct. 16, 2018 5:37 AM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel's defense minister says the time has come to deliver a "heavy blow" to Gaza's militant Hamas leaders, after weeks of border violence. Avigdor Lieberman says he'll recommend doing so when Israel's security Cabinet meets the following day. The minister spoke on Tuesday during a visit...