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Israel strikes Hamas after heavy rocket attacks from Gaza

Jun. 20, 2018 1:20 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli warplanes struck Hamas positions in Gaza after Palestinian militants there fired dozens of rockets and mortars at southern communities early Wednesday, the military said. The Palestinian fire came hours after the Israeli military said it struck Hamas infrastructure in response to...

Study: 242 Libyan civilians killed by airstrikes since 2012

Jun. 20, 2018 12:13 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Airstrikes have killed at least 242 civilians in Libya since the end of the NATO air campaign that helped topple Moammar Gadhafi, as the U.S. and other nations have targeted Islamic extremists and Libyan factions have battled one another, a study said Wednesday. Airwars, a London-based...

Burning kites from Gaza damage Israeli farms, wildlife

Jun. 20, 2018 2:24 AM EDT

KIBBUTZ NIR AM, Israel (AP) — After years of rocket attacks and militant infiltrations from Gaza, residents of southern Israel are now coping with a new kind of threat: incendiary kites and balloons that have damaged farmlands and nature reserves. The crude devices launched by Palestinians inside the...

US commander warns against leaving Afghanistan too rapidly

Jun. 19, 2018 6:35 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The battle-hardened Army commander nominated to take over U.S. military operations in Afghanistan warned senators Tuesday that if America leaves the fight too rapidly, there is a risk Islamic State militants could merge with al-Qaida and plan attacks against the U.S. or its allies. Lt....

Blurring the border, Turkey deepens roots in northern Syria

Jun. 19, 2018 12:08 PM EDT

AL-BAB, Syria (AP) — A newly paved road links the Turkish town of Elbeyli to the Syrian town of al-Bab, across the border. In al-Bab, Turkish and Syrian flags line the streets, and signs on government buildings are in Arabic and Turkish. One of the first billboards honors Turkish soldiers killed in the...

Syrian army drops leaflets over southern region amid tension

Jun. 19, 2018 8:42 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian army helicopters dropped leaflets Tuesday over rebel-held parts of the country's south calling on civilians to help the military clear the area of militants amid an increase of violence in the region that was among the first to rise against the government seven years ago. The...

Doubts loom over Colombia peace deal with hawk's election

Jun. 18, 2018 5:20 PM EDT

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Uncertainty loomed over Colombia's fragile peace deal on Monday with the victory of one of its most hawkish critics in a bruising presidential runoff that laid bare deep divisions in the South American nation as it emerges from decades of bloody conflict. Ivan Duque, a law-and-order...

Libyan airstrikes target group attacking oil ports

Jun. 18, 2018 11:42 AM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Libyan forces carried out airstrikes against a militia attacking key oil ports in the east, a spokesman said as Libya's national oil firm warned on Monday of further damage to oil infrastructure as well as environmental contamination in the north African country. The militia, led by Ibrahim...

Syria says US-led strike hits troops in east, US denies

Jun. 18, 2018 11:07 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Iraqi Shiite forces and Syria accused the United States on Monday of targeting their troops inside Syria with an airstrike, a charge the U.S. denied but that ratcheted up tensions in the area. Iraq's Iran-backed Popular Mobilization Forces, the units' umbrella organization, said in a...

Philippine airstrikes target IS-linked militants near Marawi

Jun. 18, 2018 8:07 AM EDT

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Philippine military airstrikes and ground assaults targeted a group of Islamic State group-linked militants in an offensive that reportedly killed five extremists and forced more than 5,000 villagers to flee to safety in the south, officials said Monday. Army Col. Romeo Brawner...