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Women walk with children near the village of Baghouz in the Deir Az Zor province [Rodi Said-Reuters]

ISIS fighters ‘surrender in large numbers’ in final Syria enclave

Thousands of people, including armed fighters, have left the last area held by ISIL in Syria, a spokesperson for the US-backed Syrian forces said.
US President Donald Trump has demanded that Europe take in hundreds of Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL, also known as ISIS) fighters captured in Syria, threatening that the United States would otherwise be forced to release them.

Trump demands Europe take hundreds of ISIS prisoners

US President Donald Trump has demanded that Europe take in hundreds of Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL, also known as ISIS) fighters captured in Syria, threatening that the United States would otherwise be forced to release them.
The strength of embattled Afghan defence forces has declined to its lowest level in four years [Massoud Hossaini-AP]

Report: Afghan forces lose ground as peace efforts continue

The security forces continue to lose grip over parts of Afghanistan and the Taliban are steadily holding their own, despite an increase in the US air attacks against the armed group, a US watchdog agency has said.
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Canada ‘appalled’ by killing of its national in Burkina Faso

Canada has condemned the killing of its national who was abducted from a gold mine by armed fighters in Burkina Faso.
In this file photo from November 2017, a civil defence officer inspects a mass grave near Hawija [AP Photo]

Mass grave discovered in Iraq’s northern Kirkuk province

Authorities in northern Iraq have announced the discovery of a mass grave containing the bodies of civilians believed to have been killed by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL, also known as ISIS).
President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said Turkey would stage a new military operation against US-backed Kurdish fighters in northern Syria [File-Ismet Bicen-AP]

Turkey increases military deployment to Syrian border

Turkey is sending reinforcements to its border with Syria, Demiroren News Agency (DHA) reported on Sunday, adding that some 100 vehicles, including mounted pick-up trucks and weaponry had made their way to the area.

UN: Federal government paid huge ransom for release of Dapchi schoolgirls

The United Nations has said that the Federal Government paid a huge ransom to Boko Haram for the release of the abducted Dapchi schoolgirls in March 2018.
Footage showing a recent Boko Haram attack in north-east Nigeria. | AFP | Getty Images

UN: Cash economy fuelling Boko Haram activities

The predominance of the cash economy is a major factor fuelling the nefarious activities of the Boko Haram and other terrorist groups in the Lake Chad Basin region, a UN report has revealed.
The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) controls between 25-30 percent of Syria, and backs a federal country [Rodi Said-Reuters]

US-backed Syrian Kurds agree to ‘roadmap’ with Bashar al-Assad government

The US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) says it has agreed to work with the Syrian government towards a "democratic, decentralised Syria," as it moves towards cementing its autonomy in the war-ravaged country.

Foreign Minister: 39 Indians held hostage by ISIS in Mosul dead

The 39 missing Indians, who were taken hostage by ISIL in the Iraqi city of Mosul, have been killed, India's Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj said on Tuesday.

Suicide bomber hits southwest Pakistan

A suicide attack in the southwestern Pakistani city of Quetta on a paramilitary forces convoy has killed at least four bystanders, police say.

Qatar condemns deadly attack on Saudi palace in Jeddah

Qatar has condemned an attack on a palace guard post in the western Saudi city of Jeddah, which left two security officers dead.

Iraqi ban on flights to Kurdish cities begins Friday

An Iraqi government order that international airlines halt all flights in and out of the cities of Erbil and Sulaimaniyah in Kurdish territory is set to kick in on Friday.

Several IS top leaders killed in Syria strike – Russia

A Russian air strike in Syria's Deir Az Zor has killed at least 40 ISIL fighters, including several of the group's top commanders, Moscow's defence ministry said.

12 people dead as car bomb explodes in Baghdad

A car bombing has struck a busy market area in eastern Baghdad, killing at least 12 people, Iraqi officials say.

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