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  • KABUL, Sept 29- Afghan forces backed by U.S. air support clashed with Taliban fighters in Kunduz on Tuesday in a bid to retake the center of the northern city, the first provincial Afghan capital to fall to the insurgents since their movement was toppled 14 years ago. Hundreds of Taliban prisoners escaped during the jail attack. U.S. military planes struck Taliban...

  • Could Syria help bring Russia back from the cold? Wednesday, 9 Sep 2015 | 10:55 AM ET
    Moscow, Russia is now a bargain for tourists as the ruble's value continues to collapse.

    With signs that Russia is preparing to intervene more actively in Syria, there is speculation that Moscow may partner with the West in fighting insurgents — in return for some easing of sanctions.

  • US asks Greece to deny Russian flights to Syria Monday, 7 Sep 2015 | 12:36 PM ET
    The external courtyard of the sanctuary of Baal in the ancient oasis city of Palmyra, Syria.

    The United States has asked Greece to deny Russia the use of its airspace for supply flights to Syria, a Greek official said on Monday.

  • Europe's migrant and refugee crisis in photos Thursday, 3 Sep 2015 | 2:18 PM ET
    Hungarian policemen stand by the family of migrants as they wanted to run away at the railway station in the town of Bicske, Hungary, September 3, 2015. A camp for refugees and asylum seekers is located in Bicske.

    People displaced by wars in Syria, Iraq, and Afghanistan are fleeing to Europe, where leaders are divided over how to handle the influx.

  • Veterans do better in job market than you think Friday, 7 Aug 2015 | 10:42 AM ET
    US Marines military

    For those enlisted servicemen and servicewomen who muster out, job prospects have improved as the overall recovery continues to put more Americans to work.

  • Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan

    Turkey's bombing campaign in Syria and Iraq has diverted attention from "exploratory talks" for a new governing coalition. However, Turkey's president is almost certainly seeking to reassert himself as Turkey's de facto executive.

  • Turkey attacks Kurdish militants in Northern Iraq Saturday, 25 Jul 2015 | 5:38 AM ET
    Town of al-Qaim at the Iraqi-Syrian border

    Turkish fighter jets, which on Friday attacked Islamic State targets in Syria, launched a wave of airstrikes in northern Iraq on Saturday. The New York Times reports.

  • Gunmen kill at least 37 people on beach in Tunisia Friday, 26 Jun 2015 | 3:57 PM ET
    Sousse, Tunisia

    Gunmen opened fire on a beach popular with tourists in Tunisia on Friday, killing at least 37 people, NBC News reports.

  • Has poor governance in the Middle East aided ISIS? Friday, 22 May 2015 | 2:58 PM ET
    An Iraqi fighter from the Shiite Muslim Al-Abbas popular mobilization unit monitors from his position near the village of Nukhayb west of Baghdad, on May 19, 2015.

    A senior political figure from the Middle East said that a lack of governance and "violent" policies were partly responsible for the rise of ISIS.

  • Women in the war zone Monday, 27 Apr 2015 | 6:45 AM ET
    Women in the war zone

    Gayle Tzemach Lemmon, "Ashley's War" author, talks about the first all-army, all-female team to serve and die alongside special operations on the battlefield.

  • Sales of US arms fuel the wars of Arab states Sunday, 19 Apr 2015 | 7:31 AM ET
    A damaged car which was hit by Saudi-led Arab coalition forces to fight against Houthis, in Sanaa, Yemen, April 1, 2015.

    Soon, the Emirates are expected to complete a deal with General Atomics for a fleet of Predator drones to run spying missions. The NYT reports.

  • Iran slams Saudi-led Yemen campaign as 'genocide' Thursday, 9 Apr 2015 | 12:09 PM ET
    Supreme Leader of Iran Ayatollah Ali Khamenei

    Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on Thursday accused Saudi Arabia of "genocide" in Yemen.

  • Bad to worse: ISIS brings fight to Syrian capital Tuesday, 7 Apr 2015 | 3:07 PM ET
    Syrian opposition forces use tunnels as shelter from air attacks in Damascus, Syria, April 5, 2015.

    The arrival of ISIS in Syria's capital threatens Syria's government and brings the group closer to some of the region's last stable countries.

  • Karzai: Pakistan must 'change their approach to life'

    Hamid Karzai, former President of Afghanistan, says Pakistan should not use terrorism as a tool against other countries because it will eventually return to hurt them like a boomerang.

  • Ex-Afghan President: Resolve Yemen through talks Sunday, 29 Mar 2015 | 6:13 PM ET
    Ex-Afghan President: Resolve Yemen through talks

    Referring to the war on terror which took place in Afghanistan, Hamid Karzai, former President of Afghanistan, says the use of force will not resolve the situation in Yemen.

  • Yemeni men search for survivors in rubble of buildings after airstrikes of a 10-member coalition of Gulf countries in Yemeni capital Sanaa.

    Military intervention by Saudi Arabia in the conflict in Yemen is ringing alarm bells around the Middle East and the world.

  • US to slow troop withdrawal in Afghanistan Tuesday, 24 Mar 2015 | 3:24 PM ET
    President Barack Obama meets with Afghanistan's President Ashraf Ghani in the Oval Office, March 24, 2015.

    All 9,800 U.S. troops will remain in Afghanistan through the end of 2015. The original plan was to cut the number by about half.

  • Obama: Israel relations and Netanyahu Tuesday, 24 Mar 2015 | 3:13 PM ET
    Obama: Israel relations and Netanyahu

    President Obama holds joint press conference with Afghan president, Ashraf Ghani.

  • Obama: Troops not on front lines now Tuesday, 24 Mar 2015 | 2:51 PM ET
    Obama: Troops not on front lines now

    President Obama holds joint press conference with Afghan president, Ashraf Ghani. Members in attendance ask questions.

  • Pres. Obama & Afghan pres. hold press conference Tuesday, 24 Mar 2015 | 2:31 PM ET
    Pres. Obama & Afghan pres. hold press conference

    President Obama holds a joint press conference with Afghanistan president, Ashraf Ghani. Obama states maintaining 9,800 troops through the end of the year.