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Iraqi commander says to complete capture of Mosul in May

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BAGHDAD An Iraqi commander expects to dislodge Islamic State from Mosul in May despite resistance from militants in the densely populated Old City district.

Iran's leader rebuffs Rouhani's detente policy ahead of vote

LONDON Iranians should not thank Hassan Rouhani's policy of detente with the West for any reduction in the threat of war, supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said on Sunday, stepping up his criticisms of the president as elections approach.

World, Davos 3:59pm EDT

Tunisia forces kill senior militant commander planning Ramadan attack

TUNIS Tunisian security forces killed a senior commander in an Islamist group who detonated his suicide belt as he was shot during a raid against militants planning attacks during the holy month of Ramadan, officials said on Sunday.

World, Tunisia 2:09pm EDT

Iran satellite TV head shot dead in Istanbul: Dogan news

ISTANBUL The head of an Iranian satellite television network who last year was sentenced in absentia to six years in prison by a Tehran court was shot dead in Istanbul together with a business partner, Turkey's Dogan news agency said on Sunday. | Video

Wary of Trump, EU courts Iran to boost moderates before polls

TEHRAN Wary of U.S. President Donald Trump's tough talk on Iran, the European Union is courting Tehran to show Iranians preparing to vote in a May 19 presidential poll that it is committed to a nuclear deal and they stand to benefit, EU diplomats say.

World, United Nations, Davos 10:43am EDT

U.S. Marines back in Helmand as Afghanistan 'stalemate' continues

CAMP SHORAB, Afghanistan The U.S. Marine Corps has returned to Helmand, the restive province in southern Afghanistan where it fought years of bloody battles with the Taliban, to help train Afghan forces struggling to contain the insurgency.

World, Afghanistan 3:54am EDT

Friendly fire may have killed U.S. troops in Afghanistan: Pentagon

WASHINGTON Two U.S. special operations forces soldiers killed in eastern Afghanistan on Wednesday may have been struck by friendly fire in an operation targeting the emir of Islamic State militants in Afghanistan, the Pentagon said on Friday. | Video

World, Afghanistan 12:23am EDT

Turkey fires 3,900 in second post-referendum purge

ISTANBUL/ANKARA Turkey on Saturday expelled more than 3,900 people from the civil service and military as threats to national security, in the second major purge since President Tayyip Erdogan was granted sweeping new powers.

Rouhani warns voters to prevent 'extremism' returning to Iran

LONDON President Hassan Rouhani told Iranians on Saturday they could face greater authoritarianism if they replace him with a hardline rival in May's election.

World, Davos Apr 29 2017

Syrian rebel groups clash in besieged Damascus enclave

BEIRUT Fighting between rebel groups in the biggest insurgent stronghold near the Syrian capital Damascus entered a second day on Saturday while government forces pressed an offensive, a war monitor said.

World, Syria Apr 29 2017

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