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Lebanese army, Hezbollah declare offensives on Islamic State at Syrian border

BEIRUT The Lebanese army launched an offensive on Saturday against an Islamic State enclave on the northeast border with Syria as Hezbollah simultaneously announced an assault on the militants from the Syrian side of the border.

Trump makes no decision on Afghanistan strategy

HAGERSTOWN, Md./WASHINGTON U.S. President Donald Trump reviewed an array of options for a strategy on Afghanistan with his top national security aides, but made no decision on whether he would commit more troops to America's longest war. | Video

Yemen violence worsening, more access to north needed: U.N.

UNITED NATIONS Top United Nations officials on Friday warned violence in Yemen was worsening and greater access was needed to the Houthi rebel-held north, particularly through the key Red Sea port of Hodeidah.

World, United Nations, Yemen Aug 18 2017

Erdogan tells Turks in Germany to vote against Merkel

ISTANBUL Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan on Friday said German Chancellor Angela Merkel's Christian Democrats were enemies of Turkey and called on Turks in Germany to vote against major parties in next month's elections.

World, Germany, Turkey Aug 18 2017

Lebanese army finds surface-to-air missile in Nusra Front arms cache - security source

BEIRUT The Lebanese army found a surface-to-air missile (SAM) in a weapons cache left by Nusra Front militants after it took over some of the jihadists' positions in northeast Lebanon, a Lebanese security source said on Friday.

World, Lebanon Aug 18 2017

Exclusive: U.S. forces to stay in Syria for decades, say militia allies

AIN ISSA, Syria Washington's main Syrian ally in the fight against Islamic State says the U.S. military will remain in northern Syria long after the jihadists are defeated, predicting enduring ties with the Kurdish-dominated region. | Video

World, Turkey, Syria Aug 18 2017

Clashes kill two in Palestinian refugee camp in Lebanon

BEIRUT Clashes between Palestinian security forces and Sunni Islamists in Ain el-Hilweh Palestinian refugee camp in Lebanon left two people dead, a Reuters witness said.

World, Lebanon Aug 18 2017

Syrian army, Hezbollah attack Islamic State near Lebanon border

BEIRUT The Syrian army and Hezbollah attacked a pocket of territory occupied by Islamic State straddling the border with Lebanon from the Syrian side, seizing a number of hilltops on Friday, a Hezbollah military media unit said.

World, Syria, Lebanon Aug 18 2017

Iraqi forces prepare to retake Tal Afar from Islamic State militants

BAGHDAD/ERBIL, Iraq Five weeks after securing victory in Mosul, Iraqi forces have moved into positions around the city of Tal Afar, their next objective in the U.S.-backed campaign to defeat Islamic State militants, Iraqi military commanders say.

World, Iraq Aug 18 2017

Syrian army encircles Islamic State in central Syria advance

BEIRUT Syria's army and its allies have encircled an Islamic State (IS) pocket in central Syria after a series of advances in the desert region, state media, a Hezbollah military media unit and a war monitor said on Friday.

World, Syria Aug 18 2017

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