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Iraqi forces said Sunday they had recaptured the Nimrud area, the site of an ancient Assyrian city blown up by the Islamic State group, as they battled the jihadists south of Mosul.
 
Four people were killed Saturday in a huge explosion inside the largest U.S. military base in Afghanistan, NATO said, with local authorities blaming a suicide attacker in a major breach of security.
 
Elite Iraqi forces were engaged in "intense" fighting with jihadists in eastern Mosul on Saturday, an officer said, as civilians gathered on the city's outskirts to flee.
 
A flotilla of Russian warships is now in the eastern Mediterranean off the Syrian coast after being sent to reinforce Russia's military in the area, a naval commander said on state television.
 
Six dead and dozens wounded as Taliban blast German consulate
The death toll from a powerful Taliban truck bombing at the German consulate in Afghanistan's Mazar-i-Sharif city rose to at least six Friday, with more than 100 others wounded in a major militant assault.
 
Iraqi troops inched ahead in their battle to retake the northern city of Mosul from the Islamic State group on Friday, as the U.N. revealed fresh evidence that the extremists have used chemical weapons.
 
Two dead as Taliban attack German consulate in Afghanistan
A powerful Taliban truck bomb struck the German consulate in Afghanistan's northern Mazar-i-Sharif city late Thursday, killing at least two people and wounding more than 100 in a major militant assault in the war-torn country.
 
Interactive Arafat museum opens in Ramallah
The Yasser Arafat Museum opened Wednesday in Ramallah, shedding light on the long-time Palestinian leader's life and offering a glimpse of history -- along with a number of his trademark black-and-white keffiyehs.
 
Iraqi Kurds take key IS-held town near Mosul
Iraqi Kurdish forces have seized the town of Bashiqa near Mosul from the Islamic State group, an official said Tuesday, as U.S.-backed militia forces advanced on the jihadists' Syrian stronghold Raqa.
 
A Palestinian stabbed an Israeli soldier with a screwdriver before being shot and wounded at a checkpoint in the northern West Bank on Wednesday, the Israeli army said.
 
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