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First evacuations from Damascus rebel district

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EVACUATION. An elderly Syrian woman in a wheelchair waits next to a bus during an evacuation operation of rebel fighters and their families from rebel-held neighbourhoods in the city of Aleppo on December 15, 2016. File Photo by Karam Al-Masri/AFP

‘Armed men and some of their families have begun leaving Barzeh on 40 buses heading towards northern Syria,’ state television says in a news alert

DAMASCUS, Syria (May 8, 2017) — Syrian rebels and their families began evacuating from a district of Damascus for the first time on Monday, May 8, bringing the government closer to recapturing all of the capital. Continue reading First evacuations from Damascus rebel district

15 years after 9/11, America in perpetual war

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Smoke pours from the twin towers of the World Trade Center after they were hit by two hijacked airliners in a terrorist attack September 11, 2001 in New York City. Robert Giroux/Getty Images/AFP

The 9/11 attacks of 2001 forever changed America and upended its foreign and national security policy, leaving the country for the past 15 years in a war against jihadists – without ending the upheaval in the Middle East

WASHINGTON DC, USA (Sept. 11, 2016) — The 9/11 attacks of 2001 forever changed America and upended its foreign and national security policy, leaving the country for the past 15 years in a war against jihadists – without ending the upheaval in the Middle East.
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United States marks 15th anniversary of 9/11

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A man photographs beams of light symbolizing the two World Trade Center towers the night before the 15th anniversary of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks in the United States on September 10, 2016 in New York, New York. Brendan Smialowski/AFP

The United States marks the 15th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks with solemn services to commemorate the victims of the deadliest terror strikes on US soil, which changed the world forever

NEW YORK, USA (Sept. 11, 2016) — The United States marks the 15th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks on Sunday, September 11, with solemn services to commemorate the victims of the deadliest terror strikes on US soil, which changed the world forever.  Continue reading United States marks 15th anniversary of 9/11

800 Al Qaeda fighters dead as Yemen gov’t forces make gains

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Yemeni troops backed by Arab coalition air strikes killed more than 800 members of Al-Qaeda in an attack on a southeastern provincial capital held by the group for the past year

MARIB, Yemen (Apr. 25, 2016) — Yemeni troops backed by Arab coalition air strikes killed more than 800 members of Al-Qaeda in an attack on a southeastern provincial capital held by the group for the past year, the coalition said Monday, April 25.

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44 dead in suspected regime strikes on Syria markets

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The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights describes as a ‘massacre’ the strikes on a vegetable market in Maaret al-Numan that kills at least 37 civilians and at least another 7 at a market in nearby Kafranbel 

BEIRUT, Lebanon (Apr. 20, 2016) — Suspected government air strikes on Tuesday, April 19, killed at least 44 civilians at two markets in a part of northwestern Syria controlled by the war-torn country’s Al-Qaeda affiliate, a monitor said.

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Suicide bomber kills 4 Yemen troops near Aden airport

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Yemeni loyalist forces gather at the scene of a suicide attack on a checkpoint near the international airport in second city Aden on April 17, 2016. Saleh al-Obeidi / AFP
‘A suicide bomber driving a bomb-laden vehicle blew himself up on Sunday upon arrival at a checkpoint near Aden airport’

ADEN, Yemen (Apr. 17, 2016) – Four Yemeni soldiers were killed Sunday, April 17, in a suicide attack on a checkpoint near the international airport in second city Aden, home to a growing jihadist presence, a security official said.

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US strike kills ‘dozens’ at al Qaeda training camp in Yemen

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Yemeni tribesmen from the Popular Resistance Committees, supporting forces loyal to Yemen’s Saudi-backed President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi, hold a position during clashes with Shiite Huthi rebels west of the city of Taez, on March 21, 2016. Ahmad al-Basha/AFP
The raids come almost one year since the Saudi-led Arab coalition launched its bombing campaign against Iran-backed Shiite rebels who challenged the authority of the Yemeni government

ADEN, Yemen (Mar. 23, 2016) — US military planes killed dozens of fighters at an Al-Qaeda affiliate’s training camp in a mountainous region of Yemen, the Pentagon said Tuesday, March 22.

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Syria aid deliveries postponed over violence

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AID. A Red Crescent convoy carrying humanitarian aid arrives in Kafr Batna, in the rebel-held Eastern Ghouta area, on the outskirts of the capital Damascus on February 23, 2016 during an operation in cooperation with the UN to deliver aid to thousands of besieged Syrians. Photo by Amer Almohibany / AFP
Aid groups are unable to deliver much-needed food packages to four besieged towns in war-torn Syria on Monday, March 14, the International Committee of the Red Cross says, citing security problems

BEIRUT, Lebanon (Mar. 14, 2016) — Aid groups were unable to deliver much-needed food packages to four besieged towns in war-torn Syria on Monday, March 14, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) said, citing security problems.

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Al-Qaeda claims deadly attack at Ivory Coast beach resort

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A general view of the Etoile du Sud hotel in Grand Bassam, Ivory Coast March 13, 2016. Legnan Koula/EPA
The attack bears grim similarities to the Islamist gun and grenade assault on a Tunisian beach resort last June

GRAND-BASSAM, Ivory Coast (Mar. 14, 2016) — Heavily-armed men gunned down 16 people at an Ivory Coast resort Sunday, March 13, in an attack claimed by an Al-Qaeda affiliate, leaving bodies strewn on the beach as fears grow of a mounting jihadist threat in West Africa.

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Little to show for in Boko Haram-ISIS partnership

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BLACK FLAG. A Boko Haram flag flutters from an abandoned command post in Gamboru deserted after Chadian troops chased them from the border town. Photo by Stephanie Yas/AFP
Some security consultants predict Boko Haram in Nigeria could this year be reduced to a largely criminal, regional threat

LAGOS, Nigeria (Mar. 7, 2016) — When Boko Haram pledged allegiance to the Islamic State group in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) last year, there were fears the deadly insurgency in northeast Nigeria would take on an international dimension.

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