Taliban announce start of spring offensive

Afghanistan’s Taliban have announced the start of a spring offensive, promising to build their political base in the country while focusing military assaults on coalition and Afghan security forces. Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid announced the launch of the offensive Friday in an email statement. The Taliban dubbed this year’s offensive “Operation Mansour,” named for the Taliban leader killed last year […]

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ISIS Launches Offensive in Northern Syria

After a series of reverses, ISIS has struck back at the cities of Kobani and Hassakeh BEIRUT — Islamic State militants in Syria stormed government-held neighborhoods in the predominantly Kurdish northeastern city of Hassakeh on Thursday morning, capturing several areas of the city, officials and state media said. The attack came after the Islamic State group suffered several setbacks in […]

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Egypt Asks US to Stop Israel’s Gaza Offensive

Egypt asked the United States to push Israel to stop its offensive against Hamas militants in the Gaza Strip, warning that the violence could “escalate out of control,” the Foreign Ministry said Thursday. Foreign Minister Mohammed Kamel Amr spoke with U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton late the night before, asking for “immediate U.S. intervention to stop the Israeli […]

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