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Backed by Putin, Russian military pushes into foreign policy


MOSCOW From Damascus to Doha, Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu has been showing up in unexpected places, a sign of the military's growing influence under Vladimir Putin.


Turkish teachers linked to Erdogan foe detained in Afghanistan 13 Dec 2017

KABUL One Afghan and three Turkish teachers linked to an organisation regarded with suspicion by the Turkish government were detained by Afghan intelligence officials on Tuesday, the organisation's head said.


Russia will keep bases in Syria to strike at insurgents - Kremlin 12 Dec 2017

MOSCOW Russia will keep a naval and an air base in Syria capable of carrying out strikes against insurgents if required after a partial military pull-out announced by President Vladimir Putin, the Kremlin said on Tuesday. | Video

Bomb blast kills nine people in Pakistan, near Afghan border 06 Dec 2017

MIRANSHAH, Pakistan A bomb rigged to a motorcycle exploded in a militant-plagued part of northwest Pakistan near the Afghan border, killing nine people, officials said on Wednesday, the latest violence in a recent rise in attacks in the nuclear-armed country.


Crime, casualties undermine U.S. gains on Afghan battlefield 03 Dec 2017

KUNDUZ, Afghanistan Since U.S. forces began stepping up air strikes against the Taliban, Kunduz shopkeeper Najibullah no longer fears another insurgent takeover of the northern Afghan city. But he does fear robbery or kidnap by militia gangs.


Islamic State seizes new Afghan foothold after luring Taliban defectors 01 Dec 2017

JAWZJAN, Afghanistan/KABUL When a Taliban commander defected to Islamic State in northern Afghanistan a few months ago, his men and the foreign fighters he invited in started to enslave local women and set up a bomb-making school for 300 children, officials and residents said.

Suspected U.S. drone targets Haqqani militants in Pakistan, killing four 30 Nov 2017

DERA ISMAIL KHAN, Pakistan A suspected U.S. drone strike on Thursday targeted a hideout of the Haqqani militant network along Pakistan's mountainous border with Afghanistan, killing four people, officials said.


U.S. general sees no change in Pakistan behaviour despite Trump tough line 28 Nov 2017

WASHINGTON The top U.S. general in Afghanistan said on Tuesday that he had not seen a change in Pakistan's support for militants so far, despite President Donald Trump taking a tougher line against Islamabad.


In Thanksgiving message, Trump hails military gains and 'big, beautiful, fat tax cuts' 23 Nov 2017

PALM BEACH, FLORIDA U.S. President Donald Trump gave a bullish Thanksgiving address to troops overseas on Thursday, hailing progress in Afghanistan and against ISIS, and telling them they were fighting for "something real," including a stock market at record highs and his promised “big, beautiful fat tax cuts.” | Video

Islamic State beheads 15 of its own fighters - Afghan official 23 Nov 2017

JALALABAD, Afghanistan Islamic State beheaded 15 of its own fighters due to infighting in Afghanistan's eastern province of Nangarhar, officials said, while a separate suicide attack on Thursday tore into a crowd in the provincial capital, Jalalabad, killing at least eight.