On Friday, in a stunning blow to the Western-backed war effort, the base on a sun-baked plain near the city of Mazar-e Sharif became the target of the deadliest single attack by Taliban insurgents since their regime in Kabul was overthrown in 2001. A spokesman for the Islamist militia claimed responsibility for the attack.
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More than 1,000 Palestinians in Israeli prisons joined in a hunger strike on Monday, demanding better conditions in an unusually large protest led by Marwan Barghouti, the most prominent prisoner and a figure often seen as a future Palestinian leader.
JERUSALEM — A British exchange student was fatally stabbed Friday by a Palestinian attacker just steps from Jerusalem’s Old City, where thousands of Jews and Christians gathered for religious holidays at one of the busiest times of the year, officials said.
Thousands of people filled parts of the ancient city: Jews to celebrate Passover, which ends Monday, and Christian pilgrims for Good Friday. The attack took place inside a car of the city’s light-rail train not far from the entrance to the Old City’s Christian Quarter.
The victim was identified by an Israeli news agency as a British tourist.
The strike was the first combat use of what is formally named the GBU-43/B Massive Ordnance Air Blast. President Trump has bestowed additional authority on the Pentagon in his first months in office, which the military has argued will help it defeat the Islamic State more speedily. Mr. Trump did not say whether he had personally approved Thursday’s mission.
BEIRUT (AP) — U.S.-backed Syrian Kurdish forces say they have entered the fourth stage of their campaign to capture the Islamic State group’s de facto capital Raqqa with an advance on the militants in a valley north of the city.
U.S. Central Command said coalition aircraft were given the wrong coordinates by their partner forces, the predominantly-Kurdish Syrian Democratic Forces, for a strike intended to target IS militants south of their Tabqa stronghold, near the extremists’ de facto capital, Raqqa.
The strike hit an SDF position instead, killing 18. Central Command said the strike was launched Tuesday.
Putin was asked specifically about US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson’s comments on Tuesday morning — that Russia is either “incompetent” or has “failed” to hold up its end of the deal to destroy Assad’s chemical weapons, and needed to choose whether to abandon or “maintain its alliance” with Assad.
Tillerson is due to meet today with his Russian counterpart, Sergei Lavrov, in Moscow.
US-backed Syrian rebels were quickly surrounded by a group of ISIS fighters prompting US and Jordanian troops to intervene hurriedly to lift the pressure off their Syrian allies. Some 20 US tanks and armored vehicles were allegedly involved in repelling the ISIS assault.
The special forces soldier dies in fighting in restive Nangarhar province adjoining Pakistan.
The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says 15 people including four children were killed in Saturday’s airstrike on the village of Hneida.
Syrian state TV said the airstrike killed 13 including children.
Lahore, Apr 5 (PTI) A suicide bomber killed at least six persons, including four soldiers, and injured several others in Pakistan’s eastern Lahore city when he blew himself up near an army vehicle today. The blast targeted a census team on Lahore’s Bedian Road. The six killed included four army personnel
Source: Suicide blast in Lahore kills 6
A suspected chemical attack killed at least 58 civilians including several children in rebel-held northwestern Syria on Tuesday, a monitor said, with the opposition accusing the government and demanding a UN investigation. The attack in the town of Khan Sheikhun left dozens suffering respiratory problems