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Nine were killed in an ambush carried out by the Islamic State group in Baghdad

Iraq wants a continued US presence to fight the Islamic State group after the Trump administration slashed the number of troops in the country, the US Middle East commander said.

Trump's decision to withdraw Afghanistan troops 'ridiculous': US officials

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Trump's decision to withdraw Afghanistan troops 'ridiculous': US officials

American politicians expressed concern over the US president's aim to withdraw all troops from Afghanistan by Christmas, arguing that his timeframe is unrealistic.

The Iraq Report: US drawdown will embolden Iran's proxies

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The Iraq Report: US drawdown will embolden Iran's proxies

Iran-backed militias will feel emboldened by a reduction of capable enemies on their doorstep, and could seek to expand their power and ...

US confirms planned troop withdrawal from Iraq

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US confirms planned troop withdrawal from Iraq

The US is planning scaling down its military presence in Iraq and Afghanistan.

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US to cut troops in Iraq to 3,000: military

General Kenneth McKenzie said the decision was 'due to our confidence in the Iraqi Security Forces' increased ability'.

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US plans further troop reductions in Iraq by November

Donald Trump's administration is planning to pull back troops in Iraq.

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Islamic State threat 'growing' in west Syria

Conditions in the region controlled by Syrian regime are now "as bad or worse" than they were leading up to the rise of IS, the general warned.

Michal Kranz

Lebanon's alliance with the US has run its course

Comment: Unless the US takes serious steps to repair the relationship, there will be few incentives left for the Lebanese to keep the alliance ...

The Iraq Report: Coronavirus cases spiral out of control

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The Iraq Report: Coronavirus cases spiral out of control

While Iraq saw a relatively under-reported spread of Covid-19 in the first five months of 2020, June alone saw a 600 percent spike in infections.

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Lebanon looks to China to help in economic crisis

Lebanon's deepening economic crisis has the country seeking help in the Far East.

Protests erupt in Lebanon over US army commander's visit

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Protests erupt in Lebanon over US army commander's visit

Hezbollah supporters gathered on the road leading to Beirut International Airport to protest US CentCom chief Kenneth McKenzie's visit to ...

US general doubts Russia, US deaths in Afghanistan connection

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US general doubts Russia, US deaths in Afghanistan connection

A US general is not convinced that Russia financed mercenaries to kill US troops in Afghanistan.

Taliban maintain ties to Al-Qaeda affiliate: Pentagon

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Taliban maintain ties to Al-Qaeda affiliate: Pentagon

The Taliban have continued to work with Al-Qaeda in the Indian Subcontinent (AQIS), the US Defense Department said in a report.

Russia, China seek foothold in Middle East arms market

Paul Iddon

Russia, China seek foothold in Middle East arms market

The US dominates arms exports to the Middle East, but Russia and China are vying for influence in the lucrative market.

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Taliban re-affirms commitment to peace deal with US

The Taliban has played down concerns that it would pose a threat to the West as the US moved to reduce the presence of its troops in Afghanistan.

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US upholds troop-cut target of 8,600 in Afghanistan

Marine Gen. Frank McKenzie gave no indication of when US forces would be further reduced.

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US general sees Baghdad keeping American troops in country

Commander of US forces Kenneth McKenzie says the Iraqi government will want to keep a US military presence on its territory to fight ...

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Syria's IS prison camps 'at risk of mass breakout'

A new report by the US government found that prisons filled with Islamic State group fighters are at risk of mass breakouts.

US pulls anti-missile systems from Saudi Arabia amid dispute

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US pulls anti-missile systems from Saudi Arabia amid dispute

The US is reportedly removing two batteries of Patriot surface-to-air missiles as well as fighter equipment and 300 troops stationed in Saudi ...

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Iraq warns of consequences after US air strikes

The Iraqi military warned of consequences in response to the US' precision air strikes on weapons storage facilities in the country, which Iraq ...

The Iraq Report: An outbreak of virus and violence

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The Iraq Report: An outbreak of virus and violence

As Baghdad tries to get to grips with the coronavirus, Iran-sponsored groups have been blamed by the US and UK for attacks that claimed the ...

US troops in Mideast to stay for 'a while'

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US troops in Mideast to stay for 'a while'

America's troop numbers in the region have grown from about 60,000 to more than 80,000 since May.

US denies it will send 14,000 troops to Mideast

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US denies it will send 14,000 troops to Mideast

The Pentagon on Wednesday disputed a Wall Street Journal report that the US plans to send up to 14,000 more troops to the Middle East.

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