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May16

US pulls some staff from Iraq as Iran tensions rise

By: Michael Bowman Source: VOA News CAPITOL HILL — The United States on Wednesday ordered its non-emergency employees to leave Iraq, as American lawmakers worried openly about a potential march to war with Iran. The drawdown of personnel at the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad and America’s consulate in Irbil came as the Trump administration warned of potential threats against American forces in the Middle East from Iran or Iranian-backed proxies. “This threat stream, let me tell you, is real,” said a senior State Department official on Wednesday. “This is an imminent threat to our personnel.” “I’ve seen all the intelligence because I have people on the ground. I...

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Jan13

Syria: Over 600 evacuated from last ISIS stronghold

By: Middle East Eye Source: Middle East Eye More than 600 people were evacuated on Saturday from the Islamic State (ISIS) group’s remaining holdout in eastern Syria, a monitor said, as US-backed fighters prepared for a final assault on the area. “More than 600 people, mainly women and children, were evacuated on 25 buses sent” by the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said. Observatory head Rami Abdel Rahman said several dozen militants were among those evacuated to areas held by the Kurdish-Arab alliance. The SDF, backed by air strikes from a US-led coalition, in September launched an offensive to oust ISIS from the rump...

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Jan08

Taliban pulls out of US peace talks in Qatar

By: RFE/RL Source: RFE/RL KABUL — Afghan Taliban representatives say they have called off two days of peace talks with U.S. officials in Qatar, just hours after they had announced the talks would take place without any delegates from Afghanistan’s government. A Taliban representative in Afghanistan had told Reuters early on January 8 that the talks would begin in Qatar’s capital, Doha, on January 9. That Taliban figure also had said the group was refusing to allow what he called “puppet” Afghan officials to take part in the Doha meetings. But a Taliban representative in Doha told RFE/RL’s Radio Free Afghanistan later on January 8 that the militant...

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