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July 29, 2014
US weapons for Afghans may end up with Taliban: audit
Washington (AFP) July 28, 2014
Washington and Kabul have failed to keep track of hundreds of thousands of weapons provided to Afghanistan, raising the risk that some could end up in the hands of insurgents, a US audit said Monday. The United States also had delivered more weapons than Afghan forces now needed, partly because Kabul officials had revised their requests over time, the report said. Since 2004, the American military has delivered more than 747,000 AK-47 rifles, machine guns, grenade launchers and other weapons to ... read more

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Chinese courts jail 32 in Xinjiang: Xinhua
Chinese courts in the far-western region of Xinjiang have sentenced 32 people to prison terms ranging from four years to life for terrorism-related charges, state media reported Friday. ... more
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Iraq's Kurds demand PM Maliki's resignation
Iraq's Kurds said Thursday Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki was "hysterical" and not fit to run the country, further dimming the prospect of a new leadership uniting to face jihadist fighters. ... more
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Afghanistan at 'critical moment' in its transition: Kerry
Afghanistan is at a "critical moment" in its transition, US Secretary of State John Kerry said Thursday, amid a deepening electoral crisis in the country, where a presidential candidate has rejected the preliminary results. ... more
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Syrian Kurds demobilise 149 child soldiers: rights group
Syrian Kurdish forces have demobilised scores of child soldiers from their ranks over the past month, a Swiss group that works to save under-age fighters said Tuesday. ... more
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NATO chief warns Afghanistan must sign security pact by early September
NATO's chief warned Tuesday that, despite a disputed election, Afghanistan must sign a security pact on a post-combat international training mission by September, or there will be "severe" problems for the Western alliance. ... more
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Iraq Kurd secession bid faces major obstacles: experts
Iraq's Kurds would face enormous challenges if they were to secede, but the threat of an independence vote amid chaos nationwide could squeeze concessions from the federal government, experts say. ... more
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Leading Sunni scholar says jihadist caliphate violates sharia
Prominent Sunni Muslim scholar Yusef al-Qaradawi said on Saturday that the declaration of an Islamic caliphate by jihadists fighting the governments in Syria and Iraq violates sharia law. ... more
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Kurdish rebels to restart withdrawal in September: report
Kurdish rebels will begin a stalled withdrawal from Turkey into their safe haven in northern Iraq after parliament passes reforms aimed at ending a decades-long insurgency, local media reported on Saturday. ... more
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Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the jihadist 'caliph'
Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the enigmatic self-proclaimed "caliph" of a state straddling Iraq and Syria, is increasingly seen as more powerful than Al-Qaeda's chief. ... more
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Kurds seek independence vote amid Iraq 'chaos'
Iraqi Kurdish preparations for an independence referendum met with frustration in Washington, which stressed unity was essential to tackle a jihadist-led onslaught that risks "Syria-like chaos". ... more
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China restricts Ramadan fasting in Xinjiang
China has banned civil servants, students and teachers in its mainly Muslim Xinjiang region from taking part in Ramadan fasting, government websites said, prompting condemnation from an exile group on Wednesday. ... more
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Iraq's new jets likely from Iran: experts
Three Sukhoi ground attack jets shown landing in Iraq in a video released by the defence ministry are likely from Iran, a think tank said Wednesday. ... more
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Indian guru still hopes for peaceful way in Pakistan
The Indian guru Sri Sri Ravi Shankar's efforts to encourage peace in Pakistan ended in an armed attack, but he still believes dialogue is the best path with the Taliban. ... more
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US drones over Baghdad as Iraq battles for Tikrit
The US military has started flying armed drones over Baghdad to defend American troops and diplomats as Iraqi forces took their fight against Sunni insurgents to the strategic militant-held city of Tikrit. ... more
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Unprecedented Kurdish peshmerga deployment in Iraq
The onslaught by Sunni Arab militants in northern Iraq has prompted the country's Kurds to deploy the famed peshmerga security forces in defence of their autonomous region. ... more
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Syria carried out Iraq border strike on militants, PM tells BBC
The Syrian air force carried out air strikes targeting militants along the Iraq-Syria border this week, Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki told the BBC on Thursday. ... more
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US Army officer named as new commander for Afghanistan
Pentagon chief Chuck Hagel on Tuesday nominated an army officer who commanded troops in volatile eastern Afghanistan to take over command of the US-led force in the country. ... more
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Iraqi Kurds say future of disputed Kirkuk in their hands
Beneath the ancient citadel in Iraq's Kirkuk, the flag of Kurdistan - green, white and red stripes overlaid with a yellow sun - flaps alongside market stalls. ... more
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Three US troops, military dog killed in Afghan blast
A Taliban attack killed three American soldiers and a military dog in southern Afghanistan on Friday, officials said, in the latest sign of the insurgents' capability as the coalition winds down operations. ... more
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China arrests 380 in first month of 'terrorism' crackdown
China has arrested more than 380 suspects in the first month of a year-long crackdown on "terrorism", media said Monday as authorities grapple to curb rising violence stemming from mainly Muslim Xinjiang. ... more
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China says 13 attackers killed in Xinjiang assault
Chinese police shot dead 13 people in Xinjiang after they drove into a police building and set off an explosion Saturday, regional authorities said, in the latest attack to hit the restive region. ... more
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Persecuted Pakistani Muslim minority seek refuge in China
Fleeing discrimination and violence, members of a Muslim sect have abandoned their homes in Pakistan to find an unlikely refuge in China. ... more
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Fellow soldier says Bergdahl 'wanted to hunt and kill'
A member of Bowe Bergdahl's unit in Afghanistan told Congress Wednesday that the recently released US Army sergeant "wanted to hunt and kill" Taliban, even while telling relatives he aimed to help Afghans. ... more
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