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One U.S. soldier killed, two wounded in Helmand province, Afghanistan

An American soldier was killed and two others were wounded Tuesday during a joint U.S.-Afghan Special Operations mission near the town of Marja in Helmand province, Afghanistan, the Pentagon said Tuesday.<p>The U.S. casualties came amid an uptick in fighting in the restive province in recent weeks as …

Assad's opponents dismiss Russian ideas for solving Syria crisis

BEIRUT/DUBAI (Reuters) - Syrian opposition figures and Gulf commentators dismissed on Wednesday a Russian draft proposal for a process to solve the Syrian crisis, saying Moscow’s aim was to keep President Bashar al-Assad in power and marginalize dissenting voices.<p>Separately, Saudi Arabia’s foreign …

Middle East

Iraqi Kurds reach Sinjar road, cutting Islamic State supply line

Supported by U.S.-led airstrikes, Kurdish Iraqi troops on Thursday seized part of a highway that is used as a vital supply line by the Islamic State group, a key initial step in a major offensive to retake the strategic town of Sinjar from the militants.<p>The town was overrun by the extremists as …