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Turkey kills seven Kurd fighters crossing from Syria

ISTANBUL – Turkish security forces killed seven Kurdish militants early on Friday after a large group of PKK fighters crossed over the border from Syria, Turkish military officials said.
It was the largest number killed in a firefight with the PKK, the Kurdistan Workers Party, since last summer. The PKK called off a six-month long ceasefire in February raising fears that violence would pick up before a national election in Turkey on June 12. Military operations were continuing

Taliban fighters seize Afghan district in remote east

ASADABAD – Taliban insurgents seized a district in Afghanistan’s remote northeast after a brief battle with police, provincial officials said on Tuesday, underscoring the difficulty Afghan and foreign forces face in securing the increasingly violent region.
Hundreds of Taliban fighters had captured the Waygal district centre in mountainous Nuristan province in the pre-dawn hours on Tuesday, said Mohammad Zarin, a spokesman for the provincial governor. Nimatullah Mazabyar, the

Gaza fighters weigh ‘truce’ with Israel

GAZA CITY – Palestinian factions met in the Gaza Strip on Saturday to discuss renewing a de facto truce with Israel after a week of bloody clashes, militants attending the talks said. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had said on Friday that Israel was ready to act with “great force” in response to the week’s rocket and mortar attacks, which led to retaliatory Israeli strikes that killed eight Palestinians. One Palestinian faction member said the Gaza meeting would probably “stress

More than 42 fighters dead in raid on South Sudan town

JUBA – More than 40 militiamen and two soldiers died when rebel militias raided the capital of south Sudan’s oil-producing Upper Nile state and took more than 100 children hostage in an orphanage, the southern army said. Renegade fighters attacked Malakal on Saturday in the latest violence to stoke fears for the stability of the south ahead of its independence from the north, due to take place on July 9.
Just short of 99 percent of southern voters chose to declare independence

‘Hundreds of Afghan fighters to lay down arms’

KABUL – As many as 900 Afghan fighters have agreed to lay down their arms, a senior NATO official said on Monday, but it is too soon to say if a drive to bring in low-level fighters can be decisive in curbing bloodshed. Major General Philip Jones, who leads NATO support of the Afghan government’s efforts to broker peace with militant factions, said reintegration efforts had begun three or four months ago.
“The pace of people coming into the programme has picked up … but the

Iraq PM says Iran, Syria armed fighters: document

BAGHDAD – Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki told US diplomats in 2009 that neighbouring Iran and Syria were providing weapons to insurgent groups within Iraq, a leaked document showed on Thursday.
Maliki’s comments to then-US ambassador to Baghdad Christopher Hill came in the midst of a year-long diplomatic row with Damascus that prompted both Iraq and Syria to withdraw their respective ambassadors, while US officials have long alleged that Iran backs militia groups operating inside

Kremlin to pitch fighters, nuclear deal in India

MOSCOW: President Dmitry Medvedev will try to convince India to buy Russian fighter planes and seal a nuclear deal when he travels there this week for talks aimed at boosting ties with the second-fastest growing economy the world.
Russia was one of India’s closest partners in Soviet days, but the Kremlin will have to convince New Delhi that Moscow can deliver on vast defence and nuclear orders in the face of competition from the United States, Europe and China.
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