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U.S. Fights an Islamic State Rise in Afghanistan
Middle East

Islamic State in Afghanistan has become the strongest branch of the militant group outside of Iraq and Syria, according to U.S. officials, posing a persistent threat despite a U.S.-led offensive and the death in October of leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.49

Japan to Send Small Naval Squad to Middle East

Japan said it would dispatch a small naval squad to waters near Iran as part of efforts to ensure safe navigation, a rare move to send military forces into an area of international strains.3

Trump Calls for Restraint in Northwestern Syria
Middle East

President Trump criticized Russia, Syria and Iran for intensifying attacks on the last rebel stronghold in northwestern Syria, which have forced tens of thousands to flee toward the Turkish border.