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Children being ‘tortured’ in Iraqi Kurdistan for ‘Daesh links’: HRW

BAGHDAD Security forces in Iraqi Kurdistan have been “torturing children” to force them to confess to having links with the Islamic State, Human Rights Watch said on Tuesday. The rights group said it interviewed 23 boys aged between 14 and 17 who were charged with, or convicted of, belonging to …

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Hamas says holding 45 Palestinian ‘collaborators’ of botched Israeli raid in Gaza

GAZA CITY Gaza’s Islamist rulers Hamas  said on Tuesday that its security services had arrested dozens of Palestinians since a botched Israeli raid inside the strip, accusing them of aiding the Jewish state. The November 11 special forces operation, which Israel said was an intelligence-gathering mission, turned deadly when the …

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Syrian jihadists press attack on Turkish-backed rebels

BEIRUT A jihadist assault gained ground on Tuesday against Turkish-backed rebels in northwest Syria, edging closer to frontlines with government forces, a rebel official and a war monitor said. The advance raises questions about the fate of September’s demilitarization deal between Turkey and Russia, which staved off a Syrian army …

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New documents link Huawei to suspected front companies in Iran, Syria: Report

LONDON/HONG KONG The U.S. case against the chief financial officer of China’s Huawei Technologies, who was arrested in Canada last month, centers on the company’s suspected ties to two obscure companies. One is a telecom equipment seller that operated in Tehran; the other is that firm’s owner, a holding company …

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US withdrawal from Syria does not jeopardize efforts to counter Iran: Pompeo

AMMAN The U.S. decision to withdraw troops from Syria will not jeopardize Washington’s efforts to counter threats in the region, which come from Iran and Islamic State, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Tuesday. Pompeo was in Jordan, making his first visit to the Middle East since President Donald …

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Turkey’s Erdogan rebukes Trump’s top security adviser over Kurds in Syria

ANKARA Turkey’s President Tayyip Erdogan rebuked Washington’s national security adviser on Tuesday for demanding that his country not attack Kurdish fighters in Syria, accusing him of complicating President Donald Trump’s plan to withdraw U.S. troops. Erdogan said John Bolton, who held talks with Turkish officials in Ankara on Tuesday but …

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