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US, NATO troops begin preparations for withdrawal from Afghanistan

The commander of foreign military in Afghanistan claimed ‘local actions’ begun as part of the planned withdrawal of foreign troops from the country, about two weeks after US President Joe Biden announced all US forces would leave by September 11. US Army General Scott Miller on Sunday said foreign military bases would be gradually handed […]

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Russia sends warships to the Black Sea amid rising tensions

Two Russian warships transited the Bosphorus en route to the Black Sea on Saturday and 15 smaller vessels completed a transfer to the sea as Moscow beefs up its naval presence at a time of tense relations with the West and Ukraine. The reinforcement coincides with a huge build-up of Russian troops near Ukraine, something […]

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Russia sanctions US officials and expels diplomats in retaliation

Russia sanctioned eight senior US administration officials Friday, including FBI director Christopher Wray and Director of National Intelligence Avril Haines, one of several measures a day after President Joe Biden announced sweeping sanctions against Russia and warned against a “cycle of escalation.” Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said Friday that Russia will also expel 10 US […]

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Russia warns Nato allies amid military build-up on Ukraine borders

Russia warned Nato against sending any troops to help Ukraine, amid reports of a large Russian military build-up on its borders. Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Russia would take “additional measures” if Nato were to make such a move. Mr Peskov accused Ukrainian forces of staging “provocations” on the frontline in eastern Ukraine, where a […]

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Airstrikes kill 33 Turkish troops in Syria, raising fears of escalation

At least 33 Turkish soldiers have been killed in an air strike by Syrian “regime forces” in north-western Syria, a senior Turkish official has said. More were hurt in Idlib province, said Rahmi Dogan, the governor of Turkey’s Hatay province. Other reports put the death toll higher. Turkey later retaliated against Syrian troops government targets. […]