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Timeline of Events in Afghanistan since Taliban Takeover

Timeline of Events in Afghanistan since Taliban Takeover

The Taliban's capture of Kabul on Aug. 15, 2021 brought the hardline movement back into power in Afghanistan nearly 20 years after they were toppled by the US invasion following the 9/11 attacks.

Smuggling from Lebanon to Syria Grows

Smuggling from Lebanon to Syria Grows

Smuggling between Lebanon and neighboring Syria has intensified in recent weeks.

Young Gaza Artist Was among Those Killed in Israeli Strikes

When Israeli bombs began falling last week, 22-year-old Duniana al-Amour ran into her room and tried to escape into her art and drawing, just as she had during Gaza's past wars. But this time around, her pencil never met the paper.

Clergy, Bags of Cash Set off New Sectarian Dispute in Lebanon

Clergy, Bags of Cash Set off New Sectarian Dispute in Lebanon

A Lebanese archbishop who carried more than $460,000 from Israel to Lebanon is at the center of the latest sectarian showdown in crisis-hit Lebanon, and the case could even spill over into presidential politics.

The Killing of Al-Qaeda’s Zawahiri: How it Happened

The Killing of Al-Qaeda’s Zawahiri: How it Happened

Despite a $25 million US bounty on his head, Al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri apparently felt comfortable enough with the Taliban's takeover of Afghanistan to move into a home in Kabul where he would regularly appear out in the open, on his balcony. But the US government had not given up its pur

Ayman Al-Zawahiri: From Cairo Physician to Al-Qaeda Leader

Ayman Al-Zawahiri: From Cairo Physician to Al-Qaeda Leader

Ayman al-Zawahiri succeeded Osama bin Laden as al-Qaeda leader after years as its main organizer and strategist, but his lack of charisma and competition from rival militants ISIS hobbled his ability to inspire sizeable attacks on the West.

What’s Driving the Power Struggle in Iraq?

What’s Driving the Power Struggle in Iraq?

A power struggle in Iraq between the influential Shiite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr and Iran-backed Shiite rivals has escalated with his supporters breaking into parliament and beginning an open-ended sit-in protest.

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