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Colombia’s most-wanted drug lord, Otoniel, captured by armed forces

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Dairo Antonio Úsuga, known as Otoniel, Colombia’s most sought after drug trafficker and leader of the Clan del Golfo, has been captured at his jungle hideout by the country’s armed forces. Colombia had offered a rewar...

Ethiopian government airstrike on Tigray forces UN to abort flight in midair

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An Ethiopian government airstrike on the capital of the northern Tigray region has forced a UN aid flight to abort a landing in midair. The UN has suspended its twice-weekly passenger flights to Mekelle for humanitari...

‘A lull not a loss’: Islamic State is rebuilding in Syria, say Kurdish forces

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On a blazing afternoon in Syria’s eastern desert this month, a Kurdish commander was hot under the collar. An American raid had just taken place against remnants of Islamic State (IS), and Lukman Khalil, the region’s ...

Flooding in China forces 120,000 to flee homes amid record rainfall

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More than 120,000 people have been forced to leave their homes after severe flooding in China’s northern Shanxi province that has affected about 1.75 million people in total, authorities said. The floods – caused by h...

A third of police forces referred sex assault claims to watchdog

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Almost a third of police forces in England and Wales referred allegations of sexual assault and harassment against their own officers to the police watchdog in the days following the sentencing of Wayne Couzens for th...

Raymond Odierno, US general who led allied forces in Iraq, dies aged 67

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Raymond Odierno, a US general who commanded American and coalition forces in Iraq at the height of the war and capped a 39-year career by serving as chief of staff of the army, has died, his family said on Saturday. H...

Boris Johnson picks navy chief as head of British armed forces

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Boris Johnson has selected the head of the navy for the first time in 20 years as the next chief of Britain’s armed forces, a choice intended to reinforce the UK’s post-Brexit switch in focus to the Indo-Pacific regio...

Boris Johnson expected to announce new armed forces chief this week

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Boris Johnson has interviewed five candidates to head Britain’s armed forces, with navy chief Adm Tony Radakin and the general responsible for the SAS, Sir Patrick Sanders, frontrunners for the job. Defence sources sa...

Wildfire in south of Spain forces thousands to flee their homes – video

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People have been forced to flee their homes across many Andalucían towns and villages as fire crews in Spain worked to contain wildfire blazes. A military unit has been sent in to help tackle the fires raging close to...

How mass killings by US forces after 9/11 boosted support for the Taliban

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The men of Zangabad village, Panjwai district lined up on the eve of 11 September to count and remember their dead, the dozens of relatives who they say were killed at the hands of the foreign forces that first appear...

Rebel forces accused of killing more than 100 civilians in north Ethiopia

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Rebel forces in northern Ethiopia have been accused of killing more than a hundred civilians during fierce battles. Local government officials said the massacre in a village 6 miles (10km) from the town of Dabat took ...

Saudi forces intercept ballistic missiles and drones fired from Yemen

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Saudi Arabia has intercepted three ballistic missiles fired from neighbouring Yemen targeting the oil-rich Eastern province, as well as the cities of Najran and Jazan in the south, defence officials claimed. Shrapnel ...

Anti-Taliban forces endure ‘heavy assaults’ in Panjshir valley – video report

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Afghan resistance fighters clashed with the Taliban in the Panjshir valley, the final province holding out against hardline Islamist control. Celebratory gunfire rang out across Kabul late on Friday as rumours spread ...

Taliban surround Kabul airport with extra forces after attack

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The Taliban has deployed extra forces and almost sealed off Kabul airport following the carnage that erupted after a suicide bomber detonated explosives into the crowd, killing 169 Afghan civilians and 13 US soldiers....

A tale of two armies: why Afghan forces proved no match for the Taliban

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The Taliban have 80,000 troops in comparison with a nominal 300,699 serving the Afghan government, yet the whole country has been effectively overrun in a matter of weeks as military commanders surrendered without a f...

Afghans flee Kabul in panic as Taliban forces close in

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Residents in Kabul were on Saturday night gripped by fear and a panicked search for escape routes from the bloodshed many fear could lie ahead, as the Taliban captured Mazar-e-Sharif, the country’s fourth largest city...

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