Afghan Women Concerned over US Pullout Without Peace Agreement
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Afghan women are expressing concern over the announced U.S. troop withdrawal from Afghanistan by September 11. They say they want international and regional guarantees that two decades of gains in women’s rights will be preserved. Lima Niazi reports from Kabul. 
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Thu, 04/15/2021 - 05:57 PM
Afghanistan Finalizes Draft Peace Proposal; Taliban Not Ready for Istanbul Conference
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Afghanistan's peace council says it has finalized a peace proposal for the upcoming meeting with the Taliban, who say they are not ready to attend
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Tue, 04/13/2021 - 05:59 PM
FILE - In this March 1, 2017 file photo, an Iraqi soldier inspects a recently-discovered train tunnel, adorned with an Islamic…
The Kurdistan Regional Government released televised confessions of five Islamic State suspects who said they had crossed into the autonomous region from Syria to carry out explosions and assassinations
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Mon, 04/12/2021 - 08:56 PM
FILE - An Iraqi army soldier stands guard near a U.S.-made Iraqi Air Force F-16 fighter jet at the Balad Air Base, Iraq, Feb. 13, 2018. Arab media reported a drone strike Tuesday on the area near the base.
Iraqi military officials say the military campaign, supported by Iraqi airpower, is focused on eliminating active IS cells in the restive province of Diyala
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Mon, 04/12/2021 - 03:07 PM
LGBTQ Members Face Threats in Iraqi Kurdistan
Members of the LGBTQ community in Iraqi Kurdistan say they face threats from both society and the government, prompting them to leave the country
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Fri, 04/09/2021 - 06:08 PM
LGBTQ Members Face Threats in Iraqi Kurdistan
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Members of the LGBTQ community face threats from their society and their government, leading some to leave the country
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Fri, 04/09/2021 - 06:05 PM
The image shows Libyan journalist Reda Fhelboom. (VOA/Taha Krewi)
The 2011 ouster of dictator Ghadafi brought hundreds of media outlets to Libya, but in a country controlled by militias, journalists self-censor to stay safe
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Thu, 04/08/2021 - 12:35 AM
Efforts Under Way in Kabul for 'Unified' Stance Ahead of Peace Talks With Taliban
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Afghan President Ashraf Ghani has shared a three-phase peace roadmap that focuses on a cease-fire, elections and building a constitutional framework
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Wed, 04/07/2021 - 07:52 PM
FILE - In this March 1, 2017 file photo, an Iraqi soldier inspects a recently-discovered train tunnel, adorned with an Islamic…
At least 11 civilians were among those kidnapped by IS militants, according to the Syrian Observatory; the other eight were reportedly Syrian government soldiers
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Tue, 04/06/2021 - 07:08 PM
Afghan women police officers attend an event to mark International Women's Day in Kabul, Afghanistan, Sunday, March 7, 2021. …
Effort to more than double number of women in security forces comes amid surge in targeted killings
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Mon, 04/05/2021 - 03:38 PM
14 Women Killed in Targeted Attacks Since January in Afghanistan,  Says Afghan Rights Commission
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Afghanistan’s Independent Human Rights Commission confirmed Thursday that 14 women have been killed and 22 others injured since January in targeted killings by armed militants. VOA’s Lima Niazi reports from Kabul.  
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Fri, 04/02/2021 - 09:56 PM
SDF: IS Operatives Behind More Than 40 Syria Camp Killings Since January
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US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces, who used 5,000 personnel last week to crackdown on Islamic State (IS) sleeper cells in Syria’s al-Hol camp, say the Islamist group has killed 47 camp residents since January
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Fri, 04/02/2021 - 09:24 PM
US-Backed SDF Detains IS Suspects in Syria’s al-Hol Camp
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Syrian Democratic Forces continue their security operation against suspected Islamic State cells inside al-Hol
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Wed, 03/31/2021 - 09:24 PM
Women hold pictures of missing relatives as they protest against Syria's President Bashar al-Assad, in Daria, near Damascus, Jan. 19, 2012.
Human rights groups say all parties involved in the conflict are responsible for the disappearance of nearly 100,000 people
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Wed, 03/31/2021 - 03:35 PM
Afghanistan Warns of Civil War If US Pulls Out Without Peace Deal
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No peace agreement between the Afghan government and the Taliban could mark a return to civil war
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Tue, 03/30/2021 - 09:44 PM