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1/21/2019 Reuters Taliban say they hold talks with U.S. Afghan envoy in Qatar The Taliban met U.S. special envoy Zalmay Khalilzad in Qatar on Monday, the militant group said in a statement, days after threatening to pull out of Afghan peace talks. “Talks between Taliban leaders and U.S. officials have started today in Qatar,” Taliban spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid said in a statement. https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-afghanistan/taliban-say-they-hold-talks-with-u-s-afghan-envoy-in-qatar-idUSKCN1PF1GC?rpc=401&
1/21/2019 Reuters Suicide bomber rams U.S.-backed forces at Syria checkpoint A suicide bomber drove his car into a checkpoint in northeastern Syria on Monday, injuring several soldiers of Kurdish-led forces during a joint convoy with U.S. allies, locals said. The attack happened on the western edge of Shadadi town in Hasaka province near a route frequented by the U.S.-led coalition fighting Islamic State, residents and sources said. https://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-blast/suicide-bomber-rams-u-s-backed-forces-at-syria-checkpoint-idUSKCN1PF184?rpc=401&
1/21/2019 BasNews Iraqi Shi’ite Militias Accuse US Forces of Provocative Moves in Anbar A commander for the Iranian-backed Shi’ite militias in western Iraq has accused the US forces in the region of provoking the local forces to start a war. Speaking to BasNews on Monday, Qasim Muslih, commander of Hashd al-Shaabi militias in Anbar, said they have no intention to begin an armed conflict with the US troops on the border areas with Syria. http://www.basnews.com/index.php/en/news/iraq/495657
1/21/2019 Al-monitor Najaf Shiites launch solidarity initiative with Sunni areas Clerics and other religious figures from Najaf's Hawza Illmiya, a prominent Shiite seminary, have launched the Dialogue for Social Cohesion in Iraq, a community cooperation initiative reaching out to western and northern Sunni governorates recently liberated from the Islamic State (IS). In the first phase of the initiative, a delegation from Najaf visited Anbar University Jan. 10 for meetings to open channels of communication with Sunni scholars and other religious figures, professors, students, intellectuals and civil society members. https://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2019/01/iraq-shiite-najaf-sistani-sectarianism.html
1/21/2019 Kurdistan24 Suicide attack on Kurdish-US convoy in Syria's Hasakah kills A suicide car bomb attack on a military convoy in northeastern Syria on Monday killed five members of a Kurdish-led force accompanying US-led coalition troops, a monitor group reported. The car bomb killed five fighters from the US-backed Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) and occurred near the town of Shaddadi in Hasakah province, according to the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. http://www.kurdistan24.net/en/news/316e8a67-ce15-4648-8c00-210f97091951
1/21/2019 Iraqinews Unidentified gunmen shoot Iraqi civilian dead in Baghdad An Iraqi civilian was killed on Monday in an armed attack that was launched by unidentified gunmen in the capital Baghdad, a security source said. “Unknown attackers opened fire at a civilian while passing by Abu Gharib district, west of Baghdad, leaving him dead,” the source told Al-Madar news website. https://www.iraqinews.com/iraq-war/unidentified-gunmen-shoot-iraqi-civilian-dead-in-baghdad/
1/21/2019 Reuters No politics please for Baghdad bikers aiming to unite Iraq Roaring along Baghdad’s highways, the “Iraq Bikers” are doing more than showing off their love of outsized motorcycles and black leather: they want their shared enthusiasm to help heal Iraq’s deep sectarian rifts. https://www.reuters.com/article/us-iraq-bikers/no-politics-please-for-baghdad-bikers-aiming-to-unite-iraq-idUSKCN1PE0OA
1/21/2019 Reuters Taliban attack in central Afghanistan kills more than 100 security force members - defence ministry source More than 100 members of Afghan security forces were killed when Taliban insurgents attacked a military compound in the central Maidan Wardak province on Monday, a senior defence ministry official said, speaking on condition of anonymity. “We have information that 126 people have been killed in the explosion inside the military training centre,” the official said. https://uk.reuters.com/article/uk-afghanistan-attack/taliban-attack-in-central-afghanistan-kills-more-than-100-security-force-members-defence-ministry-source-idUKKCN1PF1CW?rpc=401&
1/21/2019 AA Suicide car bombing kills 12 Afghan special forces At least 12 personnel of Afghan special forces were killed in a suicide car bombing in central Maidan Wardak province, officials said on Monday. Nusrat Rahimi, deputy spokesman for the Ministry of Interior, told Anadolu Agency the incident took place at around 8.00 a.m. local time (0330 GMT) and the target of the attack was a facility of National Directorate of Security, the country’s spy agency. https://www.aa.com.tr/en/asia-pacific/suicide-car-bombing-kills-12-afghan-special-forces-/1370354
1/20/2019 BasNews At least Three Killed after Blast Hits Afrin in Syria An explosion hit the center of Syrian Kurdish town of Afrin on Sunday, leaving at least three people killed. Local reports said another 12 people were wounded in the blast which targeted a civilian bus, according to Kurdistan 24. It was not immediately clear if it was a suicide attack or a car bomb. http://www.basnews.com/index.php/en/news/middle-east/495347