In the hours preceding Christmas Eve, Afghan forces were able to fend off Taliban sieges in the Sangin District, killing a “Taliban commander and 50 fighters.” Nonetheless, the district, located in Afghanistan's strategic Helmand Province, could not have been rid of Taliban presence without US and British airstrikes and air support backing Afghan reinforcements. Since this incident in the Sangin District, and since the recent deaths of six Americans in an attack just outside of Bagram Air Base, President Obama’s vow to significantly reduce the number of US troops in Afghanistan has again become a prominent component of US foreign policy--with 9,800 slated to stay in the region into most of 2016, and 5,500 to be deployed beyond the president’s departure from office.
Overnight the US Navy launched a Tomahawk cruise missile attack on a Syrian Air Force base in response to the chemical attack in Khan Shaykhun earlier this week.
Recent provocations by Russia and its militant proxies in Avdiivka's Industrial Zone fit with a continuing pattern of violence in SE Ukraine.
Islamic State is busy setting up a new affiliate in the Philippines, and government policies are allowing the threat they pose to worsen.
The battle for the Syrian city of Aleppo is in its final stages as government troops and allied militias dislodge the rebels from the final neighbourhoods
Islamic State (ISIS) fighters have this evening recaptured the city of Palmyra in central Syria.
While AMISOM is assisting in the fight against Al-Shabaab, their lack of success has caused local Somalis to question their motives.
Despite early successes, the operation to retake Mosul from ISIS is now encountering serious resistance.
Live updates on all the latest developments in the battle to retake the city of Mosul in Northern Iraq from ISIS.
Russia has deployed an S-300V4 "Antey-2500" anti-aircraft missile system to its Tartus naval base in Syria.
Last night a UAE-flagged ship was reportedly sunk off the cost of Yemen near the port city of Mokha.