Civilian casualties at record-high levels in Afghanistan, UN report says

Afghan civilians are dying in record numbers in the country’s increasingly brutal war, noting that more civilians died in July than in any previous one-month period since the U.N. began keeping statistics, according to a U.N. report released Thursday.

US hails Turkish cease-fire; Kurds must vacate border area

The U.S. and Turkey agreed Thursday to a cease-fire in the Turks’ deadly attacks on Kurdish fighters in northern Syria, requiring the Kurds to vacate the area in an arrangement that largely solidifies Turkey’s position and aims in the weeklong conflict. The deal includes a conditional halt to American economic sanctions.

US airstrikes destroy ammo left behind in Syria

Two U.S. F-15E fighter jets launched airstrikes in Syria Wednesday to destroy ammunition that was left behind when American forces abandoned a cement factory that had served as a coordination center in the battle against ISIS.

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