Iraq threatens action

BAGHDAD – Iraqi forces threatened yesterday to resume operations to capture northern Kurdish-held territory after accusing authorities there of delaying handing over control of Iraq’s borders with Turkey, Iran and Syria. Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi on Friday declared a pause in an offensive that began on October 16 to take over areas claimed both by his government and the autonomous Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG).

Tanker explosion

CHARIKAR, Afghanistan – As many as 15 people were killed and 27 wounded when fuel tankers exploded in the town of Charikar, northwest of the Afghan capital Kabul yesterday, destroying a nearby bus, residents and officials said. A security official said a sticky bomb destroyed two tankers, setting off an explosion that engulfed the bus, burning many passengers to death.

Suspected Islamist arrested

ETTADAMEN, Tunisia – A suspected Islamist militant wounded two policemen with a knife near the parliament in Tunis yesterday and was later arrested, Tunisia’s interior ministry said. It was a rare incident in a country that has improved security since deadly attacks in 2015.

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