Middle East

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Their lawyers are seeking an independent inquiry into claims made in a book written by Nicky Hager and Jon Stephenson.

Afghan villagers' lawyers take NZ Government to court over claims SAS involved in civilian deaths

The book Hit and Run claimed Afghan civilians were killed in 2010 raids involving the SAS.

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Kuwait is battling to contain an oil spill off the southern coast.

Aerial footage captures devastating oil spill lapping at beach in Persian Gulf

Kuwait is battling to contain an oil spill off the southern coast.

Raw: Rebel held areas of Syria's capital pounded by ground to ground missiles

The rockets landing in densely populated areas of Ghouta.

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Syrian activists claim pro-government forces are intensifying bombardment of rebel-controlled suburb.

Watch: Chaos and confusion after artillery strike hits area of Syria's war-torn capital Damascus

Syrian activists claim pro-government forces are intensifying bombardments.

A Palestinian barber gives a customer a haircut as a TV set shows a demonstration in Egypt, on the Al Jazeera channel.

Israel planning to ban Al-Jazeera over allegations it incites violence

Israel is joining Arab nations that have shut down the broadcaster.

Syrian soldiers walking among damaged buildings on a street filled with debris near the ancient Umayyad Mosque, in the Old City of Aleppo

US-backed Syrian rebels defect, join government forces

At least four US-backed Syrian rebels have defected, joining government forces after the United States announced the end of a CIA program which helped back opposition fighters.

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Linda Wenzel ran away after converting to Islam, but now says she's had enough of being in Iraq.

'I want to get away from the war' - German teen pleads to go home after joining ISIS

The 16-year-old could theoretically face the death penalty in Iraq.

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Security forces says a Jordanian was killed while an Israeli was wounded in the stabbing and shooting incident.

One killed in violent incident near Israeli embassy in Jordan

Jordanian security sources say a Jordanian was killed and an Israeli wounded.

Two suicide bombers thought to be ISIS fighters carried out the attacks.

German runaway girl who converted to Islam is found in Iraq

A 16-year-old teenager, identified only as Linda W, is getting consular assistance from the German Embassy.

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There've been six deaths in 24 hours of violence after Israel installed metal detectors at a Jerusalem holy site.

Tensions high between Palestinians, Israeli security forces

There've been six deaths in 24 hours of violence after Israel installed metal detectors at a Jerusalem holy site.

Jerusalem's Old City.

Clashes between Palestinian protesters and Israeli troops turn violent after metal detectors installed outside Jerusalem shrine

Three Palestinians were killed and dozens more were injured after protests over the installation of metal detectors outside a Jerusalem shrine turned violent.

Saudi woman arrested for wearing a skirt released by authorities after backlash

The decision not to press charges was a rare win for supporters of women's rights in Saudi Arabia.

Saudi-led coalition airstrike in Yemen kills 11 civilians

Officials said the toll is expected to rise, with several women and children in critical condition.

Civilians flee through a destroyed alley as Iraqi Special Forces continue their advance against Islamic State militants in the Old City of Mosul, Iraq, Sunday, July 2, 2017. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)

French woman faces prosecution in Iraq for possible links to IS

The mother of four was captured in Mosul and the fate of her children is now in legal limbo.

Video: Iraq's Prime Minister pays visit to his troops in Mosul after defeat of ISIS

ISIS militants militants now control less than a mile of territory in the shattered city,

Watch: Dubai to introduce 'RoboCop' style automated security vehicles to patrol city streets

The slow moving vehicle is able to scan human faces and launch its own drone.

Suicide bomber dressed as woman kills 14 in Iraq

At least 20 other people were wounded in the explosion.

An increasing number of New Zealanders are going to fight in Syria according to our spy and security boss.

Suicide car bombs leave several dead, more injured in Syrian capital

Security forces intercepted two other car bombs, suggesting they were controlled explosions.

At least 153 now presumed dead in fuel tanker explosion in Pakistan

Many were rushing towards the tanker to collect fuel when it burst into flames.

Fighter plane silhouette

US shoots down Syrian Air Force fighter jet

The shootdown was near the town of Tabqa.

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Details of the incident, which left 21 civilians dead or wounded, were reported in the book Hit and Run.

UN request to Govt over alleged Afghanistan war crimes based on 'inaccuracies' - Gerry Brownlee

The book Hit & Run alleges SAS forces were involved in raids resulting in the death or injury to civilians.

One dead in twin attacks on Iran's parliament

Twelve others were wounded in the attacks in Tehran.

Watch: The moment Melania Trump appears to swat away Donald's outstretched hand on red carpet

The First Lady didn't seem to be interested in walking hand-in-hand with her husband on their arrival in Israel.

President Trump urges Muslim nations to drive out extremists, condemning 'Islamic terror of all kinds'

Trump's address was the centerpiece of his two-day visit to Saudi Arabia.

Video: Donald Trump gleefully takes part in sword dance with Saudi Arabia's King Salman

The visit to Saudi Arabia kicks off Trump's first foreign trip as US president.

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