The U.S.-led coalition fighting the Islamic State group says the Kurdish-led Syrian opposition forces' capture of a key town and nearby dam in eastern Syria from the militants undermines IS's ability to defend its de facto capital, Raqqa.
Somalia's president on Thursday called for an end to the arms embargo on his long-chaotic country, saying that if the military doesn't have more sophisticated equipment in the fight against the al-Shabab extremist group, "definitely this war will continue for another 10 years."
Spring 2017 has been marked by a number of alarming reports in Mexico. In the central state of Puebla civilian gunmen in bulletproof trucks attacked a military patrol on May 3, killing several soldiers.
Turkey has threatened to step up military action against Syrian Kurdish fighters allied with the United States in response to the Trump administration's decision to directly arm the Kurds for an assault on the Syrian city of Raqqa, Turkish officials said.