BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraqi authorities say a suicide bomber has struck a cafe in the western city of Hit, killing 11 people.

The city’s security bureau says 15 other people were wounded in Wednesday’s blast, and that the victims are all civilians. It says emergency services and security forces are at the scene. The city is located in the sprawling Anbar province.

Iraqi security forces are battling Islamic State militants in the far western edge of the largely desert province. Hit is about 160 kilometers (100 miles) behind the front line.

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AP: Iraq issues arrest warrants for Kurdish vote organizers

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraq’s federal courts have issued arrest warrants for the members of the Kurdish electoral commission that organized last month’s independence referendum.

Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi’s office said Wednesday it would execute the warrants, but it is unclear how it would do so as federal forces do not operate in the autonomous Kurdish region.

The arrest warrants are the latest move by Baghdad to pressure Kurdish authorities to disavow the referendum, in which more than 90 percent of voters supported independence. Al-Abadi’s government says the vote was unconstitutional.

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NYT: Turkey to Close Border Gates With Northern Iraq in Coordination With Baghdad, Tehran: Erdogan Spox

ANKARA — Turkey will gradually close border gates with northern Iraq in coordination with the central Iraqi government and Iran, in response to an independence referendum in Iraq’s Kurdish region, Ibrahim Kalin, President Tayyip Erdogan’s spokesman said on Thursday.

Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim is expected to visit Baghdad on Sunday to meet with Iraqi counterpart Haider al-Abadi.

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Top Taliban leaders say the group has no intentions to participate in talks

Top Taliban leaders have said the group has not intentions to participate in the upcoming talks regarding the peace process in Oman. Two senior Afghan Taliban leaders, speaking on condition of anonymity, told Reuters the group’s leadership council met on Tuesday and decided it would not send a delegation to Muscat even if the group

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Karzai reiterates his stance regarding the Durand Line

The former Afghan President Hamid Karzai reiterated his stance regarding the controversial Durand Line separating Afghanistan and Pakistan, insisting that he has never and will never accept the line as the formal border between the two nations. Speaking during a press conference in Kabul today, Karzai said we want good relations and friendship with Pakistan

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Afghanistan, India, Pakistan will sink or sail together: Pak army chief

The Chief of Army Staff of Pakistan General Qamar Javed Bajwa has said that the destinies of Afghanistan, Pakistan, and India are inextricably linked. Speaking during a seminar on the interplay of economy and security on Wednesday, Gen. Bajwa said he sincerely believes that the region “will sink or sail together.” The remarks by Gen.

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Casualties, Exclusive of Civilians

Recent Casualties

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The Department of Defense announced today the death of a soldier who was part of a joint U.S. and Nigerien train, advise and assist mission.

Sgt. La David T. Johnson, 25, of Miami Gardens, Florida, died Oct. 4 in southwest Niger as a result of enemy fire. His body was recovered by U.S. personnel Oct. 6. He was assigned to 3rd Special Forces Group (Airborne), Fort Bragg, North Carolina. The incident is under investigation.

The Department of Defense announced today the deaths of three soldiers who were part of a joint U.S. and Nigerien train, advise and assist mission. They died Oct. 4 in southwest Niger, as a result of hostile fire while on a reconnaissance patrol. All soldiers were assigned to 3rd Special Forces Group (Airborne), Fort Bragg, North Carolina. The incident is under investigation.

Killed were:

Staff Sgt. Bryan C. Black, 35, of Puyallup, Washington

Staff Sgt. Jeremiah W. Johnson, 39, of Springboro, Ohio

Staff Sgt. Dustin M. Wright, 29, of Lyons, Georgia

The Department of Defense announced the death of a soldier who was supporting Operation Inherent Resolve.

Spc. Alexander W. Missildine, 20, of Tyler, Texas, died Oct. 1 in Salah ad-Din Province, Iraq, as a result of injuries sustained when an improvised explosive device detonated near his convoy. The incident is under investigation.

Missildine was assigned to the 710th Brigade Support Battalion, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division (Light Infantry), Fort Polk, La.

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