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ISLAMABAD (AP) — The Taliban have appointed a new military chief as the insurgents try to gain more ground in Afghanistan rather than talk peace under a new leadership, Taliban officials said in telephone interviews over the weekend.
By Edmund Blair and Asli Kandemir ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Turkey's army chief signaled no let up in a Syria offensive Washington has criticized for targeting U.S.-backed Kurdish fighters as well as jihadists, and said its successes showed last month's failed coup had not dented the military's power. Turkey, which is fighting a Kurdish insurgency at home, has openly said the operation dubbed "Euphrates Shield" has a dual goal of driving away Islamic State and preventing Kurdish forces extending their areas of control along the Turkish border. Washington said the offensive by its NATO ally risked undermining the fight against Islamic State because it was focusing on Kurdish-aligned militias.