Facing jihadists, Syria Kurds enact draft

Posted: July 18, 2014 at 3:43 a.m.

BEIRUT -- Syria's Kurds imposed compulsory military service for their men to ward off a push by Islamic extremists in the predominantly Kurdish areas in northern Syria, Kurdish officials said Thursday.

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Afghan security forces inspect the site of a suicide attack near a building which Taliban fighters used during a clash with security forces, in Kabul, Afghanistan, Thursday, July 17, 2014. Gunmen launched a pre-dawn attack on the Kabul International Airport in the Afghan capital on Thursday, raining down rockets on the sprawling facility, setting off a gunbattle with security forces and forcing the airport to close, officials said.  The attack comes during a tense time in Afghanistan, as a recount is underway from the disputed second round of a presidential election seen as key to insuring a peaceful transfer of power ahead of the withdrawal of foreign troops by the end of the year.  (AP Photo/Massoud Hossaini)

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