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Raqqa a reminder of U.S. military might

The heaps of rubble in Raqqa that once housed terrorists and torturers convey a bedrock lesson, as valid now as in 1945: It’s a mistake to provoke the United States.


UPDATED: Sun., Oct. 15, 2017, 10:45 p.m.

Iraqi Kurds say federal forces attack near disputed Kirkuk

Iraqi Kurdish officials said early Monday that federal forces and state-backed militias have launched a “major, multi-pronged” attack aimed at retaking the disputed northern city of Kirkuk.


Philippines: Last leaders of IS-tied siege killed in Marawi

The two final surviving leaders of a deadly siege in the southern Philippines, including a top Asian terror suspect, were killed Monday in one of the final battles by thousands …


Outside View: Google, Facebook must ensure honest information

As Americans grappled with the worst mass shooting in modern U.S. history, the internet’s hateful troublemakers and trolls were hellbent on using the tragedy to further divide the nation.


UPDATED: Thu., Sept. 28, 2017, 8:20 p.m.

ISIS releases purported new audio message from top leader

The Islamic State group on Thursday released what it said was a new audio recording of its top leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, in which he vows to continue fighting and …


ISIS stages surprise attack on Syrian government-held village

Islamic State militants on Thursday attacked a village in eastern Syria recently captured by government forces, threatening to cut the main highway linking the capital, Damascus, with the city of …


Syria troops in near-full siege of ISIS in key city

Russian-backed Syrian government forces have all but encircled Islamic State militants in the eastern city of Deir el-Zour, a group that monitors the war said Wednesday.


UPDATED: Sun., Sept. 24, 2017, 4:35 p.m.

U.S. drone strikes kill 17 Islamic State fighters in Libya, military says

The U.S. military launched six drone strikes against Islamic State positions in Libya on Friday, months after militants were driven from safe havens there.


UPDATED: Sun., Sept. 24, 2017, 8:57 p.m.

Russian general killed in Syria fighting

Russia’s Defense Ministry says a general has been killed in fighting in Syria.


Iran strikes IS bases on Syria-Iraq border with drones

Iran’s state TV is reporting that the country’s elite Revolutionary Guard has targeted bases belonging to the Islamic State group in eastern Syria with drone strikes.


UPDATED: Sun., Sept. 24, 2017, 12:44 p.m.

Airstrikes hit Syria’s Aleppo despite ceasefire

Airstrikes have targeted rural Aleppo in northern Syria Sunday for the first time in months since a cease-fire took hold in the province, killing one, activists and a war monitoring …


Iraqi forces begin operation to retake Hawija from ISIS group

In a push at dawn, Iraqi forces launched an operation on Thursday to retake the town of Hawija – one of the last extremist strongholds in Iraq – from the …


Battle against ISIS in Raqqa is in ‘final stages,’ force says

The battle for the Islamic State group’s de-facto Syria capital, Raqqa, has reached its “final stages,” the Syrian Democratic Forces said Wednesday, almost four months after the U.S.-backed force launched …


Syrian troops battling IS advance toward US-backed force

Syrian troops battling the Islamic State group crossed to the eastern bank of the Euphrates River in Deir el-Zour on Monday, securing their hold on the eastern city but threatening …


Russia fires cruise missiles at ISIS stronghold in east Syria

Russia’s military fired seven cruise missiles Thursday at Islamic State targets in the eastern Syrian province of Deir el-Zour as pro-government forces closed in on the militants holed up in …


U.S.-backed forces seize Raqqa’s Old City from ISIS, but a tough fight still lies ahead

U.S.-backed forces in Syria have captured the Old City of Raqqa, the latest milestone in their ongoing assault against the self-proclaimed capital of the Islamic State’s rapidly shrinking territories, according …


UPDATED: Sun., Sept. 3, 2017, 8:07 p.m.

Islamic State fighters may have escaped to Iraq, despite U.S. promises to stop them

An Islamic State convoy stranded in the Syrian desert for five days has split up and some fighters may have found their way into Iraq, despite the U.S. military’s determination …


U.S. begins sending additional troops to Afghanistan

The Pentagon has begun sending additional troops to Afghanistan to carry out President Donald Trump’s new war strategy, which will stick to his predecessor’s approach of supporting the Afghans’ fight …


UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 31, 2017, 9:12 a.m.

Iraqi leader declares Tal Afar ‘fully liberated’ from ISIS

Iraq’s prime minister on Thursday declared the town of Tal Afar “fully liberated” from the Islamic State group after a nearly two-week operation, the latest blow to the extremist group …


UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 30, 2017, 11:02 a.m.

U.S. military disrupts evacuation of ISIS militants in Syria

The U.S.-led coalition said Wednesday it carried out airstrikes to disrupt a convoy of Islamic State militants being evacuated from the Lebanon-Syria border to an IS-held area in eastern Syria …


Lebanon’s negotiated ISIS evacuation angers many

Buses carrying hundreds of Islamic State militants and their families arrived in eastern Syria on Tuesday following a negotiated evacuation from the Lebanon-Syria border, where the U.S.-backed Lebanese army deployed …


UPDATED: Mon., Aug. 28, 2017, 7:46 p.m.

After deal, ISIS allowed to leave Syria-Lebanon border area

Islamic State militants and their families began leaving a border area between Lebanon and Syria on Monday as part of a controversial negotiated deal with the extremist group to end …


UPDATED: Fri., Aug. 25, 2017, 4:39 p.m.

Iraqi military finds gravesites of ISIS victims

Iraqi military investigators said Friday they have discovered two mass graves near a former Islamic State group prison outside Mosul that contains the bodies of 500 IS victims.


At least 20 people killed in mosque attack in Afghan capital

Militants stormed a packed Shiite mosque in the Afghan capital during Friday prayers, in an attack that lasted for hours and ended with at least 20 worshipers killed and another …


U.N. urges pause in Syria fighting as humanitarian crisis mounts

The United Nations urged international powers to ease military operations around the Islamic State’s de facto capital on Thursday amid intensifying concern about the safety of thousands of civilians trapped …


UPDATED: Tue., Aug. 22, 2017, 10:16 p.m.

Tillerson says U.S. could punish Pakistan if no cooperation

President Donald Trump’s plan to end the stalemate in America’s longest war and eliminate Afghanistan’s rising extremist threat involves sending up to 3,900 additional U.S. forces, senior officials said Tuesday. …


Pentagon chief, in Baghdad, says militants are ‘on the run’

U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said Tuesday he is confident that U.S.-backed Iraqi forces will finish off the Islamic State militants clinging to strongholds that are shrinking in size and …


UPDATED: Mon., Aug. 21, 2017, 11:26 p.m.

Trump renews Afghan commitment but says ‘no blank check’

Idaho Sen. Mike Crapo says he’s glad President Donald Trump seems to be following the advice of the nation’s military leaders to recommit the United States to the 16-year-old war …


Trump approves plan to create independent cyber command

President Donald Trump has approved a long-delayed Pentagon plan to create an independent and more aggressive cyber command in order to beef up cyberwar operations against the Islamic State group …


Russia says its jets helping encircle IS-held town in Syria

Russian warplanes are supporting a Damascus government offensive against the Islamic State group in a town in central Syria, the military said Friday.