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Bombs strike Aleppo and northern Syria, 54 dead

Syrian government warplanes and artillery pounded rebel-held districts of Aleppo for the second day Wednesday, killing at least 11 people and damaging two hospitals, a blood bank and several residential …


Minnesota man gets 15 years in Islamic State case

A Minnesota man was sentenced Tuesday to 15 years in prison and 23 years of supervised release for charges connected to a plot to join the Islamic State group in …


Turkish warplanes attack ISIS stronghold in northern Syria

Turkish warplanes on Monday struck Islamic State positions in and near the northern Syrian town of al-Bab while Ankara-backed Syrian opposition fighters inched closer to the town, one of the …


U.N. reports civilian killings, other atrocities in Mosul

New reports emerged Friday of public killings and other atrocities committed against Mosul residents by Islamic State militants, including dozens of civilians whose bullet-riddled bodies were hung from telephone polls …


Investigators probe mass grave found south of Mosul

The stench of death drew Iraqi soldiers to the unsettled plot of land freshly liberated from Islamic State fighters.


Islamic State extremists abduct 300 people near Mosul, U.N. says

More than 300 former Iraqi security forces and sheiks have been abducted by Islamic State extremists near Mosul in recent days, the U.N. Human Rights Office reported on Tuesday.


Dozens of decapitated bodies found in school near Mosul

Iraqi military and police forces said Monday they have uncovered a mass grave in a small town south of the Islamic State-held city of Mosul. Initial reports say 100 bodies …


Islamic State car bombs in Syria hit U.S.-backed forces aiming for stronghold Raqqa

Islamic State fighters launched a wave of car bombs in northern Syria Monday as U.S.-backed forces made the first moves in a long-awaited push to retake the militant’s de facto …


Iraq’s army launches long-awaited assault to reclaim Mosul

Meeting fierce resistance from Islamic State fighters, Iraqi troops pushed their way into Mosul’s eastern outskirts on Tuesday, commanders said, marking the start of a difficult and dangerous new phase …


IS driving hundreds into Mosul, using them as human shields

Islamic State militants have been going door to door in villages south of Mosul, ordering people at gunpoint on a mileslong trek into the city and using them as human …


Iraqi forces advance near Mosul as ISIS attacks western town

Iraqi and Kurdish forces advanced on a town near Mosul on Sunday as part of an operation to retake the northern city from the Islamic State group, which staged an …


Russia: Demands for Assad’s departure are ‘thoughtless’

The entire territory of Syria must be “liberated,” Russian President Vladimir Putin’s spokesman said in remarks televised Saturday, dismissing demands for Syrian President Bashar Assad’s departure as “thoughtless.”


Russia says US airstrike “war crime”

BAGHDAD – The Russian Defense Ministry says an airstrike in Iraq by the U.S.-led coalition has left dozens of civilians dead. The ministry’s spokesman, Maj. Gen. Igor Konashenkov, said Friday’s …


Islamic State sets sulfur mine ablaze as U.S. and Iraqi troops near Mosul

A fire set by Islamic State militants at a sulfur mine near the city of Mosul in recent days sent plumes of noxious gases over the battlefield, sickening hundreds of …


Evacuations from Aleppo fail to materialize despite lull

A cease-fire to allow wounded civilians and rebels to leave besieged parts of Aleppo has been extended into the weekend by Russia, but hoped-for medical evacuations didn’t materialize by Friday …


Iraqi special forces push into ISIS-held Mosul

Iraqi special forces charged into the Mosul battle Thursday with a pre-dawn advance on a nearby town held by the Islamic State group, a key part of a multi-pronged assault …


Syrian forces prepare to open corridors out of Aleppo

Syrian government forces and their Russian counterparts prepared Wednesday to open corridors out of the besieged districts of Aleppo, in the hope that fighters and civilians will evacuate the contested …


Iraqi town outside Mosul rises up against militants

KHAZER, Iraq – A senior Iraqi general on Wednesday called on Iraqis fighting for the Islamic State group in Mosul to surrender as a wide-scale operation to retake the militant-held …


Pentagon to send about 600 more troops to Iraq for Mosul offensive

The Pentagon plans to send about 600 additional troops to Iraq to help launch a long-awaited offensive to retake Mosul in coming weeks, the most ambitious operation yet in the …


Syria’s Assad blames U.S. for collapse of Syria truce

He’s been stigmatized internationally, a contentious figure presiding over a ruinous civil war that seems to slip into further depravity every day. But in his power base in the Syrian …


Aid trucks hit, killing dozens, as Syria truce fails

A cease-fire that held in Syria for a week collapsed violently on Monday with the bombardment of rebel-held eastern Aleppo city and an attack that struck a humanitarian aid convoy.


US says its willing to extend Syria truce despite violations

The United States said Monday it is prepared to extend the window for Syria’s fractured week-old cease-fire despite numerous violations and the Syrian military’s announcement that the truce is over.


Iraq allows families back to Fallujah for the first time, but just a handful make it

The Iraqi government on Saturday allowed a trickle of civilians back into the western city of Fallujah, where they will begin the daunting task of rebuilding their lives in a …


Syria cease-fire enters into effect, but rebels don’t commit

A cease-fire came into effect in Syria at sunset Monday in the latest attempt led by the United States and Russia to bring some quiet in the 5


Flow of foreign fighters plummets as Islamic State loses its edge

The flow of foreign fighters to the ranks of the Islamic State – once a mighty current of thousands of radicalized men and women converging on Syrian and Iraqi battlefields …


IS car bombing kills at least 12 civilians in Iraqi capital

BAGHDAD – A car bombing claimed by the Islamic State group struck a bustling commercial area of central Baghdad overnight, killing at least 12 civilians, Iraqi officials said on Tuesday. …


U.S.-Russia trust issues hinder Syria talks, Obama says

Lack of trust between the U.S. and Russia is getting in the way of possible cooperation to stop the violence in Syria, President Barack Obama said Sunday.


Russia says it killed IS spokesman al-Adnani in Syria strike

Russia’s Defense Ministry says its airstrike killed the Islamic State group’s spokesman and chief strategist.


Clashes subside in Syria between Turkish, Kurdish forces

Clashes between Turkey’s military and Kurdish-backed Syrian forces subsided Tuesday evening after days of fighting between the two had frustrated efforts by a U.S.-led coalition to drive the Islamic State …


Islamic State group says spokesman killed in Syria

The Islamic State group said Tuesday that its spokesman and senior commander has been killed while overseeing military operations in northern Syria, and threatened to avenge his death.