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Iraqi forces reclaim main hospital in Fallujah

Iraqi forces gained control of the main hospital in Fallujah on Saturday and were clearing mines after driving the Islamic State group from most of the city, one of its …


Motivations of Orlando killer hard to untangle

Omar Mateen is the worst mass murderer in American history. But why?


Twin blasts near Damascus kill 12, wound dozens

Two suicide bombers struck close to the Syrian capital Saturday, killing at least 12 people and wounding dozens more in the latest attack to hit the predominantly Shiite area in …


IS loses ground in Syria, Iraq, Libya

U.S.-backed fighters in Syria converged from three sides on an Islamic State stronghold near the Turkish border Thursday, while Iraqi special forces pushed deeper into Fallujah, one of the last …


Iraqi troops in southern Fallujah for first time in two years

A column of black Humvees carrying Iraqi special forces rolled into southern Fallujah on Wednesday, the first time in more than two years that government troops have entered the western …


Syria attacks to cut off Islamic State’s capital

BEIRUT – Syrian troops launched an offensive Saturday aimed at cutting off Islamic State’s stronghold of Raqqa from the Turkish border, a monitoring group said. Troops and militiamen backed by …


IS increasingly focused on international attacks, UN reports

The Islamic State group is entering a new phase with an increased emphasis on attacking international civilian targets, according to a United Nations report circulated Thursday.


Amid heavy clashes in Fallujah, Iraq, fears rise for civilians

As Iraqi forces pressed an offensive Tuesday to dislodge Islamic State militants from Fallujah, conditions are worsening for tens of thousands of civilians trapped in the city, and a leading …


Belgium detains four Islamic State suspects who may have planned attacks

Belgian prosecutors said Wednesday they have detained four suspected Islamic State group recruiters, who they said may have planned new attacks in the country.


Alleged Islamic State sympathizer arrested on terror charge in New York

A New York City man rejected twice trying to enter the United Kingdom after his camouflage clothing, nunchakus and Islamic State flag images on his cellphone raised suspicions was arrested …


Iraqi leader cites early success in push to retake Fallujah

Iraq’s prime minister hailed “big successes” Monday by government troops after launching an offensive to retake Fallujah from Islamic State militants, but the operation promises to be one of the …


Iraq starts operation to retake Islamic State-held city of Fallujah

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi announced the beginning of military operations to retake the Islamic State-held held city of Fallujah, west of Baghdad, in a televised address on Sunday night.


Iraq’s border with Jordan to open soon, after year of closure

Iraq’s border crossing with Jordan is expected to open in about two weeks, after an almost yearlong closure, allowing for a resumption of vital trade and a return of Iraqi …


Russia urges joint action with U.S. against Syria’s al-Qaida

The Russian defense minister proposed on Friday that Russia and the U.S.-led coalition launch joint action against al-Qaida’s branch in Syria, known as the Nusra Front.


U.S. widens sanctions on Islamic State, al-Qaida branches

The U.S. is expanding sanctions against groups and individuals associated with al-Qaida and Islamic State group affiliates in the Middle East.


As Islamic State loses ground, fewer Americans trying to join, FBI says

The number of Americans trying to join Islamic State overseas has dropped substantially since last summer, FBI Director James B. Comey said Wednesday, as the terrorist group has come under …


Russian, Syrian officials deny their planes hit refugee camp

Russian and Syrian officials denied Friday that their aircraft struck a camp for people displaced by fighting in an airstrike that killed 28 the previous evening. The denials came as …


ISIS seeking new revenue streams, U.N. says

The chair of the U.N. committee monitoring sanctions against extremists says the Islamic State group is looking to increase revenue from taxation, smuggling antiquities “and potentially kidnap for ransom” following …


Deal reached to extend Syria truce to Aleppo, US officials say

The United States and Russia have persuaded Syria’s government and moderate rebels to extend the country’s fragile truce to the northern city of Aleppo, although sporadic clashes continue, U.S. officials …


Navy SEAL killed in combat in Iraq, U.S. officials say

An American serviceman was killed in Iraq by fire from the Islamic State group during an attack on Iraqi Kurdish positions outside the IS-held city of Mosul on Tuesday morning.


Iraq residents in ISIS-held Fallujah suffer under siege

Abu Jassim can only afford to provide one meal a day for his seven-member family – usually a stew made of locally grown leafy green vegetables or rice with a …


Aleppo descends into chaos following cease-fire collapse

Airstrikes and artillery killed more than 60 people in the past 24 hours in Aleppo, including dozens at a hospital in a rebel-held neighborhood, as Syria’s largest city was turned …


Obama: New U.S. troops in Syria will be essential

President Barack Obama on Monday announced the deployment of up to 250 U.S. military personnel to Syria, mostly special operations forces, to assist local troops trying to dislodge Islamic State …


Defense secretary presses Gulf nations to do more in Iraq

Defense Secretary Ash Carter pressed reluctant defense ministers from six Gulf nations Wednesday to provide more economic and political support to Iraq now to help the war-torn nation in its …


U.S. to send 200 more troops, Apache helicopters, to Iraq

The U.S. has agreed to deploy more than 200 additional troops to Iraq and to send eight Apache helicopters for the first time into the fight against the Islamic State …


President Obama visits CIA leaders to plot against Islamic State

President Barack Obama made a rare visit Wednesday to CIA headquarters for briefings on the war against Islamic State as the administration steps up air attacks along a patch of …


Key Paris attacks suspect seized in Belgium, officials say

A fugitive suspect in the Nov. 13 Paris attacks was arrested in Belgium on Friday, French police officials said, after a raid Belgian authorities said was linked to the deadly …


ISIS abducts 300 workers near Damascus, fighting worsens

In a brazen assault near the Syrian capital, Islamic State militants abducted 300 cement workers and contractors from their workplace northeast of Damascus on Thursday, as fighting against the extremist …


Syrian activists: Airstrikes hit east of Damascus, kill 23

Airstrikes hit near a school and a hospital east of the Syrian capital of Damascus on Wednesday, killing at least 23 people in one of the deadliest incidents involving civilians …


Belgium charges 3 more attacks suspects for terror offenses

BRUSSELS – Belgian prosecutors announced Saturday they have charged three men with terror offenses over the suicide attacks on the Brussels airport and subway, as organizers canceled a solidarity rally …