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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 …


Trudy Rubin: Turkey needs to support effort against Islamic State

A decision to assault Raqqa is hung up in large part not by resistance from jihadi enemies, but by opposition from Turkey, a (supposed) NATO ally


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 …


Trudy Rubin: Uprooting ISIS’ territorial power more crucial than ever

Syrian Kurds are the only fighters willing and able to retake Raqqa from the Islamic State. The United States should work to clear the political obstacles that prevent this.


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 …


IS leader killed as U.S. moves to increase troops in Iraq

The Pentagon said Friday it was moving to increase the number of American troops in Iraq amid new strikes this week that killed the Islamic State’s finance minister and other …


IS claims suicide bombing on stadium in Iraq that killed 29

A suicide bomber blew himself up in a soccer stadium south of the Iraqi capital on Friday, killing 29 people and wounding 60, security officials said, as the military announced …


2 Americans dead in Brussels attacks; Kerry visits

At least two Americans have been confirmed killed in the Brussels attacks, the State Department said Friday, as top U.S. diplomat John Kerry visited the stricken city to express condolences …


Trump says terror attacks show ‘hellhole’ comments were correct

Donald Trump said Islamic State’s terrorist attacks on Brussels that killed more than 30 people show he was right to call the city a “hellhole.”


Syrian forces enter IS-held Palmyra

Backed by Russian airstrikes, Syrian government forces on Thursday pushed into the ancient town of Palmyra that has been held by the Islamic State group since May, state TV reported, …


Bin Laden sent videotapes. Islamic State runs a 24/7 news agency

Al-Qaida chief Osama bin Laden had to rely on video and audio messages recorded in remote hideouts and delivered to international television networks by supporters to claim responsibility for the …


Brussels mourns, Belgium on alert as police hunt suspect

Belgian authorities searched Wednesday for a man pictured at the Brussels airport with two apparent suicide bombers.


Trudy Rubin: Syrian Kurds may provide solution

The Syrian Kurds haven’t been invited to peace talks in Geneva because the Turks are opposed to their presence. This is nuts.


Islamic State claims deadly bombings in Brussels

Bombs struck the Brussels airport and one of the city’s metro stations Tuesday, killing at least 31 people and wounding dozens, as a European capital was again locked down amid …


Prosecutor: Suspect backed out of being Paris suicide bomber

The Algerian gunman newly linked to the Nov. 13 attacks in Paris joined the Islamic State group in 2014 and told the extremists he wanted to die as a suicide …


U.S. slaps ‘genocide’ label on Islamic State attacks against minorities in Iraq, Syria

Secretary of State John Kerry on Thursday labeled the Islamic State’s merciless persecution of religious minorities as genocide, a long-awaited determination that resonates politically but doesn’t compel the United States …


Arizona man convicted of conspiring to support Islamic State

A jury Thursday convicted an Arizona man of conspiring to support Islamic State in one of the first trials in the U.S. involving charges related to the terrorist group.


Kerry to miss deadline on Islamic State genocide question

A State Department spokesman says Secretary of State John Kerry will miss Congress’s deadline for deciding whether atrocities by the Islamic State against Christians and other minorities in Iraq and …


Trudy Rubin: Mideast needs new borders

With the Mideast in chaos and the Islamic State “caliphate” entrenched across swaths of Syria and Iraq, now is the time to rethink the boundaries of the region.


Britain doubts Russia’s announced Syria pullout

Britain’s foreign minister says he is skeptical about Russia’s announced military withdrawal from Syria.