In heart of Baghdad, IS war museum honors fallen militiamen

World 02/14/19, 01:34

A few steps from Baghdad's cultural heart and its famous book market on al-Mutanabi Street lies the Iraqi capital's latest tourist attraction: a war museum glorifying the sacrifices of thousands of mainly Shiite militiamen who died fighting the Islamic State ...

US, Poland launch Mideast conference despite uncertain aims

Politics 02/13/19, 06:56

The United States and Poland are kicking off an international conference on the Middle East on Wednesday amid uncertainty over its aims and questions about what it will deliver. Initially it was billed by President Donald Trump's administration as an Iran-focused ...

Fierce fighting near last IS foothold in eastern Syria

Asia & Pacific 02/11/19, 10:44

Fierce fighting was underway Monday between U.S.-backed Syrian forces and the Islamic State group around the extremists' last foothold in eastern Syria, with the besieged militants fighting back with suicide car bombs, snipers and booby traps, a Syrian war monitor ...

Iraqi Christians fear returning home, wary of Shiite militia

World 02/11/19, 01:38

Only a fraction of Christian residents has returned to the northern Iraqi town of Bartella, two years since it was liberated from Islamic State militants.Many fear intimidation by the town's population of Shabak, a Shiite Muslim ethnic group that dominates ...

New Saudi study: Millennial jihadis educated, not outcasts

Asia & Pacific 02/07/19, 09:03

A new study by a Saudi research center is challenging the notion that jihadi fighters are necessarily disenfranchised and lacking opportunity.The study finds instead that most millennial Saudi jihadis were relatively well-educated, not driven purely by religious ideology and showed ...

UK believes Islamic State hostage John Cantlie is alive

Europe 02/05/19, 10:45

British Security Minister Ben Wallace has told journalists that the government believes British hostage John Cantlie is alive.Wallace made the comments to journalists Tuesday. He did not say what intelligence supported the belief that the photojournalist, captured in northwestern Syria ...

Senate breaks with Trump on Afghanistan, Syria withdrawal

Politics 02/04/19, 18:55

The Senate voted Monday to oppose the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Syria and Afghanistan, breaking with President Donald Trump as he calls for a military drawdown in those countries. Senators voted 70-26 for the amendment sponsored by Senate Majority Leader ...

French jihadis will return home, and to prison, from Syria

World 01/29/19, 14:33

France's government is preparing for an influx of homegrown jihadis with the departure of U.S. troops from Syria, saying Tuesday that anyone who left to fight for Islamic extremists will go straight to jail.In an interview with BFM television, Interior ...

17 on trial in deadly Tunisian beach attack on UK tourists

World 01/29/19, 14:28

Seventeen people went on trial Tuesday over Tunisia's deadliest extremist attack, a massacre at a Mediterranean resort in 2015 that killed 38 people, most of them British tourists.The judge read out a report detailing what happened on June 26, 2015, ...

Duterte to visit site of bombings that killed at least 20

Asia & Pacific 01/27/19, 21:59

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte and his top security officials are scheduled to visit the southern Philippines where suspected Islamic militants bombed a Catholic cathedral during Sunday Mass, killing at least 20 people.Duterte's office vowed earlier to "pursue to the ends ...

Report: US-backed Syrian fighters clash with IS, many killed

World 01/24/19, 14:37

Members of the Islamic State group failed Thursday to break a siege imposed by U.S.-backed fighters in the last area they control in Syria, leading to fierce fighting that inflicted casualties on both sides, Syrian opposition activists said.The Britain-based Syrian ...

Macron: The French military will remain involved in Syria

Europe 01/17/19, 13:08

French President Emmanuel Macron says France will remain militarily involved in Syria this year regardless of the U.S. intention to withdraw its troops from the country. In his New Year speech to the armed forces in Toulouse, in southern France, Macron ...

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