US-backed Syrian forces clearing IS remnants from villages

World 02/14/19, 05:33

U.S.-backed Syrian forces were clearing two villages in eastern Syria on Thursday of remaining Islamic State militants who are hiding among the local population, and detaining others attempting to flee with the civilians, the U.S.-led coalition said. The coalition said the clearance operations were taking place in the villages of Shajalah ...

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 group.The museum is meant to honor the fallen but it ...

PM says Iraq to repatriate Iraqi IS fighters held in Syria

World 02/13/19, 09:26

Iraq will repatriate Iraqi members of the Islamic State group held by U.S.-backed fighters in Syria as well as thousands of their family members, Prime Minister Adel Abdul-Mahdi said. Abdul-Mahdi told reporters late Tuesday that families of those fighters will also be brought back and that tent settlements will be prepared ...

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 meeting, but the organizers significantly broadened its scope to include ...

Pentagon official assures Iraqis of limited US military role

World 02/12/19, 14:46

The top Pentagon official assured Iraqi leaders Tuesday that the U.S. will stick to its limited military role in Iraq, a message aimed at recent talk by some Iraqi politicians of forcing a U.S. troop withdrawal. Pat Shanahan, the acting secretary of defense, said that in talks with Prime Minister Adel ...

Fierce fighting near last IS foothold in eastern Syria

World 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 and a Kurdish news agency said.An Italian photographer was wounded ...

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 the militias now running Bartella. The tensions are a sign ...

New Saudi study: Millennial jihadis educated, not outcasts

World 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 little interest in suicide bombings.The 40-page study published by the ...

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 in November 2012, is still alive.He did say officials believe ...

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 Mitch McConnell. The measure says the Islamic State group and ...

Al-Qaida’s advance in northern Syria threatens fragile truce

World 01/30/19, 01:25

It only took a few days for al-Qaida-linked militants to seize more than two dozen towns and villages in northern Syria from rival insurgents earlier this month, expanding and cementing their control over an area the size of neighboring Lebanon.The advance by Hayat Tahrir al-Sham, or the Levant Liberation Committee, ...

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 Minister Christophe Castaner said that a handful of French jihadis ...

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, in the coastal city of Sousse: How attacker Aymen Rezgui ...

Interview: Iraqi militia leader wants US troops to leave

World 01/28/19, 09:53

The leader of one of the most powerful Iranian-backed Shiite militias in Iraq said Monday that he expects a vote in the coming months by Iraq's parliament calling for the withdrawal of U.S. troops, underscoring the jostling for power between Iran and the U.S. in this key Middle Eastern country. Qais ...

Iraqis amid Mosul’s silent ruins fear the loss of a dialect

World 01/28/19, 01:12

For centuries, residents of Mosul have spoken a unique form of Arabic enriched by the Iraqi city's long history as a crossroads of civilization, a singsong dialect that many now fear will die out after years of war and displacement.Much of Mosul's Old City, where speakers of the dialect are ...

Duterte to visit site of bombings that killed at least 20

World 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 of the earth" the perpetrators of the attack. The president ...

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 Observatory for Human Rights and the DeirEzzor 24, an activist ...

Filipino Muslims vote in referendum on autonomous region

World 01/20/19, 22:27

Muslims in the southern Philippines voted Monday in a referendum on a new autonomous region that seeks to end nearly half a century of unrest, in what their leaders are touting as the best alternative to a new wave of Islamic State group-inspired militants.The vote caps a tumultuous peace effort ...

Syria attack victims include daughter of US police official

New York 01/18/19, 13:52

One of the four Americans killed in a suicide bomb attack in Syria this week was a Navy sailor and married mother of two whose father is a high-ranking officer in the New York State Police, officials said Friday.The Pentagon identified three of the four Americans killed in Wednesday's attack ...

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 said Thursday President Donald Trump's decision "must not make us ...

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