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FILE - In this Feb. 8, 2-17 file photo, U.S. Army Lt. Gen. Stephen Townsend, center, speaks with an Iraqi officer during a tour north of Baghdad, Iraq. Senior U.S. commanders say Iraqi forces are largely set for their next major campaign against Islamic State extremists. Townsend, the top U.S. commander in Iraq, said he sees the Iraqi assault on the IS-held area of Tal Afar “unfolding relatively soon.” (AP Photo/ Ali Abdul Hassan, File)
US: Iraqi forces ready for next battle against IS extremistsSenior U.S. commanders say Iraqi forces are largely set for their next major campaign against Islamic State extremists
The Associated Press7 hours ago
UN aid chief: War in Yemen causing famine, choleraThe U.N. humanitarian chief is decrying the war in Yemen, where air strikes and armed clashes have increased dramatically and millions of people face the specter of famine and "the world's largest-ever, single-year cholera outbreak."
The Associated Press7 hours ago
Syrian army, Hezbollah allies attack IS near Lebanon borderSyrian army, Hezbollah allies attack IS near Lebanon border; Russia says it' supporting Damascus push on IS-held town
The Associated Press8 hours ago
Saudi forces deployed in Yemen's port of Aden amid frictionYemeni security officials: Saudi forces deployed to southern port city of Aden amid friction in kingdom-led alliance
The Associated Press10 hours ago
Rights groups urge Yemen rebels to free prominent activistRights groups urge Yemen's Shiite rebels to free prominent activist who documented the war on social media
The Associated Press12 hours ago
FILE- In this March 22, 2017, file photo, a Federal Police stands next to unexploded bombs left by Islamic State group militants on the western side of Mosul, Iraq. On Thursday, Aug. 17, the top U.S. commander in Iraq said for the first time that the American military will help contractors and other officials locate unexploded bombs dropped by the coalition. U.S. Embassy officials have asked the coalition to declassify grid coordinates for bombs dropped in Iraq to help clear the explosives. The coalition's unexploded bombs are only a small part of Mosul's problems. The bulk of the explosives have been hidden by IS fighters to be triggered by the slightest movement, even picking up a seemingly innocent children's toy, lifting a vacuum cleaner, or opening an oven door. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana, File)
Clearing Iraqi cities of explosives may take decadesIn wake of battles with Islamic State militants, Iraqi cities may faces decades of work to clear unexploded bombs and explosive traps left behind
The Associated Press18 hours ago
FILE- In this March 22, 2017, file photo, a Federal Police stands next to unexploded bombs left by Islamic State group militants on the western side of Mosul, Iraq. On Thursday, Aug. 17, the top U.S. commander in Iraq said for the first time that the American military will help contractors and other officials locate unexploded bombs dropped by the coalition. U.S. Embassy officials have asked the coalition to declassify grid coordinates for bombs dropped in Iraq to help clear the explosives. The coalition's unexploded bombs are only a small part of Mosul's problems. The bulk of the explosives have been hidden by IS fighters to be triggered by the slightest movement, even picking up a seemingly innocent children's toy, lifting a vacuum cleaner, or opening an oven door. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana, File)
US helping clear 'historic' amount of explosives in MosulThe top U.S. commander in Iraq says for the first time that the American military will help contractors and other officials locate unexploded bombs dropped by the coalition
The Associated Press1 day ago
FILE - In this May 23, 2017, file photo, U.S. President Donald Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu shake hands at the Israel museum in Jerusalem. Netanyahu came under mounting pressure Thursday to speak out against President Donald Trump's response to the racially charged violence and anti-Semitic outpouring in Charlottesville, Virginia. Netanyahu's near silence on the march staged by anti-Semitic white nationalists and Trump's assertion that "both sides" were responsible for the violence appears to reflect the Israeli leader's desire to remain in the good graces of the embattled U.S. president. (AP Photo/Sebastian Scheiner, File)
Israeli leader resists calls to criticize TrumpIsrael's Netanyahu resists calls to denounce Trump's response to violence, anti-Semitic displays in Charlottesville
The Associated Press1 day ago
Syria claims business comeback with international trade fairSyria claims business comeback with first international trade fair since war erupted, sign of government confidence
The Associated Press1 day ago
Lebanon prepares for Syria's post-war construction windfallLebanon seeks jump aboard wagon of Syria's reconstruction boom, once peace arrives
The Associated Press1 day ago
Iraq government may prosecute those behind abuses in MosulIraqi prime minister's office says security forces behind abuses against Mosul civilians may be prosecuted
The Associated Press1 day ago
Egypt blocks access to website of group supporting mediaEgypt block access to website of international media watchdog that provides support for journalists
The Associated Press1 day ago
Detained, ailing Iran opposition leader ends hunger strikeSon of Iranian opposition leader under house arrest since 2011 says his father has ended his hunger strike
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Hamas militant killed by suicide bomber in GazaGaza's Hamas rulers say their member was killed by suicide bomber as he tried to stop attacker from crossing into Egypt
The Associated Press1 day ago
Jeddah, Dhu-AlQa dah 25, 1438, August 17, 2017, SPA -- In this image released by the Saudi Press Agency, Vice Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud meets at the Peace Palace in Jiddah, Saudi Arabia Sheikh Abdullah bin Ali bin Abdullah bin Jassem Al Thani. Saudi Arabia said Thursday it is reopening its border with Qatar to allow Qataris to attend the hajj amid a monthslong rift between the neighboring countries that led to both sides trading accusations of politicizing the ritual. (Saudi Press Agency via AP)
Saudi Arabia reopens Qatar border for hajj pilgrimsSaudi Arabia says it's reopening border with Qatar to allow Qataris to attend hajj despite Doha-Riyadh rift
The Associated Press1 day ago
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