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ISIS Forced Out al-Baghdadi Town by Iraqi Army, US Airstrikes

A fighter from ISIS takes position in a destroyed in Damascus, Syria, on Sept. 22, 2014. (RAMI AL-SAYED/AFP/Getty Images)
A fighter from ISIS takes position in a destroyed in Damascus, Syria, on Sept. 22, 2014. (RAMI AL-SAYED/AFP/Getty Images)

ISIS was pushed out of the Iraqi town of al-Baghdadi by the Iraqi army, aided by U.S. airstrikes, according to reports on Friday. The U.S.-led...

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Militants Attack Libya Oil Field, Kill 8

TRIPOLI, Libya—Libya’s state-run oil company says militants have attacked an oil field, killing eight guards before setting it ablaze. National Oil Corporation spokesman Mohammed al-Harari tells The Associated Press that gunmen attacked al-Ghani oil field near the town of Zalla, …... Read More

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Palestinian Assailant Injures 5 Israelis in Car Attack

JERUSALEM— A Palestinian assailant rammed his car into a group of Israeli pedestrians near an Israeli police station in east Jerusalem on Friday, injuring four officers and a bystander, and lunged at security guards with a knife before being shot …... Read More




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    US Draft Urges UN to Condemn Use of Chlorine in Syria

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    Iran’s Role in Fighting ISIS in Iraq: Where Will It Lead?

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    Syria Says It Killed Military Leader of Al-Qaida Group

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    ISIS Bulldozing Ancient Assyrian City of Nimrud, Levels Winged Bull Statues

    Terrorist group ISIS has reportedly leveled the ancient Assyrian city of Nimrud in Iraq, said reports. According to the Iraqi tourism and antiquities ministry, ISIS... Read more

  • Insurgent Attacks in Iraqi Capital Kill at Least 11 People

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  • US Secretary of State John Kerry delivers remarks at the conclusion of another round of nuclear negotiations with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, on Wednesday, March 4, 2015, in Montreux, Switzerland. Kerry is leaving the talks in Montreux with Iran, heading to Saudi Arabia to ease Gulf Arab concerns about an emerging deal and discuss ways to calm instability in the troubled region. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

    Kerry Visits Saudi Arabia to Consult on Iran Nuclear Talks

    RIYADH, Saudi Arabia—Fresh from the latest round of Iran nuclear negotiations, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry arrived in Saudi Arabia Wednesday to ease Gulf... Read more

  • U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, right, speaks with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, as they walk in Geneva, Switzerland, ahead of the next round of nuclear discussions on Jan. 14, 2015.

    US Says Iran Far Off From a Working Nuke, Others Differ

    MONTREUX, Switzerland— One burning question in the global effort to prevent Iran from becoming a nuclear power is this: How long would it take for... Read more

  • Reports: Afghan Shiite Commander Killed in Syrian Battle

    BEIRUT— Activists and Iranian media are reporting that the commander of a Shiite Afghan faction has been killed in a battle against Syrian rebels. The... Read more

  • Houthi Shiite rebels chant slogans during a rally to show support for their leader Abdel-Malik al-Houthi in Sanaa, Yemen, Friday, Feb. 27, 2015. Yemen's Shiite rebel leader lashed out at Saudi Arabia on Thursday, accusing it of seeking to split the country following his group's power grab, as a U.N. envoy met the embattled Yemeni president who has fled the capital, Sanaa. (AP Photo/Hani Mohammed)

    Yemen Leader Proposes Resuming Talks With Shiite Houthi Rebels in Sunni Riyadh

    SANAA, Yemen—Yemen’s president on Tuesday proposed the Saudi capital of Riyadh as a possible venue for the resumption of U.N.-sponsored talks with Shiite rebels who... Read more

  • Afghan Car Bomb Kills 8, Including Civilians

    KANDAHAR, Afghanistan— An Afghan official says at least eight people, including civilians and soldiers, were killed when a vehicle packed with explosives was remotely detonated... Read more

  • Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu gestures while addressing the 2015 American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) Policy Conference in Washington, Monday, March 2, 2015. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)

    Kerry Working on Iran Nuke Deal, Netanyahu to Criticize It

    MONTREUX, Switzerland— Top U.S. and Israeli officials are spending the day focusing on an emerging nuclear deal with Iran, but from opposite corners. U.S. Secretary... Read more

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    Yemen’s Leader Suggests Riyadh for Dialogue With Rebels

    SANAA, Yemen— Yemen’s president has offered the Saudi capital Riyadh as a possible venue for the resumption of U.N. talks with Shiite rebels who have... Read more

  • In this Thursday, July 31, 2014 file photo, a column of smoke rises from an oil refinery in Beiji, some 250 kilometers (155 miles) north of Baghdad, Iraq, after an attack by Islamic militants. Iraqi soldiers battling the Islamic State group recaptured the heart of the town of Beiji, home to the country's largest oil refinery, state television and a military official said Tuesday, Nov. 11, 2014. Retaking Beiji, could allow Iraqi forces a base to attack neighboring Tikrit, taken by the extremists after their lightning advance this summer. (AP Photo, File)

    Fierce Clashes Outside Iraq’s Tikrit After New Offensive

    BAGHDAD— Officials in northern Iraq say troops are clashing with Islamic State militants south of the militant-held city of Tikrit, as roadside bombs have slowed... Read more

  • In this Jan. 29, 2015 photo, inert 105mm shells sit in the entry point of the explosive destruction system used for destruction of leaky or otherwise problematic chemical munitions, inside the Pueblo Chemical Depot, east of Pueblo, in southern Colorado. The United States is about to begin destroying its largest remaining stockpile of chemical-laden artillery shells, a milestone in the global campaign to eradicate a debilitating weapon that still creeps into modern wars. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)

    Global Watchdog Says 2 Syrian Chemical Weapons Facilities Destroyed

    UNITED NATIONS—The global chemical weapons watchdog said in a new report that it has destroyed two Syrian chemical weapons facilities and expects the destruction of... Read more

  • Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu gestures while addressing the 2015 American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) Policy Conference in Washington, Monday, March 2, 2015. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)

    Israel’s Netanyahu Pans Iran Deal, Touts US-Israel Ties

    WASHINGTON—Seeking to lower tensions, Benjamin Netanyahu and U.S. officials cast their dispute over Iran as a family squabble on Monday, even as the Israeli leader... Read more


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