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October 18, 2017 12:38 PM Netanyahu’s Challenge: Help Trump Fix or Scrap the Iran Deal

Israel is wasting no time in trying to translate Donald Trump’s call for a tougher approach to Iran into action. The government is making a diplomatic push to extend restrictions in the international nuclear deal with Iran to its development of ballistic missiles, sponsorship of terrorist acts and weapons proliferation to terrorist groups, three senior 75

October 17, 2017 7:50 AM Iraq: After losing Kirkuk, Kurdish forces pull out of Sinjar

IRBIL, Iraq – Iraq's Kurdish fighters have lost more territory in Iraq, a day after Iraqi forces pushed them out of the disputed oil-rich city of Kirkuk. In the town of Sinjar, commander of the local Yazidi militia, Masloum Shingali, says the Kurdish forces left before dawn on Tuesday, allowing Shiite-led militiamen who are fighting with Iraqi forces 84

October 16, 2017 10:30 PM US airstrikes killed 'dozens' of ISIS terrorists in Yemen, Pentagon says

The U.S. military said Monday it killed dozens of Islamic State fighters in airstrikes on two training camps in Yemen. In a statement, the Pentagon said the strikes disrupted the Islamic State group's attempts to train new fighters to conduct attacks using AK-47s, machine guns and rocket-propelled grenades. The statement was not specific about how the U.S. attacks 58

October 16, 2017 9:54 PM US says airstrikes killed "dozens" of militants in Yemen

WASHINGTON – The U.S. military said Monday it killed dozens of Islamic State fighters in airstrikes on two training camps in Yemen. In a statement, the Pentagon said the strikes disrupted the Islamic State group's attempts to train new fighters to conduct attacks using AK-47s, machine guns and rocket-propelled grenades. The statement was not specific 58

October 16, 2017 10:51 AM Iraqis seize military base, oil field from Kurdish forces near contested Kirkuk

BAGHDAD — Iraqi forces said Monday they seized a military base, an oil field and other key infrastructure from Kurdish soldiers near the northern city of Kirkuk, as the two U.S. allies face off over territory and oil in the wake of the Kurdish region’s independence vote last month. Clashes broke out despite an order from Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi 67

October 16, 2017 6:12 AM Iraqi Forces Clash With Kurdish Fighters Near Kirkuk

Skirmishes after prime minister orders troops to advance threatens to escalate and unravel multinational coalition fighting Islamic State Iraqi forces clashed with fighters from the Kurdish semiautonomous region in the oil-rich province of Kirkuk early Monday, Iraqi and Kurdish officials said, in a standoff over Kurdish independence that threatens to unravel 56

October 14, 2017 7:52 PM The Latest: Russia says Syrian army taken key IS-held town

The Russian military says the Syrian army has taken the full control of a key Islamic State stronghold in eastern Syria. Russian Defense Ministry spokesman Maj. Gen. Igor Konashenkov said Saturday that Syrian troops have now fully freed the town of Mayadeen from IS militants. Konashenkov said that Mayadeen was the last major stronghold in eastern Syria 107

October 14, 2017 6:30 PM Syria: Local militants evacuate as Raqqa battle nears end

BEIRUT — The U.S.-led coalition and local officials said Saturday that Syrian Islamic State fighters and civilians will be allowed to evacuate Raqqa, a deal that signals the imminent capture of the city but flouts earlier U.S. protests of negotiating safe exits for the extremist group. Foreign fighters will be excluded from the evacuation deal, the coalition 84

October 14, 2017 1:06 PM Syria government forces take town, IS stronghold in east

Syrian government forces and their allies on Saturday said they seized the town of Mayadeen, an Islamic State stronghold in the country's east, in a major gain in the race for territories previously held by the militant group. The announcement came as U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces said they were in the "final" battle for control of Raqqa, the IS' de facto 101

October 4, 2017 8:11 AM Lebanese Hezbollah commander killed fighting IS in Syria

BEIRUT – Lebanon's militant Hezbollah group says one of its top commanders has been killed while fighting Islamic State militants in Syria. The 44-year-old Ali Al-Hadi Al-Ashiq is the latest fatality for the Shiite group that has fought alongside Syrian government forces in the civil war next door since 2012. Hezbollah said on Wednesday that he was killed 27