- Former CIA leader defends drone strikes, torture Updated: May-04-15 2:57 pm
WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama ordered a barrage of CIA drone strikes in Yemen in 2013 that killed the al-Qaida operatives behind the most serious plotting against American interests in years, a former CIA leader says in a new memoir that broadly defends the targeted killing of terrorists.
- Iraqi city still a ghost town a month after defeat of IS Updated: May-04-15 2:13 am
BAGHDAD - Iraqi government forces drove the Islamic State group out of Abu Mustafa's hometown of Tikrit over a month ago, but he has yet to return, fearing the Shiite militias that now patrol its bombed and battered streets.
- Firebrand, survivor face off in UK's wildest election race Updated: Apr-27-15 6:52 am
BRADFORD, England - Naz Shah is running for Parliament, but she is hardly a typical British politician. She grew up in poverty in a Pakistani-immigrant family, fled a teenage forced marriage and campaigned to free her mother, imprisoned for murder after poisoning an abusive partner.
- Iraqi boy's dream of becoming dancer defied threats, borders Updated: Apr-24-15 6:43 am
AMMAN, Jordan - As a boy in pre-war Baghdad, Adil Faraj dreamed of becoming a dancer, inspired by a Michael Jackson performance he watched on DVD.
- Full circle: Chlorine now chemical weapon of choice in Syria Updated: Apr-20-15 5:32 am
THE HAGUE, Netherlands - Exactly one century ago Wednesday, German troops opened the taps on a line of chlorine tanks to send a poisonous cloud drifting across no man's land and into World War I Allied trenches. The gas blinded soldiers and made them retch, vomit and choke, combining with bodily fluids to destroy their lungs.
- Americans with illegal Iraq War souvenirs go unprosecuted Updated: Apr-17-15 9:29 am
HARTFORD, Connecticut - As the elected Iraqi government seeks diplomatic respect and struggles to save its ancient sites from the rampages of the Islamic State group, American military members, contractors and others caught with culturally significant artifacts they brought home from the war there are going largely unprosecuted.
- Vast Iraqi Shiite cemetery grows with Islamic State war dead Updated: Apr-13-15 2:08 am
NAJAF, Iraq - Every chapter of Iraq's modern history can be seen in this great, sprawling city of the dead, its mausoleums stretching across the horizon from one of Shiite Islam's holiest shrines. And now, its sandy expanse grows again yet with the war dead killed by the country's latest adversary, the extremists of the Islamic State group.