- US program to train Syrian rebels losing ground Updated: Jun-29-15 1:56 pm
WASHINGTON - The U.S. military's program to train and equip thousands of moderate Syrian rebels is faltering, with fewer than 100 volunteers, raising questions about whether the effort can produce enough capable fighters quickly enough to make a difference in the war against the Islamic State.
- UN: Islamic State destruction of heritage sites a war crime Updated: Jun-29-15 11:16 am
BERLIN - The U.N.'s cultural agency said Monday the destruction of antiquities and heritage sites in conflict zones by the Islamic State and other extremist groups could amount to war crimes.
- Putin and Russian political elite bid farewell to Primakov Updated: Jun-29-15 8:32 am
MOSCOW - Russia's president and political elite joined thousands of mourners on Monday in bidding farewell to Yevgeny Primakov, a former prime minister who also served as Russia's top diplomat and foreign intelligence chief during a long and distinguished career.
- Iraq: Attacks inside, around Baghdad kill at least 7 people Updated: Jun-29-15 8:26 am
BAGHDAD - Officials say attacks inside and around Baghdad have killed at least seven people.
- Bomb blasts in Iraqi capital leave 12 dead, dozens wounded Updated: Jun-27-15 10:28 am
BAGHDAD - A series of attacks targeting public places killed 12 people in Baghdad on Saturday, said Iraqi authorities, as the prime minister announced the arrest of an aide to Saddam Hussein.
- Former Russian PM Yevgeny Primakov dies at 85 Updated: Jun-26-15 8:13 am
MOSCOW - Former Russian Prime Minister Yevgeny Primakov, whose career included desperate but unsuccessful diplomatic efforts to avert wars in Iraq and NATO's bombing of Yugoslavia, has died. He was 85.
- Iraqi pilot flew military plane that crashed in Arizona Updated: Jun-26-15 1:52 am
DOUGLAS, Arizona - An Iraqi pilot who has been training in the United States for four years crashed in southern Arizona while flying an F-16 Fighting Falcon aircraft, a spokesman for the Iraqi defense minister said Thursday.
- Plucked from war-torn Iraq, heavy metal band gets first EP Updated: Jun-24-15 9:10 am
NEW YORK - The name of the album is "Gilgamesh," the ancient Mesopotamian king with superhuman strength and courage who undertakes a perilous quest to discover the secret of eternal life.
- Saunas and art therapy: Rehab for convicted Saudi extremists Updated: Jun-24-15 3:46 am
RIYADH, Saudi Arabia - For most of his 20s, all Badr al-Enezi could think about was becoming a jihadi fighter. After getting in touch with former Guantanamo Bay prisoners who had returned to militancy, he began plotting how to take up arms.
- Australian leader makes no promises on IS man's children Updated: Jun-23-15 11:43 pm
CANBERRA, Australia - Australia's prime minister said Wednesday he felt for the five children of an Australian convicted terrorist in the Islamic State movement who became notorious last year for posing for photographs while clutching the severed heads of Syrian victims.
- UN says more than 3 million Iraqis displaced by IS, fighting Updated: Jun-23-15 12:01 pm
BAGHDAD - The number of people displaced within Iraq due to violence and fighting by the Islamic State group has exceeded 3 million, the United Nations said Tuesday, a grim milestone for the war-battered country.
- Iraqis return to shattered Tikrit after Islamic State routed Updated: Jun-23-15 2:52 am
TIKRIT, Iraq - Abdel Mowgood Hassan climbs over toppled bricks and a torn-away front door to enter his uncle's house in Tikrit, the first of his relatives to make a cautious return home since Islamic State militants were driven out.
- Australia attempts to verify terrorist's death in Iraq Updated: Jun-23-15 12:37 am
CANBERRA, Australia - Reports that an Australian terrorist, notorious for holding up the severed heads of Syrian victims, has been killed fighting in Iraq have raised the potential for his young family to be repatriated from the Middle East, Australia's foreign minister said on Tuesday.
- Editor selections from the Middle East Updated: Jun-22-15 8:33 am
Across the Middle East last week, Muslims marked the start of Ramadan, a month of intense prayer, dawn-to-dusk fasting and nightly feasts.
- Sunni tribes, abandoned by Iraq, key to Islamic State fight Updated: Jun-20-15 5:25 pm
HABANIYAH, Iraq - Parading across a desert base, hundreds of Sunni tribesmen who graduated a crash training course stood ready to take on the Islamic State group on behalf of a government that many believed left them to die at the hands of the extremists.
- US report finds Iran threat undiminished as nuke deal nears Updated: Jun-19-15 4:01 pm
WASHINGTON - Iran's support for international terrorist groups remained undiminished last year and even expanded in some respects, the Obama administration said Friday, less than two weeks before the deadline for completing a nuclear deal that could provide Tehran with billions of dollars in relief from economic sanctions.
- Brian Williams' rehabilitation efforts begin Friday Updated: Jun-19-15 3:40 pm
NEW YORK - Brian Williams said the months since his suspension from NBC News had been like torture, and a come-clean interview with colleague Matt Lauer on the "Today" show must surely have felt like an extension.
- Ex-Army contractor gets prison for military theft in Iraq Updated: Jun-19-15 11:10 am
WACO, Texas - A former Army contractor in Iraq who helped to steal and sell more than $2.6 million in U.S. military property must serve nearly four years in prison.
- Dutch govt extends military missions in Iraq, Mali by a year Updated: Jun-19-15 10:34 am
THE HAGUE, Netherlands - The Dutch government is extending by a year its contribution to the international coalition fighting the Islamic State terror group in Iraq and to a United Nations peacekeeping force in Mali.
- State of fear: Survivors tell of life under IS rule Updated: Jun-19-15 8:09 am
ESKI MOSUL, Iraq - When the Islamic State fighters burst into the Iraqi village of Eski Mosul, Sheikh Abdullah Ibrahim knew his wife was in trouble.
- Cigarette smuggler skirts deadly edge of IS smoking ban Updated: Jun-19-15 8:08 am
ESKI MOSUL, Iraq - It was a heart-racing moment. The cigarette smuggler was stuck in line at a checkpoint as, up ahead, Islamic State militants were searching cars. He was running a big risk: The militants have banned smoking and lighting up is punishable with a fine or broken finger. Selling cigarettes can be a death sentence.
- Greek island swamped by refugee flood; no relief in sight Updated: Jun-19-15 6:01 am
MYTILENE, Greece - An inflatable dinghy touches the shore in darkness. Dozens of men, women and children jump into the shallow water, stumbling on unseen rocks as they scramble onto a narrow strip of seaweed-strewn beach.
- Jury recommends no extra prison for Marine who killed Iraqi Updated: Jun-18-15 10:25 pm
CAMP PENDLETON, California - A military jury ruled Thursday that a Marine sergeant twice convicted of murdering an Iraqi civilian get no additional prison time beyond the roughly seven years he has already served for the crime.
- France clears 14 firms of bribery in UN oil-for-food program Updated: Jun-18-15 10:16 am
PARIS - A French court has cleared 14 companies accused of bribing the Iraqi government under Saddam Hussein in exchange for contracts as part of the U.N. oil-for-food program.
- Carter: Iraqi training goal to fall way short of recruits Updated: Jun-17-15 5:04 pm
WASHINGTON - The U.S. will fall way short of meeting its goal of training 24,000 Iraqi forces to fight Islamic State militants by this fall, Defense Secretary Ash Carter said Wednesday on Capitol Hill where lawmakers are already skeptical of the Obama administration's strategy to address threats in the Mideast.