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U.S. orders non-emergency embassy staff to leave Baghdad, Arbil

May 15, 2019 - 7:31 PM

A State Department advisory announcing the partial embassy closures warns of numerous terrorist and insurgent groups active in Iraq

US-IRAN TENSIONS. US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo (R) walks with Acting Assistant Secretary for Near Eastern Affairs at the State Department David Satterfield and Charge D'affaires at the US Embassy in Baghdad Joey Hood (2nd R) upon arrival in Baghdad for meetings on May 7, 2019. File photo by  Mandel Ngan/Pool/AFP

More Sri Lanka attacks feared as Muslims condemn Easter bombs

May 03, 2019 - 10:04 PM

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe hopes normality will return by Monday, May 6, when public schools reopen after an extended Easter vacation

ISIS chief refers to Syria defeat in first video in 5 years

Apr 30, 2019 - 12:40 AM

(UPDATED) In the video released by ISIS' Al-Furqan media arm, the man said to be Baghdadi refers to the monthslong fight for ISIS' final redoubt Baghouz, which ended in March

ISIS CHIEF. In this undated and unlocated tv grab taken from a video released by Al-Furqan media, the chief of the Islamic State group Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi appears for the first time in 5 years in a propaganda video. AFP PHOTO / SOURCE / AL-FURQAN

Sri Lanka admits 'major' lapse over deadly Islamist blasts

Apr 24, 2019 - 8:22 PM

Police have so far arrested 58 people, all Sri Lankans, and security remains heavy, with bomb squads carrying out several controlled explosions of suspect packages

'MAJOR' LAPSE. Security personnel stand guard near St. Anthony's Shrine in Colombo on April 24, 2019, 3 days after a series of bomb blasts targeting churches and luxury hotels in Sri Lanka. Photo by Jewel Samad/AFP

Iran leader calls on Iraq to demand U.S. withdraw troops

Apr 07, 2019 - 11:55 PM

'Wherever they (US troops) have had an enduring presence, forcing them out has become problematic,' Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei tells Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdel Mahdi

American trainers take a break as they train Iraqi soldier on approaching and clearing buildings at the Taji base complex, which hosts Iraqi and US troops and is located north of the capital Baghdad, on January 7, 2015. Taji is one of an eventual five sites from which the US and allied countries aim to train 5,000 Iraqi military personnel every six to eight weeks for combat against the Islamic State (IS) jihadist group. AFP/ PHOTO/AHMAD AL-RUBAYE (Photo by AHMAD AL-RUBAYE / AFP)

Owners of Mosul ferry arrested after deadly disaster

Mar 31, 2019 - 7:36 PM

The tragedy comes after authorities had warned that water levels were dangerously high and sparked anger among Iraqis who blamed official corruption and neglect

Syria's Kurds call for international court to try ISIS jihadists

Mar 25, 2019 - 8:36 PM

(UPDATED) In this way, 'trials can be conducted fairly and in accordance with international law and human rights covenants and charters,' the Syria Kurdish administration says

ISIS IN SYRIA. Men suspected of being Islamic State fighters wait to be searched by members of the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces after leaving the ISIS group's last holdout of Baghouz, in Syria's northern Deir Ezzor province on February 22, 2019. File photo by Bulent Kilic/AFP

Iraq parliament sacks governor over deadly ferry capsize

Mar 24, 2019 - 9:40 PM

Niveneh provincial governor Nawfel Akoub's 'negligence and concrete failings' merit his dismissal, Prime Minister Adel Abdel Mehdi says

Iraqi PM asks parliament to fire governor over deadly ferry capsize

Mar 23, 2019 - 6:01 PM

In a letter to the speaker of parliament, Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdel Mahdi says there was clear evidence of 'negligence and concrete failings' that merited a vote on dismissing governor Nawfel Akoub

U.S.-backed Syrian forces fight last ISIS jihadists

Mar 23, 2019 - 10:06 AM

Though the WHite House says the 'caliphate' has been wiped out, the Syrian Democratic Forces say clashes are still ongoing

WAR. A fighter of the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) loads an ammunition belt at a position in the village of Baghouz, near Syria's border with Iraq, in the eastern Deir Ezzor province on March 15, 2019 during the SDF's preparations to advance in the battle against the last pocket of Islamic State group jihadists. Photo by Delil Souleiman/AFP

Anger, grief sweep Iraq's Mosul as ferry disaster toll hits 100

Mar 22, 2019 - 8:53 PM

Residents of the northern city, scarred by years of jihadist rule, demand justice as Prime Minister Adel Abdel Mahdi decrees 3 days of national mourning following the accident

RESCUE. Emergency personnel arrive on March 21, 2019, at the site of a popular picnic area in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul on the shores of the Tigris river, after a ferry sank leaving more than 70 people dead in Iraq's worst accident in years. Photo by Waleed Al-Khaled/AFP

Almost 100 dead as Iraq ferry sinks on spring holiday trip

Mar 22, 2019 - 12:10 AM

(UPDATED) The accident sparks an outpouring of grief among residents who only recently resumed festivities on the banks of the Tigris after the northern city's recapture from the Islamic State group

Syria force combs last ISIS hideouts in Baghouz

Mar 21, 2019 - 11:24 PM

Syrian Democratic Forces spokesman Mustefa Bali says a victory announcement would be premature

LAST JIHADISTS. Smoke rises in the Islamic State group's last remaining position on the eastern banks of the Euphrates River (C) in the village of Baghouz during battles with the Syrian Democratic Forces, in the countryside of the eastern Syrian province of Deir Ezzor, on March 18, 2019. Photo by Delil Souleiman/AFP

Anti-ISIS Syria force boosted as jihadist holdout shrinks

Mar 15, 2019 - 11:58 PM

The country's devastating conflict enters its ninth year with more than 370,000 dead

NINTH YEAR. People said to be members of the Islamic State group by the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces, exit with children from the village of Baghouz in the eastern Syrian province of Deir Ezzor, on March 14, 2019. Photo by Delil Souleiman/AFP

U.S.-backed Syria force pummels last ISIS bastion

Mar 14, 2019 - 7:14 PM

The US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces have since March 10 rained fire on the enclave in a bend of the Euphrates River, blitzing thousands of ISIS members into surrender

FRONTLINES. Fighters with the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) are pictured in the town of Baghouz, on the frontline of fighting to expel the Islamic State group from the area, in the eastern Syrian province of Deir Ezzor, on March 12, 2019. Photo by Delil Souleiman/AFP

More surrenders from ISIS Syria bastion as end nears

Mar 12, 2019 - 11:36 PM

Airstrikes and shelling have pummelled Baghouz for two nights in a row, killing scores of fighters and prompting hundreds of jihadists and their relatives to surrender

TIME'S UP. A fighter with the Syrian Democratic Forces fires a machine gun in a position in the eastern Syrian province of Deir Ezzor outside the Islamic State group's embattled holdout of Baghouz, on March 11, 2019. Photo by Bulent Kilic/AFP

Iran's Rouhani seeks to counter U.S. pressure on first Iraq visit

Mar 11, 2019 - 3:05 PM

(UPDATED) Hassan Rouhani, who is on his first trip to Iraq since becoming president in 2013, hails the Islamic republic's 'special' ties with its neighbor

HASSAN ROUHANI. A handout picture provided by the Iranian presidency on February 17, 2019, shows Iranian President Hassan Rouhani during the unveiling Iran's first semi-heavy submarine. Handout photo by Iranian Presidency/AFP

In Syrian riverside camp, ISIS clings to last scrap of 'caliphate'

Mar 08, 2019 - 6:35 PM

The Syrian Democratic Forces are waiting for all civilians to be evacuated before moving in to retake the last scrap of ISIS-held territory

SCREENING AREA. Civilians evacuated from the Islamic State group's embattled holdout of Baghouz wait at a screening area held by the US-backed Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), in the eastern Syrian province of Deir Ezzor, on March 5, 2019. File photo by Bulent Kilic/AFP

Mortar attack on major political gathering in Kabul kills 3

Mar 07, 2019 - 8:35 PM

The attack claimed by the Islamic State group represents a major security breach and marks a resumption of violence in the capital after weeks of calm

AFTERMATH. The Afghan relatives of a blast victim fight with a hospital security guard (C) who was restricting access of people trying to get inside Isteqlal Hospital following explosions that struck a large ceremony in Kabul on March 7, 2019. Photo by Wakil Kohsar/AFP

Syria force to resume evacuations after piercing last ISIS redoubt

Mar 05, 2019 - 7:58 PM

The latest evacuees also include relatives of jihadists, as well as civilians who had been held by the group as 'human shields'

SEARCH. A man (C) suspected of belonging to the Islamic State group, who spoke to AFP journalists in French, sits in the back of a truck as he waits to be searched by members of the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) just after leaving ISIS' last holdout of Baghouz, in the eastern Syrian province of Deir Ezzor on March 4, 2019. Photo by Bulent Kilic/AFP

Syria force poised for final assault on ISIS

Feb 28, 2019 - 10:54 PM

The Syrian Democratic Forces estimates the number of people inside the last ISIS redoubt at anything from a few hundred to several thousand

Syria forces try to free last civilians from ISIS holdout

Feb 21, 2019 - 10:08 PM

(UPDATED) Security officials in Iraq say the Syrian Democratic Forces has handed over 130 Iraqi jihadists to Iraq on February 21, but SDF spokesman Mustefa Bali denies the claim

LAST REDOUBT. A Syrian Democratic Forces fighter uses a binocular to inspect the embattled village of Baghouz in Syria's northern Deir Ezzor province on February 19, 2019. File photo by Bulent Kilic/AFP

Convoy plucks women, children from last ISIS holdout in Syria

Feb 20, 2019 - 10:07 PM

Around 15 trucks carrying men, women, and children have exited the last patch of ISIS territory in eastern Syria, according to Agence France-Presse correspondents

ISIS' LAST HOLDOUT. Islamic State group's fighters and their families sit in the back of a truck as they leave ISIS's last holdout of Baghouz in Syria's northern Deir Ezzor province on February 20, 2019. Photo by Bulent Kilic/AFP

Syria jihadists trapped in last square kilometer

Feb 14, 2019 - 10:51 PM

'The fighting is fierce,' says Adnan Afrin, a spokesman for the Syrian Democratic Forces

BAGHOUZ. A military vehicle with the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces rides during an operation to expel Islamic State group jihadists from the Baghouz area in the eastern Syrian province of Deir Ezzor on February 13, 2019. Photo by Delil Souleiman/AFP

ISIS defends last Syria redoubt, as family members flee

Feb 14, 2019 - 1:35 AM

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says the Syrian Democratic Forces fighters are making painstaking progress

U.S.-backed Syrian forces battle to take last ISIS pocket

Feb 11, 2019 - 10:47 PM

More than 4 years after the extremists declared a 'caliphate' across large parts of Syria and neighboring Iraq, several offensives have whittled that proto-state down to a tiny holdout

LAST POCKET. Fighters from the Syrian Democratic Forces walk in the front line village of Baghouz in the countryside of the eastern Syrian Deir Ezzor province, on the border with Iraq, on February 2, 2019. FILE Photo by Delil Souleiman/AFP

Kurdish-led forces ready for push on last ISIS pocket

Feb 08, 2019 - 10:25 PM

US President Donald Trump predicts that the once-sprawling proto-state's official death could be proclaimed as early as next week but operations have been paused for days on the main front line

SYRIAN DEMOCRATIC FORCES. This file photo shows fighters from the Syrian Democratic Forces attending the funeral of a local official that the SDF say was assassinated in a Kurdish-held area in the countryside of Deir Ezzor, in the Syrian Kurdish-majority city of Qamishli on December 31, 2018. File photo by Delil Souleiman/AFP

Mighty Sports-PH clinches Dubai semis berth

Feb 08, 2019 - 8:27 AM

Behind Justin Brownlee and Juan Gomez de Liaño, Mighty Sports-Philippines drubs Iraq to march to the Final Four versus Al Riyadi

TEEN SENSATION. UP standout guard Juan Gomez de Liaño pumps in 21 points in Mighty Sports-Philippines’ do-or-die quarterfinal duel. Photo from Mighty Sports

Alleged Brussels museum killer was 'sadistic' Syria jailer

Feb 07, 2019 - 11:09 PM

Former hostage Nicolas Henin describes Mehdi Nemmouche as a 'sadistic, playful and narcissistic' man

TRIAL. A file court sketch made on January 10, 2019 shows Mehdi Nemmouche (C), accused of the terrorist attack at the Jewish Museum in Brussels in 2014, during his trial at the Brussels Justice Palace. Photo by Benoit Peyrucq/AFP

Pompeo tells allies U.S. still committed to fight ISIS

Feb 06, 2019 - 11:25 PM

'We ask each of your countries to stand with us and, through our efforts and God's help, the day will come when the permanent defeat of ISIS is a reality,' says US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo

ON ISIS. US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo attends the Meeting of the Ministers of the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS at the Department of State in Washington, DC, on February 6, 2019. File photo by Jim Watson/AFP

Army denies ISIS claim of military deaths in Lanao del Sur

Jan 26, 2019 - 2:50 PM

ISIS announced on January 25 that its East Asia Province in Lanao del Sur clashed with government troops

]COMMUNIQUE. Screengrab of the January 25, 2019 ISIS statement posted on siteitelgroup.com

Turkey expects creation of Syria 'security zone' in 'few months'

Jan 25, 2019 - 11:01 PM

'We expect the promise of a security zone, a buffer zone aimed at protecting our country from terrorists to be fulfilled in few months,' says President Recep Tayyip Erdogan

SYRIA. This file photo shows Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan addressing members of parliament of his ruling AK Party during a meeting at the Turkish parliament in Ankara, on October 16, 2018. File photo by Adem Altan/AFP

Turkey says can form 'security zone' in Syria alone

Jan 24, 2019 - 7:10 PM

'We can establish this security zone on our own and take the necessary measures,' Turkey's Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu says

ON SECURITY ZONE. In this file photo, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu addresses supporters at the residence of Turkey's consul general in Hamburg, northern Germany, on March 7, 2017. File photo by Daniel Reinhardt /dpa/AFP

Kurd-led forces overrun last ISIS-held village in Syria – monitor

Jan 23, 2019 - 7:20 PM

(UPDATED) 'Search operations are continuing in Baghouz to find any IS fighters who are still hiding,' says Rami Abdel Rahman, head of the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights

SYRIAN DEMOCRATIC FORCES. This file photo shows fighters from the Syrian Democratic Forces attending the funeral of a local official that the SDF say was assassinated in a Kurdish-held area in the countryside of Deir Ezzor, in the Syrian Kurdish-majority city of Qamishli on December 31, 2018. File photo by Delil Souleiman/AFP

Suicide attack on Kurdish-U.S. convoy in Syria 'kills 5'

Jan 21, 2019 - 10:21 PM

The assault, claimed by ISIS jihadists, comes less than a week after another deadly attack on US forces in Syria, and a month after Washington announced a US troop pullout from the war-torn country

ANOTHER ATTACK. An image grab taken from a video published by Hawar News Agency (ANHA) on January 21, 2019, shows the scene of a suicide car bomb attack on a military convoy on a road in Syria's northeastern Hasakeh province, which killed 5 members of a Kurdish-led force accompanying US-led coalition troops. AFP PHOTO / HO / ANHA

Deadly ISIS-claimed suicide attack hits U.S. forces in north Syria

Jan 17, 2019 - 4:22 PM

According to Pentagon statistics, the blast is the deadliest attack for US anti-ISIS forces in Syria since they deployed in 2014

DEADLY ATTACK. An image grab taken from a video published by Hawar News Agency on January 16, 2019, shows the aftermath of a suicide attack in the northern Syrian town of Manbij. Photo by various sources/AFP

Iraq sentenced 616 foreigners for ISIS links in 2018

Dec 31, 2018 - 7:36 PM

The current number brings the count of people suspected of links to the Islamic State group up to around 20,000 since 2014

LINKS. Iraq sentences more than 600 people suspected of links to the militant group a year after the end of a 3-year war against the jihadists. Photo from Shutterstock

New Iraq minister quits over videos linking her brother to ISIS

Dec 30, 2018 - 10:02 PM

Shaima al-Hayali announces her decision in a tweet on Saturday, December 29, saying she had handed her resignation to Prime Minister Adel Abdel Mahdi

Trump declares end to U.S. 'policeman' role in surprise Iraq visit

Dec 27, 2018 - 8:59 AM

(2nd UPDATE) Trump's surprise visit prompts criticism from Iraqi authorities, noting that it was 'not commensurate with diplomatic norms and relations with sovereign states'

TRUMP IN IRAQ. US President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump arrive to speak to members of the US military during an unannounced trip to Al Asad Air Base in Iraq, December 26, 2018. Photo by Saul Loeb/AFP

U.S.-backed forces retake ISIS hub in east Syria – monitor

Dec 14, 2018 - 4:07 PM

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says the Syrian Democratic Forces have secured Hajin, the largest settlement in what is the last pocket of territory controlled by the Islamic State group

SDF. Fighters from the Syrian Democratic Forces attend the funeral a fellow fighter killed in the town of Hajin during battles against the Islamic State group, in the Kurdish-controlled city of Qamishly in northeastern Syria, on December 3, 2018. Photo by Delil Souleiman/AFP

Saudi king hosts Iraq's new president

Nov 18, 2018 - 11:28 PM

Iraq is seeking economic benefits from closer ties with the wealthy kingdom as it seeks to rebuild after the defeat of the Islamic State group

Iraq president visits Iran

Nov 17, 2018 - 8:09 PM

The two countries aimed to boost trade from $12 billion to $20 billion

VISIT. This handout picture released by the Iranian presidency on November 17, 2018, shows Iran's President Hassan Rouhani and Iraq's President Barham Salih (L) during a press conference in Tehran. Photo by HO/IRANIAN PRESIDENCY/AFP

ISIS frees 6 Syria Druze women, children after 3-month ordeal

Oct 20, 2018 - 1:37 PM

(UPDATED) The release of the prisoners is the first part of a deal to exchange them for at least 60 Islamic State prisoners and $27 million

FREE. A handout picture released by the official Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) on October 20, 2018 shows a woman and 4 children among the 6 released of 27 Druze hostages held by the Islamic State (ISIS) group in a prisoner swap and ransom, upon their arrival at a government-controlled building in Syria's southern city of Sweida. Photo from SANA/AFP

Iraq's top two parliament groups demand PM Abadi resign

Sep 09, 2018 - 12:03 AM

This deals a severe blow to Abadi's hopes of holding onto his post through a parliamentary bloc unveiled just days earlier with cleric Moqtada Sadr

IRAQ PM. In this file photo, Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi talks during a campaign rally in the holy city of Najaf on May 3, 2018, ahead of the upcoming parliamentary elections. Photo by Haidar Hamdani/AFP

Iraq parliament holds emergency talks as Basra burns

Sep 08, 2018 - 8:57 PM

'We're thirsty, we're hungry, we are sick and abandoned,' says a protester after another night of violence

UNREST. Iraqi protesters wave a national flag while demonstrating outside the burnt-down local government headquarters in the southern city of Basra on September 7, 2018 during demonstrations over poor public services. Photo by Haidar Mohammed Ali/AFP

Car bomb kills 11 in west Iraq after ISIS chief jihad call

Aug 29, 2018 - 10:24 PM

The assailant blows up a vehicle at a checkpoint on the outskirts of Al-Qaim, one of the last towns in Iraq to be recaptured from ISIS, near the Syrian border

Filipino, 2 others in ISIS beheading video blacklisted by U.S.

Aug 26, 2018 - 10:52 AM

A US Treasury official says the June 2016 video was 'part of a propaganda campaign to attract radicals to join militant terrorist groups in Southeast Asia'

 ISIS VIDEO. An Indonesian, Filipino, and Malaysian behead 3 Caucasians and call Muslims to fight the jihad in Syria and the Philippines (screenshot)

ISIS chief Baghdadi urges 'jihad' in purported new recording

Aug 23, 2018 - 8:26 AM

The 'caliphate will remain, God willing,' Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi says in the recording, addressing followers in the Middle East, Asia, and Africa

Wife of new ISIS Southeast Asia 'emir' nabbed in General Santos

Jul 16, 2018 - 5:43 PM

Nafisa Pundog, identified by authorities as the wife of Abu Dar, has a standing warrant of arrest for allegedly possessing a blasting cap/incendiary device

NABBED. Nafisa Pundog is arrested in what is believed to be her safehouse in General Santos City. Military photo

2 Filipinas rescued after abduction in Iraq – DFA

Jul 09, 2018 - 10:42 PM

Philippine Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano thanks Iraqi authorities for the rescue of two Filipinas abducted in Iraq