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Syrian tomb towers latest cultural icons to be wiped out in terrorist rampage

By The Associated Press
DAMASCUS — Islamic State terrorists destroyed three ancient tower tombs in the central city of Palmyra in the last few days, a Syrian government official said Friday. Tower tombs, built on high grounds, are a unique feature of the Roman-era ...

Top Dem on panel says he’ll oppose Obama’s nuke deal

By The Associated Press
WASHINGTON — White House hopes for stopping a congressional challenge to the Iran nuclear deal and sparing President Obama from using a veto suffered a ...

Egypt terrorism law rattles journalists

By Betsy Hiel
CAIRO — A counterterrorism law will put Egyptians, particularly journalists, in its crosshairs by effectively enforcing “self-censorship,” critics fear. Reporters could be imprisoned and their publications ...

Al-Qaida reportedly seizes control of key areas in and around Yemen’s port city of Aden

By The Associated Press
SANAA, Yemen — Al-Qaida terrorists seized control of key areas in and around Yemen’s port city of Aden, high-ranking security officials said Saturday, a major gain for the group, which has been making inroads amid the chaos of the country’s ...

Islamic State kills Iraqi soldiers in 2 ambushes in Anbar province

By The Associated Press
BAGHDAD — Islamic State terrorists killed up to 50 soldiers in two ambushes in Iraq’s turbulent Anbar province west of the capital, Baghdad, a top ...

Massive IS car bomb hits Cairo security building, wounds 29

By The Associated Press
CAIRO — A massive car bomb claimed by Islamic State militants ripped into a national security building in a working class residential neighborhood in Cairo ...

Secret concession would let Iran police itself at suspect site

By The Associated Press
VIENNA — Iran will be allowed to use its own inspectors to investigate a site it has been accused of using to develop nuclear arms, operating under a secret agreement with the U.N. agency that normally carries out such work, ...

Sen. Menendez won’t vote for Iran nuke deal or help quash veto override

By The Washington Post
WASHINGTON — Sen. Robert Menendez, a prominent Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, announced Tuesday that he will vote against the Obama administration’s nuclear agreement with Iran. Menendez of New Jersey is the second prominent Senate Democrat to publicly oppose ...

Airstrikes by Syrian government kill as many as 100 in Damascus suburb

By The Washington Post
Government airstrikes killed as many as 100 people in a Damascus suburb Sunday, activists said, in one of the deadliest attacks of Syria’s four-year-old conflict. The air raids by President Bashar Assad’s military targeted a market in the Douma area of ...

Explosion at auto dealership in eastern Baghdad kills 13

By The Associated Press
BAGHDAD — A car bomb at a popular auto dealership Saturday killed 13 people and wounded 52 in eastern Baghdad’s volatile Sadr City neighborhood, where ...

Two Palestinians shot during knife attacks

By The Associated Press
JERUSALEM — Israeli military and police shot two Palestinians, one fatally, after separate stabbing attacks on security forces in the West Bank on Saturday, authorities said. A Palestinian approached officers conducting a routine security check and stabbed one in ...

Truck bombing at Baghdad market kills 67; IS claims blast

By The Associated Press
BAGHDAD — A truck bomb ripped through a popular Baghdad food market in a predominantly Shiite neighborhood early on Thursday morning, killing at least 67 ...

IS affiliate in Egypt releases image of slain Croat captive

By The Associated Press
CAIRO — Islamic State sympathizers circulated an image Wednesday that appears to show the grisly aftermath of the beheading of a Croatian hostage abducted in Egypt, which if confirmed would mark the first such killing of a foreign captive in ...

Iranian, Syrian leaders meet

By The Associated Press
DAMASCUS — Iran’s foreign minister, who negotiated his country’s nuclear deal with world powers, discussed ways of ending Syria’s civil war with President Bashar Assad on Wednesday in Damascus as attacks surged around the Syrian capital, killing at least 36 ...

Retired U.S. military leaders back Iran deal

By The Washington Post
Three dozen retired generals and admirals on Tuesday released an open letter supporting the Iran nuclear deal and urging Congress to do the same. Calling the agreement “the most effective means currently available to prevent Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons,” the ...

Syria releases prominent activist Darwish jailed for over 3 years

By The Associated Press
Syrian authorities released on Monday an award-winning human rights activist who spent more than three years in jail, making a rare goodwill gesture by President Bashar al-Assad’s government amid intense diplomatic maneuvering to end the country’s civil war. The release of ...

Middle East foes work toward engagement

By The Associated Press
BEIRUT — The nuclear deal with Iran was widely expected to affect other Middle East issues, and that may be happening with Syria: A series ...

Al-Qaida group in Syria targeted by U.S.-led coalition airstrikes

By The Washington Post
KILIS, Turkey — The U.S.-led coalition launched airstrikes against al-Qaida’s Syrian affiliate Friday after the jihadists acknowledged the abduction of members of an American-backed rebel group. The clashes occurred a day after Jabhat al-Nusra, the al-Qaida-linked group, claimed to have captured ...

Senate to grill United Nations agency chief Amano on Iran nuclear pact

By The Associated Press
VIENNA — U.S. senators who accuse the Obama administration of making secret deals with Iran that go beyond the publicly known nuclear pact will get a chance next week to question the head of the United Nations agency said to ...

Defense secretary touts success of Kurdish fighters in war on ISIS

By Reuters
ERBIL, Iraq — Defense Secretary Ash Carter called Iraq’s Kurdish fighters a model for the kind of force needed to defeat the Islamic State as he made an unannounced visit Friday to the capital of Iraq’s Kurdistan region. While Iraq’s army ...