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Autonomy a matter of time, Kurds say

By Betsy Hiel
IRBIL, Iraq — Narrow alleys snake around Qaysari Bazaar in the shadow of an ancient citadel. People shop here for everything, from traditional Kurdish clothing …

Coalition airstrikes fail to slow ISIS attacks on key cities

By Reuters
MURSITPINAR, Turkey — U.S.-led coalition warplanes Saturday struck Islamic State of Iraq and Syria targets in Syria, attacking a town near the Turkish border for the first time, as well as positions in the country’s east, activists and a Kurdish …

Iran will not halt uranium enrichment

By The Washington Post
NEW YORK — Negotiations over Iran’s nuclear program are moving much too slowly, but the country will not “surrender” on the key sticking point of …

Islamic nations lobby Palestinians to join ICC

By The Associated Press
UNITED NATIONS — The world’s largest bloc of Islamic countries has been lobbying the Palestinians to join the International Criminal Court so it can prosecute Israeli politicians and military leaders for war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide, the bloc’s …

U.S., rebels on shaky ground in campaign in Syria

By The Associated Press
BEIRUT — The United States is struggling to counter anger among the Syrian opposition, where many believe that the air campaign against extremists in the …

U.S.-led strikes hit IS group oil sites for 2nd day

By The Associated Press
BEIRUT — U.S.-led coalition warplanes bombed oil installations and other facilities in territory controlled by Islamic State militants in eastern Syria on Friday, taking aim …

U.S.-led strikes hit IS-held oil sites in Syria

By The Associated Press
BEIRUT — U.S.-led airstrikes targeted Syrian oil installations held by the extremist Islamic State group overnight and early Thursday, killing at least 19 people as …

U.S., Arab allies hit IS strongholds in Syria, Iraq

By The Associated Press
WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. and Arab allies launched what leaders declared would be a long and sustained military assault against Islamic State strongholds in …

Al-Qaida’s South Asia wing claims 1st big strike

By Reuters
ISLAMABAD — Al-Qaida’s South Asia wing has claimed responsibility for hijacking a Pakistani naval ship and trying to use it to fire rockets at U.S. vessels in the Arabian Sea, in the first major assault by the newly created group. …

Attack on Egypt security kills 11

By Reuters
CAIRO — An attack on a convoy killed 11 members of the Egyptian security forces in the Sinai Peninsula on Tuesday, security and medical sources said. Two were killed by a roadside bomb and the others were shot as they …

Foes of Pakistani PM labeled as ‘terrorists’ as protests continue

By The Associated Press
ISLAMABAD — Pakistan’s lawmakers rallied behind the country’s embattled prime minister on Tuesday in an emergency session, even as thousands of protesters remained camped outside of parliament demanding his ouster. Speaking for the government in the joint session of Pakistan’s …

Syrian rebels, government clash in Golan Heights

By The Associated Press 9:42 a.m.
BEIRUT — Syrian rebels clashed with government troops on Monday in the Golan Heights, where al-Qaida-linked insurgents abducted U.N. peacekeepers last week, activists said. The fighting was focused around the town of Hamidiyeh in Quneitra province near the disputed frontier …

Israel, Hamas accept Gaza war cease-fire

By The Associated Press
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — Israel and Hamas announced Tuesday that they agreed to an open-ended cease-fire in the Gaza war after seven weeks of …

Wave of attacks in Iraq kill at least 43 people

By The Associated Press
BAGHDAD — Iraqi officials say a wave of attacks targeting commercial areas in and outside Baghdad has killed a total of 43 people. They say the deadliest of Monday’s bombings was carried out by a suicide bomber who blew up …

Kurds fight ISIS to a standstill, but say they lack modern weapons

By Betsy Hiel
MAKTAB KHALED, Iraq — Kurdish soldier Said Tahseen stands atop a sandbagged mound at a checkpoint south of the oil city of Kirkuk. He points …

Social media firms walk fine line with jihadists

By Andrew Conte
A Twitter posting from May showing nine severed heads resting on a blanket had 15 favorites and 19 retweets. A YouTube video posted this month …

Gaza militants kill 18 alleged spies for Israel

By The Associated Press
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — Gaza gunmen killed 18 alleged spies for Israel on Friday, including seven who were lined up behind a mosque with bags over their heads and shot in front of hundreds of people. The killings came …

Israeli airstrike kills 3 senior Hamas leaders

By The Associated Press
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — An Israeli airstrike in Gaza killed three senior commanders of the Hamas military wing Thursday, delivering a likely blow to …

Hamas insists terrorist leader still alive despite Israeli barrage

By The Los Angeles Times
TEL AVIV — Years ago, it was a signature Israeli tactic — the swoosh of a missile, the roar of crumbling masonry, the violent death …

Social media being used to help catch British terrorist who killed Foley

By From Wire Reports
The Islamic State terrorists use social media as a theater of horror, broadcasting a stomach-turning stream of battles, bombings and beheadings. The strategy aims to …