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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 …

Afghanistan gives New York Times reporter 24 hours to leave country

By Reuters
KABUL — Afghanistan has given a New York Times reporter 24 hours to leave the country, accusing him of not cooperating with an investigation into …

Israel, Gaza militants trade fire after talks fail

By The Associated Press
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — Palestinian militants launched dozens of rockets and Israel responded with airstrikes on Wednesday after Egyptian efforts to mediate a lasting …

Israel: Rockets fired from Gaza, cease-fire broken

By The Associated Press
JERUSALEM — Palestinian militants in the Gaza Strip fired three rockets into Israel on Tuesday, breaking a temporary cease-fire and casting a shadow on indirect negotiations over ending a monthlong war between Israel and Hamas. The Israeli military said the …

U.S. airstrikes help Kurds take back control of Mosul Dam

By Betsy Hiel
BADRIYA, Iraq — Waves of U.S. airstrikes around a vital dam in northern Iraq helped Iraqi forces to seize it from Islamist terrorists on Monday. …

U.S. next bull’s-eye for ISIS terrorists, Kurds say

By Betsy Hiel
KHABAT, Iraq — A Kurdish soldier looks through binoculars at the village of Hassan Sham, two miles down this dusty plain, where ISIS fighters are …

Iraq prime minister heeds call to resign

By McClatchy Newspapers
BAGHDAD — Bowing to calls for his resignation from Iraq’s most revered cleric and his own political party, Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki on Thursday backed off his threat to fight the nomination of his successor and announced that he would …

Yazidi exodus ‘a crisis on top of crisis’

By Betsy Hiel
FISHKHABOUR, Iraq – On foot or crammed into pickup trucks, minibuses and cars, traumatized Yazidis with sunburned faces crossed a small pontoon bridge here on …

Iraqi refugees ‘left everything’ in fleeing from brutal ISIS onslaught

By Betsy Hiel
IRBIL, Iraq — Riyan Edward’s family of seven gathered at the Syrian Orthodox Church of the Mother of Light, sheltering from 108-degree heat. In June, …

Egypt: Israel, Hamas to extend temporary truce

By The Associated Press
CAIRO — Israel and Hamas agreed to extend a temporary cease-fire for five days, Egyptian and Palestinian officials announced Wednesday, permitting the sides to continue …

Maliki loses Tehran’s support as Iraq’s prime minister

By From Wire Reports
BAGHDAD — Iran endorsed Iraq’s prime minister-designate on Tuesday, dealing a devastating blow to Nouri al-Maliki as the incumbent’s most loyal militia turned its back on him. After eight years in office, Maliki has refused to step aside as Iraq’s …

Kurds from Iran, Turkey join battle against ISIS

By Betsy Hiel
On the outskirts of Irbil, 50 Iranian Kurdish fighters — known as peshmerga, “those who face death” — waved their weapons and Kurdish flags. “Long …

Gazans’ frustration with Hamas boils over

By The Washington Post
BEIT LAHIYA, GAZA STRIP — Ziad Abu Halool says he is tired of his neighborhood being destroyed. He’s tired of having no running water for …