Middle East

Amid shaky start to Syria talks, IS-claimed blast kills 45

GENEVA — A triple bombing claimed by the extremist Islamic State group killed at least 45 people near the Syrian capital of Damascus on Sunday, ...

Egypt open to jihadist violence, experts warn

CAIRO — Terrorist attacks continue across Egypt, despite the growing power of the country's security services. Three Egyptian soldiers were killed and 12 were wounded last ...

Iraqi forces deploy in Baghdad neighborhood after kidnapping

BAGHDAD — Iraqi security forces fanned out across the Baghdad neighborhood Monday morning where three Americans were reportedly kidnapped over the weekend, closing streets and ...

3 American citizens missing in Baghdad

BAGHDAD — U.S. and Iraqi authorities are searching for three Americans reported missing from a neighborhood in Iraq's capital, Baghdad, officials said Sunday. At least ...

US journalist Rezaian, 3 others released by Iran

TEHRAN, Iran — Iranian state television announced Saturday that the government had freed four dual-nationality prisoners, and a person close to Iran's judiciary confirmed to ...

Retired CIA officer rebuts Benghazi account

It is the most fateful moment in a movie that purports to present a searingly accurate account of the 2012 attacks that left four Americans ...

High-ranking CIA operative slams '13 Hours' film

It is the most fateful moment in a movie that purports to present a searingly accurate account of the 2012 attacks that left four Americans ...

Kremlin details aerial help for Syria in contract posted on website

MOSCOW — When you are a major nuclear power and you want to make a secretive deployment to a faraway ally, what is the first ...

Militants mount deadly mall attack in Baghdad

BAGHDAD — Terrorists wearing suicide vests stormed a busy mall in the Iraqi capital Monday as part of apparently coordinated attacks that killed at least ...

Allies follow Saudis in cutting ties with Iran amid tensions

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — Allies of Saudi Arabia followed the kingdom's lead Monday and scaled back diplomatic ties to Iran after the ransacking of ...

Saudi Arabia executes 47, including top Shiite cleric Nimr al-Nimr

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia — Saudi Arabia announced on Saturday it had executed 47 prisoners convicted of terrorism charges, including al-Qaida detainees and a prominent Shiite ...

Ramadi residents relieved by Iraqi army's rescue from ISIS fighters

HABBANIYAH, Iraq — Residents of the city of Ramadi who escaped the recent battle there are describing the horrors of life under the Islamic State ...

Iran boosts ballistic missile production as U.S. sanctions loom

TEHRAN — President Hassan Rouhani on Thursday ordered the accelerated production of missiles in response to possible new U.S. sanctions. In a letter to the defense ...

Egypt's broad blasphemy law gives rise to abuse

MAHALLAH, Egypt — Like millions of people around the world each day, Michael Mou­nier Bishai shared an Internet video last spring. He never could have imagined ...

Ramadi retaken by Iraqi forces but at high cost

BAGHDAD — The advance of Iraqi forces into the heart of Ramadi, a restive city that fell to the Islamic State this year, in some ...

ISIS sanctioned organ harvesting in document taken in U.S. raid

WASHINGTON — Islamic State has sanctioned the harvesting of human organs in a previously undisclosed ruling by the group's Islamic scholars, raising concerns that the ...

Syrian rebel leader Alloush killed in airstrike, activists, media report

BEIRUT — The leader of a powerful Syrian rebel group that controls key suburbs of Damascus was killed in an airstrike Friday, according to activists ...

Palestinian knife, car attacks flout usual patterns

JERUSALEM — Young Palestinians with kitchen knives are waging a ceaseless campaign of near-suicidal violence that Israeli leaders are calling "a new kind of terrorism." ...

Egypt's Christians, Muslims embrace nation's 2,000-year link to Christmas

CAIRO — Faux Christmas trees line the sidewalk outside Jumbo Gifts and Toys on busy 26th of July Street in the upscale neighborhood of Zamalek. ...

As ISIS loses ground, its wealth appears to dwindle

BEIRUT — By most estimates, the Islamic State is the world's richest terrorist organization. But it appears to be wrestling with money problems that could ...