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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 ...

Israelis remember how summer conflict affected beach ritual

By The Washington Post
TEL AVIV, Israel — For many Israelis, especially those who live beside the Mediterranean Sea, going to the beach is a summer ritual, a time for serious bronzing, endless paddleball — and for escape. Last summer, Israel fought its third ...

Anger in Iraq after suicide attack on marketplace kills 115

By The Associated Press
BAGHDAD — An attack by the Islamic State group on a crowded marketplace in Iraq’s eastern Diyala province has killed 115 people, including women and …

Energy secretary, Kerry push for Iran deal approval

Staff and Wire Reports
Obama Cabinet members preparing for a faceoff next week with Senate opponents painted the Iran nuclear deal as the best option for keeping that country ...

After hard negotiation, historic Iran nuclear deal reached

By The Associated Press
VIENNA — Iran, the United States and other world powers struck a historic deal Tuesday to curb Iranian nuclear programs in an agreement aimed at ...

Iran nuclear deal almost finished, but obstacles remain

By The Washington Post
VIENNA — Negotiators are on the threshold of finalizing a historic nuclear deal with Iran, diplomats said Sunday as they tried to reach consensus on a few outstanding issues that have caused the talks to drag on past one deadline ...

Car bombing at Italian Consulate in Egypt’s capital kills 1

By The Associated Press
CAIRO — A car bomb ripped into the Italian Consulate in Cairo early Saturday, destroying a section of the historic building in a powerful blast that killed one Egyptian and marked the most significant attack yet on foreign interests as ...

Nuclear talks with Iran get extension

By Reuters
VIENNA — Iran and major powers gave themselves until Monday to reach a nuclear agreement, their third extension in two weeks, as Tehran accused the West of throwing up new hurdles to a deal. Both sides say there has been ...

Drone strikes kill 2 Afghan ISIS leaders

By The Washington Post
KABUL — A key leader of the Islamic State and another top commander were killed in recent U.S. drone strikes in eastern Afghanistan, according to intelligence officials here, the latest sign that the radical Islamist group is considered a growing ...

Iraqi fighter jet drops bomb over Baghdad, kills 12 people

By The Associated Press
BAGHDAD — An Iraqi Russian-made fighter jet accidentally dropped a bomb over a Baghdad neighborhood on Monday, killing at least 12 people on the ground, Iraqi officials said. The plane — one of several Sukhois used by Iraq in the fight ...

Egypt foiled extremist ‘state’ in Sinai, president says

By The Associated Press
CAIRO — President Abdel-Fatah al-Sisi, wearing battle dress for the first time in more than a year, said Saturday that Egypt had foiled an attempt by the Islamic State group to seize territory and set up an extremist state with ...

Wave of attacks sets Israelis on edge

By The Washington Post
BETHLEHEM, West Bank — On Monday, Maysoon Musa rose early for morning prayers, then helped harvest squash in the family fields. She acted “perfectly normal,” ...

Iran tells U.S. to curtail ‘coercion’

By The Associated Press
VIENNA — In a message to Washington Friday, Iran’s foreign minister called for an end to “coercion and pressure” at nuclear talks, suggesting a deal acceptable to his country will open the door to cooperation on fighting the upsurge of ...

Lion cubs jump hurdles in Gaza Strip in journey to Jordan sanctuary

By The Associated Press
RAFAH, Gaza Strip — Gaza’s extremist Hamas rulers on Friday allowed a pair of lion cubs en route to a wildlife sanctuary in Jordan back ...

Iraq, ISIS urge Turks to release dam water

By Bloomberg News
There’s one thing Islamic State terrorists and the Iraqi government they’re besieging agree on: Turkey is using more than its fair share of water. Water levels on the Euphrates River that flows 1,700 miles from eastern Turkey through Syria and Iraq ...

Militants attack Egyptian army checkpoints in Sinai, kill 53

By The Associated Press
EL-ARISH, Egypt — Dozens of Islamic militants unleashed a wave of simultaneous attacks, including suicide car bombings, on Egyptian army checkpoints in the restive northern Sinai Peninsula on Wednesday, killing at least 53 soldiers, security and military officials said. The advanced ...

ISIS terrorists expelled from Syrian city

By The Los Angeles Times 9:05 p.m.
CAIRO e_SEmD Kurdish fighters in the Syrian border city of Kobani, backed by U.S.-led airstrikes, said Saturday that they expelled Islamic State terrorists who went ...

Effort under way to beat Tuesday deadline for nuclear agreement

By The Associated Press 9:05 p.m.
VIENNA — The top American and Iranian diplomats faced each other across a square table in a 19th century Viennese palace, the room austerely decorated and the atmosphere calm as they started the final push for a generation-defining nuclear agreement ...

Islamic State spreads terror across 3 continents

By The Los Angeles Times
CAIRO — Terrorists struck within hours of one another on three continents Friday, wielding bombs, firearms and a gruesome display of a decapitated head in ...

ISIS back on offense in Syria; 2 areas have heavy casualties

By The Associated Press
BEIRUT — After weeks of setbacks, terrorists from the Islamic State began swift counteroffensives Thursday on predominantly Kurdish areas of northern Syria, killing and wounding ...