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Arab League gets serious on terrorism

By Betsy Hiel
CAIRO — The continuing disintegration of Middle Eastern nations preoccupied Arab kings, emirs and presidents meeting this weekend in the Egyptian resort of Sharm El ...

Airstrikes intensify in Yemen as Egypt, Saudis consider ground forces

By The Associated Press
SANAA, Yemen — As airstrikes in Yemen intensified on their second day Friday, Egypt and Saudi Arabia were considering an intervention on the ground, aimed at giving the president a secure foothold to return to the country, while backing Sunni ...

Saudi-led attacks seen as escalating violence in Yemen

By Betsy Hiel
CAIRO — Saudi Arabia-led attacks on Iran-backed Yemeni rebels will escalate a long-running war between competing regional spheres of influence, experts say. But it could ...

Egyptian Christians pretend to be Muslim to survive ISIS attack in Libya

By Betsy Hiel
ZAWIYA, Egypt — Hani Mahrouf awakened at 2:30 in the morning when fists pounded on the door of his housing  compound in Sirte, Libya. It ...

ISIS claims responsibility for Yemen bombing that killed scores

By The Washington Post
SANAA, Yemen — Suicide bombers attacked two mosques linked to Yemen’s powerful Shiite rebels Friday, killing scores of worshippers and wounding hundreds in a further ...

Gen. Petraeus calls Iran, Shiites biggest danger in Mideast

By The Washington Post
Gen. David Petraeus, who commanded U.S. troops during the 2007-08 surge, was in Iraq last week for the first time in more than three years to attend the annual Sulaimani Forum, a get-together of Iraqi leaders, thinkers and academics. In his ...

‘Slow Death’ report says 650,000 Syrians besieged

By The Associated Press
UNITED NATIONS — Nearly 650,000 Syrians are living in besieged communities in the country’s civil war, more than three times the United Nations estimate, according to a report that offers a graphic account of hundreds of deaths in areas difficult ...

Egypt eyes futuristic desert city

By The Associated Press
CAIRO — The idea is colossal: building an eco-friendly city the size of Singapore in the desert outside Cairo, a sleek new capital fit for the 21st century where a diverse slice of society will live in harmony. Of the ...

Trial reveals path of French girl, 14, to ISIS via recruiter

By The Associated Press
PARIS — The French girl knew him as “Tony Toxiko” — an Islamic State recruiter who first used Facebook to cajole her into joining him ...

Islamic State extremists sell looted antiquities, destroy monumental statues in Iraq

By The Associated Press
BAGHDAD — Islamic State extremists trucked away statues as they damaged the irreplaceable remains of an ancient Assyrian capital, a local resident and a top ...

Houthi rebels in Yemen eye oil-rich province, sparking fears of all-out civil war

By The Washington Post
SANAA, Yemen — The Shiite insurgents who have toppled Yemen’s government are threatening to take over a key oil-producing province to the east of the capital, triggering fears that the country could explode in all-out civil war. The rebels, known as ...

Iraq’s pro-Iran Shiite militias lead the war against Islamic State

By The Washington Post
MANSOURIYA, Iraq — Shiite militias backed by Iran are increasingly taking the lead in Iraq’s fight against the Islamic State, threatening to undermine American strategies intended to bolster the central government, rebuild the Iraqi army and promote reconciliation with the ...

Lebanon’s Hezbollah acknowledges battling Islamic State in Iraq

By The Washington Post
BEIRUT — The leader of Lebanon’s Hezbollah movement Monday acknowledged for the first time that the Shiite militia has sent fighters to Iraq, and he urged Arab states throughout the region to set aside sectarian rivalries to confront the threat ...

ISIS jihadists target Iraq base holding U.S. troops

By The Washington Post
BAGHDAD — Disguised as Iraqi army soldiers, a squad of jihadists attempted Friday to bomb a base in western Iraq where hundreds of U.S. troops are stationed, raising concerns about whether the Americans will be drawn into direct combat with ...

Britain, France, like U.S., close posts in Yemen

By The Washington Post
SANAA, Yemen — Britain and France announced Wednesday that they will shutter their embassies in Yemen, a day after the United States closed its mission and withdrew its diplomats from the strife-torn Arabian Peninsula nation. The departure of large numbers of ...

From Jordan base, UAE resumes airstrikes on Islamic State

By The Associated Press
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — United Arab Emirates fighter planes roared out of an air base in Jordan on Tuesday to pound Islamic State militant positions, marking a return to combat operations by one of the United States’ closest Arab ...

Officials: U.S. closing embassy in Yemen amid continued unrest

By The Associated Press
WASHINGTON — The United States is closing its embassy in Yemen amid political deadlock and deteriorating security conditions after the takeover of the country by Shiite rebels, two U.S. officials said. The officials said diplomats were being evacuated from the ...

Quick demise of ISIS terrorist group unlikely, experts say

By Betsy Hiel
The latest savagery by the Islamist army known as ISIS — burning to death captured Jordanian fighter pilot Moaz al-Kaseasbeh — prompts new concerns about ...

Islamic State claims Jordan airstrikes killed U.S. humanitarian worker being held hostage

By The Washington Post
The Islamic State claimed that a 26-year-old Arizona woman taken hostage by the group in Syria was killed Friday when a Jordanian fighter plane bombed ...

Purported IS claim: Jordan airstrike kills American hostage

By The Associated Press
BEIRUT — A statement attributed to the Islamic State group claimed that an American female hostage was killed in a Jordanian airstrike on Friday on ...