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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
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 10:06 p.m.
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 6:00 p.m.
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, …