Middle East

Syria's al-Qaida: Commander killed in airstrike

Syria's rebranded al-Qaida affiliate says a senior commander who led military operations in war-wrecked Aleppo was killed in an airstrike. A Twitter account for the Jabhat ...

Construction starts on 2nd nuclear power plant in Iran

TEHRAN, Iran — Iran began building its second nuclear power plant with Russian help Saturday, the first such project since last year's landmark nuclear deal ...

American veterans, fellow foreigners join battle against ISIS in Iraq

BAQUFA, Iraq Moayed Zaya and Louis Park stand atop a two-story house, fixing a telescope used to spot ISIS positions. Mortar fragments surround their ...

2 killed in Taliban bomb attack

KABUL, Afghanistan — Two people were killed in a bomb attack in front of the district governor's office in Logar province east of the capital, ...

Airstrikes in Hama province kill 25 people

BEIRUT — Opposition activists say warplanes have carried out several airstrikes in Syria's Hama, killing at least 25 people, amid a lightning advance by insurgents ...

Russia claims credit for blow to ISIS

MOSCOW — Russia claimed Wednesday it carried out the airstrike in Syria that killed one of the Islamic State's most senior leaders, but U.S. officials ...

16 civilians killed in Saudi-led airstrikes

SANAA, Yemen — Yemen's rebel-controlled news agency says that 16 civilians were killed in Saudi-led coalition airstrikes on the northern city of Saada. SABA reports ...

Pakistan, Afghanistan agree to reopen border crossing

QUETTA, Pakistan — Pakistan and Afghanistan have agreed to reopen a border crossing that was closed for almost two weeks after Afghan protesters burned the ...

IS buried thousands in 72 mass graves, AP finds

HARDAN, Iraq — Surrounded by smoke and flames, the sound of gunshots echoing around him, the young man crouched in the creek for hours, listening ...

Taliban appoints new military chief as new leader settles in

ISLAMABAD — The Taliban have appointed a new military chief as the insurgents try to gain ground rather than talk peace under a new leadership, ...

Rebels, civilians to evacuate long-besieged Damascus suburb

DARAYA, Syria — Buses, ambulances and trucks lined up at the entrance of a blockaded Damascus suburb on Friday to evacuate rebels and civilians under ...

Car bomb attack in Turkey kills 11 police; 78 wounded

ANKARA, Turkey — Kurdish militants on Friday attacked a police checkpoint in southeast Turkey with an explosives-laden truck, killing at least 11 police officers and ...

UN rights chief seeks international probe of Yemen violence

GENEVA — The U.N. human rights chief is calling for an international investigation of human rights violations in Yemen's civil war, which has killed thousands. ...

US pursues Syria cooperation with Russia amid new volatility

WASHINGTON — The Obama administration is launching a fresh bid to enlist Russia as a partner in Syria despite more than a month of dashed ...

2 car bombs in Turkey kill 6, wound over 200

NKARA, Turkey — Two car bombings targeted police stations in Turkey, killing at least six people and wounding at least 219 others, officials said Thursday. A ...

Activists release haunting image of Syrian boy rescued from Aleppo rubble

BEIRUT — Syrian opposition activists have released haunting footage showing a young boy rescued from the rubble in the aftermath of a devastating airstrike in ...

Russian warplanes take off from Iran to target IS in Syria

MOSCOW — Russia's Defense Ministry says that Russian warplanes have taken off from a base in Iran to target Islamic State fighters in Syria. Tuesday's ...

Iraqi Kurdish troops take more ground east of IS-held Mosul

IRBIL, Iraq — Iraqi Kurdish peshmerga forces say they have completed the operation to retake a string of villages east of the city of Mosul ...

Israeli troops demolish home of Palestinian killer's family

JERUSALEM — The Israeli military says troops have demolished the home of the family of a Palestinian who stabbed an Israeli teenage girl to death. ...

Syrian rescue worker says 3 die in suspected chlorine attack

BEIRUT — A Syrian rescue worker says three civilians, a mother and two children, died in a suspected chlorine gas attack on an opposition-held district ...