Middle East

Suicide bomber kills 14 at Iraq checkpoint; 9 die in Baghdad

BAGHDAD — A suicide bomber rammed his explosives-laden car into a checkpoint outside a Shiite town north of Baghdad on Monday, killing at least 14 ...

After-action plan lacking as Iraq amps up fight to free Mosul

HAJJ ALI, Iraq — Sheikh Mohammed Al Jabouri, uniformed in dark-green camouflage, rides a white Toyota pickup from the Kurdish-held area of Makhmur to ISIS's ...

Iraq's military digs trenches to limit Fallujah access

BAGHDAD — The Iraqi military will use a medieval tactic to keep control of Fallujah after recapturing it from the Islamic State group last month: ...

Car bombs kill at least 9 in southern Yemeni city

SANAA, Yemen — Yemeni security officials say two car bombs targeting security checkpoints killed at least nine soldiers in the southern city of Mukalla, which ...

Crackdown following failed coup in Turkey raises concerns

ISTANBUL — Following a failed coup against Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the government moved swiftly to shore up his power and remove those perceived ...

Amnesty: Egypt uses 'shocking' tactics against dissidents

CAIRO — A leading international rights group assailed Egyptian authorities on Wednesday, accusing them of abducting, torturing and using other shocking tactics as a tool ...

Protesters in Baghdad demand reform

BAGHDAD — Tens of thousands of supporters of a powerful Iraqi Shiite cleric rallied in central Baghdad on Friday to press demands for reform and ...

Car bombing in Baghdad Shiite district kills at least 12

BAGHDAD — A suicide car bomb ripped through an outdoor market in a Shiite-dominated northeastern district of Baghdad on Tuesday, killing at least 12 people, ...

Decade after war with Israel, another war batters Hezbollah

AYNATA, Lebanon — In front-line villages of south Lebanon, the posters of Hezbollah members killed fighting Israel 10 years ago still stand, but have faded. ...

Syrian army declares temporary, nationwide truce

DAMASCUS, Syria — The Syrian military declared a unilateral, three-day cease-fire for the entire country on Wednesday, with the start of the Muslim Eid al-Fitr ...

Suicide bombing kills 10 near Aden airport in Yemen

SANAA, Yemen — Yemeni officials say a suicide car bombing has targeted a security compound near the international airport in the southern city of Aden, ...

Islamic State uses encrypted apps to sell girls as sex slaves

KHANKE, Iraq — The posting in Arabic is chilling. A girl for sale: "Virgin. Beautiful. 12 years old. ... Her price has reached $12,500 and ...

Iraq minister resigns over bombing that killed 250

BAGHDAD — The government minister largely responsible for security in Baghdad submitted his resignation Tuesday, two days after one of the biggest bombings in more ...

Saudi Arabia names Pakistani man as suicide bomber in Jiddah

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — Saudi Arabia on Tuesday identified the suicide bomber who struck outside the U.S. Consulate in Jiddah as a Pakistani resident ...

El Al flight lands safely in Israel after bomb threat

TEL AVIV, Israel — An El Al flight from New York that was escorted Tuesday by military jets in Europe following a bomb threat landed ...

Death toll from weekend Baghdad attack reaches 175

BAGHDAD — Iraqi authorities say more dead bodies have been recovered from the site of the massive weekend suicide bombing in central Baghdad, bringing the ...

Israel deploys hundreds of soldiers to West Bank after 2nd Israeli fatality

JERUSALEM — Israel deployed several hundred soldiers around the West Bank city of Hebron on Friday after two Israelis were killed in separate attacks in ...

Israel hits Hamas sites in response to rocket attack on kindergarten

JERUSALEM — The Israeli military says it struck several militant sites in Gaza early Saturday in response to a Palestinian rocket attack that hit a ...

Istanbul blast probe keys on Chechen terrorist

ISTANBUL — Attention focused Friday on whether a Chechen extremist known to be a top lieutenant in the Islamic State group was involved in the ...

Suicide attack on Afghan police convoy kills 37

KABUL, Afghanistan — A twin suicide attack on a convoy of buses carrying police cadets killed 37 people and wounded 40 others on Thursday, an ...