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A U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) fighter walks outside a mosque in a village recently retaken from Islamic State militants near Hajin, Syria, Saturday, Feb. 16, 2019. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)
US-backed Syria force says IS territorial defeat is nearA commander with the U.S.-backed force in Syria says they are fighting members of the Islamic State group in a tiny area in Deir el-Zour province
The Associated Press5 hours ago
Hezbollah leader blasts Trump over fight against ISThe leader of Lebanon's militant Hezbollah group is blasting President Donald Trump for his expected declaration of victory against the Islamic State group in Syria
The Associated Press7 hours ago
Hezbollah denies US charges it has cells in VenezuelaThe leader of Lebanon's militant Hezbollah group has denied U.S. charges it has cells in Venezuela saying the Latin American nation does not need it
The Associated Press8 hours ago
FILE - In this Oct. 31, 2017, file photo, the head of Iran's paramilitary Revolutionary Guard Gen. Mohammad Ali Jafari speaks to journalists after his speech at a conference called "A World Without Terror," in Tehran, Iran. Jafari has threatened to retaliate against neighboring Saudi Arabia and United Arab Emirates over a suicide car bombing on Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2019 that killed 27 members of the elite organization. (AP Photo/Vahid Salemi, File)
Thousands in Iran attend funeral for slain Guard membersScores of comrades circled caskets on the back of trucks as thousands of people attended a mass funeral for 27 elite Revolutionary Guard soldiers who were killed in a suicide car bombing this week
The Associated Press9 hours ago
Egypt says deadly extremist attack hits Sinai checkpointExtremists attacked an army checkpoint in the troubled northern Sinai peninsula on Saturday at dawn, causing 15 casualties among the armed forces including at least one officer shot dead, Egypt's military spokesman said
The Associated Press10 hours ago
Iran: Sabotage may be behind failed satellite launchesIran's foreign minister claims that sabotage by the U.S. was a possible reason for Tehran's failed attempts to launch two satellites in the last two months
The Associated Press15 hours ago
Lebanon's Cabinet wins vote of confidence in parliamentLebanon's parliament gave the new government of Prime Minister Saad Hariri confidence in a vote after days of heated debates and harsh verbal exchanges
The Associated Press1 day ago
U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) commander Adnan Afrin, poses for a photo in the in Omar oil field base, Syria, Friday, Feb. 15, 2019. Adnan Afrin told The Associated Press that in the last three days, the Islamic State group has brought up from underground tunnels hundreds of civilians, to let them be known to the SDF and the U.S.-led coalition. He says the discovery has blunted the offensive. "We do not want to cause a massacre." (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)
Push on last IS enclave blunted by discovery of civiliansA commander with the Kurdish-led force fighting the Islamic State group in Syria says a final push on the last enclave held by the militants in eastern Syria has been blunted by the discovery that there are hundreds of civilians still left inside
The Associated Press1 day ago
New UN Syria envoy sees opportunity in constitution processThe new U.N. envoy for Syria says he sees the long-delayed formation of a committee to draft a new constitution for Syria "as a potential door-opener for the political process" and hopes to see it meet in Geneva "as soon as possible."
The Associated Press1 day ago
UN and Syrian Red Crescent deliver aid to isolated campThe U.N. and the Syrian Arab Red Crescent have delivered badly-needed humanitarian assistance to more than 40,000 displaced people in a tent settlement near the Jordanian border
The Associated Press1 day ago
United States Vice President Mike Pence, right, talks to the media during a bilateral meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, left, in Warsaw, Poland, Thursday, Feb. 14, 2019. The Polish capital is host for a two-day international conference on the Middle East, co-organized by Poland and the United States. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn)
Israeli leader's trip to Poland beset by string of misstepsA two-day security conference in Warsaw was supposed to be a crowning achievement for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, but it instead turned into an embarrassing series of missteps that distracted from his main mission
The Associated Press1 day ago
Egypt official: Home-made bomb explodes near mosque, 3 hurtEgyptian security official: Home-made bomb explodes near mosque in Cairo district of Giza, wounding 3 people
The Associated Press1 day ago
In Hebron, Palestinians patrol in place of foreign monitorsPalestinian activists try to fill void in tense West Bank city after Israel expelled international observers
The Associated Press1 day ago
Dubai airport briefly halts flights over drone sightingDubai International Airport, world's busiest for international travel, briefly halts flights over alleged drone sighting
The Associated Press1 day ago
Israeli spyware company NSO is re-acquired by its foundersAn Israeli software firm known for its phone-surveillance technology says it has been re-acquired by its founders in a major sale
The Associated Press2 days ago
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