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Clashing statements expose rift in Iraqi paramilitary force

Aug. 22, 2019 1:53 PM EDT

BAGHDAD (AP) — The head of Iraq's paramilitary forces supported by Iran on Thursday walked back a statement by his deputy the day before in which he blamed Israeli drones and held the U.S. responsible for a series of attacks on bases run by the militias. Faleh al-Fayyadh said the statement by his deputy,...

The Latest: Portugal offers to take 35 people from Med. ship

Aug. 22, 2019 12:58 PM EDT

MILAN (AP) — The Latest on migration into Europe (all times local): 6;55 p.m. Portugal is offering to take 35 people from the Ocean Viking rescue ship, following an appeal by the European Commission. The Portuguese government said in a statement Thursday that France, Germany, Romania and Luxembourg are...

Daughter's sleep training influenced Knightley's latest role

Aug. 22, 2019 7:49 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Keira Knightley's edginess while playing a real-life Iraq War whistle-blower in the political thriller "Official Secrets" wasn't all an act. The decision to sleep train her 3-year-old daughter during filming meant she wasn't faking it when it came to the emotional side of the role. "I felt...

Trump: Germany, France must take back Islamic State fighters

Aug. 21, 2019 4:44 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump challenged France, Germany and other countries on Wednesday to take back citizens captured fighting for the Islamic State group in Syria and Iraq. Otherwise, he warned, the U.S. "will have no choice but to release them into the countries from which they came." Trump...

Iran-backed militias blame US for attacks on bases in Iraq

Aug. 21, 2019 1:36 PM EDT

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraqi paramilitary forces backed by Iran accused Israeli drones of carrying out a series of attacks on bases run by the militias, saying Wednesday that they hold the United States ultimately responsible. The militias vowed to defend themselves against any future attack. The rare and...

The Latest: Iran-backed militias blame US for attacks

Aug. 21, 2019 10:46 AM EDT

BAGHDAD (AP) — The Latest on explosion near Baghdad earlier in the month (all times local): 5:45 p.m. Iran-backed militias in Iraq have said they hold the United States responsible for a series of attacks targeting militia bases across the country. In a statement issued Wednesday, the deputy head of the...

New explosion rocks arms depot north of Iraqi capital

Aug. 20, 2019 2:02 PM EDT

BAGHDAD (AP) — A large explosion hit an arms depot belonging to an Iranian-backed militia faction north of Baghdad on Tuesday, the latest in a series of mysterious blasts at military bases and munitions depots around the country in the past few weeks. The explosions have occurred in bases and warehouses...

Iraqi officials say an explosion has happened in an arms depot belonging to an Iran-backed faction north of Baghdad

Aug. 20, 2019 12:13 PM EDT
BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraqi officials say an explosion has happened in an arms depot belonging to an Iran-backed faction north of Baghdad.

A look at the Islamic State affiliate's rise in Afghanistan

Aug. 19, 2019 11:57 AM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A suicide bombing at a wedding party in Kabul claimed by a local Islamic State affiliate has renewed fears about the growing threat posed by its thousands of fighters, as well as their ability to plot global attacks from a stronghold in the forbidding mountains of northeastern...

4 German children born to IS to return home from Syria

Aug. 19, 2019 10:18 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Four German children fathered by Islamic State militants, including an ill toddler, were handed over to Germany on Monday by Syria's Kurdish-led administration, a Kurdish official and Germany's foreign minister said. The children had been held in detention camps in Syria alongside over 70,000...