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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,...

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...

Yemeni separatists, government forces clash in the south

Aug. 20, 2019 3:38 PM EDT

SANAA, Yemen (AP) — Clashes between a Yemeni separatist militia, backed by the United Arab Emirates, and forces loyal to the internationally recognized government killed at least three civilians and wounded nine in southern Abyan province on Tuesday, security officials and local residents said. 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...

Egypt says its forces kill 11 militants in Sinai Peninsula

Aug. 20, 2019 11:46 AM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Egypt says its security forces have killed 11 suspected militants in the restive northern Sinai Peninsula, where it has been fighting an insurgency for years. The Interior Ministry issued a statement Tuesday saying it had received information about insurgents hiding at a farm in the city of...

Militants leave key rebel town as Syrian troops push in

Aug. 20, 2019 9:52 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — The main insurgent group in the Syrian province of Idlib pulled out of a key rebel town as government forces advanced in the area on Tuesday amid intense bombardment and airstrikes, a militant group and opposition activists said. As the militants withdrew, government troops moved into...

US says airstrike in Somalia kills al-Shabaab militant

Aug. 20, 2019 12:52 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. military says it has conducted an airstrike targeting an al-Shabaab militant in the vicinity of Qunyo Barrow, Somalia, killing a militant. In a statement, U.S. Africa Command says the airstrike was carried out Tuesday in coordination with the Federal Government of Somalia. The...

Afghanistan mourns, vows to crush militants after attack

Aug. 19, 2019 11:56 AM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — As Afghanistan mourned the 63 people killed in a suicide bombing at a Kabul wedding , a brother of the groom spoke through tears of his weariness at the bloodshed in the country and the crushing guilt he felt at having to face his neighbors, many of whom lost relatives in the...

The Latest: Families bury their dead after wedding attack

Aug. 18, 2019 5:12 PM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The Latest on the late-night suicide bombing that struck a wedding hall in the Afghan capital, Kabul (all times local): 8:20 p.m. The United States envoy who is negotiating with the Taliban to end the war in Afghanistan says the peace process needs to be accelerated in the wake of...