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US service member killed in helicopter crash in Iraq

Aug. 20, 2018 1:19 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — One U.S. service member was killed and three others were wounded Monday in a helicopter crash in Iraq, where a U.S.-led coalition is battling the remnants of the Islamic State group, the Pentagon said. The cause of the crash was being investigated, but Army Col. Rob Manning, a Pentagon...

Over 2 million Muslims begin annual hajj pilgrimage

Aug. 19, 2018 3:26 AM EDT

MECCA, Saudi Arabia (AP) — More than 2 million Muslims began the annual hajj pilgrimage at first light on Sunday in Saudi Arabia, circling the cube-shaped Kaaba in Mecca that Islam's faithful face five times each day during their prayers. The five-day hajj pilgrimage represents one of the world's biggest...

German prosecutors probe Yazidi woman's claim about IS man

Aug. 19, 2018 2:22 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — German prosecutors said Saturday they are taking seriously a Yazidi refugee's claim that she ran into her former Islamic State captor twice in Germany, but say they need more information to identify him. The case of 19-year-old Ashwaq Haji Hami made headlines this week after she was quoted...

German prosecutors probe Yazidi woman's claim about IS man

Aug. 18, 2018 7:04 PM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — German prosecutors said Saturday they are taking seriously a Yazidi refugee's claim that she ran into her former Islamic State captor twice in Germany, but say they need more information to identify him. The case of 19-year-old Ashwaq Haji Hami made headlines this week after she was quoted...

Saudi Arabia prepares for the annual Muslim hajj pilgrimage

Aug. 18, 2018 12:40 PM EDT

MECCA, Saudi Arabia (AP) — Saudi Arabia is preparing to host the annual hajj pilgrimage beginning Sunday, as over 2 million Muslim faithful are ready to take part in the ultraconservative kingdom. The pilgrimage represents one of the five pillars of Islam and is required of all able-bodied Muslims once in...

IS deadly new front in Pakistan's decades-old terror war

Aug. 17, 2018 9:08 PM EDT

DHABEJI, Pakistan (AP) — Hafeez Nawaz was 20 years old when he left his religious school in Karachi to join the Islamic State group in Afghanistan. Three years later he was back in Pakistan to carry out a deadly mission: With explosives strapped to his body, he blew himself up in the middle of an election...

US ends Syria stabilization funding, cites more allied cash

Aug. 17, 2018 3:29 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration is ending funding for Syria stabilization projects as it moves to extricate the U.S. from the conflict, citing increased contributions from anti-Islamic State coalition partners. The State Department said it had notified Congress on Friday that it would not spend...

Saudi Arabia says it's given $100 million to northeast Syria

Aug. 17, 2018 1:03 PM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Saudi Arabia said early on Friday that it has contributed $100 million to northeast Syria for "stabilization projects" in areas once held by the Islamic State group and now controlled by U.S.-backed forces. The Saudi move was blasted by the Syrian government which called...

The Latest: Germany seeks refugee who may have been with IS

Aug. 17, 2018 9:43 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — The Latest on migration issues in Europe (all times local): 3:40 p.m. German authorities say they're looking into a Yazidi woman's claim that she ran into a man who bought her as a slave in an Islamic State-ruled area of Iraq after arriving in Germany. The woman, identified as Ashwaq, was...

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Aug. 17, 2018 7:16 AM EDT

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