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FILE - This file image released by the Department of Defense on Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2019, and displayed at a Pentagon briefing, shows an image of Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. The Islamic State group seemed largely defeated last year, with the loss of its territory, the killing of its founder in a U.S. raid and an unprecedented crackdown on its social media propaganda machine but tensions between the U.S. and Iran in the region provide a comeback opportunity for the extremist group. (Department of Defense via AP, File)

IS tries to stage comeback amid rising US-Iran tensions

Jan. 28, 2020 1:11 AM EST

BEIRUT (AP) — The Islamic State group's self-styled “caliphate” across parts of Iraq and Syria seemed largely defeated last year, with the loss of its territory, the killing of its founder in a U.S. raid and an unprecedented crackdown on its social media propaganda machine. But tensions...

FILE - This file image made from video posted on a militant website Saturday, July 5, 2014, purports to show the leader of the Islamic State group, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, delivering a sermon at a mosque in Iraq during his first public appearance.  The Washington-based Syria Justice and Accountability Center, a U.S.-based Syrian rights group, said Thursday, Jan. 16, 2020,  that evidence, documents produced by the Islamic State militants themselves,  could help identify individuals responsible for atrocities during the militants four-year reign of terror in Syria, thus enabling prosecution for international crimes.  (Militant video via AP,File)

IS vows to attack Israel and blasts US Mideast plan

Jan. 27, 2020 10:16 AM EST

BEIRUT (AP) — The Islamic State group vowed in an audio message released Monday that the extremists will start a new phase of attacks that will focus on Israel and blasted the U.S. administration's plan to resolve the decades-old Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Despite carrying out deadly attacks throughout...

Three Jordanians charged for IS-inspired attack in court

Jan. 26, 2020 2:10 PM EST

AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — Three Jordanian men appeared in court Sunday to face charges connected to the stabbing of eight people at a popular archaeological site in northern Jordan in November in an attack allegedly inspired by the Islamic State group. The military judge presiding over the trial accused the...

In this Jan. 8, 2020, photo, national security adviser Robert O'Brien, listens as President Donald Trump addresses the nation from the White House on the ballistic missile strike that Iran launched against Iraqi air bases housing U.S. troops in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Iran standoff shines spotlight on new Trump security adviser

Jan. 11, 2020 2:15 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — In a defining week for President Donald Trump on the world stage, national security adviser Robert O'Brien was a constant presence at the president's side as the U.S. edged to the brink of war with Iran and back again. The contrasts with O'Brien's predecessor along the way — in...

President Donald Trump boards Air Force One at Andrews Air Force Base, Md., Thursday, Jan. 9, 2020, en route to a campaign rally in Ohio. (AP Photo/ Jacquelyn Martin)

Trump turns to those he has scorned for help on Iran

Jan. 10, 2020 12:15 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — As tensions fester with Iran, President Donald Trump finds himself turning to the very people and entities he’s spent three years dismissing or alienating: NATO, Western allies and U.S. intelligence agencies. Trump, who once said that U.S. spy agencies should “go back to...

President Donald Trump listens as Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt speaks on proposed changes to the National Environmental Policy Act, at the White House, Thursday, Jan. 9, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)

Trump wants NATO expanded to Mideast and renamed NATOME

Jan. 9, 2020 3:06 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump thinks NATO should be expanded to include nations in the Middle East. He even suggested a new name for the 70-year-old alliance: "NATOME" short for NATO-Middle East. “What a beautiful name — NATOME,'' Trump said Thursday, pronouncing it...

President Donald Trump arrives to address the nation from the White House on the ballistic missile strike that Iran launched against Iraqi air bases housing U.S. troops, Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)

Analysis: Trump seeks election-year out after Iran strikes

Jan. 8, 2020 7:29 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — President Donald Trump said Iran was “standing down” from possible conflict with the U.S. But Trump himself was just as eager for an out. Trump, by declining to take military action in retaliation for Iranian missile strikes against Iraqi bases that house U.S. troops, edged...

President Donald Trump, accompanied by first lady Melania Trump, turns with Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis to walk to the Oval Office of the White House, Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Trump campaign seizes on Soleimani killing

Jan. 8, 2020 12:36 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Donald Trump once warned Barack Obama not to “play the Iran card” to boost his political prospects by starting a war. Eight years later, Trump is showing no reluctance to capitalize politically on his order to kill a top Iranian general, drawing accusations that he is...

Democratic presidential candidate Michael Bloomberg talks to supporters during a campaign appearance, Friday, Jan. 3, 2020 in Fayetteville, N.C. (Andrew Craft/The Fayetteville Observer via AP)

Dueling Trump, Bloomberg 2020 ads to air during Super Bowl

Jan. 7, 2020 5:56 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Americans looking for an escape from the nation's politically charged political environment won't find it in next month's Super Bowl. Dueling ads from President Donald Trump and former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg are set to run during the NFL championship game. Both presidential...

President Donald Trump speaks to the media about the situation at the U.S. embassy in Baghdad, from his Mar-a-Lago property, Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2019, in Palm Beach, Fla. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)

From resort amid palm trees, Trump settled on Iran strike

Jan. 4, 2020 8:17 PM EST

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — At the midway point of his annual Christmas vacation, President Donald Trump huddled at his Florida club with his top national security advisers. Days earlier, a rocket attack by an Iranian-funded group struck a U.S.-Iraqi base, killing an American contractor and wounding...