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Ambush north of Baghdad kills 3 Iraqi soldiers, wounds 5

Mar. 19, 2019 10:54 AM EDT

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraqi security and hospital officials say three soldiers have been killed and five wounded in an ambush on an army patrol north of Baghdad. The officials say a group of militants opened fire on the patrol Tuesday in the town of Tarmiyah, a former insurgent stronghold about 50 kilometers (30...

Syria's defense minister slams 'illegitimate' US presence

Mar. 18, 2019 11:54 AM EDT

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Syria's defense minister on Monday slammed what he called the "illegitimate" U.S. military presence in his country, vowing that Damascus has a right to self-defense, while Iraq said a border crossing with Syria will open in the coming days. Syria's Gen. Ali Ayoub spoke during a rare...

Iraqi who allegedly killed US troops charged in Germany

Mar. 18, 2019 9:15 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — German authorities have charged three Iraqi men with membership in a terrorist organization on allegations they fought for the Islamic State group in their home country, including one suspected of attacks that killed American soldiers. Federal prosecutors said Monday Mohammed Rafea Yassen Y.,...

Born into al-Qaida: Hamza bin Laden's rise to prominence

Mar. 17, 2019 8:41 PM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The boy is only 12 years old and looks even younger and smaller kneeling next to the wreckage of a helicopter, flanked by masked jihadis carrying Kalashnikov assault rifles with bandoliers strapped across their chests. Hamza bin Laden, with a traditional Arab coffee pot...

Iraq begins exhuming mass grave in Sinjar region

Mar. 16, 2019 10:17 AM EDT

BAGHDAD (AP) — The Iraqi government has started exhuming a mass grave left behind by the Islamic State group in the northwestern Sinjar region. The exhumation, which is being carried out with U.N. support, began Saturday in the village of Kocho. IS militants rampaged across Sinjar in 2014, killing Yazidi...

For Syrians, 8 years of war leaves stories of loss and hope

Mar. 16, 2019 2:27 AM EDT

BAGHOUZ, Syria (AP) — War is personal. And in Syria, after eight years of a grinding conflict, there are as many stories of loss, dispossession and desperate hope as there are people. What started as peaceful protests in 2011 asking for government change turned into one of the cruelest modern wars and left...

IS suicide attacks highlight perils of Syria campaign

Mar. 15, 2019 3:41 PM EDT

OUTSIDE BAGHOUZ, Syria (AP) — The three Islamic State fighters emerged from the group's last bastion in eastern Syria on Friday acting as though they wanted to surrender, but when they reached the U.S.-backed forces that have them surrounded they blew themselves up, killing six people. The attacks...

Russia lashes out at West for refusing take back IS fighters

Mar. 15, 2019 7:52 AM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — A top Russian diplomat has lashed out at Western countries for refusing to take back foreign-born militants who have been fighting in Syria and Iraq. Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova at a briefing on Friday accused Western nations of trying to "get rid" of their own citizens by...

Senators sharply question Pentagon on budget 'slush fund'

Mar. 14, 2019 1:13 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Patrick Shanahan, in his first congressional testimony since taking over as the interim Pentagon chief, fielded combative questions from senators Thursday about a Defense Department budget maneuver that Democrats said amounts to a political gimmick. The target of the their criticism was...

Report: National Guard officer violated bond with Iraq trip

Mar. 14, 2019 11:11 AM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A U.S. Army National Guard officer accused of stealing an armored car and leading authorities on a chase is now accused of breaking his bond agreement by traveling to Iraq and researching bomb-making. Citing court documents, The Richmond Times-Dispatch reported Wednesday that...