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US backed Syrian force clears area retaken from IS

Mar. 24, 2019 2:50 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — U.S.-backed Syrian fighters cleared explosives in the last area retaken from the Islamic State group on Sunday and arrested a number of militants hiding in tunnels, a day after declaring military victory and the end of the extremists' self-styled caliphate. The U.S.-led coalition said the...

Iraq parliament votes to sack official after ferry sinking

Mar. 24, 2019 11:54 AM EDT

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraq's parliament voted on Sunday to sack a provincial official following the tragic sinking of a ferry in the Tigris River that killed nearly 100 people, the house's deputy speaker said. Hassan al-Kaabi told The Associated Press that the majority of the house's 329 members voted to sack the...

The Latest: US commander: IS fighters could 're-emerge'

Mar. 23, 2019 4:31 PM EDT

BAGHOUZ, Syria (AP) — The Latest on the battle against the Islamic State group in Syria (all times local): 10:25 p.m. The U.S.-led coalition in Syria and Iraq says the victory of the Syrian Democratic Forces over the Islamic State's self-declared caliphate does not mean that violent extremism is over. The...

US-allied Syrian force declares victory over Islamic State

Mar. 23, 2019 11:02 AM EDT

BAGHOUZ, Syria (AP) — U.S.-backed forces declared military victory over the Islamic State group in Syria on Saturday after liberating the last pocket of territory held by the militants, marking the end of a brutal self-styled caliphate the group carved out in large parts of Iraq and Syria in 2014. The...

IS loses all territory but its shadowy leader still at large

Mar. 23, 2019 9:26 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — The Islamic State group has lost all the territory it once controlled in Iraq and Syria, but its shadowy leader and self-proclaimed "caliph" is still at large. With a $25 million U.S. bounty on his head, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi is the world's most wanted man, responsible for steering his...

Q&A: The end of the Islamic State group's "caliphate"

Mar. 23, 2019 7:28 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — The announcement of victory over the Islamic State group in Syria marks the end of the extremists' self-styled caliphate, a proto-state in which they held millions hostage to their dark and brutal vision. But IS, which traces its roots back to the bloody emergence of al-Qaida in Iraq after...

Timeline of the rise and fall of the Islamic State group

Mar. 23, 2019 4:06 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — The Islamic State group erupted from the chaos of Syria and Iraq's conflicts and swiftly did what no Islamic militant group had done before, conquering a giant stretch of territory and declaring itself a "caliphate." Its territorial rule, which at its height in 2014 stretched across nearly a...

Islamic State driven from last Syria territory, Trump says

Mar. 22, 2019 4:49 PM EDT

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Islamic State militants no longer control any territory in Syria, President Donald Trump proudly announced Friday, though the U.S. was still launching airstrikes and sporadic fighting continued on the ground against the group's holdouts. "It's about time," Trump exclaimed on an...

Joe Biden faces a challenge winning over progressives

Mar. 22, 2019 9:17 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Joe Biden says he has "the most progressive record" of any Democrat running, or mulling a run, in 2020. But many progressive activists disagree. As the former vice president inches closer to a third White House run, several moments in his long career loom as immediate political...

Protesters block Iraq president's pathway over ferry sinking

Mar. 22, 2019 8:50 AM EDT

MOSUL, Iraq (AP) — Iraqi residents of the northern city of Mosul, angry over the sinking of a ferry in the Tigris River that killed 95 people, blocked a road where Iraq's presidential convoy was passing on Friday, chanting "no to corruption" and pelting the provincial governor's car with stones in protest....