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Suspect in shooting of Turkish diplomat arrested

Jul. 20, 2019 1:33 PM EDT

IRBIL, Iraq (AP) — Kurdish security officials say they have arrested the lead suspect in the shooting of a Turkish diplomat in Iraq's semi-autonomous region. The Kurdistan Region Security Council published a picture of the suspect Saturday, saying he was arrested by security and counterterrorism units...

Iraqi forces launch anti-IS operation north of Baghdad

Jul. 20, 2019 1:11 PM EDT

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraq's military said Saturday its troops in partnership with security agencies and paramilitary forces launched the second phase of an operation aimed at clearing remnants of the Islamic State group from north of Baghdad and surrounding areas. This is the second phase of the operation dubbed...

Officials: US putting troops back in Saudi Arabia

Jul. 19, 2019 7:12 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — With Iranian military threats in mind, the United States is sending American forces, including fighter aircraft, air defense missiles and likely more than 500 troops, to a Saudi air base that became a hub of American air power in the Middle East in the 1990s but was abandoned by...

Drone targets base for Iran-backed militia in northern Iraq

Jul. 19, 2019 1:49 PM EDT

BAGHDAD (AP) — An unmanned drone dropped explosives on a base belonging to Iran-backed paramilitary forces in northern Iraq early Friday, wounding two people, Iraqi security officials and a military statement said, amid regional tensions between the United States and Iran. The statement said the drone...

Turkish jets strike Kurdish rebels after diplomat's death

Jul. 19, 2019 9:29 AM EDT

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey launched airstrikes against Kurdish rebel targets in Iraq's semi-autonomous Kurdish region, after the killing of a Turkish diplomat there, state-run media quoted Turkey's defense minister as saying on Friday. Defense Minister Hulusi Akar said Turkish jets on Thursday hit the...

Syrian refugee indicted on charges he plotted to bomb church

Jul. 18, 2019 4:32 PM EDT

PITTSBURGH (AP) — A federal grand jury is accusing a Syrian refugee of plotting to bomb a Christian church in Pittsburgh to inspire Islamic State of Iraq followers. The jury handed up a three-count indictment Wednesday against 21-year-old Pittsburgh resident Mustafa Mousab Alowemer. He's charged with...

Correction: Norway-Italy-Radical Cleric story

Jul. 18, 2019 10:51 AM EDT

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — In a story on July 16 about a Muslim cleric found guilty in Italy of planning terror, The Associated Press misidentified the lawyer of Mullah Krekar. His lawyer is Enrica Franzini, not Marco Vernillo. Vernillo represents another client in the case, but not Mullah Krekar. A...

Norway holds Muslim cleric for 4 weeks after Italy trial

Jul. 18, 2019 4:04 AM EDT

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — An Iraqi-born Muslim cleric has been ordered held in custody for four weeks after he was sentenced to 12 years in prison in Italy for terror offenses. The Oslo District Court said Wednesday there is a risk that Mullah Krekar could flee. Norwegian broadcaster NRK said an Italian...

Gunmen in restaurant in northern Iraq kill Turkish diplomat

Jul. 17, 2019 2:26 PM EDT

IRBIL, Iraq (AP) — Unknown gunmen opened fire inside a Turkish-owned restaurant in the northern Iraqi city of Irbil on Wednesday, killing at least one Turkish diplomat stationed in Ankara's consulate and one Iraqi civilian, Turkish officials and Kurdish security forces said. The rare shooting in broad...

North and South Korea to meet in 2022 World Cup qualifiers

Jul. 17, 2019 10:58 AM EDT

North Korea and South Korea have been drawn together in an Asian qualifying group as the road to soccer's 2022 World Cup in Qatar became clearer Wednesday. The Korean neighbors will play each other north of the border on Oct. 15 and in the south on June 4 in the five-nation Group H that includes Lebanon,...