Middle East

Islamic State seizes 16 Kurdish villages

BEIRUT — Islamic State fighters backed by tanks have captured 16 Kurdish villages over the past 24 hours in northern Syria near the Turkish border in a major assault that...

US air strikes hit IS targets near Baghdad

US air strikes hit IS targets near Baghdad

WASHINGTON — The United States, as promised by President Barack Obama, has stepped up its air-strike campaign in Iraq, hitting targets near Baghdad in the effort to help the...

Iraq urges world to fight Islamic State

Iraq urges world to fight Islamic State

PARIS — Iraqi President Fuad Masum has urged world powers to take the fight against the Islamic State militants who have occupied much of his country to neighbouring Syria, as...

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