Militant groups

FILE - In this Monday, Oct. 28, 2019 file photo, U.S. forces patrol Syrian oil fields, in eastern Syria.President Donald Trump's decision to dispatch new U.S. forces to eastern Syria to secure oil fields is being criticized by some experts as ill-defined and ambiguous. But the residents of the area, one of the country's most remote and richest regions, hope the U.S. focus on eastern Syria would bring an economic boon and eliminate what remains of the Islamic State group. (AP Photo/Baderkhan Ahmad, File)
November 08, 2019 - 10:20 am
BEIRUT (AP) — As U.S. troops beef up in eastern Syria to protect oil fields, residents hope their mission will bring stability and prosperity to the remote and resource-rich region —and keep the Syrian government out. Their hopes reflect the expectations being piled onto the operation, even as...
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Iraqi riot police fire tear gas to disperse anti-government protesters during ongoing protests in Baghdad, Iraq, Friday, Nov. 8, 2019. Iraqi security and medical officials say the country's main port closed again after brief resumption of services. (AP Photo/Hadi Mizban)
November 08, 2019 - 7:59 am
BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraq's most senior Shiite spiritual leader called Friday for a road map out of the impasse, saying the country's political class has a "unique opportunity" to meet the demands of protesters who have taken to the streets for weeks, demanding change — only to have their rallies met...
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Anti-government protesters set fire while security forces fired live ammunition and tear gas near the state-run TV in Baghdad, Iraq, Monday, Nov. 4, 2019. (AP Photo/Hadi Mizban)
November 04, 2019 - 4:01 pm
BAGHDAD (AP) — Anti-government protesters crossed a major bridge in Baghdad on Monday, approaching the prime minister's office and the headquarters of Iraq's state-run TV, as security forces fired live ammunition and tear gas, killing at least five demonstrators and wounding dozens. The protesters...
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A man checks a car damaged iby shrapnel from a missile fired from Gaza Strip in Sderot, Israel, Friday, Nov. 1, 2019. Palestinian militants in Gaza fired barrages of rockets into southern Israel Friday, causing damage to a house and shattering nearly a month of calm across the volatile border. (AP Photo/Tsafrir Abayov)
November 01, 2019 - 10:36 pm
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Israeli airstrikes on Gaza killed a Palestinian man Saturday as aircraft pounded militant sites in response to barrages of rockets launched toward Israel from the seaside enclave. The exchange of fire shattered a monthlong lull across the volatile frontier. Gaza's...
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Anti-government protesters try to sneak to the Green Zone while Iraqi security forces close the the Joumhouriya bridge during a demonstration in Baghdad, Iraq, Friday, Nov. 1, 2019. (AP Photo/Hadi Mizban)
November 01, 2019 - 4:29 pm
BAGHDAD (AP) — Tens of thousands of Iraqis massed in Baghdad's Tahrir Square on Friday in the biggest demonstrations since anti-government protests erupted a month ago, defying security forces that have killed scores of people and harshly criticizing Iran's involvement in the country's affairs. The...
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An injured protester is rushed to a hospital during anti-government demonstrations in Baghdad, Iraq, Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2019. (AP Photo/Khalid Mohammed)
October 29, 2019 - 2:56 pm
BAGHDAD (AP) — Masked gunmen opened fire at Iraqi protesters in the Shiite holy city of Karbala on Tuesday, killing 18 people and wounding hundreds, security officials said, in one of the deadliest single attacks since anti-government demonstrations erupted earlier this month. The overnight attack...
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October 28, 2019 - 5:41 pm
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Federal prosecutors say two brothers charged with conspiring to export drone parts and technology from the U.S. to Iranian-backed Hezbollah militia in Lebanon are "dangerous" and should remain in custody while they await trial, according to a court document filed Monday. Usama...
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FILE - In this Dec. 12, 2018, file photo, Nobel Peace Prize recipient Nadia Murad speaks during a meeting with Iraqi President Barham Salih and other dignitaries, in Baghdad, Iraq. Murad, a Yazidi woman who was among those kidnapped and enslaved, welcomed the news of the death of Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. (AP Photo/Karim Kadim, File)
October 28, 2019 - 2:07 pm
PARIS (AP) — For Georges Salines, whose 28-year-old daughter Lola was killed when Islamic extremists went on a bloody rampage in Paris in 2015, the death of the man who inspired the attack brought a welcome "sense of satisfaction." But like other survivors and families of victims of the Islamic...
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FILE - This file image made from video posted on a militant website April 29, 2019, purports to show the leader of the Islamic State group, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, being interviewed by his group's Al-Furqan media outlet. The IS 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." U.S. officials said late Saturday, Oct. 26, 2019 that al-Baghdadi was the target of an American raid in Syria and may have died in an explosion. (Al-Furqan media via AP, File)
October 27, 2019 - 12:46 pm
BEIRUT (AP) — Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi sought to establish an Islamic "caliphate" across Syria and Iraq, but he might be remembered more as the ruthlessly calculating leader of the Islamic State group who brought terror to the heart of Europe and set up a short-lived organization so extreme that it was...
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FILE - This file image made from video posted on a militant website April 29, 2019, purports to show the leader of the Islamic State group, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, being interviewed by his group's Al-Furqan media outlet. The IS 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." U.S. officials said late Saturday, Oct. 26, 2019 that al-Baghdadi was the target of an American raid in Syria and may have died in an explosion. (Al-Furqan media via AP, File)
October 27, 2019 - 10:30 am
BEIRUT (AP) — Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi sought to establish a new Islamic "caliphate" across Syria and Iraq, but he might be remembered more as the ruthlessly calculating militant leader of the Islamic State group who brought terror to the heart of Europe and set up a short-lived organization so extreme...
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