Middle East

    In this photo released by the Syrian official news agency SANA, Syrians gather at the scene where twin bombings struck Kurdish town of Qamishli, Syria, July 27, 2016.

    IS Claims Responsibility for Dual Car Bombs in Syria

    At least 31 people are dead and dozens more injured including VOA Kurdish Service reporter Zana Omar 

    FILE - A photo shows a downtown park with fountains in Irbil, Iraqi Kurdistan's capital, during somewhat better economic times, Sept. 22, 2013.

    With Lamborghinis and Rooftop Sushi, Why Is Kurdistan Broke?

    Report highlights debt of once prosperous Iraqi region now estimated at around $17 billion 

    FILE - Israeli border police officers stand guard as Israeli machinery demolish Palestinian houses in the West Bank village of Qalandia near Ramallah, July 26, 2016.

    Israeli Army Kills Palestinian Man Accused of Murdering Rabbi

    Soldiers fired anti-tank missiles, killing the man and destroying his house 

    FILE - A Syria Democratic Forces (SDF) fighter walks in the silos and mills of Manbij after the SDF took control of it in Aleppo Governorate, Syria, July 1, 2016.

    US-backed Forces Close to Pushing Back IS from Syria’s Manbij

    After Islamic State refused to leave the city, Manbij Military Council fighters gearing up to drive militant group out 

    A man looks on as Syrian civil defense workers (not pictured) look for survivors under the rubble of a collapsed building following reported airstrikes July 17, 2016, in the rebel-controlled neighborhood of Karm Homad in the northern city of Aleppo.

    US Aid Chief Asks Security Council to Support Pauses in Syrian Fighting

    Weekly, 48-hour humanitarian break would allow life-saving aid to reach residents of eastern Aleppo