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A member of the U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces SDF throws a bomb to check for more explosives as they clear the syadium that was the site of Islamic State fighters' last stand in the city of Raqqa, Syria, Oct. 18, 2017.
U.S.-backed ground operations against Islamic State remnants in eastern Syria have been put on hold because Kurds who had spearheaded combat against the extremists have shifted to a separate fight with Turkish forces, U.S. officials said Monday.The public acknowledgement of what Col. Rob Manning, a Pentagon spokesman, called an "operational pause" is the most explicit sign yet that Turkey's intervention in the Kurdish-held enclave of Afrin is hindering the U.S. effort to finish…
Children fleeing their homes in Iraq rarely receive mental health treatment, despite often being victims or witnesses to extreme violence, pictured on Feb. 28, 2018 in Haj Ali, Iraq.
Communities continue to fracture in backlash from IS rule in Iraq
Heather Murdock
Mon, 03/05/2018 - 12:56
President Donald Trump meets with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in the Oval Office of the White House, March 5, 2018.
“Iran must be stopped; that is our common challenge,” Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told U.S. President Donald Trump at the White House on Monday.The two leaders, sitting alongside each other in the Oval Office, discussed how to thwart Iran's military advances in the Middle East and the 2015 international accord designed to curb Tehran’s nuclear weapons development. Both Trump and Netanyahu have deemed it inadequate.   Trump has been…
Ken Bredemeier
Mon, 03/05/2018 - 11:25
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, right, and his French counterpart Jean-Yves Le Drian, shake hands for journalists at the start of their meeting in Tehran, March 5, 2018.
France's foreign minister arrived in Tehran on Monday for meetings with the country's president and his Iranian counterpart, Iran's state TV reported, with talks likely to focus on Syria's years-long war and French criticism of Iran's ballistic missile program.   Jean-Yves Le Drian's one-day trip highlights the balancing act Paris finds itself in after Iran's 2015 nuclear deal with world powers.   While French leaders, including President Emmanuel…
International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) convoy seen crossing into eastern Ghouta near Wafideen camp in Damascus, March 5, 2018.
An international convoy of humanitarian aid trucks cut short its mission to Syria’s besieged eastern Ghouta region after government forces continued their aerial bombardment and ground assault against the rebel enclave.The convoy of more than 46 trucks left the region’s main town of Douma Monday evening to return to Damacus without being able to fully unload its supplies due to the violence. “We delivered as much as we could amidst shelling,”…
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Mon, 03/05/2018 - 05:00
In this Jan. 9, 2018, photo, Ibrahim Alhasbani, owner of Qahwah House, a cafe that serves coffee made from beans harvested on his family's farm in Yemen's mountains, measures coffee beans in Dearborn, Mich.
Ibrahim Alhasbani is like generations of Middle Eastern immigrants in the Detroit suburb of Dearborn: He fled war, came with dreams and worked for others until he could strike out on his own.Now, like an increasing number of people from Yemen who have come the U.S., he sees a long-term future outside the country he left and seeks to bring aspects of his native country into America."Here you build; over there you have memories," said Alhasbani, owner of Qahwah House, a…
Smoke billows following Syrian government bombardments on the besieged rebel-held town of Hamouria in the eastern Ghouta region on the outskirts of the capital Damascus, March 3, 2018.
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad vowed Sunday that his military's offensive against rebels in the Damascus suburb of east Ghouta will continue, even while U.S. and British leaders accuse him of creating a humanitarian disaster. "The operation against…
Ken Bredemeier
Sun, 03/04/2018 - 07:58
Yad Vashem's "Flashes of Memory" exhibition in Jerusalem. (Yad Vashem)
Organizers at Israel's Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial challenge visitors to think about who created the 1,500 photos on display, and why
Michael Lipin
Sat, 03/03/2018 - 17:32
Turkish soldiers hold a position atop Bursayah Hill, Afrin region, March 3, 2018, during a Turkish government-organized media tour into northern Syria.
Turkish warplanes attacked pro-Syrian government forces Saturday in Syria's northwestern Kurdish enclave of Afrin, killing at least 36 fighters, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) confirmed Turkish airstrikes in a statement but did not provide a death toll or say where the attacks occurred. The SDF is a militia alliance led by the Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG).The British-based monitoring group said the…
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Sat, 03/03/2018 - 12:53
Family members mourn over the coffin of Ugur Palanci, 28, during a funeral ceremony in Izmir, Turkey, March 2, 2018. Taha Palanci was one of eight Turkish soldiers killed Thursday in fighting against Syrian Kurdish militia in Afrin, northwestern Syri
The Turkish military says eight Turkish soldiers and 13 others were wounded in fighting in northern Syria's Afrin enclave in one of the deadliest days for the Turkish military since it launched "Operation Olive Branch" against the Syrian Kurdish militia, YPG, in January."May God grant peace to our martyred soldiers in Afrin. All my condolences to their loved ones," tweeted Turkish presidential spokesman Ibrahim Kalin.In a sign of the continuing cross-party support for the…
Dorian Jones
Fri, 03/02/2018 - 16:44
This photo provided by the Syrian Civil Defense White Helmets, which has been authenticated based on its contents and other AP reporting, shows members of the Syrian Civil Defense group helping a wounded man after airstrikes hit Ghouta, a suburb of D
The U.N. rights chief is calling for perpetrators of crimes in eastern Ghouta, a besieged enclave in Syria, to be held accountable and for an independent investigation into recent events.U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad al Hussein opened a special session on the situation in eastern Ghouta at the Human Rights Council in Geneva Friday with a litany of incidents that have taken place in the Damascus suburb, which has been under siege for half a decade.…
Lisa Schlein
Fri, 03/02/2018 - 15:01
These bodies of IS militants were recently laid out in the street for pick-up under pro-Iraqi military graffiti on March 1, 2018 in Old Mosul, Iraq.
Authorities are working to clean up the corpses as families try to rebuild their homes
Heather Murdock
Fri, 03/02/2018 - 13:27

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