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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.
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Communities continue to fracture in backlash from IS rule in Iraq
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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.
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“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…
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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.
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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…
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