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World Jun 11Detained U.S. resident freed by Iran arrives in native Lebanon
Nizar Zakka, held in Iran since 2015 on charges of spying, is one of several prisoners with either dual nationality or links to the West held in Iran. Lebanese officials have for years asked for his release, and it was…
World May 19Rocket attack hits near U.S. Embassy in Baghdad’s Green Zone
A rocket crashed Sunday night in the Iraqi capital’s heavily fortified Green Zone, landing less than a mile from the sprawling U.S. Embassy, an Iraqi military spokesman said.
World May 05Warplanes strike hospital in Syria’s rebel-held Idlib
Warplanes struck a hospital in Syria’s northwestern Idlib province on Sunday, knocking it out of service, as government forces continued to bombard the rebel-held region following insurgent attacks last week.
World Apr 29Islamic State leader appears in video for first time in 5 years
Al-Bagdadi acknowledged that IS lost the war in the eastern Syrian village of Baghouz, which was captured last month by the U.S.-backed Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces.
World Jan 21ISIS suicide bomb targets U.S. convoy in northeastern Syria
There were no casualties among the U.S.-led coalition members, according to the U.S. military. Monday's bombing came days after a suicide attack killed 19 people, including two U.S. service members and two American civilians, in the northern Syrian town of…
World Jan 162 U.S. service members, 2 U.S. civilians killed in Syria explosion
The Islamic State group claimed responsibility for the rare morning attack in the U.S.-patrolled town of Manbij in northern Syria, saying one of its members carried out a suicide attack and detonated his vest filled with explosives.
World Dec 25Syrian state media reports a missile attack near Damascus
Warplanes flying over Lebanon fired missiles toward areas near the Syrian capital of Damascus late Tuesday and some of the missiles were shot down by air defense units, Syrian state TV said.
World Jul 03Syrian group uncovering Islamic State mass graves needs help, watchdog says
Activists working to uncover mass graves in northeastern Syria — a region until recently controlled by the Islamic State group — need help to preserve evidence and identify human remains, an international watchdog said Tuesday.
World Jun 28Hundreds of Syrians leave Lebanon for long-awaited reunions
Hundreds of displaced Syrians left Lebanon for their war-torn homeland Thursday in a repatriation that will reunite them with relatives they have not seen for years. But many of them also are leaving behind loved ones who are staying in…
World May 06Lebanon holds first general elections in 9 years
Tens of thousands of Lebanese cast their ballots Sunday in the first parliamentary elections in nine years, a vote that is being fiercely contested between rival groups backed by regional powers Iran and Saudi Arabia.