US-led airstrikes near Raqqa in March killed at least 84 civilians, including 30 children: Human Rights Watch
Airstrikes on a market and a school near Raqqa, Syria, in March killed at least 84 civilians, including 30 children, raising concerns that U.S.-led coalition forces fighting ISIS did not take the necessary precautions to avoid civilian casualties, Human Rights Watch said Monday in a new report .
Contractors accuse Iraq of shake downs to force tax payments
U.S. contractors operating in Iraq have accused Baghdad of strong-arm tactics to force them to pay tax bills, a practice they've warned the Trump administration is undermining the mission to defeat the Islamic State extremists
Indonesia militant gets life in attack that killed child
An Indonesian court has sentenced an Islamic militant to life imprisonment over an attack on a church that killed a 2-year-old girl and injured three other children
What you need to know about the Kurdish referendum
In a bold step toward an uncertain future, the Kurdish people living in northern Iraq are heading to the polls today to cast their ballots in a referendum for independence. Ironically, the vote has led to a rare moment of unity in the Middle East as every one of Kurdistan’s neighbors, plus some of
Iraq's Kurds to vote on independence amid fears of unrest
Iraq's Kurds are set to vote in a referendum on support for independence that has stirred fears of instability across the region as the war against the Islamic State group winds down
Syrian-American journalist and her mother killed in Turkey
Halla Barakat and her mother Orouba were active in opposition to the Syrian regime and close friends of American humanitarian aid worker Kayla Mueller, who was taken hostage by ISIS in Syria in 2013 and killed 18 months later.
'End in sight' in campaign to retake Raqqa from ISIS , says top diplomat
It began on the 73rd anniversary of D-Day -- the U.S.-led Allied invasion of Normandy, France during World War II -- and now, less than four months later in ISIS's self-declared capital, "the end is now in sight," according to a top U.S. diplomat. The fight for Raqqa, Syria, has been bloody and
Syrian-American journalist and her mother, friends of ISIS hostage Kayla Mueller, killed in Turkey
An American-born journalist and her mother, who were active in opposition to the Syrian regime, were found murdered in Istanbul yesterday. Halla Barakat and her mother Orouba Barakat were Syrians living in Turkey and close friends of American humanitarian aid worker Kayla Mueller , who was taken
UN votes to help Iraq collect evidence against Islamic State
The U.N. Security Council has authorized the world body's investigators to help Iraq collect evidence that could lead to prosecuting Islamic State extremists for war crimes; some major rights groups say it falls short.
Mosul's children return to school after ISIS defeat: 'We are not giving up on learning'
Three years ago when Rauiya Saed was in the third grade, ISIS militants took over her neighborhood in West Mosul and closed the school. But at home, the Iraqi girl kept on reading and writing. In her diary, she wrote about life under ISIS -- about other children who were starving while living under