Civilians flee their houses, as Iraq's elite counterterrorism forces fight against Islamic State militants, in the village of Tob Zawa, about 9 kilometers (5.6 miles) from Mosul, Iraq, Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2016.<br>Khalid Mohammed/AP Photo

Islamic State militants are kidnapping thousands of people to use as human shields

Islamic State militants have rounded up thousands of villagers at gunpoint to use as human shields as they retreat toward their stronghold of Mosul, the latest brutal war tactic inflicted on civilians in areas the group controls.

US general: Syrian Democratic Forces will lead the assault on Raqqa

The U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces will lead the impending assault on Raqqa, the Islamic State group’s stronghold in Syria, despite the objections of the Turkish government, a top U.S. general said Wednesday.

US intel chief: Efforts to denuclearize North Korea ‘a lost cause'

Efforts to force North Korea to give up its nuclear program are “a lost cause” and the best that can be hoped for is probably a cap on its activity, the U.S. intelligence chief says.

Arlington National Cemetery is no longer pet-friendly

Pets will no longer be allowed to accompany visitors to Arlington National Cemetery starting Wednesday, one of several new policies announced by the Army.

Carter to Islamic State: Raqqa is next target

Initial operations to retake the Islamic State group’s capital in Raqqa, Syria, are underway and likely to overlap with the assault launched 10 days ago to drive the terror group out of Mosul, Iraq, Defense Secretary Ash Carter said Tuesday.

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