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Fatima Mahmoud stands on what was once her home where she claims her husband was killed in an air strike. <br>Alice Martins/The Washington Post.

America's hunt for ISIS left Raqqa in ruins. Who is supposed to rebuild it?

The Syrian city — once the militants’ self-proclaimed capital — was left without running water or electricity, and residents frequently encounter human remains amid the rubble. Its slow recovery is fueling the sentiment that the United States wrecked the city but is unwilling to help put it back together.


After Syria missile strikes, US stuck in holding pattern

The drama of U.S. and allied missile strikes on Syria has obscured a sobering fact: The U.S.-led campaign to eliminate the Islamic State from Syria has stalled. It's unclear whether Trump will go ahead with a total U.S. withdrawal while ISIS retains even a small presence in Syria.


Pentagon: Sarin likely at Syria sites, but questions remain

The Pentagon said Thursday a "preponderance of the evidence" indicates there were chemical weapons, including "elements" of sarin nerve gas, at the three Syrian sites bombed by the U.S. and its allies last week. Any definitive conclusion probably will remain an open question for some time.


Gaza protest camps moved closer to Israel border fence

Gaza protest organizers moved sit-in tents closer to the Israeli border fence Thursday, a day before a fourth planned mass demonstration, raising fears of more bloodshed.

Syrian rebels give up Damascus area town to government

The Syrian government took control of a town northeast of Damascus on Thursday after rebels evacuated to north Syria — the latest in a string of handovers by rebels to the government.


Iraqi radio station co-founder avoids punishment, criticizes prosecution

The federal government's eight-year-long pursuit of Steve S. Jabar ended Wednesday with a judge who refused to send the Iraq native to prison and suggested the prosecution against him was punishment enough.


Iran's defense minister visits Iraq to promote security ties

Iran's defense minister has visited a joint intelligence center in the Iraqi capital operated by Iran, Iraq, Syria and Russia.


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Lawyer: Military's bid to send US citizen who was captured in Syria to Saudi Arabia is illegal

The Trump administration wants to transfer a U.S. citizen who was captured in Syria and is suspected of supporting Islamic State to Saudi Arabia. Lawyers for the man, who has not been publicly identified, claim that's a violation of his constitutional rights


Failure to launch: Afghanistan’s economy stalls without troop presence

The Afghan economy tanked after large numbers of coalition troops — and the jobs created to support them — left the country, indicating a 16-year, $122 billion reconstruction effort failed to develop a sustainable economic system, according to a U.S. watchdog agency.


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'Very horrible incident,' Merkel says of attack on 2 men wearing skullcaps in Berlin

German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Wednesday sharply condemned a street assault in Berlin on two young men wearing Jewish skullcaps that has stoked the debate about anti-Semitism in the country.

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