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Blindfolded and handcuffed men are led to custody after being arrested in Hillah, Iraq, on April 5, 2015.<br>AP

IS ambushes Iraqi Shiite-led force, killing 27 fighters

Islamic State militants ambushed a group of Iraq's Shiite-led paramilitary fighters, killing at least 27, officials said Monday, underlining the extremis group's capabilities of launching large-scale attacks two months after Baghdad declared victory over IS in all of Iraq.

Israel strikes Hamas targets in Gaza after soldiers wounded

The Israeli military said the targets included weapon-manufacturing sites and training infrastructures of Hamas, the Islamic militant group that rules Gaza.

Turkey: Soldiers die after vehicle topples in flooded river

The bodies of two Turkish soldiers who went missing in a flood after heavy rains pummeled the country's southeast were found late Sunday, the military said.

Starved and abandoned, a suburb of the Syrian capital is bracing for new attacks

As the opposition's last bastion at the edge of Damascus, Eastern Ghouta has been cut off from the world. United Nations aid convoys visit rarely. A blitz by Syrian government warplanes early this month killed at least 210 people and sent hundreds more pouring into what remains of a buckling hospital network.

Iraqi victories remain fragile as US reduces troops

American-backed military firepower brought down the IS "caliphate," but many of the divisions and problems that helped fuel the extremists' rise remain unresolved. U.S. and Iraqi commanders here in western Iraq warn that victories over IS could be undercut easily by a large-scale withdrawal.

Kurdish doctors report suspected Turkish gas attack in Syria

A doctor at Afrin’s main hospital said the facility was treating six people who had been poisoned. The civilians arrived Friday night from the village of Arandi, after it was attacked by Turkish troops.

Key senator to stop blocking US arms sales to Persian Gulf

The U.S. is poised to let Persian Gulf nations resume buying American-made lethal weapons after Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Corker said he would stop blocking the sales, even though the Qatar diplomatic crisis that prompted the freeze is no closer to being resolved.

Pentagon watchdog raises doubts about Afghan War progress

A Pentagon watchdog agency says the Afghan government by the end of 2017 had not expanded its areas of control, even as the U.S. added about 3,500 troops and intensified airstrikes against the Taliban.

India, Iran to step up cooperation on Afghanistan

India and Iran said Saturday that they would step up cooperation in combatting extremism, terrorism and drug trafficking in Afghanistan in an effort to restore peace and stability to the war-wracked country.

Civilians have no place to run as Turkish offensive in Syria drags on

Nearly a month into the offensive in Afrin, hundreds of thousands of Syrians are hiding from bombs and airstrikes in caves and basements, trapped in the Kurdish enclave while Turkey and its allies are bogged down in fierce ground battles against formidable opponents.

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