In renewed Aleppo attacks, Syrian troops capture high ground
Europe / Middle East / Politics

In renewed Aleppo attacks, Syrian troops capture high ground

BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian government forces and their allies on Monday captured strategic high ground in embattled Aleppo as Russia — a key ally of Syrian President Bashar Assad — said it was not planning more “humanitarian pauses” in the fighting in the city’s eastern, rebel-held districts. The fighting in Aleppo came as airstrikes hit … Continue reading

IS attacks Iraq city of Kirkuk, power plant amid Mosul fight
International News / Middle East

IS attacks Iraq city of Kirkuk, power plant amid Mosul fight

KIRKUK, Iraq (AP) — Islamic State militants armed with assault rifles and explosives attacked targets in and around the northern Iraqi city of Kirkuk early Friday, in an assault that appeared aimed at diverting Iraqi security forces from a massive offensive against the IS-held city of Mosul. At least 13 workers, including four Iranians, were … Continue reading

Iraqis push toward IS-held Mosul in long-awaited operation
International News / Middle East

Iraqis push toward IS-held Mosul in long-awaited operation

KHAZER, Iraq (AP) — Columns of Iraqi and Kurdish forces backed by U.S.-led airstrikes slowly advanced on Mosul from several directions on Monday, launching a long-awaited operation to retake Iraq’s second largest city from the Islamic State group. As airstrikes sent plumes of smoke into the air and heavy artillery rounds rumbled, troops pushed into … Continue reading

Middle East / Politics

Saudi police uncover IS-linked terrorist network; arrest 17

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — Saudi Arabia’s Interior Ministry on Monday said its forces had uncovered an Islamic State group-linked terrorist network that was involved in past attacks in the kingdom and was planning future attacks against civilians, security personnel and government sites. The state-run Saudi Press Agency posted images on its Twitter account showing … Continue reading