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American medics try to heal Mosul

Nonprofit civilian groups are flocking to war-ravaged Iraq to provide medical assistance.

Syrian fighters start evacuating from last rebel-held neighborhood in Homs

Opposition fighters and their families began leaving the last rebel-held neighborhood in the central Syrian city of Homs on Saturday under a Russian-backed evacuation deal.

With nowhere to turn, refugees crowd makeshift camps as they flee the Islamic State in Iraq

As Iraqi and coalition forces try to drive Islamic State from Mosul, the exodus out of the city has accelerated, straining displaced persons camps.

U.S. military denies airstrike hit mosque in Syria, following reports of dozens killed

The U.S. military conducted an airstrike on a building in northern Syria targeting Al Qaeda militants and is investigating reports that civilians were killed or injured in a nearby mosque.

Israel reportedly launches strike on Syria as tensions rise

An Israeli aircraft reportedly launched a strike into Syria on Sunday that left one person dead, in what would be the second cross-border attack in three days.

U.S. airstrike was responsible for civilian deaths in Mosul, Iraqi officials say

As they sift through rubble to find more bodies, Iraqi officials acknowledge that it was almost certainly a coalition airstrike tht killed up to 200 civilians in Mosul.

Here's some of what we know about the apparent chemical weapons attack in Syria

Dozens were killed in what U.S. officials say was a chemical weapons attack against civilians in Syria, though the Syrian government denies any attack. What do we know?

Syria's Assad was in a strong position a week ago. A suspected chemical attack changed everything

A week ago, Syrian President Bashar Assad was in his strongest position in years, with the U.S. conceding that he would likely remain in power. A suspected chemical attack changed that instantly.

Nearly 300 died in Mosul airstrike, making it one of the deadliest attacks on civilians in recent memory

Iraqi officials have removed nearly 300 bodies from the site of a March 17 airstrike, the largest civilian death toll since the battle against Islamic State began more than two years ago 

Syrian President Assad faces international pressure to step down, but in Damascus there is a mood of defiance

As Assad faces international pressure to step aside as Syrian president, he appears more defiant than ever.

After deadly bombings, Egypt's state of emergency reassures some but strikes fear in others

A day after Egypt declared a state of emergency, militants in the Sinai Peninsula fired a rocket into Israel, casting doubt on the president’s ability to counter a growing Islamist insurgency.

In a surprise move, Iran's Mahmoud Ahmadinejad files to run for president

Iran's former President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has filed to run in the country's May presidential election, contradicting a recommendation from the nation's Supreme Leader to stay out of the race.

Assad's victims happy, fearful after US strike

Syrians say they're happy but fearful after the retribution meted out by US President Donald Trump.

As Erdogan consolidates power in Turkey, the Kurdish opposition faces crackdown

The shrinking political space for Kurds in Turkey who are critical of the government.

The teachers are unpaid and danger is ever present, but Mosul's schools are reopening

Schools and businesses have reopened since east Mosul was officially freed in January, but with militants entrenched on the west side of the city, their future remains uncertain.

'Old slavery mentality' is making a comback in lawless Libya, migrants say

For many of the migrants pushing off from Libya’s beaches on rickety boats, escaping the terrors of that country is more important than whether they reach Europe.

Islamic State attacks Iraq's oil-rich northern city of Kirkuk

Islamic State militants launched a multi-pronged attack Friday on the northern Iraqi oil hub of Kirkuk, seizing a downtown building and attacking at least three points along the city’s defensive perimeter, authorities said.

Families caught in crossfire in western Mosul

Dramatic footage from the battle to retake western Mosul shows families caught in the crossfire as Iraqi security forces face off against Islamic State militants.

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