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Middle East

Fighters move cautiously into Islamic State-held Raqqa

SDF fighters in Syria.At Raqqa's eastern edge, a handful of Syrian fighters cross a river by foot and car, all the while relaying their coordinates to the U.S.-led coalition so they don't fall victim to friendly fire.


Rough justice in Iraq - one man's path to mass execution by the roadside

The corpse of an executed prisoner in Iraq.The killers made no attempt to hide the bodies of the 15 men they shot dead by the side of a road cutting across wheat fields in northern Iraq.


Attackers bomb Iran parliament and mausoleum, at least 12 dead

Smoke during an attack on the Iranian parliament.Suicide bombers and gunmen attacked Iran's parliament and the Mausoleum of Ayatollah Khomeini in Tehran on Wednesday morning, killing at least 12 people in a twin assault at the heart of the Islamic Republic, Iranian officials and media said.


U.S.-backed Syrian force starts battle to capture Raqqa from Islamic State

altThe U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) said on Tuesday it had launched a battle to capture Raqqa, Islamic State's de facto Syrian capital, piling pressure on the jihadists whose self-declared caliphate is in retreat across Syria and Iraq.


Saudi, Egypt lead Arab states cutting Qatar ties, Iran blames Trump

Doha in Qatar.Saudi Arabia, Egypt, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain severed their ties with Qatar on Monday, accusing it of supporting terrorism and opening up the worst rift in years among some of the most powerful states in the Arab world.


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