• Tillerson’s Mideast aim is a Saudi-Iraqi axis against Iran

    DOHA, Qatar (AP) — As U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson visits the Middle East this weekend, he’ll hope to achieve something that has eluded top American diplomats for a generation: sealing a new alliance between Saudi Arabia and Iraq that would shut the doors of the Arab world to neighboring Iran.

  • Foreigners who joined IS faced almost certain death in Raqqa

    PARIS (AP) — The forces fighting the remnants of the Islamic State group in Syria have tacit instructions on dealing with the foreigners who joined the extremist group by the thousands: Kill them on the battlefield.

  • Iraqi and Kurdish forces exchange fire at border

    IRBIL, Iraq (AP) — Iraqi federal and Kurdish forces exchanged fire at their shared border on Friday, capping a dramatic week of maneuvers that saw the Kurds hand over territory across northern Iraq.

  • More conflicts loom after Islamic State defeat in Raqqa

    BEIRUT (AP) — The Middle East may have turned a page with the defeat of the Islamic State group in its self-declared capital of Raqqa, but the future is looking even more tangled, and potentially as violent.

  • Al-Qaida set to gain as Islamic State disintegrates

    BEIRUT (AP) — Over several nights in September, some 10,000 men, women and children fled areas under Islamic State control, hurrying through fields in northern Syria and risking fire from government troops to reach a province held by an al-Qaida-linked group.

  • Iraq: After losing Kirkuk, Kurdish forces pull out of Sinjar

    KIRKUK, Iraq (AP) — Kurdish forces lost more territory in Iraq on Tuesday, withdrawing from the town of Sinjar a day after Iraqi forces pushed them out of the disputed city of Kirkuk.

  • The Latest: Civilians stream back to Kirkuk, taken by Iraq

    KIRKUK, Iraq (AP) — The Latest on developments in Iraq, day after Iraqi forces took back the disputed city of Kirkuk, forcing Kurdish fighters to leave (all times local):

  • AP News Guide: The rise and fall of the Islamic State group

    BEIRUT (AP) — The Islamic State group, responsible for some of the worst atrocities perpetrated against civilians in recent history, appears on the verge of collapse.

  • The Latest: US military downplays fighting in Iraq’s Kirkuk

    KIRKUK, Iraq (AP) — The Latest on Iraq, where federal forces have moved into the disputed northern city of Kirkuk as Kurdish forces have pulled out (all times local):

  • Iraqi Kurds say federal forces attack near disputed Kirkuk

    KIRKUK, Iraq (AP) — Two weeks after fighting together against the Islamic State, Iraqi forces pushed their Kurdish allies out of the disputed city of Kirkuk on Monday, seizing oil fields and other facilities amid soaring tensions over last month’s Kurdish vote for independence.