• US command: Mosul airstrikes were at the request of Iraq

    BAGHDAD (AP) — An initial review of airstrikes over the past days indicates that the U.S.-led coalition has struck fighters and equipment of the Islamic State group west of the northern city of Mosul at the request of Iraqi security forces, where there were allegations of civilian casualties, the Pentagon said.

  • Vehicle attacks: easy success for IS, challenge for police

    BASEL, Switzerland (AP) — In the battlefields of Syria and Iraq, the Islamic State group became infamous for its spectacular variations on explosive vehicles. For attacks in the West, it has suggested a simpler method, encouraging followers to use regular vehicles to kill people on foot.

  • Iraqi-American composer musically translates wartime letters

    DEARBORN, Mich. (AP) — Rahim AlHaj cried every time he read the letters of eight Iraqis sharing personal, harrowing tales of love, loss and hope in wartime since the 2003 U.S.-led invasion. Rather than retreat, the Iraqi-American composer and musician immersed himself in the stories and emerged with a collection of songs to illustrate them.

  • Lippi leads China over SKorea 1-0 in World Cup qualifier

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Marcello Lippi earned his biggest win since taking over as coach of China’s national soccer team, leading his squad to a 1-0 victory over South Korea on Thursday in a World Cup qualifier.

  • AP Interview: US pilot describes challenges of bombing IS

    ABOARD THE USS GEORGE H.W. BUSH (AP) — The crowded skies over Islamic State-held territory have complicated U.S.-led airstrikes targeting the extremists, though military planners are working to keep fliers safe, an American pilot involved in the bombing campaign has told The Associated Press.