• The Latest: Syrian ambassador considers ‘paper’ amid talks

    BEIRUT (AP) — The Latest on the developments in the Syrian conflict (all times local):

  • Iraqi forces take control of most of Mosul airport from IS

    BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraqi forces on Friday gained control of most of Mosul’s airport on the city’s southwestern edge and all of a sprawling military base next to it, Iraqi officials said — key milestones in the first phase of the battle to rout Islamic State militants from the western part of Mosul.

  • Car bombing near Syria town captured from IS kills 35 people

    BEIRUT (AP) — Turkey’s news agency says a car bomb north of a town just captured by Turkish forces and Syrian opposition fighters from Islamic State militants has killed at least 35 people.

  • US-backed Iraqi forces enter Mosul airport, military base

    BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraqi forces backed by the U.S.-led international coalition fought their way Thursday into a sprawling military base outside of Mosul and onto the grounds of the city’s airport, taking control of the runway amid fierce exchanges of fire with Islamic State group militants.

  • The Latest: Iraqi special forces enter base by Mosul airport

    BAGHDAD (AP) — The Latest on the Iraqi government forces’ battle to take the western half of Mosul from the Islamic State group (all times local):

  • Iraqi forces on Mosul hilltop gird for fierce fight ahead

    ABU SAIF, Iraq (AP) — Iraqi troops worked to secure a strategic hilltop overlooking Mosul’s international airport and a nearby military base on Tuesday, fearing the Islamic State group, which still holds both facilities, may launch another wave of nighttime counterattacks.

  • Suicide bombers kill 6 outside court in northwest Pakistan

    PESHAWAR, Pakistan (AP) — A group of suicide bombers with grenades and assault rifles struck outside a courthouse in northwestern Pakistan on Tuesday, killing six people in an attack claimed by a Taliban splinter group.

  • Iraqi troops push into IS-held southern outskirts of Mosul

    SOUTH OF MOSUL, Iraq (AP) — Iraqi Federal Police forces on Monday pushed into the southern outskirts of Mosul on the second day of a new push to drive Islamic State militants from the city’s western half as the U.S. defense secretary started a visit to Iraq to discuss the fight against IS.

  • Pakistan shuts key border crossing in wake of shrine attack

    ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistani authorities shut down a second key border crossing into Afghanistan, halting trade supplies to the neighboring landlocked country and increasing tension between the two nations in the wake of a bloody suicide bombing at a beloved shrine in Pakistan, officials said Saturday.

  • Iraqis risk all to spy on Islamic State militants in Mosul

    MOSUL, Iraq (AP) — The Iraqi intelligence agent knew something was wrong. An Islamic State group member working for him as an informant in the city of Mosul called him on his mobile, but he didn’t identify himself by the code name they always used in their communications. Then the informant started talking to him about selling his car.