• Gunmen kill 3 paramilitary forces in northwest Pakistan

    PESHAWAR, Pakistan (AP) — A senior police officer says gunmen riding on motorcycles have ambushed a vehicle carrying paramilitary forces in northwest Pakistan, killing three of them before fleeing.

  • In this Tuesday, May 17, 2016, file photo, a masked member of an Iraqi Shiite fighters militant group called Kataib Peace Brigades, a Shiite militia group loyal to Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr, center, carries his militant flag as he takes to the street after a suicide car bombing hit a crowded outdoor market in Baghdad's eastern Shiite neighborhood of Sadr City, Iraq. Even as Iraq slowly claws back territory from the Islamic State group, faith in the government is crumbling among many, particularly Shiites, angered by political disarray and the continual pounding of the capital by militants’ bombings. (AP Photo/ Karim Kadim, File)

    IS attacks undermine Iraqi state in war weary capital

    BAGHDAD (AP) — Even as Iraq slowly claws back territory from the Islamic State group, faith in the government is crumbling among many, particularly the country’s Shiites, angered by political disarray and the continual pounding of the capital, Baghdad, by militants’ bombings.

  • This picture provided by the office of Iraq's Prime Minister, shows Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi, seated left, wearing a black uniform and flanked by senior military commanders during a meeting at the Fallujah Operation Command center outside Fallujah, Iraq, Monday, May 23, 2016. Iraqi government forces on Monday pushed Islamic State militants out of some agricultural areas outside Fallujah as they launched a military offensive to recapture the city from the extremists, officials said. (Iraqi Prime Minister's Office via AP)

    Iraqi forces battle IS militants outside Fallujah

    BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraq’s prime minister hailed “big successes” Monday by government troops after launching an offensive to retake Fallujah from Islamic State militants, but the operation promises to be one of the toughest challenges yet for the country’s struggling security forces.

  • In this photo released by the Syrian official news agency SANA, Syrians gather in front of a burning car at the scene where suicide bombers blew themselves up, in the coastal town of Tartus, Syria, Monday, May 23, 2016. Syrian TV said suicide bombers blew themselves followed by a car bomb in a parking lot packed during morning rush hour. (SANA via AP)

    The Latest: IS claims deadly blasts in 2 Syrian cities

    DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — The Latest on a violent day in the Middle East, with deadly bombings in Syria and Yemen and the start of an Iraqi government offensive to retake the city of Fallujah from the Islamic State group (all times local):

  • This photo taken by freelance photographer Abdul Malik on Saturday, May 21, 2016, purports to show volunteers standing near the wreckage of the destroyed vehicle, in which Mullah Mohammad Akhtar Mansour was allegedly traveling in the Ahmed Wal area in Baluchistan province of Pakistan, near Afghanistan border. A senior commander of the Afghan Taliban confirmed on Sunday that the extremist group's leader, Mullah Mohammad Akhtar Mansour, has been killed in a U.S. drone strike. (AP Photo/Abdul Malik)

    Taliban official: Group leader killed in drone strike

    KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The killing of Afghan Taliban leader Mullah Mohammed Akhtar Mansour in a U.S. drone strike was greeted Sunday by Kabul’s political leadership as a game-changer in efforts to end the long insurgent war plaguing Afghanistan.

  • Shiite clerics and mourners pray over the Iraqi flag-draped coffins of two people killed in protests at Baghdad's highly fortified Green Zone on Friday, during their funeral at the holy shrine of Imam Ali, in Najaf, 100 miles (160 kilometers) south of Baghdad, Iraq, Saturday, May 21, 2016. Hundreds gathered in Baghdad's Sadr City and at the holy shrine of Imam Ali in Najaf, as families held funerals for the two men killed in Friday's protests. Their coffins were hoisted above the crowds of mourners in Sadr City before being driven to Najaf for burial. (AP Photo/Anmar Khalil)

    Funerals held for 2 killed in Friday protests

    BAGHDAD (AP) — Hundreds gathered in Baghdad’s Sadr City Saturday as families held funerals for two people killed in protests a day earlier. The coffins for the two men were hoisted above the crowds of mourners before being driven to the holy city of Najaf for burial.

  • Pakistani police kill 14 alleged al-Qaida militants

    ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistani police acting on intelligence killed 14 al-Qaida members and other militants in two separate shootouts in central Pakistan, authorities said Friday.

  • In this Monday, May 16, 2016 photo, orphan children of truck bomb victims, Mushtaq Talib Jassim Issa, 34, and his brother Dergahm Talib Jassim Issa, 32, sit at their home in Baghdad's Sadr City, Iraq. This sprawling district in northeast Baghdad has witnessed some of the worst violence to hit Baghdad this year as Islamic State group fighters have increasingly tuned to insurgent style terrorist attacks in the face of mounting battlefield losses in Iraq. Along Sadr City's main thoroughfares, fresh black posters bare the names and pictures of the more than 80 killed in the past week. The single deadliest attack this year was also in Sadr City in late February when a double car bombing killed more than 70 and wounded more than 100. (AP Photo/Karim Kadim)

    Mourning in Sadr City, Baghdad’s deadliest district

    BAGHDAD (AP) — Among the dozens killed when a truck bomb struck a crowded market last week in Baghdad’s Sadr City were two brothers, the only sons of Talib Jassum Issa, who got the news in a phone call just minutes after the attack.

  • In this Saturday, Oct. 22, 2011 file photo, a general view of buildings ravaged by fighting in Sirte, Libya. A leading international rights group on Wednesday released a report documenting atrocities committed by Libya's Islamic State affiliate in the country's coastal city of Sirte, a stronghold of the militants. (AP Photo/Manu Brabo, File)

    Rights group documents IS atrocities in Libyan city of Sirte

    CAIRO (AP) — A leading international rights group on Wednesday released a report documenting atrocities by Libya’s Islamic State affiliate — including instances of “crucifixions” and shooting a man to death for “cursing God” — in the coastal city of Sirte, a stronghold of the militants.

  • A Pakistani security official inspects a motorcycle following a bomb blast in Peshawar, Pakistan, Wednesday, May 18, 2016. An apparent twin bombing killed a Pakistani police officer and wounded nine people in the northwestern city of Peshawar on Wednesday, police said. (AP Photo/Mohammad Sajjad)

    Twin blasts kill police officer in northwestern Pakistan

    PESHAWAR, Pakistan (AP) — A twin bombing killed a Pakistani police officer and wounded nine people in the northwestern city of Peshawar on Wednesday, police said.