Middle East

Aleppo Residents Ten Days from Starvation

Aleppo Residents Ten Days from Starvation

STOCKHOLM —  Inhabitants of besieged rebel-held eastern Aleppo have fewer than ten days to receive aid or face starvation and death from a lack of medical supplies, the head of…

Deadly Blasts Rock Afghanistan's Nangarhar Province

Deadly Blasts Rock Afghanistan's Nangarhar Province

Afghan officials say at least five people were killed and 27 others wounded in a series of explosions Friday in the eastern Afghan province of Nangarhar. Local officials told VOA…

Iraqi Troops Begin Risky Urban Operations in Mosul

Iraqi Troops Begin Risky Urban Operations in Mosul

GOGJALI, IRAQ —  Iraqi troops were moving cautiously Thursday in a neighborhood just inside the city limits of Mosul, going slowly from house-to-house to ensure the safety of civilians…

Iraqi Forces Close In On Mosul

Iraqi Forces Close In On Mosul

An Iraqi general says special forces troops have taken control of the state television building inside Mosul as part of an offensive to drive Islamic State out of the city…

Scores Dead as Syrian Rebels Battle to Break Aleppo Siege

Scores Dead as Syrian Rebels Battle to Break Aleppo Siege

Fighting raged Sunday on the western edges of the Syrian city of Aleppo, with rebels trying to split a Russian-backed government force laying siege to the eastern half of…

Airstrikes, Fighting Continue in Aleppo

Airstrikes, Fighting Continue in Aleppo

Syrian rebels continued their efforts Saturday to shake Aleppo from the government’s siege, as airstrikes hit the edges of the divided city. Rebel commander Abu Mustafa told the…

Removal of Kurdish Mayors Raises Tension in Turkey

Removal of Kurdish Mayors Raises Tension in Turkey

In Turkey the removal of mayors accused of supporting the PKK Kurdish rebel group, and the PKK’s targeting of their government-appointed replacements are prompting growing fears for…

Experts Doubt Many High-level IS Leaders Are Staying in Mosul

Experts Doubt Many High-level IS Leaders Are Staying in Mosul

There is a growing sense that by the time Iraqi forces finish wresting control of the key city of Mosul from Islamic State fighters, few if any of the terror…

Allies Resist US Plan to Attack Raqqa

Allies Resist US Plan to Attack Raqqa

A proposed U.S.-backed offensive on the Islamic State terror group’s Syrian stronghold of Raqqa is encountering problems, because Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan insists the Syrian…

Yazidi IS Victim Stunned by Award, Hopes Survival Story Inspires Others

Yazidi IS Victim Stunned by Award, Hopes Survival Story Inspires Others

Lamiya Hachi Bashar, whose face was severely disfigured in a land mine explosion while fleeing Islamic State enslavement, never dreamed her story of survival would inspire others. The Yazidi woman…