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Iraqi forces launched a broad operation on May 26 to tighten the noose on jihadists controlling Anbar, but Shiite militias gave it a name that risked raising sectarian tensions.
GAZA CITY, Palestinian Territories - Agence France-Presse
The Israeli air force carried out four strikes on militant targets in the Gaza Strip early May 27, Palestinian eyewitnesses said, hours after a cross-border rocket attack on the Jewish state
TEHRAN - Agence France-Presse
The trial of Washington Post correspondent Jason Rezaian on charges of spying on Iran opened behind closed doors in Tehran on May 26, state media reported.
JERUSALEM - Agence France-Presse
The Islamist group Hamas used its 2014 Gaza war with Israel to "settle scores" with rival Palestinians, executing at least 23 in possible war crimes, Amnesty International said May 27.
The United States has done "nothing" to help Iraq's army battle jihadists in Ramadi, according to a senior Iranian general involved in the fight against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) group
BAGHDAD - Agence France-Presse
Iraqi forces closed in on Ramadi May 26 and launched an operation aimed at cutting off the jihadists in Anbar province before a major offensive to retake the city
BAGHDAD - The Associated Press
Iraq and Iran pushed back May 25 against US Defense Secretary Ash Carter's criticisms over the fall of Ramadi to ISIL, with an Iranian general going as far as saying America had "no will" to fight the extremists.
RIYADH - Agence France-Presse
Saudi Arabia on May 26 carried out its 88th execution so far this year, surpassing the total for all of 2014 despite activists' concerns that trials are not conducted fairly.
ISTANBUL – Reuters
The United States and Turkey have agreed "in principle" to give air support to some forces from Syria's mainstream opposition, Turkey's foreign minister said, in what if confirmed could mark an expansion of U.S. involvement in the conflict.
WASHINGTON - The Associated Press
US Vice President Biden reassured Iraq's government of US support in the fight against ISIL, telephoning Iraqi PM Al-Abadi with thanks for "the enormous sacrifice and bravery of Iraqi forces" one day after Defense Secretary Ash Carter questioned the Iraqi military commitment.
BEIRUT - Agence France-Presse
Syrian government aircraft launched at least 15 strikes in and around the ancient city of Palymra on May 25, following its fall to ISIL, a monitoring group said.
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