The Latest: US resident held in Iran freed, flies to Beirut

BEIRUT (AP) — The Latest on developments in the case of a U.S. permanent resident released after being imprisoned for years in Iran (all times local): 2 p.m. A Leba...

Baghdad's Green Zone, a barometer of war and peace

BAGHDAD (AP) — Baghdad's Green Zone has been a barometer for tension and conflict in Iraq for nearly two decades. The 4-square mile (10-square kilometer) heavily guarded strip on the...

US sanctions on Iran felt in Iraqi Shiite tourist shops

BAGHDAD (AP) — For years, Karar Hussein has sold sweets in his shop near the entrance to one of Shiite Islam's holiest shrines, accepting whatever currency was offered to him by his clients, many of t...

Iraqi Shiite figures warn US-Iran war could 'burn' Iraq

BAGHDAD (AP) — Leading Iraqi Shiite figures warned Monday against attempts to pull their country into a war between the U.S. and Iran, saying it would turn Iraq into a battlefield yet again, just as i...

ExxonMobil employees evacuating oil field in southern Iraq

BAGHDAD (AP) — Employees of Energy giant ExxonMobil have begun evacuating from an oil field in the southern Iraqi province of Basra but work at the field is still ongoing, Iraqi officials said Saturda...

Once again, Iraq caught up in escalating US-Iran tensions

BAGHDAD (AP) — When U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo sat down with Iraqi officials in Baghdad last week as tensions mounted between America and Iran, he delivered a nuanced message: If you're not g...

Anti-Kurdish protests in east Syria could endanger US plans

BEIRUT (AP) — The U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces took credit for defeating the Islamic State group in its last stronghold in eastern Syria, celebrating the victory in front of throngs of journal...

Monitors: US-led coalition killed 1,600 civilians in Raqqa

BEIRUT (AP) — The U.S.-led coalition killed more than 1,600 civilians in the northern Syria city of Raqqa during months of bombardment that liberated it from the Islamic State group, far more than the...

Trump's Golan move causes concern in Lebanon for land owners

CHEBAA, Lebanon (AP) — President Donald Trump's move to recognize Israel's sovereignty over the Golan Heights has caused concern in Lebanon over its claim to the disputed Chebaa Farms and adjacent Kfa...

AP Explains: Long reach of Iran's Revolutionary Guard

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Iran's Revolutionary Guard, designated a "foreign terrorist organization" by the Trump administration on Monday, evolved from a paramilitary, domestic security force...

Pompeo heads to Lebanon, where Hezbollah is at peak strength

BEIRUT (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo hopes to use his first visit to Lebanon this week to step up pressure on Iran and its local ally, Hezbollah. But he could face resistance even from Am...

As IS fight nears end, violence flares on other Syrian front

BEIRUT (AP) — Violence in northwestern Syria has killed dozens over the past three weeks and displaced tens of thousands, raising concerns a truce reached six months ago between Turkey and Russia is i...

Lebanon's Hezbollah punishes official over parliament spat

BEIRUT (AP) — A Lebanese politician says Hezbollah's top commanding body has decided to suspend the political activities of a leading legislator because of his spat with rival politicians in Parliamen...

Syrians act in playback theater to heal war trauma

BEIRUT (AP) — The young Syrian woman walked on stage and began telling the story of her brother's kidnapping in the early years of her country's civil war, wiping away tears as she recalled the 2013 i...

Fuerzas sirias buscan recuperar último baluarte de grupo EI

BEIRUT (AP) — Las fuerzas sirias dirigidas por kurdos y respaldadas por Estados Unidos han comenzado su ofensiva final para derrotar al grupo Estado Islámico en el último baluarte que tienen en el ori...