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Fight to Retake Last ISIS Territory Begins

The Islamic State also remains well positioned to inspire attacks outside the Middle East, from small-scale assaults like the killing of four cyclists in Tajikistan this year to the truck attack in Nice, France, in 2016 in which more than Read more…


Bombing in Afghanistan Kills at Least 68 at Peaceful Protest

JALALABAD, Afghanistan — Extremists in eastern Afghanistan bombed a peaceful protest on Tuesday, killing at least 68 people, officials said, the deadliest in a series of attacks in Nangarhar Province over the day. The bombings, which also struck three schools, Read more…


‘We Live Death’: A Chronicler of Afghan Loss Is Killed on Live TV

KABUL, Afghanistan — As he reported for years on the killing of civilians around him, the Afghan reporter Samim Faramarz grappled with the idea of mortality in a country where violent deaths are the overwhelming daily reality. “We live death,” Read more…


Bombings Target Afghan Wrestling Match and Those Who Rushed to the Scene

KABUL, Afghanistan — A suicide bomber detonated his explosives during a wrestling match in the Afghan capital on Wednesday, and as emergency medical workers and journalists rushed to the scene, a second, much larger explosion went off, killing at least Read more…


Iraq’s Forgotten Casualties: Children Orphaned in Battle With ISIS

MOSUL, Iraq — When he was 8 years old, Muhammad says, he watched as fighters from the Islamic State dragged his father from their house in Mosul and shot him dead on the street. “I was crying and screaming to Read more…


Victims of Knife Attack Near Paris Were Assailant’s Relatives, Officials Say

PARIS — A man who was on a terrorism watch list fatally stabbed his mother and sister, and seriously injured another person, in a Paris suburb on Thursday, before being shot to death by the police, the authorities said. The Read more…


ISIS Leader Baghdadi Resurfaces in Recording

The leader of the Islamic State, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, resurfaced on Wednesday in the first audio recording of him to be released in nearly a year, one in which he called on followers to attack Westerners with knives, guns, cars Read more…


As Taliban Start Charm Offensive, Afghan President Calls for Cease-Fire

KABUL, Afghanistan — Even as insurgents in Afghanistan have escalated their attacks against government forces across the country, they have also been staging a simultaneous charm offensive of sorts in advance of Eid al-Adha, the Islamic Feast of Sacrifice, which Read more…


Murder Mystery in Ancient Monastery Reverberates in Coptic Church

WADI NATRUN, Egypt — Christian monks living in the solitude of Egypt’s deserts have always faced the threat of attack from outside. In the early centuries, they built drawbridges and windowless towers to repel marauding nomads. More recently, barricades and Read more…


Dream of a Better Life in Afghanistan Ends in a Hilltop Grave for Students

KABUL, Afghanistan — The teenage students were lowered into a mass grave one after another, shoulder to shoulder — just as they had sat at their lecture hall the day before. A suicide bomber, perhaps no older than they, had Read more…