US strikes Syria militia threatening U.S.-backed forces -officials

By Phil Stewart and Suleiman Al-Khalidi WASHINGTON/AMMAN, May 19 : The US military carried out an air strike against militia supported by the Syrian government that posed a threat to US and US-backed Syrian fighters in the country’s south, US officials told Reuters. The militia, who numbered in the dozens and drove a tank and […]

Iraqi Shi’ite paramilitaries seize air base from IS

By Ahmed Rasheed BAGHDAD, May 18 : Iraqi Shi’ite paramilitaries captured an air base from Islamic State militants on Thursday, gaining a strategic foothold in the western desert as they push towards the Syrian border. While regular Iraqi security forces engage in gruelling urban combat inside Mosul, the paramilitaries have been advancing against Islamic State […]

Iraqi Shi’ite paramilitaries seize air base from IS

By Ahmed Rasheed BAGHDAD, May 18 : Iraqi Shi’ite paramilitaries captured an air base from Islamic State militants today, gaining a strategic foothold in the western desert as they push towards the Syrian border. While regular Iraqi security forces engage in gruelling urban combat inside Mosul, the paramilitaries have been advancing against Islamic State through […]

Mexican beef exporters look to Muslim markets as US alternatives

By David Alire Garcia and Theopolis Waters MEXICO CITY/CHICAGO, May 12 : Mexico’s growing beef industry is targeting Muslim consumers in the Middle East for its prime cuts as it seeks to reduce dependence on buyers in the United States. The potential for a U.S.-Mexico trade war under President Donald Trump has accelerated efforts by […]

Iraqi forces gain foothold in northwest Mosul after surprise new push

By Isabel Coles HULAYLA, Iraq, May 5 : Iraqi forces pushed further into Mosul from the north on the second day of a new push to speed up the nearly seven-month attempt to dislodge Islamic State, commanders said today. Footage taken by a drone operated by the Iraqi 9th Armoured Division over the northwestern suburb […]

Hundreds more join Mosul exodus as Iraqi forces retake two more western districts

By Maher Chmaytelli MOSUL, Iraq, Apr 22 : Pushing carts loaded with bags, babies and the elderly, hundreds of people fled Mosul on Saturday after Iraqi forces retook two more districts in the west of the city from Islamic State. After walking for miles, families were taken by bus from a government checkpoint in the […]