Amateur video game maker almost sparked WWIII

You’ve probably heard this one before: Boy makes a video game; the game is drawn into a spat between global superpowers arguing over a deadly terrorist organization; the unexpected burst of attention makes the game an instant best seller. Or maybe you haven’t. But in 2017, a year in

Mass graves found in Iraq might contain up to 400 bodies

KIRKUK, Iraq — Iraqi security forces have found mass graves in an area recently retaken from the Islamic State group that could contain up to 400 bodies, an Iraqi official said Sunday. The bodies of civilians and security forces were found in an abandoned base near Hawija, a northern

Soldier killed in Niger may have been bound and executed

A US soldier killed during an ambush in Niger was discovered by villagers with his arms bound and a large wound to the back of his head, a report said Friday. The remains of Sgt. La David Johnson, who died in the Oct. ambush in the African country, suggested

ISIS retreats from its last stronghold in Syria

BEIRUT — A Syrian war monitor says Islamic State militants have withdrawn from their last stronghold following a government offensive. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says government forces and allied troops, including Iraqi fighters, are combing Boukamal, a strategic town on the border with Iraq, on Thursday

ISIS sympathizer faces charges for plot to bomb Miami mall

MIAMI — A Florida man who described himself as a sympathizer of the Islamic State extremist group faces terrorism-related charges stemming from a purported plot to bomb a Miami-area shopping mall, according to court documents filed Monday.Vicente Adolfo Solano, 53, appeared at a brief hearing Monday afternoon on a charge

US-allied force takes Syria’s largest oil field from ISIS

BEIRUT — The U.S.-led coalition said allied fighters captured Syria’s largest oil field from the Islamic State group on Sunday, marking a major advance against the extremists in an area coveted by pro-government forces.With IS in retreat, the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces and the Syrian government have been in a

'We don't want them back': No mercy for foreigners who joined ISIS

PARIS — The forces fighting the remnants of the Islamic State group in Syria have tacit instructions on dealing with the foreigners who joined the extremist group by the thousands: Kill them on the battlefield.As they made their last stand in the northern Syrian city of Raqqa, an estimated 300

Trump: ISIS’ end “is in sight’ after recapture of Raqqa

US-led forces scored a “critical breakthrough” by liberating the northern Syria city of Raqqa from ISIS terrorists, President Trump said Saturday.“The end of the ISIS caliphate is in sight,” Trump said in a statement. “We have made, alongside our coalition partners, more progress against these evil terrorists in the past

US-backed militias declare “total liberation’ of Raqqa from ISIS

After a four-month-battle, US-backed militias on Friday declared the “total liberation” of Raqqa, the de-facto capital of ISIS in Northern Syria.Talal Silo, spokesman of the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces, claimed a “historic victory” over the jihadists and said the extremist group had suffered a “brutal” defeat, CNN reported.The SDF handed