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US cyber war against ISIS faced bureaucratic hurdles, newly declassified documents reveal

US Cyber Command's operation against Islamic State faced a number of problems, including difficulties with interagency coordination

Iran confirms 2 missiles fired at downed Ukraine airliner

Iran confirmed two missiles were fired at a Ukrainian airliner brought down this month, in a catastrophic error that killed…

8 European states back naval force to patrol Strait of Hormuz

Eight EU nations gave their support for a naval patrol to help avoid conflicts in the Strait of Hormuz, the…

Iran will ‘consider’ nuclear weapons treaty withdrawal if Europe pushes UN dispute

Iran said it will consider withdrawing from the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons if a dispute over its…

US sanctions Iran IRGC general, alleging he ordered protest crackdown

The US sanctioned Iran IRGC Brigadier General Hassan Shahvarpour for overseeing a massacre of protestors in November

Car bomb kills Turkish soldiers, Syrian fighters in contested northeast

Three Turkish soldiers and at least four Syrian fighters were killed in the latest car bombing near the town of…

Syria’s Al Hol camp sees more than 500 deaths in 2019

At least 517 people, mostly children, died in 2019 in Syria's Al Hol housing displaced people and relatives of ISIS…

Pilot killed in Egypt Air Force fighter jet crash during ‘training activity’ in North Sinai

An Egyptian Air Force pilot was killed when his fighter jet crashed during a "training activity," the Egyptian military said

What the ‘Vengeance for the Two Sheikhs’ campaign says about new ISIS leader Abu Ibrahim al-Hashimi

The killing of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi does not appear to have reduced ISIS’s capabilities, and new leader Abu Ibrahim al-Hashimi…

Iran admits ‘unintentionally’ downing Ukrainian airliner

Iran said its armed forces "unintentionally" shot down a Ukrainian plane that crashed after taking off from Tehran, killing all…