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Gulf War Fast Facts updated 3 hours 23 minutes ago

Here's a look at what you need to know about the 1990-1991 Persian Gulf War. In response to Iraq's invasion of Kuwait in August 1990, the U.S. and other countries launched a military operation known as Operation Desert Storm.

Kurdish fighters from Turkey join battle to save Syrian Kurdish town from ISIS updated 5 hours 4 minutes ago

Hundreds of Kurdish fighters from Turkey have arrived in the Syrian Kurdish town of Kobani to join a Kurdish militia group battling ISIS, activists said.

Who is the English speaker in ISIS video 'Flames of War'? updated 20 hours 29 minutes ago

The U.S. intelligence community is zeroing in on an English speaker who appears in an ISIS propaganda video.

Syrian Kurds warn of mounting crisis as ISIS advances, takes more villages updated 21 hours 17 minutes ago

ISIS has put part of Syria's Kurdish region under siege, and Kurdish leaders warn of another humanitarian crisis without international help.

Obama: ISIS threat against U.S., allies 'doesn't frighten us' updated 1 days ago

U.S. President Barack Obama thanked lawmakers for approving his request to arm and train Syrian rebels to fight ISIS.

British journalist, now ISIS hostage, sends message from terror group updated 1 days ago

British journalist John Cantlie is the latest hostage to be paraded out by ISIS -- forced to deliver their message.

UN: At least 15 children die from bad measles vaccinations in northern Syria updated 1 days ago

At least 15 children -- all under age 2 -- died and 50 others got sick after receiving measles vaccinations through a U.N.-sponsored program in Syria.

Rights group: Iranian 'Happy' video dancers get suspended sentences updated 1 days ago

Six Iranians tried for making a dance video to Pharrell Williams' song "Happy" got suspended sentences but they face 91 lashes if they're in trouble again.

The anatomy of ISIS: How the 'Islamic State' is run, from oil to beheadings updated 2 days ago

Put yourself in the shoes (and sixth-century black robes) of ISIS' Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the mysterious boss of the terror group that is striking fear into the hearts of leaders around the world.

ISIS video is counterpoint to Obama's 'dismantle' and 'destroy' speech updated 2 days ago

ISIS is out with "Flames of War," a slick and ominous new video from Al Hayat, its media center.

Iranian leader rips ISIS, questions U.S. willingness to 'sacrifice' in terror fight updated 2 days ago

Iran's president is denouncing ISIS in strong terms, yet he's not embracing the U.S.-led coalition against it.

Syria crisis: At least 200 killed in one day, group says updated 2 days ago

The staggering death toll from the Syrian conflict has grown even further as at least 200 people were killed Tuesday, an opposition group said.

Who is doing what in the coalition battle against ISIS? updated 3 days ago

Australia, Saudi Arabia, the UK, France, Turkey, Jordan and other countries will play roles in battling ISIS.

Humans of New York project exposes hopes and fears in the Middle East updated 3 days ago

Brandon Stanton, who runs Humans of New York, recently toured Iraq and Jordan to show the individuals the headlines neglect

Battling 'crusaders': ISIS turns to glossy magazine for propaganda updated 3 days ago

ISIS is pushing its extremist views in a slick online magazine named "Dabiq."

With U.S. help, determined Kurds push back ISIS in fiery battle updated 3 days ago

CNN witnesses a successful anti-ISIS operation, led by Kurdish Peshmerga forces and aided by U.S. air power, in northern Iraq on Tuesday.

U.S. airstrike hits ISIS target near Baghdad, first in 'expanded efforts' updated 4 days ago

A U.S. airstrike near Baghdad on Monday marked a new phase in the fight against ISIS.

Yet another beheading. What's the world going to do about ISIS? updated 4 days ago

France says participants at an international conference have agreed to take on ISIS "by any means necessary."

U.N. peacekeepers leave Syrian-controlled Golan Heights updated 5 days ago

U.N. forces withdrew Monday from the Syrian-controlled side of the Golan Heights, the world body confirmed.

How many more Western captives is ISIS holding? updated 5 days ago

The beheading of British aid worker David Haines by ISIS has intensified fears for other Western hostages being held by the jihadist group.

Muslim Brotherhood leader: Qatar asked us to leave updated 5 days ago

Several top members of the Muslim Brotherhood have been asked to leave Qatar, an Egyptian leader of the group says.

Ice hockey in the desert: Will fans warm to the sport in the UAE? updated 5 days ago

At first glance, the UAE seems ill-suited to ice hockey. The country boasts summer temperatures of up to 120 degrees Fahrenheit (48 degrees Celsius), and the only snow and ice to be found is usually in fabricated form in a shopping mall.

ISIS execution videos strikingly similar updated 5 days ago

The similarities are striking among the videos of the beheadings of three ISIS hostages.

Britain vows to 'confront' the ISIS 'menace' after killing of David Haines updated 6 days ago

The gruesome ISIS video showing the death of British aid worker David Haines prompted revulsion and condemnation after it was posted Saturday.

ISIS executes British aid worker David Haines; Cameron vows justice updated 6 days ago

British aid worker David Haines has been executed by ISIS militants, according to an ISIS video and Britain's prime minister.

How foreign fighters are swelling ISIS ranks in startling numbers updated 6 days ago

ISIS can "muster between 20,000 and 31,500 fighters across Iraq and Syria," a CIA spokesman says.

John Kerry seeks Egypt's support for mission to build coalition against ISIS updated 6 days ago

Secretary of State John Kerry arrived in Egypt on Saturday, on a tour to build regional support for President Barack Obama's strategy to combat ISIS.

Afghanistan Shootings Fast Facts updated 7 days ago

Here's a look at Staff Sgt. Robert Bales, who will serve life in prison without parole for the murders of 16 Afghan civilians in 2012.

Oslo Accords Fast Facts updated 8 days ago

Here's a look at what you need to know about the Oslo Accords, a series of agreements between Israel and the Palestinians signed in the 1990's.

ISIS can 'muster' between 20,000 and 31,500 fighters, CIA says updated 8 days ago

A CIA assessment puts the number of ISIS fighters at possibly more than three times the previous estimates.

Fijian U.N. peacekeepers in Golan freed updated 8 days ago

The 45 U.N. peacekeepers seized in the Golan Heights have been freed and are in good condition, the United Nations said Thursday.

Kerry: U.S. not at war with ISIS updated 8 days ago

Secretary of State Kerry won't say the U.S. is at war with ISIS, saying U.S. strategy has "things that one doesn't think of normally in context of war."

'Broad coalition' of nations will help fight ISIS, John Kerry says in Iraq updated 10 days ago

In Baghdad on Wednesday, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry vowed that the U.S. and a "broad coalition" of nations would help Iraq fight ISIS militants.

From food recipes to AK-47s: Inside online world of the women of ISIS updated 10 days ago

Umm Khattab is an online foodie. She posts pictures of Vietnamese grilled chicken and other recipes on the Web, peppering her conversations, like many young women her age, with emojis and lols.

Watchdog: Chlorine gas was used in attacks on Syrian villages updated 10 days ago

Inspectors have determined "with a high degree of confidence" that chlorine gas was used in attacks this year in northern Syria.

Al Qaeda battles ISIS for global jihadist leadership updated 10 days ago

Al Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri is likely hoping that U.S. President Barack Obama will set out a plan to exterminate ISIS.

ISIS, ISIL or the Islamic State? updated 10 days ago

Is it ISIL, ISIS or Islamic State?

U.S. airstrikes target ISIS fighters near 2nd-largest dam in Iraq updated 10 days ago

ISIS fighters were hit by U.S. airstrikes around a key dam in western Iraq on Sunday, the Pentagon said.

ISIS video shows beheading of American journalist Steven Sotloff updated 10 days ago

A video that shows the beheading of American Steven Sotloff was delivered as a "second message to America" to halt airstrikes in Iraq

Iraqi lawmakers approve new government; al-Maliki becomes VP updated 11 days ago

Iraqi lawmakers approved a new government Monday and tapped former Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki as one of the country's three vice presidents.

Protesters killed in Yemen in raid attempt on ministerial cabinet updated 11 days ago

Official: 7 Houthi protesters killed Tuesday in Yemen when govt. troops fire on demonstrators allegedly trying to raid the Ministerial Cabinet building.

How did Briton become suicide bomber in Syria? updated 11 days ago

Abdul Waheed Majeed first hit the headlines in 1982. A faded clipping from his hometown newspaper in Crawley, just outside London, carried a photo of the then 10-year-old clutching his pet cat "Billy." The full-page report, titled "Cat On A Hot Roof" told how young Majeed raced into the burning wreckage of his mother's corner store and rescued his furry friend.

Obama's 'core coalition' won't defeat ISIS 'monster' without Mideast nations updated 11 days ago

Fighting ISIS will take more than a 10-nation group the Obama administration has gathered; more important will be the Mideast nations that surround it.

Dubai, the world's plastic surgery hub updated 11 days ago

In Dubai, patients will line up until 2am for a plastic surgery consult. What's fueling the demand for beauty?

Double suicide bombing kills at least 9 in ISIS-besieged Iraq town updated 12 days ago

A Sunni town north of Baghdad that has been surrounded by ISIS for more than two months came under heavy attack on Monday, local police and residents said.

Iran's supreme leader has prostate surgery updated 12 days ago

Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has undergone prostate surgery, Iranian news media reported Monday.

Tension grows between Palestinian Authority and Hamas updated 12 days ago

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas slammed Hamas over the weekend, raising questions about the future of the rivals' unity government.

Yemen Fast Facts updated 13 days ago

Here's a look at what you need to know about Yemen, a country located on the southwestern tip of the Arabian Peninsula, sharing a border with Saudi Arabia and Oman.

As strategy firms up, U.S. courts partners to target ISIS updated 13 days ago

A meeting of foreign ministers at the NATO summit gave the world its first look at how the U.S. and partners plan to engage with the threat of ISIS.

British hostage of ISIS was helping displaced Syrians, aid group says updated 14 days ago

A British hostage whose life ISIS threatened in a video was providing humanitarian relief in Syria when he was abducted last year, an aid agency said.

Kurdish forces make gains on ISIS in Iraq as NATO leaders promise help updated 14 days ago

Kurdish forces, known as the Peshmerga, backed by U.S. air cover made gains Friday against ISIS fighters in Iraq's Mosul province.

Official: Charter plane carrying Americans takes off from Iran, lands in Dubai updated 14 days ago

A charter airplane carrying military contractors, including Americans, was ordered to land Friday in Iran, U.S. officials told CNN.

Former Boston man may be helping with chilling ISIS social media, source says updated 15 days ago

Investigators are looking into the possibility a former Boston man is helping ISIS with its social media campaign, a law enforcement official tells CNN.

Showing off its crimes: How ISIS flaunts its brutality as propaganda updated 15 days ago

ISIS insurgents use footage of their crimes as propaganda, and the visuals are as much a part of its terrorism as its bloody march across Iraq and Syria.

Obama on ISIS in Syria: 'We don't have a strategy yet' updated 15 days ago

It's too soon to say what steps the United States will take against ISIS in Syria, President Barack Obama said Thursday.

New York Times: A survivor's retelling of an ISIS massacre updated 16 days ago

Ali Hussein Kadhim was not supposed to live to tell his story or that of hundreds of other Iraqi soldiers massacred in June by ISIS militants in Tikrit.

Inside the mind of an ISIS fighter updated 16 days ago

A former ISIS fighter tells CNN what the terror group's ultimate goal is -- and what he thinks of Westerners joining the ranks.

Slain journalist's family accuses ISIS leader of violating Islam with execution updated 16 days ago

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel says the goal of the United States is to "degrade and destroy" the capabilities of ISIS fighters.

Journalists most at risk updated 16 days ago

Media outlets around the world go to great lengths to protect staff but the journalists most at risk are freelancers and those reporting on conflict in their own country.

Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation New Dawn Fast Facts updated 16 days ago

Here's a look at what you need to know about the Iraq War which was known as Operation Iraqi Freedom until September 2010, when it was renamed Operation New Dawn.

U.N. calls for release of Fijian peacekeepers held by Syrian rebels updated 16 days ago

The UN Security Council on Wednesday called for the release of dozens of U.N. peacekeepers, kidnapped by al Qaeda-linked rebels in the Golan Heights.

ISIS executions heighten fears for Western hostages updated 17 days ago

The beheading of a second American journalist by the ISIS terror group has raised fears for the safety of others who've been taken hostage.

Obama signs off on request for more U.S. troops in Baghdad updated 17 days ago

U.S. President Barack Obama authorized a request for an additional 350 troops to be sent to Iraq to protect diplomatic facilities and personnel in Baghdad.

Apparent ISIS executioner: 'I'm back, Obama' updated 17 days ago

The similarities are striking between the video of the beheadings of two American journalists, including the location and the man acting as executioner.

Houthi loyalists reject Yemeni President's reforms updated 18 days ago

Yemeni President Abdu Rabu Mansour Hadi dismissed the government Tuesday, seeking to end weeks of tense protests in the capital, Sanaa.

Saudi Arabia's 'religious police' assault British man and wife in Riyadh updated 18 days ago

A video of a British man and his Saudi wife being assaulted by members of Saudi Arabia's religious police has gone viral across the Arab world.

Saudi terror network busted, government says updated 18 days ago

Saudi Arabia has arrested 88 men who were part of a terrorist network, the Interior Ministry said Tuesday.

Israel slammed for West Bank land expropriation updated 18 days ago

Israel came under fire Monday for claiming close to 1,000 acres of land in the Palestinian West Bank.

UK raises terror threat level, citing risks out of Syria, Iraq updated 18 days ago

The UK government raised its terror threat level Friday from "substantial" to "severe."

Prominent activist arrested in Bahrain updated 18 days ago

Prominent Bahraini activist Maryam al-Khawaja was arrested after arriving in the island nation over the weekend.

What can the United States do against ISIS in Syria -- and could it work? updated 18 days ago

The U.S. has many options to deal with ISIS in Syria, but each has its pluses and minuses.

U.N. to investigate alleged human rights abuses by ISIS updated 18 days ago

The U.N. Human Rights Council says it will send a special mission to Iraq to investigate human rights abuses allegedly committed by ISIS.

U.N. trying to secure release of Fijian peacekeepers held by Syrian rebels updated 19 days ago

Officials are still trying to secure the release of dozens of U.N. peacekeepers from Fiji who were taken captive by al Qaeda-linked rebels from Syria.

Report: ISIS waterboarded captives updated 19 days ago

Did ISIS use a notorious former CIA interrogation technique on Western hostages?

Siege of Iraqi town broken; U.S. lawmakers demand ISIS strategy updated 19 days ago

Iraqi security and volunteer forces have broken the siege of Amerli and have entered the town, retired Gen. Khaled al-Amerli said.

Israel shoots down drone near Syrian border updated 19 days ago

Israel shoots down a drone that entered Israeli airspace near the Syrian border, an IDF spokesman confirms Sunday.

Israeli soldier's death raises toll from Gaza conflict updated 20 days ago

An Israeli soldier who was critically injured in fighting last month died Sunday, the Israel Defense Forces announced in a tweet.

Despite rise in terror threat level, London's streets remain busy updated 20 days ago

The United Kingdom may have raised its terror threat level, but the streets of London don't appear to be fazed.

U.N. peacekeepers under fire on Golan Heights; 44 held by militants updated 20 days ago

U.N. peacekeepers were attacked on the Golan Heights, even as officials said they were working to gain release of dozens of others detained by Islamists.

U.S. military carries out airstrikes, aid drops to Iraqi town surrounded by ISIS updated 20 days ago

United States carried out humanitarian airdrops to the Iraqi town of Amerli, where thousands of minority Shiite Turkmen have been surrounded.

Rouhani calls sanctions against Iran illegal and crime against humanity updated 20 days ago

President Hassan Rouhani Saturday called new U.S. penalties against firms violating sanctions against Iran illegal and a crime against humanity.

U.N. counts 3 million Syria refugees updated 21 days ago

The number of people who have fled Syria and registered as refugees amid the country's civil war was to surpass 3 million Friday.

CNN Exclusive: A 13-year-old witness to ISIS' beheadings, crucifixion in Syria updated 22 days ago

The little boy looks barely old enough to walk, let alone understand the dark world he's now inhabiting.

U.S. on alert amid claim of new American killed fighting for extremists in Syria updated 22 days ago

A coalition of Syrian opposition groups says a second American has been killed while fighting for ISIS, in addition to Douglas McAuthur McCain.

U.N.: 43 peacekeepers captured near Golan Heights crossing updated 23 days ago

43 U.N. peacekeepers were detained in Syria near the country's border crossing with the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights on Thursday, the United Nations says.

Police: Body found in Israeli forest is missing American hiker updated 23 days ago

The body of missing American Aaron Sofer was found in a Jerusalem-area forest, Israeli police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said Thursday.

Iraq Fast Facts updated 23 days ago

Here's a look at the country of Iraq which borders Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Syria, Turkey, Iran and the Persian Gulf.

Jalal Talabani Fast Facts updated 23 days ago

Here's a look at the life of the former Iraqi President Jalal Talabani.

Syrian rebels, al Qaeda-linked militants seize Golan Heights border crossing updated 23 days ago

Militants battling the Syrian government seized control of the Quneitra border crossing between Syria and the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights on Wednesday.

U.S. weighs airstrikes, aid drops for Iraqi town besieged by ISIS updated 23 days ago

President Barack Obama is considering airstrikes and aid drops to help save thousands of Iraq's Shiite Turkmen besieged by ISIS, officials said Wednesday.

Slain ISIS jihadi among more than 100 Americans fighting with militants in Syria updated 23 days ago

An American man died last weekend in Syria while fighting for ISIS, the latest evidence of the reach of the terror group.

Official: Obama weighing options to go after ISIS in Syria updated 23 days ago

U.S. President Barack Obama has authorized reconnaissance flights over Syria as ISIS militants continue to gain ground, a U.S. official told CNN.

ISIS captive's mother: 'He's an innocent journalist' updated 23 days ago

A mother's plea to the terrorists holding her son hostage: No individual should be punished for events he cannot control.

Freed journalist Curtis back in the U.S. updated 24 days ago

After almost two years in captivity in Syria, Peter Theo Curtis is finally home.

Israel, Hamas agree to open-ended Gaza truce with core issues left unresolved updated 24 days ago

After more than seven weeks of heavy fighting, Israel and Hamas have agreed to an open-ended ceasefire.

Father of New Jersey man missing in Israel joins search updated 24 days ago

Family of New Jersey Yeshiva student who went missing while studying in Israel joins search in forest outside Jerusalem, offers reward for his return.

Journalist freed from Syria: 'I'm overwhelmed' updated 24 days ago

After almost two years in captivity in Syria, Peter Theo Curtis is finally home.

Search intensifies for New Jersey man missing in Israel updated 24 days ago

Israeli police have stepped up their search for a New Jersey man who went missing while hiking in a forest outside Jerusalem.

End to fighting in Gaza? What you need to know about the truce updated 24 days ago

Fifty days of fighting. Thousands of rocket attacks and airstrikes. And a number of failed cease-fire agreements.

Israel-Gaza truce reached, this time with no expiration date updated 24 days ago

Cheers echoed through Gaza on Tuesday after a ceasefire deal between Israel and Hamas militants was announced.

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