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Top defense officials left open the possibility of targeting ISIS in Syria, saying Thursday it was not enough to just hit the extremist group in Iraq.

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Report: At least 38 killed after tourist buses crash in Egypt updated 1 hours 5 minutes ago

At least 38 people were killed and 41 injured Friday when two tourist buses crashed in northeastern Egypt, the semi-official news website Al-Ahram said

3 senior Hamas military leaders killed in Israeli airstrike on Gaza updated 4 hours 37 minutes ago

An Israeli airstrike on a house in Gaza overnight killed three high-ranking members of Hamas' military wing, the Qassam Brigades, the militant group said.

James Foley's final months: Mock executions, failed rescue attempt updated 4 hours 52 minutes ago

The captors of American journalist James Foley originally demanded a ransom of 100 million euros ($132.5 million), according to a GlobalPost spokesman.

Foley execution heightens fears for Western hostages updated 10 hours 24 minutes ago

U.S. journalist James Foley was beheaded by his ISIS captors to send a message to the Western world. And he is not the only Westerner held by the group.

Strikes, counterstrikes resume between Israel and Hamas after talks fail updated 12 hours 52 minutes ago

Strikes and counterstrikes between Israel and Hamas resumed as talks aimed at agreeing to a longer-term truce fell apart.

ISIS: What it will take to beat terror group updated 13 hours 17 minutes ago

ISIS was not a key priority for the West till it took Mosul in June. But its actions since then in Iraq and Syria have galvanized an unlikely coalition.

The GIF artist who draws with humans updated 20 hours 41 minutes ago

Erdal Inci clones himself in digital form to create a surreal selfie army. The effect is pretty trippy.

Official: U.S. attempt to rescue James Foley, others in Syria failed updated 22 hours 38 minutes ago

A recent attempt to rescue American James Foley and others in Syria failed, a U.S. official told CNN on Wednesday

Beheading of American journalist James Foley recalls past horrors updated 1 days ago

The beheading of American journalist James Foley by ISIS militants has stirred grim memories, bringing into focus the risks faced by war reporters

Obama: ISIS a 'cancer,' U.S. to continue operations in Iraq updated 1 days ago

U.S. launches airstrikes in Iraq, the same day President Barack Obama vowed to act against ISIS in the beheading of an American journalist.

Hassan Nasrallah Fast Facts updated 1 days ago

Here's a look at the life of Hassan Nasrallah, secretary-general of Hezbollah, a Lebanese Shiite Muslim militant group.

Iraq Fast Facts updated 1 days ago

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

Gaza's zoo animals caught in crossfire of Israel-Hamas conflict updated 1 days ago

The sights at the Gaza zoo couldn't be sadder.

Video shows ISIS beheading U.S. journalist James Foley updated 1 days ago

A video released by ISIS shows the beheading of U.S. journalist James Foley and threatens the life of another American.

After the rescue: A Yazidi family's harrowing flight to escape ISIS updated 1 days ago

Sisters Aziza and Dunya Hamid escape Mount Sinjar in a helicopter rescue. CNN's Ivan Watson tracked them down to a makeshift shelter in Zakho

Gaza cease-fire extended 24 hours updated 2 days ago

Israeli and Palestinian negotiators have agreed to extend the current Gaza cease-fire by 24 hours.

29 rockets in 20 minutes: Israel, Hamas ceasefire breaks down updated 2 days ago

Rockets were fired into Israel from Gaza, Israel's military said Tuesday, hours after a truce in the conflict was extended until the end of the day.

U.S. airstrikes critical in Mosul Dam capture updated 2 days ago

U.S. airstrikes help Kurdish and Iraqi forces take control of Mosul Dam, fighting back ISIS militants who had seized the dam, President Obama says

Israel's 'refusers': Why we too feel 'occupied' updated 2 days ago

His long hair has been shaved off, he has to wear a Marine's uniform and is given orders like a soldier, but Udi Segal is not in the military -- he has in fact refused to join the Israel Defense Forces. He may have refused to join then, but he's still forced to look like a soldier in prison.

Mohamed Morsy Fast Facts updated 3 days ago

Here's a look at the life of former Egyptian President Mohamed Morsy, Egypt's first democratically-elected leader.

Nuri al-Maliki Fast Facts updated 3 days ago

Here's a look at the life of the former Prime Minister of Iraq, Nuri al-Maliki.

Syria Fast Facts updated 3 days ago

Syria is a Middle Eastern country sharing a border with Lebanon, Israel, Jordan, Iraq and Turkey. The Syrian uprising began in March 2011. As of August 2013, more than 100,000 Syrians have been killed, according to the United Nations. The death toll is no longer being updated by the United Nations due to methodology issues.

Saddam Hussein Trial Fast Facts updated 3 days ago

Here is some background information about the trials and execution of former Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein.

Ahmed Chalabi Fast Facts updated 3 days ago

Here's a look at the life of Ahmed Chalabi, leader of the Iraqi National Congress (INC) since 1992.

Jalal Talabani Fast Facts updated 3 days ago

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

Iran Fast Facts updated 3 days ago

Iran is a republic in Central Asia, sharing a border with seven countries: Afghanistan, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Pakistan, Iraq, Turkey, and Turkmenistan. It has been officially known as the Islamic Republic of Iran since the overthrow of the Shah in 1979. Iran is a Shiite Muslim country, but the majority of its people are Persian, not Arab.

Massoud Barzani Fast Facts updated 3 days ago

Here is a look at the life of Massoud Barzani, the president of the Kurdish Regional Government in Iraq.

Pervez Musharraf Fast Facts updated 3 days ago

Here is a look at the life of Pervez Musharraf, former president of Pakistan.

Yazidi refugees braced for life in exile updated 3 days ago

They are the faces of an entire community on the run.

Tehran is a halfpipe: Entrepreneur makes skateboards in Iranian basement updated 3 days ago

Skateboarding is growing in popularity in Iran and one entrepreneur is looking to capitalize by designing his own boards.

U.S. warplanes, Kurdish forces pound ISIS targets in bid to retake Iraqi dam updated 3 days ago

Kurdish forces fired mortars and explosives at extremist militants Sunday as the battle to retake a strategic dam in northern Iraq raged on.

250 injured after strong earthquake hits Iran near border with Iraq updated 4 days ago

A 6.2 magnitude earthquake struck early Monday in western Iran, near the border with Iraq, the U.S. Geological Survey said.

Palestinian, Israeli delegations in Cairo for talks updated 4 days ago

Palestinian and Israeli delegations have returned to Cairo for indirect talks a day before the cease-fire is due to end.

Neighbors joined ISIS slaughter, Yazidi says updated 4 days ago

When ISIS arrived, a Yazidi says Arab neighbors of his joined the militants in carrying out their slaughter in northern Iraq.

U.S. airstrikes on ISIS part of operation to retake key Iraqi dam updated 5 days ago

U.S. warplanes hit militant targets as part of an effort to retake a key piece of infrastructure in northern Iraq -- Mosul Dam.

'Heroic' mission rescues desperate Yazidis from ISIS updated 5 days ago

The Iraqi air force and Kurdish peshmerga carried out a dramatic rescue Monday at Mount Sinjar, safely evacuating some Yazidis driven there by ISIS.

'A catastrophe': Yazidi survivor recalls horror of evading ISIS and death updated 5 days ago

Faced with the choice of converting, getting killed or fleeing, many Yazidis in Iraq ran -- only to find themselves struggling to stay alive.

Report: U.S. airstrikes carried out as part of Iraqi effort to retake Mosul Dam updated 6 days ago

Extremist fighters swept into a Yazidi village in northern Iraq on Friday, killing at least 80 men and taking more than 100 women captive, officials say.

Who's Haider al-Abadi, the man who will lead Iraq? updated 6 days ago

As new Iraqi prime minister, Haider al-Abadi will inherit the political reins of a country deeply divided along sectarian lines

Nuri al-Maliki ends bid to continue as Iraq's prime minister updated 6 days ago

Nuri al-Maliki says he is stepping down as Iraq's leader, but true to form, he's doing it on his own terms.

Iran's king of cars sees need for economic speed updated 6 days ago

Mohammad Reza Najafi is one of Iran's foremost businesspeople and he sees a promising economic future for his country if sanctions are lifted.

Why does the U.S. intervene militarily in Iraq but not in Syria? updated 7 days ago

Why is the U.S. intervening in Iraq but not Syria? The answers lie in some clear differences in the conflicts.

After shaky start, Gaza cease-fire extension appears to hold updated 7 days ago

Israel has accepted a five-day extension of the cease-fire in Gaza, Israeli government spokesman Mark Regev told CNN on Thursday.

War zone wedding: Gaza couple marry at U.N. shelter updated 7 days ago

Amid the death and destruction of life in Gaza, a spark of hope for the future: A Palestinian couple have married in a makeshift wedding ceremony at the UNRWA shelter which has become their temporary home.

Save one dying lake, save the Middle East? updated 7 days ago

Iran will invest $5b to save one of the world's largest saltwater lakes from dying.

Rabaa 'was a massacre': A year later, CNN journalists recall crackdown updated 7 days ago

I've seen death in war zones -- Afghanistan, Pakistan's tribal region, Libya -- but never have I seen as much bloodshed as I saw in Cairo on August 14, 2013.

Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki objects as his ouster looms updated 8 days ago

Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki called moves to replace him in office a "conspiracy woven from inside and out" in a taped televised address Wednesday.

Pentagon: Mass evacuation of Yazidis in Iraq unlikely updated 8 days ago

As Yazidi refugees flee ISIS into Kurdistan, the Islamist fighters confirm the abduction of Yazidi women and children from the Iraqi town of Sinjar.

Gaza cease-fire in question after rockets, airstrikes updated 8 days ago

Israeli airstrikes, as well as rocket attacks toward Israel, raise questions about the viability of the extension of a cease-fire in and around Gaza.

Officials: More U.S. advisers being sent to Iraq updated 8 days ago

About 130 additional U.S. military advisers are being sent to northern Iraq to look at relief options for minority Yazidis who fled ISIS fighters.

Will Iraq's Nuri al-Maliki go without a fight? 5 things to know updated 8 days ago

There may not be many issues on which the Islamic Republic of Iran and the White House agree, but dumping Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki in favor of Haider al-Abadi is one of them. The message from a growing number of actors inside and outside Iraq is the same: Maliki must go if the country is to be saved.

Batch of Syria's declared sarin precursor neutralized, group says updated 8 days ago

A large portion of Syria's remaining declared chemical weapons stockpiles has been neutralized, a chemical weapons watchdog group said Wednesday.

Dehydration or massacre: Thousands caught in ISIS chokehold updated 9 days ago

Thousands of Yazidis trying to escape ISIS militants flee into the Sinjar Mountains in northern Iraq.

Amid Gaza truce, the daunting challenge of rebuilding updated 9 days ago

With just 72 hours of calm under the current truce, Palestinians are rushing to try to fix some of the worst of the destruction caused by the Gaza conflict.

Iraq's Nuri al-Maliki digs in as President nominates new Prime Minister updated 10 days ago

Iraq's President nominated a new Prime Minister on Monday, further complicating the country's intense power struggle amid a dire humanitarian crisis.

Iraq crisis: Troops swell in Baghdad amid ISIS threat, humanitarian nightmare updated 10 days ago

A crisis so dire that families are fleeing to Syria. A militant threat so strong that U.S. forces are striking from the sky.

Officials: ISIS recruiting on the rise in Sunni areas of Iraq updated 10 days ago

Hundreds of young Sunni men have joined ISIS in recent weeks in Iraq, senior Iraqi defense officials tell CNN.

Gaza talks resume in Egypt as new truce holds updated 10 days ago

Indirect talks between Palestinians and Israelis, aimed at ending the hostilities in Gaza, have resumed in Cairo, Egyptian state-run EgyNews said Monday.

Iraqi troops and tanks surge into Baghdad amid political turmoil updated 10 days ago

Iraqi troops, security forces and tanks surged into Baghdad on Sunday as political turmoil deepened over who should lead the country.

Israel and Hamas agree to a 72-hour cease-fire updated 11 days ago

An uneasy, but welcome, calm descended on Gaza and Israel late Sunday with the start of a 72-hour cease-fire.

Reports: At least 39 die in passenger plane crash in Tehran updated 11 days ago

A passenger plane crashed in Tehran on Sunday, killing at least 39 people on board, official news agencies in Iran reported.

Officials: U.S. airstrikes pound ISIS militants firing at Iraq's Yazidis updated 12 days ago

U.S. airstrikes can help, but it will be up to Iraq to vanquish the Sunni Islamic militants -- and that will be a long-term struggle, President Obama says.

More strikes on Gaza, more rockets into Israel as blame-game continues updated 12 days ago

The latest failed cease-fire quickly becoming a distant memory, the two sides in the Israel-Gaza conflict traded rockets and airstrikes Saturday.

Could ISIS retaliate against the West? updated 12 days ago

With ISIS making gains, bomb makers sharing their expertise and terrorists forging new ties, there's concern that Mideast terror could spread to the West.

Egyptian court dissolves Muslim Brotherhood's political party updated 12 days ago

An Egyptian court has dissolved the Muslim Brotherhood's political wing, state-run MENA reports.

ISIS overtakes Iraq's largest Christian city updated 13 days ago

Iraq's largest Christian town has been overrun ISIS militants, the French government confirmed.

Who are the religious and ethnic groups under threat from ISIS? updated 13 days ago

In a church in Irbil, 40-day-old Yeshua lies asleep in a crib, his sister playfully rocking him. It's a peaceful scene. Their mother watches over them, but her face shows the fear and despair many Iraqi minorities have felt over the past few days.

Israel carries out strikes on Gaza after rocket fire resumes updated 13 days ago

Israel reported rocket fire from Gaza on Friday as a three-day cease-fire in the region came to an end without an agreement to extend it.

Iraq's Yazidis trapped, hiding from ISIS in the mountains updated 13 days ago

About 40,000 people from the Yazidi minority are hiding in the mountains of northwest Iraq. The Yazidis fled after ISIS fighters stormed their home in Iraq.

Mideast spiraling in war and terror updated 13 days ago

What's going on in the Mideast? A casual observer could be forgiven for being lost. The region, rich in history, is as complex as it can be confusing.

Airstrikes on extremists in Iraq: Why now? updated 13 days ago

Obama's decision to authorize airstrikes escalated U.S. involvement in Iraq. Is it a response to possible genocide or an opening to take on extremists?

Gilad Shalit Fast Facts updated 13 days ago

Here is a look at the life of Gilad Shalit, a former Israeli soldier abducted and imprisoned by the military wing of Hamas from 2006 to 2011.

Israeli military: Rockets fired from Gaza violate cease-fire updated 13 days ago

Rockets from Gaza hit Israel early Friday morning, breaching a cease-fire that had held for more than two days, the Israeli military said.

Egyptian TV gets edgy over Ramadan updated 14 days ago

A volatile Middle East has changed the tenor of Ramadan programming in Egypt. Now, no topic is too taboo

Will anyone stop ISIS? updated 14 days ago

As the tales of horror trickle out from areas ISIS controls, a growing chorus of voices is calling for action.

Attacks on Shiite communities in Iraq; 13 dead updated 14 days ago

At least 13 people were killed and 41 others were wounded in three car bombs that targeted Shiite communities in Baghdad and Kirkuk on Thursday, police and medical sources said.

Anthony Bourdain: Jailed journalists in Iran are 'nobody's enemy' updated 14 days ago

Anthony Bourdain doesn't believe he's naive about Iran, but what's happening there to two journalists has him stumped.

Talks to extend Gaza truce under way in Cairo updated 15 days ago

A day into a 72-hour cease-fire, officials from Israel and Hamas gather in Cairo for talks about how to make the truce last.

Egypt reclaims role as Arabs' indispensable nation with Gaza talks updated 15 days ago

President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi of Egypt is on a mission -- to return his country to its rightful place as the "indispensable" Arab state.

Which Mideast power brokers support Hamas? updated 15 days ago

If the Gaza truce holds and Israel's Operation Protective Edge comes to its conclusion, some things are certain.

Iraqi Yazidi lawmaker: 'Hundreds of my people are being slaughtered' updated 15 days ago

When radical Islamist fighters stormed the Iraqi town of Sinjar over the weekend, the Yazidi minority who call it home fled into the surrounding mountains.

3,300 rockets, 1,900 lives -- but is Mideast peace as far away as ever? updated 15 days ago

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has been crystal clear about the goals of Operation Protective Edge. Destroy Hamas' tunnels, end its rocket-fire (and that of Islamic Jihad), and bring about "sustainable quiet" for the people of Israel by demilitarizing Gaza.

Captured, killed or missing? Fate of Israeli soldier remains unknown updated 15 days ago

The Israel-Hamas cease-fire disintegrated after less than two hours Friday, after the capture of an IDF soldier.

Dozens killed in Iraqi airstrike updated 15 days ago

At least 76 men were killed Wednesday when the Iraqi air force struck a building in Mosul believed to be used by Islamic militants as a temporary detention center, an Iraqi official told CNN.

U.S. agrees to send 5,000 more Hellfire missiles to Iraq updated 15 days ago

As violence continues unabated in Iraq, the United States has agreed to sell $700 million in military aid, including 5,000 Hellfire missiles.

Why are so many civilians dying in Hamas-Israel war? updated 15 days ago

More than 1,800 Palestinians have died in Gaza, while Israel has lost 64 soldiers and three civilians. Why is the death toll so lopsided?

Israeli spokesman: Man held in teens' killing is a 'senior member of Hamas' updated 15 days ago

Israeli spokesman: A suspect arrested in the kidnapping and killing of Israeli teens is a Hamas "senior member."

Gazans return to shattered homes as negotiators prepare to discuss cease-fire updated 16 days ago

Withdrawing its ground forces Tuesday for a three-day cease-fire with Hamas, Israel announced that its central goal was achieved.

Official: Kurdish forces fend off ISIS fighters, hold Mosul Dam updated 16 days ago

The director of Iraq's largest hydroelectric dam shot down reports Monday it had been seized by the Islamic State.

CNN exclusive: Inside the mind of Hamas' political leader updated 17 days ago

As fighting rages between Israel and Hamas militants in Gaza, Hamas' political leader, Khaled Meshaal, sat down with CNN for an exclusive interview.

Remember Syria? Some fear world losing interest in deadly conflict updated 17 days ago

As other big news stories push Syria out of the headlines, grisly photos of killed detainees may bring the Syrian conflict back in focus.

Up to speed: What's happening in Gaza updated 17 days ago

A temporary humanitarian cease-fire declared by Israel began Monday in Gaza without the agreement of Hamas.

Russell Brand, Fox's Sean Hannity trade barbs over Israel-Hamas conflict updated 17 days ago

It may have started as a TV debate about the Israel-Hamas conflict, but it's now turned into a seemingly endless online war of words between Russell Brand and Fox News anchor Sean Hannity.

8 Lebanese soldiers killed along Syrian border updated 17 days ago

At least eight Lebanese soldiers were killed amid clashes with insurgents who had crossed the border from Syria,

Life in Gaza: Misery heightened by war updated 17 days ago

The latest conflict with neighboring Israel has compounded the misery for many of Gaza's 1.8 million inhabitants.

ISIS claims gains, takes control of Iraq's largest hydroelectric dam updated 17 days ago

Fighters with the Islamic State in Iraq reached the triangle border between Iraq, Syria and Turkey, the militant group said in a Twitter message on Sunday.

Israel: Temporary cease-fire starts Monday updated 18 days ago

Israel has agreed to a 7-hour humanitarian cease-fire, according to the Israel Defense Forces, but a spokesman for Hamas says it's a no go.

Netanyahu doesn't deny telling Kerry 'don't second guess me again' updated 18 days ago

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu doesn't deny a report he scolded U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, telling him "don't second guess me again."

Nobel laureate Wiesel: Hamas must stop using children as human shields updated 18 days ago

In new ad campaign, Nobel laureate Elie Wiesel writes about Israel-Gaza conflict, calls Hamas "a death cult."

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