Islamic State shoots and beheads 30 Ethiopian Christians in Libya - video

CAIRO - A video purportedly made by Islamic State and posted on social media sites on Sunday appeared to show militants shooting and beheading about 30 Ethiopian Christians in Libya. | Video

Iraqi officer under Saddam masterminded rise of Islamic State - Spiegel

BERLIN - A former intelligence officer for the late Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein was the mastermind behind Islamic State's takeover of northern Syria, according to a report by Der Spiegel that is based on documents uncovered by the German magazine.

World, Syria, 19 Apr 2015

Iraqi forces retake most of Baiji refinery from Islamic State

BAGHDAD - Iraqi forces retook most of the country's largest refinery from Islamic State on Saturday, security officials said, reversing gains by the militants who seized parts of the sprawling complex this week.

World, 19 Apr 2015

Car bomb kills three outside U.S. consulate in Iraq's Kurdish capital

ERBIL - A car bombing claimed by the Islamic State killed three people on Friday outside the U.S. consulate in Erbil, in a relatively rare attack in the capital of Iraq's Kurdistan region. | Video

World, 18 Apr 2015

Saddam aide, Iraqi insurgent leader al-Douri reported killed

BAGHDAD/ERBIL - Ezzat Ibrahim al-Douri, former right-hand man to late Iraqi President Saddam Hussein and a leader of Iraq's Sunni insurgency, has been reported killed by Iraqi forces and Shi'ite militias.

World, 18 Apr 2015

NEWSMAKER - Elusive Saddam henchman Douri feared until last moment

BAGHDAD - Ezzat al-Douri, the right-hand man to late Iraqi President Saddam Hussein who was reportedly killed, rose from an ice block seller as a boy to one of the country's most feared men.

World, 17 Apr 2015

Islamic State, security forces clash in Iraq's largest refinery

BAGHDAD - Islamic State militants clashed with security forces inside Iraq's largest refinery on Thursday and held on to recent gains in the west of the country, as Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said the extremist group remained "very, very dangerous".

World, 17 Apr 2015

Iraq signals unease with Iran general's battlefield prominence

WASHINGTON - Iraq's prime minister said on Thursday that he welcomed Iranian assistance in Iraq's battle against Islamic State but suggested unease with the prominence of a top Iranian general, who has been widely seen in photos from Iraq's battlefields.

World, 17 Apr 2015

Islamic State gains ground near capital of Iraq's Anbar province

BAGHDAD - Islamic State militants gained ground in western Iraq on Wednesday, overrunning several villages on the edge of the capital of Anbar province, police sources and local officials said. | Video

South Asia, World, 16 Apr 2015

Iraq PM says Yemen could stoke regional war, slams Saudi operations

WASHINGTON - Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi said on Wednesday the fighting in Yemen could engulf the region in war, and suggested after talks in Washington that U.S. leaders shared his concerns and "want to stop this conflict as soon as possible."

World, Yemen, 16 Apr 2015