Middle East

Over 2 million Muslims begin hajj spiritual journey

Over 2 million Muslims begin hajj...

August 31

MECCA — More than two million Muslims from around the world began the hajj pilgrimage at Islam's holiest sites Wednesday (Aug 30), a religious duty and a multi-stage spiritual...

Iraqi forces close to retaking Tal Afar from Islamic State

Iraqi forces close to retaking Tal...

August 28

BAGHDAD/ERBIL — Iraqi forces have retaken almost all of Tal Afar, Islamic State’s (IS) stronghold in the country’s north-west, said the Iraqi military yesterday.

Race is on for IS to get funds out of crumbling caliphate

Race is on for IS to get funds out of...

August 28

ANTAKYA (Turkey) — For years, Mr Ammar’s tiny money-transfer shop in the Turkish city of Antakya caught no one’s attention but the fellow Syrian refugees who pressed inside to...

Gallery: Saudi factory stitches gold-laced cover for Islam’s holiest site

Saudi factory stitches gold-laced...

August 27

MECCA, Saudi Arabia — Dozens of Saudi craftsmen, mostly in their 40s and 50s, are hard at work in a factory in Mecca preparing an embroidered black and gold cloth to cover the...

Taliban warns of U.S. ‘graveyard’

August 23

The Taliban warned yesterday that Afghanistan would become “a graveyard” for the United States after President Donald Trump cleared the way for thousands more American troops to...

In backflip, Trump extends Afghan commitment

In backflip, Trump extends Afghan...

August 23

WASHINGTON — Reversing course from his campaign pledges, President Donald Trump on Monday night (United States local time) committed the US to an open-ended conflict in...

Islamic State threat remains despite military blows: United Nations report

Islamic State threat remains despite...

August 11

NEW YORK — The Islamic State (IS) group continues to “motivate and enable” global attacks, as well as channel funds to supporters despite military blows to its so-called...

ISIS preys on unemployed Afghans to strengthen fighting force

ISIS preys on unemployed Afghans to...

August 11

KABUL — As unemployment worsens in strife-torn Afghanistan, the Islamic State has arrived to help the jobless with a lucrative new profession: terrorist.

Anti-IS operations enter fourth year

Anti-IS operations enter fourth year

August 08

WASHINGTON — The US-led coalition campaign to destroy the Islamic State group in Iraq and Syria enters its fourth year this week, and the Pentagon believes the jihadists’ defeat...

Qatar hits back at rivals with Neymar soft power play

Qatar hits back at rivals with Neymar...

August 04

DUBAI — With the transfer of Brazilian football phenomenon Neymar to Paris Saint-Germain (PSG), Qatar is hitting back at its Gulf rivals with a high-profile soft power play.