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Posters of Jalal Talabani, a Kurdish guerrilla leader who became Iraq's president after the U.S. toppled Saddam Hussein, are on display at the entrance to the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan party headquarters, that was evacuated by Kurdish security forces, in Kirkuk, 290 kilometers (180 miles) north of Baghdad, Iraq, Monday, Oct. 16, 2017. Iraqi forces advanced on Kirkuk overnight Monday, clashing with Kurdish forces on the outskirts. The city is outside the Kurdish autonomous region but claimed by the Kurds and the central government. (AP Photo/Emad Matti)
Why the battle over the Iraqi city of Kirkuk mattersWhy the battle over the Iraqi city of Kirkuk matters
The Associated Press2 hours ago
Kurdish security forces and volunteers deploy in the southern entrance of the oil-rich city of Kirkuk, 290 kilometers (180 miles) north of Baghdad, Iraq, Monday, Oct. 16, 2017. Iraqi Kurdish officials said early Monday that federal forces and state-backed militias have launched a "major, multi-pronged" attack aimed at retaking the disputed northern city of Kirkuk, causing "lots of casualties" in fighting south of the city. (AP Photo/Emad Matti)
Iraqi forces push into disputed Kirkuk as Kurds withdrawIraqi forces have pushed their Kurdish allies out of the disputed northern city of Kirkuk and seized oil fields and other facilities as tensions soar after last month's Kurdish vote for independence
The Associated Press3 hours ago
This image made from a video provided by RUDAW TV shows what the Irbil-based Kurdish broadcaster says are Peshmerga fighters and volunteers arriving on military trucks in Kirkuk, Iraq, Monday, Oct. 16, 2017. (RUDAW TV via AP)
The Latest: Iraqi forces seize oil fields in KirkukThe Latest: Iraqi forces push Kurdish allies out of oil-rich Kirkuk as U.S urges negotiations.
The Associated Press5 hours ago
This frame grab from video released Sunday, Oct. 15, 2017 and provided by Furat FM, a Syrian Kurdish activist-run media group, shows a Syrian Islamic State group fighter who surrendered entering a base of the U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), in Raqqa, Syria. A spokesman for the U.S.-backed force in Syria says it will be in control of the northern city of Raqqa "within a few days" after attacking the last pocket held by the Islamic State group. SDF fighters launched an operation to retake the last IS-held pocket of Raqqa after some 275 militants and their family members surrendered. (Furat FM, via AP)
Site of IS beheadings in Raqqa seized by Kurdish-led forceInfamous public square where IS militants carried out beheadings in Syria's Raqqa captured
The Associated Press10 hours ago
This undated photo released by the Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities shows the remains of a recently discovered temple for King Ramses II, in Abusir, southwest of Cairo. The temple may shed light on the life of the pharaoh of the 19th Dynasty, over 3,200 years ago. Mustafa Waziri, the head of agency, has told The Associated Press on Monday, Oct. 16, 2017, that the discovery was made by an Egyptian-Czech mission in the village of Abusir near the step pyramid of Saqqara. (Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities via AP)
Egypt says Ramses II temple unearthed southwest of CairoEgypt's antiquities agency says archaeologists have unearthed remains of a temple belonging to King Ramses II southwest of Cairo, which may shed light on the life of the 19th Dynasty pharaoh, over 3,200 years ago
The Associated Press11 hours ago
More Israeli settlements OK'd in Hebron, says watchdogAn Israeli anti-settlement group says dozens of new housing units have been approved in the West Bank city of Hebron for the first time in over a decade
The Associated Press11 hours ago
24 attackers were killed and two SUVs they used were destroyed.
Militants rob bank, attack church in Egypt's Sinai; 7 deadIslamic militants in Egypt's Sinai rob bank, attack church and trade gunfire with police, killing 6 people
The Associated Press13 hours ago
Israeli military strikes anti-aircraft battery in SyriaIsraeli military says it's destroyed anti-aircraft battery in Syria after its planes were fired upon over Lebanon
The Associated Press13 hours ago
President: Lebanon 'can no longer cope' with Syrian refugeesLebanon's president says his country 'can no longer cope' with Syrian refugees, appeals for help with their return
The Associated Press17 hours ago
US military says exchange of fire between Iraqi, Kurdish forces in Kirkuk a 'misunderstanding'US military says exchange of fire between Iraqi, Kurdish forces in Kirkuk a 'misunderstanding'
The Associated Press18 hours ago
Iraqi military says it has seized large oil fields near Kirkuk from Kurdish forcesIraqi military says it has seized large oil fields near Kirkuk from Kurdish forces
The Associated Press18 hours ago
Israel's Antiquities Authority's Tehillah Lieberman stands in an ancient Roman theater-like structure at the Western Wall tunnels in Jerusalem's old city, Monday, Oct. 16, 2017. Israeli archaeologists have announced the discovery of the first known Roman-era theater in Jerusalem's Old City, a unique 1,800-year-old structure abutting the Western Wall that is believed to have been built during Roman Emperor Hadrian's reign. (AP Photo/Sebastian Scheiner)
Roman theater uncovered at base of Jerusalem's Western WallIsraeli archaeologists find 1,800-year-old Roman-era theater in Jerusalem's Old City abutting the Western Wall
The Associated Press19 hours ago
AP reporters: Iraqi Kurds abandon positions outside Kirkuk airport, civilians fleeing cityAP reporters: Iraqi Kurds abandon positions outside Kirkuk airport, civilians fleeing city
The Associated Press20 hours ago
Israeli military says it has struck Syrian anti-aircraft battery near Damascus after its planes were fired uponIsraeli military says it has struck Syrian anti-aircraft battery near Damascus after its planes were fired upon
The Associated Press20 hours ago
Iraqi Kurds say federal forces launch 'major, multi-pronged' assault near disputed city of KirkukIraqi Kurds say federal forces launch 'major, multi-pronged' assault near disputed city of Kirkuk
The Associated Press1 day ago
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