Chaos in Iraqi forces contributed to Islamic State’s biggest win this year

The fall of Ramadi also showed the limited impact of U.S. airstrikes.

Islamic State asserts responsibility for Shiite mosque blast in Saudi Arabia

The Saudi Health Ministry reported 21 dead in the first attack claimed by the militant group in the country.

Militants fortify grip on Palmyra, one of the Mideast’s most renowned sites

The Islamic State’s advance could threaten the UNESCO World Heritage site’s ancient ruins.



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Under Egypt’s Sissi, crackdown on human rights groups expands

The campaign against such entities is “the worst attack on civil society” in the country’s history, an activist says.

Islamic State militants seize Syrian city of Palmyra, threatening ancient ruins

The takeover has raised concerns about the future of one of the region's most prized archaeological sites.

Israel announces — then scraps — plan for separate buses for Palestinians

Some opponents described the program as a form of apartheid.

Lawyer: Trial of Post reporter held in Iran set to begin next week

The Post’s executive editor denounced the “contemptible prosecution” of Jason Rezaian.

Catacombs make a comeback as Jerusalem seeks room for the dead

In a city rapidly running out of cemetery space, Jews are looking to a 2,000-year-old solution.

Fall of Ramadi reflects failure of Iraq’s strategy against ISIS, analysts say

Ramadi residents say the government failed to pay local police forces or send military reinforcements to tribal fighters, adding to concerns that Sunni support for the fight against Islamic State will deteriorate after the loss of the key city.

The latest mediator between Israel and Palestinians: The head of world soccer

Sepp Blatter visits the Holy Land as the Palestinian Football Association seeks Israel’s suspension from FIFA.

Mother of missing U.S. journalist: ‘Every reason to believe’ he’s alive in Syria

Austin Tice, a former Marine, has been missing since August 2012.

Iran-aligned Shiite militias gather to join fight against Islamic State gains

The militias add critical firepower, but their involvement raises sensitive political questions.

Bombing and clashes resume as Yemen heads for ‘catastrophe’

Aid agencies say food, gas and medicine are at dangerously low levels.

Iraqi Sunnis flee Anbar only to find new dangers in Baghdad

Displaced Iraqis are locked in mosque premises to keep them from being attacked.

Key Iraqi city falls to ISIS as defenders retreat

The fall of Ramadi dealt a blow to Iraq’s U.S.-backed government and its military campaign to drive the extremist group out of the war-torn country.

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