Iraqi forces launch offensive to take strategic city from Islamic State

(Ahmad Al-Rubaye / AFP/Getty Images)

The operation marks the third attempt to drive the militants from Tikrit since they seized it in June.

    Americans fighting the Islamic State in Iraq

    Americans fighting the Islamic State in Iraq

    Some say they’ve come to fight for their religion — others just to fight. But their first battle is with Iraqi bureaucracy.

    Israel’s Netanyahu lands in D.C.

    Israel’s Netanyahu lands in D.C.

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu arrived in Washington on March 1, ahead of his speech to Congress. By accepting an invitation from the Republican Party to address Congress, the Israeli leader infuriated the Obama administration.

    These Americans return to Iraq as Christian warriors against Islamic State

    These Americans return to Iraq as Christian warriors against Islamic State

    The newly arrived include U.S. veterans who have tried to sign on with Iraqi Christian militias.

    Kerry to defend Israel before U.N. panel

    Kerry to defend Israel before U.N. panel

    The State Department says the secretary will try to get the Human Rights Council to shift its focus.

    A rare look inside a Saudi prison that showers terrorists with perks

    A rare look inside a Saudi prison that showers terrorists with perks

    Save for its machine guns and guard towers, the al-Hair prison looks like a hotel in many ways.

    Retired Israeli veterans warn against speech

    Retired Israeli veterans warn against speech

    Almost 200 former generals and top security officials said that Benjamin Netanyahu’s speech to Congress could undermine ties between Israel and the U.S., and could actually help Iran.

    Photos from around the region

    Iraqi forces launch offensive to retake Tikrit

    Gaining control of the northern city, captured by the Islamic State in June, would be a key step in pushing out the militants.

    Americans fighting the Islamic State in Iraq

    Some say they’ve come to fight for their religion — others just to fight. But their first battle is with Iraqi bureaucracy.

    In Gaza’s rubble, waiting for reconstruction

    Six months after the cease-fire, 100,000 remain displaced, people cook over open fires and pledged aid has dried up.

    Anniversary of Iranian Revolution is marked amid nuclear talks

    Iran marked the anniversary of its 1979 Islamic Revolution on Wednesday with massive rallies.

    No end in sight for Syrian civil war

    Fighting between President Bashar al-Assad and rebel forces continues with estimated death toll at more than 200,000.

    Clash between riot police and Egypt soccer fans kills at least 20

    Tear gas and a stampede combined for a fatal melee late Sunday outside a stadium in suburban Cairo.

    Death of Jordanian pilot prompts unity rally

    People gather to show support for King Abdullah II and the military after the Islamic State’s killing of Muath al-Kaseasbeh.

    It’s a wonderful season for this parody show

    Hit Israeli satirical TV show “A Wonderful Land” is back for a 12th season, and the comedians say the timing is perfect.

    Israel and Hezbollah trade fire across border

    Israel and Hezbollah exchanged deadly fire Wednesday across a border region monitored by U.N. peacekeepers.

    U.S. seeks to capi­tal­ize on victory in Kobane

    Defeat of the Islamic State in Kobane, Syria, is a plus for U.S. and European governments concerned about domestic terror.

    Obama visits Saudi Arabia after king’s death

    He cancels a visit to the Taj Mahal to attend the funeral and meet the country’s new leader.

    Saudi Arabia’s King Salman

    The new monarch, Salman bin Abdul Aziz, is a veteran of the country’s top leadership.

    Funeral held for Saudi king

    Saudi Arabia’s new king joined prayers Friday before the simple burial of the country’s late ruler Abdullah.

    Stabbing attack in Tel Aviv

    A Palestinian man attacked at least nine people on a crowded bus during rush hour in central Tel Aviv on Wednesday.

    Inside an Iraqi ‘liberation camp’

    The Nineveh Liberation Camp is home to hundreds of police officers who fled Mosul in June in the face of an Islamic State offensive.

    Israelis mourn four men killed in attack in Paris

    The men, who died in a kosher supermarket, were among 17 killed by Islamists during three days of bloodshed in France.