Pentagon chief urges 'isolation operation' for IS-held Raqa
US defence chief Ashton Carter said Sunday that an operation to isolate the Islamic State group in Syria's Raqa should begin in conjunction with the assault on the jihadists' Iraqi bastion Mosul. "We want to see an isolation operation begin around Raqa as soon as possible," Carter said during a visit to Iraq's autonomous region of Kurdistan to review an ongoing offensive to retake Mosul from IS. Iraqi forces launched a huge operation last week to retake Mosul, the last major city in Iraq under IS control.
Hezbollah to stay in Syria until 'apostate project' defeated
BEIRUT (AP) — Fighting returned to Syria's Aleppo Sunday after a cease-fire to allow rebels and civilians to leave the city's besieged eastern districts expired with no evacuations.
The Latest: Aid convoy reaches Damascus suburb
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Sanaa air raids resume as Yemen truce expires, say residents
Warplanes from a Saudi-led coalition attacked targets in Sanaa at dawn on Sunday, hours after a three-day truce in Yemen's war expired, residents in the capital said. The ceasefire, agreed to allow for an increased flow of humanitarian aid, ended without renewal after a day of heavy fighting between the Saudi-led Arab coalition and the Iran-allied Houthi movement. Each side accused the other of repeatedly violating the truce and U.N. attempts to extend it before it lapsed appeared to have failed.
Door to Lebanese presidency 'wide open', will vote for Aoun: Hezbollah
The leader of Lebanon's Hezbollah movement, Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah, said on Sunday the door to electing a president was "wide open" and his members of parliament would vote for ally Michel Aoun at a parliamentary session at the end of October. Lebanon has been without a president for more than two years, part of a political crisis that has resulted in a breakdown in many basic services and concerns about the country's stability. Lebanon's former prime minister Saad al-Hariri said on Thursday he would back Christian leader Aoun to be president.