Associated Press/Photo by Dusan Vranic

Conflict within and without

Cover story | Fifty years after the dramatic gains of the Six-Day War, Israel is shoring up contested borders as a bulwark against persistent Islamic foes
by Mindy Belz
Posted 7/06/17, 12:03 am

JERUSALEM—Mount Hermon rises in the distance bearing a fading snowcap, surrounded by high wisps of clouds on a late spring day. In the near distance, scuffs of dust fly, making clouds of their own as Syrian forces recommence firing on rebel positions. Mortar rounds thwunk, creating puffs of smoke that billow first here, then there, across the horizon. As they land in swift succession, the plains before Mount Hermon exhale red dust.

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Associated Press/Photo by Felipe Dana

Iraqi forces retake landmark mosque site in Mosul

by Lynde Langdon
Posted 6/29/17, 11:38 am

Iraqi forces on Thursday captured the site of the al-Nuri mosque in Mosul, where Islamic State (ISIS) leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi declared a caliphate in 2014. ISIS blew up the historic mosque last week, Iraqi and coalition officials said, though the terror group claims a U.S. airstrike destroyed it. Iraqi troops are pushing into Mosul’s Old City, home of the mosque site and a densely populated area where the city’s last remaining ISIS militants are holed up.

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U.S. warns of impending chemical strike in Syria

by Lynde Langdon
Posted 6/27/17, 11:15 am

The United States has detected “active preparations” by the Syrian military for chemical weapons use that could cost many civilian lives, according to the White House and the Pentagon. Navy Capt. Jeff Davis said the United States observed the activity at Shayrat airfield, from which Syria launched a chemical weapons airstrike April 4. Video of children and adults suffering from that attack was posted on the internet and brought to light the horrors of chemical warfare in Syria. The Syrian government denies it was behind the April 4 attack and said it is not planning another.

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