He fought alongside U.S. troops battling Al Qaeda militants on the streets of Adhamiya, one of Baghdad's most treacherous districts during the long American-led occupation. Now he is ready to take up arms against the Iraqi government that he once fought to preserve.
With global attention turned to crises raging elsewhere in the region, a triumphant and defiant Bashar Assad was sworn in Wednesday for a third term as president of war-ravaged Syria.
The Shiite militia commander, slight of build and decked out in green fatigues, views the checkpoint that he oversees as much more than an isolated outpost amid the endless palm groves of the Tigris River valley.
Gunmen stormed a residential complex in an upscale Baghdad neighborhood Saturday, killing at least 30 people, most of them women, according to Iraqi media.
Maybe it was pure exhaustion, or maybe everyone's serotonin levels were finally returning to normal. But the final night of Electric Daisy Carnival had an almost dreamy glaze to it. On Friday night, dudes pounded tequila shots and hoisted girlfriends new and old on their shoulders. On Sunday night, they crowded by the Las Vegas Motor Speedway's wall, the glint of a valedictory firework display reflecting in their glow-stick-sunglasses. This might have been due to the relatively wistful sounds of the acts playing. On the Kinetic field, the trance trio Above & Beyond had perhaps the most purely tasteful major headline set of the weekend. They're scene veterans who have...