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.
Beyoncé leads all nominations for the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards with eight, the network unveiled Thursday morning. Nods were spread among numerous hits from the pop diva's provocative, self-titled visual album, which she released without warning late last year. Her seductive duet with husband Jay Z, “Drunk In Love,” is up for several awards, including the night’s top prize, video of the year, as well as the network's collaboration field. Beyoncé also received multiple nominations for brazen sex jam “Partition” and empowerment anthem “Pretty Hurts.” Also competing for video of the year: Pharrell William’s...