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An Islamic State flag hangs amid electric wires over a street in Ain al-Hilweh Palestinian refugee camp, near the port-city of Sidon, southern Lebanon January 19, 2016.

As many as 30,000 ISIS fighters may still be crawling across Iraq and Syria — as many as at the height of their power

Tens of thousands of Islamic State jihadists are believed to still be waging war in Iraq and Syria, new reports reveal, suggesting that the global terrorist group may be far from defeated.
Saudi Arabia's missile defense system intercepts several missiles fired from rebel-Houthis.

This is the Patriot missile defense system that Israel just used to shoot down a Syrian warplane

Israel's military said on Tuesday that it fired two US-made Patriot missiles at and "intercepted" a Syrian Sukhoi fighter that entered its airspace.
Israeli soldiers stand in front of the launcher of an Iron Dome missile interceptor battery in the southern Israeli coastal city of Ashkelon.

Israel shoots down Syrian warplane with US Patriot missiles after intense fighting

Israel's military said on Tuesday that it fired two US-made Patriot missiles at a Syrian Sukhoi fighter that entered its airspace and "intercepted" the plane.
Russian President Vladimir Putin answer questions during a joint press conference with U.S. President Donald Trump after their summit on July 16, 2018 in Helsinki, Finland.

Putin said victims are ‘inevitable’ when he was questioned about hundreds of thousands of civilian deaths in Syria

Russian President Vladimir deflected questions about Russia's involvement in Syria's civil war, where rights groups say at least half a million people have been killed. During an interview with with Fox News Channel host Chris Wallace, Putin said casualties of war are "inevitable."
Kim Jong Un provides guidance on North Korea's nuclear-weapons program in this undated photo released by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA), September 3, 2017.

North Korea reportedly pushed $1 billion nuclear blackmail to Israel — and it shows Pyongyang’s real threat

President Trump insists that North Korea isn't a threat anymore. But even if North Korea doesn't detonate its nuclear weapons, Kim Jong Un could sell these weapons of mass destruction to states, or terrorists, that may use them.
A Uran-9 unmanned ground vehicle presented by Rosoboronexport, Russia's state intermediary agency for it's defense industry

Russia’s Uran-9 robot tank reportedly performed horribly in Syria

The Uran-9 couldn't operate as far away from its controllers as expected, had problems firing its 30mm gun, couldn't fire while moving, and more.
ISIS is attempting to make a comeback in Iraq by employing tactics that helped it rise to power several years ago, a new report warns.

ISIS is trying to make a comeback by creating chaos with assassinations — the same tactic it employed before it rose to power 5 years ago

ISIS remains a threat in the Middle East and a new report from the Soufan Center warns it's attempting to make a comeback by resorting to a tactic it employed back in 2013 when it was still known as Al Qaeda in Iraq (AQI): the targeted assassinations of Iraqi security personnel.
Iraqi Security Forces is ready to fire at known ISIS locations near the Iraqi-Syrian border using an M109A6 Paladin Self-Propelled Howitzer, June 5, 2018.

These photos of US troops hammering ISIS in Syria and then playing baseball are straight outta ‘Apocalypse Now’

In early June, the US Army released a dozen photos showing the base and the troops firing artillery to help the Syrian Democratic Forces fighting ISIS. Later, the Army released photos of the troops playing an improvised game of baseball as dusk sets in and smoke clouds billow in the background.
Russian President Vladimir Putin meets with regional female entrepreneurs ahead of the upcoming International Women's Day during his visit to the Samara bakery and confectionery factory in Samara, Russia March 7, 2018.

Russia is seizing on a GOP trip to Moscow to carefully craft its narrative ahead of the Trump-Putin summit

A large delegation of Republican lawmakers met with Kremlin officials this week in an opaque series of meetings in Moscow, and the lack of transparency gave Russia an opportunity to drive its own narrative of US President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin's upcoming summit.

The 28 most dangerous countries in the world

While the world's safest countries tend to be highly developed nations in the west and in eastern Asia, the most dangerous places are concentrated in Africa and the Middle East — where poverty and war create a highly unstable mix.