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  • UN panel: Crimes against humanity spread in Syria

    UN panel: Crimes against humanity spread in Syria

    Wednesday, August 27 2014 10:48 AM EDT2014-08-27 14:48:33 GMT
    The independent U.N. commission on Syrian war crimes says the Islamic State group has committed crimes against humanity with its attacks on civilians in two cities in the country's north and west.
    The Syrian government has likely used chlorine gas to attack civilians while the Islamic State group fighting them has committed crimes against humanity with attacks on civilians in two provinces, an independent U.N....
  • Journalist speaks after release from Syrian militants

    Journalist speaks after release from Syrian militants

    Wednesday, August 27 2014 10:26 AM EDT2014-08-27 14:26:10 GMT

    Peter Curtis' release came days after ISIS militants executed another journalist, James Foley. The execution was meant as a warning to the U.S. government, to stop its airstrikes against Islamic State fighters in Iraq.

    Peter Curtis' release came days after ISIS militants executed another journalist, James Foley. The execution was meant as a warning to the U.S. government, to stop its airstrikes against Islamic State fighters in Iraq.

  • Journalist killing highlights role of freelancers

    Journalist killing highlights role of freelancers

    Wednesday, August 27 2014 9:59 AM EDT2014-08-27 13:59:37 GMT
    Journalists James Foley, Steven Sotloff and Peter Theo Curtis all shared one thing in common when they were captured by Islamic militants in Syria, the title "freelance journalist."
    Journalists James Foley, Steven Sotloff and Peter Theo Curtis all had one thing in common when they were captured by Islamic militants in Syria, the title "freelance journalist."
  • AP source: American militant said killed in Syria

    AP source: American militant said killed in Syria

    Wednesday, August 27 2014 8:38 AM EDT2014-08-27 12:38:45 GMT
    A U.S. official says an American man reported to have been killed in Syria was there to fight alongside a terrorist group, most likely the Islamic State.
    An American man believed to have been killed in Syria was there to fight alongside an extremist militant group, most likely the Islamic State, a U.S. official said Tuesday.
  • AP source: American militant said killed in Syria

    AP source: American militant said killed in Syria

    Wednesday, August 27 2014 2:58 AM EDT2014-08-27 06:58:23 GMT
    An American man believed to have been killed in Syria was there to fight alongside an extremist militant group, most likely the Islamic State, a U.S. official has said.
    An American man believed to have been killed in Syria was there to fight alongside an extremist militant group, most likely the Islamic State, a U.S. official has said.
  • Memorial service held for American journalist killed in Syria

    Memorial service held for American journalist killed in Syria

    Tuesday, August 26 2014 9:11 PM EDT2014-08-27 01:11:55 GMT

    James Foley was kidnapped in Syria in late 2012.

    James Foley was kidnapped in Syria in late 2012.

  • Possible airstrikes in Syria raise more questions

    Possible airstrikes in Syria raise more questions

    Tuesday, August 26 2014 6:08 PM EDT2014-08-26 22:08:38 GMT
    The top U.S. military officer said Tuesday that the U.S. has some insights into the activities of Islamic State militants within Syria, and certainly wants to have more, but he declined to comment on the Obama...
    The intelligence gathered by U.S. military surveillance flights over Syria could support a broad bombing campaign against the Islamic State militant group, but current and former U.S. officials differ on whether air power...
  • ISIS is recruiting young westerners

    ISIS is recruiting young westerners

    Tuesday, August 26 2014 1:44 PM EDT2014-08-26 17:44:17 GMT

    ISIS is recruiting new members from parts of Europe and the United States, often through the use of social media.  

    ISIS is recruiting new members from parts of Europe and the United States, often through the use of social media.  

  • Syria situation remains difficult

    Syria situation remains difficult

    Tuesday, August 26 2014 6:44 AM EDT2014-08-26 10:44:44 GMT

    President Barack Obama has authorized reconnaissance flights over Syria as officials consider expanding action against ISIS militants.

    President Barack Obama has authorized reconnaissance flights over Syria as officials consider expanding action against ISIS militants.

  • Syria warns US: No unilateral strikes on militants

    Syria warns US: No unilateral strikes on militants

    Monday, August 25 2014 10:29 PM EDT2014-08-26 02:29:10 GMT
    Syria's foreign minister has warned the U.S. not to conduct airstrikes inside Syria against the Islamic State group without Damascus' consent.
    Syria said Monday it was ready to help confront the rising threat from the Islamic State group, but warned the United States against carrying out airstrikes without Damascus' consent, saying any such attack would be...
  • American held in Syria freed after nearly 2 years

    American held in Syria freed after nearly 2 years

    Monday, August 25 2014 6:18 PM EDT2014-08-25 22:18:27 GMT
    As the U.S. mourned an American journalist executed by Islamic militants, the nation found something of a reprieve with the release of another freelance reporter who had been held hostage for nearly two years by an...
    As the U.S. mourned an American journalist beheaded by Islamic militants, the nation found something of a reprieve with the release of another freelance reporter who had been held hostage for nearly two years by an...
  • American journalist released in Syria

    American journalist released in Syria

    Monday, August 25 2014 5:11 AM EDT2014-08-25 09:11:13 GMT
    Peter Theo Curtis was abducted by Syrian rebels in 2012.
    Peter Theo Curtis was abducted by Syrian rebels in 2012.
  • US says American held in Syria has been freed

    US says American held in Syria has been freed

    Sunday, August 24 2014 10:27 PM EDT2014-08-25 02:27:28 GMT
    The U.S. government says an American held hostage for about two years by an al-Qaida-linked group in Syria has been released.
    An American journalist kidnapped and held hostage for nearly two years by an al-Qaida-linked group in Syria was released Sunday, less than a week after the horrific execution of American journalist James Foley by Islamic...
  • Jihadis capture major Syrian air base in northeast

    Jihadis capture major Syrian air base in northeast

    Sunday, August 24 2014 8:24 PM EDT2014-08-25 00:24:23 GMT
    Syrian activists say Islamic State fighters have broken through defenses and taken over at least part of a military air base that is the last government-held outpost in a northeastern province dominated by the...
    Islamic State fighters captured a major military air base in northeastern Syria on Sunday, eliminating the last government-held outpost in a province otherwise dominated by the jihadi group, activists and state media said.
  • UN: death toll from Syrian civil war tops 191,000

    UN: death toll from Syrian civil war tops 191,000

    Friday, August 22 2014 7:34 AM EDT2014-08-22 11:34:39 GMT
    The death toll from Syria's civil war has risen to more than 191,000 people killed between March 2011 and April 2014, the United Nations reported Friday.
    The death toll from three years of Syria's civil war has risen to more than 191,000 people, the United Nations reported Friday.
  • Obama faces options in Iraq and Syria

    Obama faces options in Iraq and Syria

    Friday, August 22 2014 3:45 AM EDT2014-08-22 07:45:30 GMT
    At the heart of President Barack Obama's quandary over the Islamic State militants is their haven in Syria.
    At the heart of President Barack Obama's quandary over the Islamic State militants is their haven in Syria.
  • Reports: Syria troops kill scores of jihadis

    Reports: Syria troops kill scores of jihadis

    Thursday, August 21 2014 4:04 PM EDT2014-08-21 20:04:21 GMT
    Activists and Syria's state media are reporting that dozens of Islamic extremists have been killed in fighting around a northern military base.
    Syrian troops killed dozens of jihadi fighters, including a prominent media activist, in heavy clashes on Thursday around a sprawling northern air base that the Islamic State group is trying to seize, activists and state...
  • Syria opposition: Deadly chemical attack forgotten

    Syria opposition: Deadly chemical attack forgotten

    Thursday, August 21 2014 3:06 PM EDT2014-08-21 19:06:51 GMT
    An international human rights group says on the anniversary of the deadly chemical attack outside Damascus that "justice remains elusive" for the victims and their families.
    The year since a chemical attack that killed hundreds near Damascus has been a strikingly good one for President Bashar Assad.
  • US mission to rescue hostages in Syria failed

    US mission to rescue hostages in Syria failed

    Wednesday, August 20 2014 11:43 PM EDT2014-08-21 03:43:53 GMT
    Senior Obama administration officials say the U.S. military launched a secret mission earlier this summer to rescue a number of Americans held captive by militants in Syria but failed to find them.
    President Barack Obama sent special operations troops to Syria this summer on a secret mission to rescue American hostages, including journalist James Foley, held by Islamic State extremists, but they did not find them,...
  • Militants attack major air base in eastern Syria

    Militants attack major air base in eastern Syria

    Wednesday, August 20 2014 1:03 PM EDT2014-08-20 17:03:26 GMT
    Activists say Islamic extremists have launched an attack on a major air base in northeastern Syria, aiming to seize the last position held by the Syrian government in a province that is an Islamic State stronghold.
    Islamic extremists fired rockets and tank shells Wednesday at a major air base in northeastern Syria, kicking off a long-anticipated offensive to seize the last position held by the Syrian government in a province that is...
  • Missing US photojournalist James Foley beheaded by ISIS

    Missing US photojournalist James Foley beheaded by ISIS

    Wednesday, August 20 2014 12:29 AM EDT2014-08-20 04:29:39 GMT
    American photojournalist James Wright Foley has been allegedly beheaded by the Islamic State, or ISIS, according to the group. 
    American photojournalist James Wright Foley has been allegedly beheaded by the Islamic State, or ISIS, according to the group. 
  • American killed in Syria a journalist at heart

    American killed in Syria a journalist at heart

    Wednesday, August 20 2014 12:04 AM EDT2014-08-20 04:04:38 GMT
    Journalist James Foley, captured and held six weeks while covering the uprising in Libya, knew the risks when he went to Syria in 2012 to cover the escalating violence there. It didn't matter. He was a...
    Journalist James Foley, captured and held six weeks while covering the uprising in Libya, knew the risks when he went to Syria in 2012 to cover the escalating violence there. It didn't matter. He was a journalist at...
  • New report warns of anti-aircraft weapons in Syria

    New report warns of anti-aircraft weapons in Syria

    Tuesday, August 19 2014 2:14 PM EDT2014-08-19 18:14:31 GMT
    A new report by a respected international research group warns that armed groups in Syria have several hundred portable anti-aircraft missiles that could be diverted to extremists and used to destroy low-flying...
    Warnings from an international research group and the Federal Aviation Administration underscore the rising threat to commercial aircraft posed by hundreds of anti-aircraft weapons that are now in the arsenals of armed...
  • Syria strikes militants as US targets them in Iraq

    Syria strikes militants as US targets them in Iraq

    Tuesday, August 19 2014 4:54 AM EDT2014-08-19 08:54:00 GMT
    As the U.S. military strikes the Islamic State group in Iraq, Syrian President Bashar Assad's forces have significantly stepped up their own campaign against militant strongholds in Syria, carrying out dozens...
    As the U.S. military strikes the Islamic State group in Iraq, Syrian President Bashar Assad's forces have significantly stepped up their own campaign against militant strongholds in Syria, carrying out dozens of...
  • FAA blocks US planes from flying over Syria

    FAA blocks US planes from flying over Syria

    Monday, August 18 2014 11:13 PM EDT2014-08-19 03:13:20 GMT
    The Federal Aviation Administration issued a notice Monday barring flights of U.S. planes over Syria, citing extremist groups equipped with anti-aircraft weapons that could pose a serious threat.
    The Federal Aviation Administration issued a notice Monday barring flights of U.S. planes over Syria, citing extremist groups equipped with anti-aircraft weapons that could pose a serious threat.
  • Obama hails elimination of Syria chemical weapons

    Obama hails elimination of Syria chemical weapons

    Monday, August 18 2014 6:35 PM EDT2014-08-18 22:35:06 GMT
    President Barack Obama says the elimination of Syria's declared chemical weapons stockpile marks an important achievement in the effort to counter the spread of weapons of mass destruction.
    President Barack Obama on Monday said the elimination of Syria's declared chemical weapons stockpile is an important achievement against the spread of dangerous weapons of mass destruction, but warned that Syria's...
  • Reports: Islamic State group kills Syria tribesmen

    Reports: Islamic State group kills Syria tribesmen

    Monday, August 18 2014 1:03 PM EDT2014-08-18 17:03:50 GMT
    Activists say Syrian warplanes have bombarded jihadi positions in the northern province of Raqqa as Muslim extremists close in on the last army base in the region.
    The extremist Islamic State group shot and beheaded hundreds of tribesmen from eastern Syria over the past two weeks after crushing an uprising they led against the jihadi fighters, activists said Monday.
  • Syrian airstrikes target Islamic State group

    Syrian airstrikes target Islamic State group

    Sunday, August 17 2014 11:52 AM EDT2014-08-17 15:52:29 GMT
    Syrian government warplanes pounded an Islamic State group stronghold as well as other towns controlled by the extremists, conducting a wave of airstrikes Sunday that killed at least 11 people, activists said.
    Syrian government warplanes pounded an Islamic State group stronghold as well as other towns controlled by the extremists, conducting a wave of airstrikes Sunday that killed at least 11 people, activists said.
  • Jihadists closing in on Syrian rebel stronghold

    Jihadists closing in on Syrian rebel stronghold

    Saturday, August 16 2014 3:09 PM EDT2014-08-16 19:09:33 GMT
    The main Western-backed Syrian opposition coalition called on Saturday for U.S. airstrikes against the Islamic State extremist group as the jihadists captured three northern villages, putting them within striking...
    Syria's Western-backed opposition called on Saturday for U.S. airstrikes against the Islamic State extremist group as the jihadists captured three northern villages, putting them within striking distance of a...
  • Clinton's break with Obama on Syria what's next

    Clinton's break with Obama on Syria what's next

    Friday, August 15 2014 6:11 PM EDT2014-08-15 22:11:01 GMT
    Hillary Rodham Clinton's split with President Barack Obama over a foreign policy "organizing principle" isn't likely to be the last time differences emerge between the two. How she handles those breaks...
    Hillary Rodham Clinton's split with President Barack Obama over a foreign policy "organizing principle" isn't likely to be the last time differences emerge between the two. How she handles those breaks could be...
  • Car bomb kills at least 22 in southern Syria

    Car bomb kills at least 22 in southern Syria

    Friday, August 15 2014 1:20 PM EDT2014-08-15 17:20:52 GMT
    Acitivists say a car bomb has exploded outside a mosque in southern Syria, killing at least 22 people.
    A car bomb exploded outside a mosque in an opposition-held town in southern Syria on Friday, killing at least 22 people, activists said.
  • Syrian troops seize contested Damascus suburb

    Syrian troops seize contested Damascus suburb

    Thursday, August 14 2014 11:49 AM EDT2014-08-14 15:49:45 GMT
    Syrian activists say government troops have seized control of most of a contested suburb south of Damascus.
    Syrian government troops captured a fiercely contested suburb of the capital Thursday after five months of heavy fighting, flushing rebels from their last hideouts and quickly moving to crush pockets of resistance in the...
  • Islamic militants seize 2 northern Syrian towns

    Islamic militants seize 2 northern Syrian towns

    Wednesday, August 13 2014 10:48 AM EDT2014-08-13 14:48:43 GMT
    Syrian opposition activists say extremists from the Islamic State group have seized key towns and villages near the border with Turkey after deadly clashes with other rebels in the area.
    Islamic extremists captured two key towns and several villages near Syria's northern border with Turkey on Wednesday after pushing out rival fighters in fierce clashes, opposition groups and activists said.
  • Surviving in Syria

    Surviving in Syria

    Saturday, November 16 2013 2:57 PM EST2013-11-16 19:57:00 GMT
    Scud missiles are being dropped on Aleppo, turning parts of the city into rubble. (Source: CNN)Scud missiles are being dropped on Aleppo, turning parts of the city into rubble. (Source: CNN)
    Survivors are barely hanging on from the devastation of the Syrian civil war.
    Survivors are barely hanging on from the devastation of the Syrian civil war.
  • Skepticism surrounds Russia's proposed deal with Syria

    Skepticism surrounds Russia's proposed deal with Syria

    Saturday, September 21 2013 4:24 PM EDT2013-09-21 20:24:00 GMT
    With the U.S. backing off its push for military action in Syria, world leaders are watching to see if the Damascus regime will give up its chemical weapons stockpile.
    With the U.S. backing off its push for military action in Syria, world leaders are watching to see if the Damascus regime will give up its chemical weapons stockpile.
  • International StoriesMore>>

  • Image of Asia: Starting the hajj in Kashmir

    Image of Asia: Starting the hajj in Kashmir

    Wednesday, August 27 2014 10:48 AM EDT2014-08-27 14:48:36 GMT
    By The Associated Press In this photo by Dar Yasin, a Muslim in Indian-ruled Kashmir is hugged by her relative before leaving on the hajj to Mecca. Governments of many countries help arrange...
    By The Associated Press In this photo by Dar Yasin, a Muslim in Indian-ruled Kashmir is hugged by her relative before leaving on the hajj to Mecca. Governments of many countries help arrange travel for...
  • UN panel: Crimes against humanity spread in Syria

    UN panel: Crimes against humanity spread in Syria

    Wednesday, August 27 2014 10:48 AM EDT2014-08-27 14:48:33 GMT
    The independent U.N. commission on Syrian war crimes says the Islamic State group has committed crimes against humanity with its attacks on civilians in two cities in the country's north and west.
    The Syrian government has likely used chlorine gas to attack civilians while the Islamic State group fighting them has committed crimes against humanity with attacks on civilians in two provinces, an independent U.N....
  • Alarm as Nicaragua starts canal route survey

    Alarm as Nicaragua starts canal route survey

    Wednesday, August 27 2014 10:38 AM EDT2014-08-27 14:38:55 GMT
    Teams of assessors accompanied by soldiers and police have begun surveying properties along the route of Nicaragua's planned interoceanic canal, taking quick steps toward the start of a vast project the country...
    Teams of assessors accompanied by soldiers and police have begun surveying properties along the route of Nicaragua's planned interoceanic canal, taking quick steps toward the start of a vast project the country has...
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