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  • UN backs inquiry of IS group's alleged crimes

    UN backs inquiry of IS group's alleged crimes

    Monday, September 1 2014 12:52 PM EDT2014-09-01 16:52:36 GMT
    The U.N.'s top human rights body is being asked to investigate the alleged crimes against civilians committed by the Islamic State group in its rampage across northeastern Syria and northern and western Iraq.
    The U.N.'s top human rights body on Monday overwhelmingly approved the Iraqi government's request for an investigation into alleged crimes against civilians committed by the Islamic State group in its rampage...
  • Syrian rebels, government clash in Golan Heights

    Syrian rebels, government clash in Golan Heights

    Monday, September 1 2014 9:30 AM EDT2014-09-01 13:30:44 GMT
    Activists say Syrian rebels are clashing with government troops in the Golan Heights near the border with Israel, where al-Qaida-linked insurgents abducted U.N. peacekeepers last week.
    Syrian rebels clashed with government troops on Monday in the Golan Heights, where al-Qaida-linked insurgents abducted U.N. peacekeepers last week, activists said.
  • Lawmakers want to debate way forward against ISIS

    Lawmakers want to debate way forward against ISIS

    Monday, September 1 2014 5:06 AM EDT2014-09-01 09:06:40 GMT

    U.S. airstrikes helped break an ISIS siege in Iraq this weekend, but lawmakers are calling for a well-defined policy for dealing with ISIS in Syria.

    U.S. airstrikes helped break an ISIS siege in Iraq this weekend, but lawmakers are calling for a well-defined policy for dealing with ISIS in Syria.

  • Philippine troops pull 'greatest escape' in Golan

    Philippine troops pull 'greatest escape' in Golan

    Sunday, August 31 2014 8:20 PM EDT2014-09-01 00:20:48 GMT
    Under cover of darkness, 40 Filipino peacekeepers made a daring escape after being surrounded and under fire for seven hours by Syrian rebels in the Golan Heights, Philippine officials said Sunday, leaving 44...
    Under cover of darkness, 40 Filipino peacekeepers escaped their besieged outpost in the Golan Heights after a seven-hour gunbattle with Syrian rebels, Philippine officials said Sunday. Al-Qaida-linked insurgents still hold...
  • House, Senate intel chiefs flag Islamic State risk

    House, Senate intel chiefs flag Islamic State risk

    Sunday, August 31 2014 12:41 PM EDT2014-08-31 16:41:00 GMT
    Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein says President Barack Obama may be "too cautious" in his approach to dealing with Islamic State militants.
    Leaders of the House and Senate intelligence committees on Sunday prodded President Barack Obama to take decisive action against what they say are growing threats from Islamic State militants on U.S. soil.
  • Al-Qaida-linked group releases 5 Lebanese troops

    Al-Qaida-linked group releases 5 Lebanese troops

    Sunday, August 31 2014 8:53 AM EDT2014-08-31 12:53:38 GMT
    Lebanon's official news agency says an al-Qaida-linked Syrian rebel group has released five Lebanese soldiers captured earlier this month in a cross-border raid.
    An al-Qaida-linked Syrian rebel group has released five members of the Lebanese security forces captured earlier this month in a cross-border raid, Lebanon's military said Sunday.
  • Tunisia recovers bodies of Syrian boat migrants

    Tunisia recovers bodies of Syrian boat migrants

    Saturday, August 30 2014 10:20 PM EDT2014-08-31 02:20:34 GMT
    Tunisian authorities say the country's coast guard has recovered at least 41 bodies of migrants, mostly Syrians, who drowned trying to sail to Europe.
    The Tunisian Coast Guard has recovered at least 41 bodies of migrants, mostly Syrians, who drowned trying to sail to Europe, a local official said Saturday.
  • Syrian rebels attack peacekeepers in Golan Heights

    Syrian rebels attack peacekeepers in Golan Heights

    Saturday, August 30 2014 8:10 PM EDT2014-08-31 00:10:51 GMT
    Australia's foreign minister has criticized the detention of 44 Fijian peacekeepers by Syrian rebels and is calling for their unconditional release.
    Clashes erupted between al-Qaida-linked Syrian rebels and U.N. peacekeepers in the Golan Heights on Saturday after the militants surrounded their encampment, activists and officials said, as the international organization...
  • 5 US airstrikes target Islamic State fighters

    5 US airstrikes target Islamic State fighters

    Saturday, August 30 2014 5:11 PM EDT2014-08-30 21:11:00 GMT
    The U.S. military says fighter aircraft and unmanned drones have struck Islamic State militants near Iraq's Mosul Dam.
    The U.S. military says fighter aircraft and unmanned drones have struck Islamic State militants near Iraq's Mosul Dam.
  • Syrian war creates refugee crisis, UN says

    Syrian war creates refugee crisis, UN says

    Saturday, August 30 2014 5:06 AM EDT2014-08-30 09:06:41 GMT
     Almost half of the population of Syria has had to leave their homes due to the deadly fighting.
     Almost half of the population of Syria has had to leave their homes due to the deadly fighting.
  • Perry, Paul bash Obama for 'no strategy' on Syria

    Perry, Paul bash Obama for 'no strategy' on Syria

    Friday, August 29 2014 5:49 PM EDT2014-08-29 21:49:55 GMT
    Texas Gov. Rick Perry is accusing the president of "dithering and debating" in his response to the violent militant group attacking cities in Iraq.
    Texas Gov. Rick Perry and Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky pounced Friday on President Barack Obama's "we don't have a strategy yet" comments about the violent militant faction attacking cities in Iraq - but other...
  • The United Kingdom raises its terror threat level

    The United Kingdom raises its terror threat level

    Friday, August 29 2014 5:48 PM EDT2014-08-29 21:48:20 GMT
    The United Kingdom has raised the terror threat level, citing the risk from Syria and Iraq.
    The United Kingdom has raised the terror threat level, citing the risk from Syria and Iraq.
  • Building coalition for Syria action no easy matter

    Building coalition for Syria action no easy matter

    Friday, August 29 2014 4:49 PM EDT2014-08-29 20:49:51 GMT
    President Barack Obama's acknowledgement the U.S. still lacks a strategy for defeating the growing extremist threat emanating from Syria reflects a still unformed international coalition.
    President Barack Obama's acknowledgement the U.S. still lacks a strategy for defeating the growing extremist threat emanating from Syria reflects a still unformed international coalition.
  • At heart of Syria fears, extremists returning home

    At heart of Syria fears, extremists returning home

    Friday, August 29 2014 4:32 PM EDT2014-08-29 20:32:03 GMT
    U.S. and European intelligence officials are increasingly worried about lone wolf terrorist attacks by their own citizens returning from fighting in Syria and Iraq.
    The case of Mehdi Nemmouche haunts U.S. intelligence officials.
  • UN says Syria refugees top 3 million mark

    UN says Syria refugees top 3 million mark

    Friday, August 29 2014 11:59 AM EDT2014-08-29 15:59:59 GMT
    The United Nations refugee agency says the civil war in Syria has forced a record 3 million people out of the country, an increase of 1 million from almost exactly a year ago.
    The civil war in Syria has forced 3 million people out of the country, including more than a million people who fled in the past year, creating a crisis that the U.N. refugee agency said requires the biggest operation in...
  • Militants capture border crossing between Israel, Syria

    Militants capture border crossing between Israel, Syria

    Friday, August 29 2014 3:45 AM EDT2014-08-29 07:45:46 GMT
    Syrian rebels, backed by militant groups, have taken a key border crossing between Israel and Syria in the Golan Heights.
    Syrian rebels, backed by militant groups, have taken a key border crossing between Israel and Syria in the Golan Heights.
  • Obama cautions against using force to solve crises

    Obama cautions against using force to solve crises

    Friday, August 29 2014 3:40 AM EDT2014-08-29 07:40:19 GMT
    Faced with deepening crises in the Middle East and Ukraine, President Barack Obama is putting the brakes on the notion that American military power can solve either conflict.
    Faced with deepening crises in the Middle East and Ukraine, President Barack Obama is putting the brakes on the notion that American military power can solve either conflict.
  • UN: Armed group detains 43 peacekeepers in Syria

    UN: Armed group detains 43 peacekeepers in Syria

    Thursday, August 28 2014 9:39 PM EDT2014-08-29 01:39:15 GMT
    An armed group detained 43 U.N. peacekeepers during fighting in Syria early Thursday and another 81 peacekeepers are trapped, the United Nations said.
    An armed group detained 43 U.N. peacekeepers during fighting in Syria early Thursday and another 81 peacekeepers are trapped, the United Nations said.
  • Syrian charged in plot against troops is now in US

    Syrian charged in plot against troops is now in US

    Thursday, August 28 2014 7:39 PM EDT2014-08-28 23:39:10 GMT
    A Syrian man has been extradited to Arizona to face charges of conspiring to use improvised explosive devices against U.S. forces in Iraq, the FBI said Thursday.
    A Syrian man has been extradited to Arizona to face charges that he supplied components of improvised explosive devices to a jihadist group in Iraq that mounted attacks against the U.S. military.
  • Obama tamps down prospect of strikes in Syria

    Obama tamps down prospect of strikes in Syria

    Thursday, August 28 2014 7:30 PM EDT2014-08-28 23:30:33 GMT
    President Barack Obama faces a familiar question as he contemplates airstrikes in Syria: Should Congress have a say in his decision?
    President Barack Obama tamped down the prospect of imminent U.S. military action in Syria on Thursday, saying "we don't have a strategy yet" for degrading the violent militant group seeking to establish a caliphate in...
  • Jihadists kill dozens of captured Syrian soldiers

    Jihadists kill dozens of captured Syrian soldiers

    Thursday, August 28 2014 6:00 PM EDT2014-08-28 22:00:37 GMT
    Syrian activists say government warplanes are targeting rebels near the country's frontier with Israel in the Golan Heights, a day after opposition fighters captured a crossing point there.
    The Islamic State group killed more than 160 Syrian government troops seized in recent fighting, posting pictures Thursday of terrified young conscripts stripped down to their underwear before meeting their deaths in the...
  • France rules out Assad as partner in terror fight

    France rules out Assad as partner in terror fight

    Thursday, August 28 2014 3:39 PM EDT2014-08-28 19:39:41 GMT
    French President Francois Hollande has ruled out an international partnership with Syria's leader to fight against the Islamic State group, saying any alliance with Bashar Assad would play into the...
    French President Francois Hollande on Thursday ruled out an international partnership with Syria's leader to fight against the Islamic State group, saying any alliance with Bashar Assad would play into the...
  • Mother pleads for life of son held hostage by ISIS

    Mother pleads for life of son held hostage by ISIS

    Thursday, August 28 2014 6:35 AM EDT2014-08-28 10:35:35 GMT
    In a video statement, his mother Shirley Sotloff spoke directly to the group's leader.
    In a video statement, his mother Shirley Sotloff spoke directly to the group's leader.
  • U.S. on alert amid claim of new American killed fighting for extremists in Syria

    U.S. on alert amid claim of new American killed fighting for extremists in Syria

    Thursday, August 28 2014 5:53 AM EDT2014-08-28 09:53:33 GMT

    A coalition of Syrian opposition groups announced that its forces had killed another American in battle.

    A coalition of Syrian opposition groups announced that its forces had killed another American in battle.

  • A look at the Islamic State militants in Syria

    A look at the Islamic State militants in Syria

    Thursday, August 28 2014 1:49 AM EDT2014-08-28 05:49:08 GMT
    As the U.S. strikes Islamic State targets in Iraq, extremists belonging to the same militant group across the border in Syria are capturing new territory and becoming bolder by the day.
    As the U.S. strikes Islamic State targets in Iraq, extremists belonging to the same militant group across the border in Syria are capturing new territory and becoming bolder by the day.
  • US checking report of 2nd American killed in Syria

    US checking report of 2nd American killed in Syria

    Wednesday, August 27 2014 11:38 PM EDT2014-08-28 03:38:27 GMT
    The U.S. is trying to determine if a second American fighting with the Islamic State group has been killed in Syria.
    The U.S. is trying to determine if a second American fighting with the Islamic State group has been killed in Syria.
  • Mother of US reporter in Syria begs for his life

    Mother of US reporter in Syria begs for his life

    Wednesday, August 27 2014 7:59 PM EDT2014-08-27 23:59:00 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 mother of a hostage American journalist pleaded for his release Wednesday in a video directed at the Islamic State group, while new images emerged of mass killings, including masked militants shooting kneeling men...
  • Q-and-A on Westerners who join the fight in Syria

    Q-and-A on Westerners who join the fight in Syria

    Wednesday, August 27 2014 5:59 PM EDT2014-08-27 21:59:19 GMT
    Douglas McAuthur McCain, an American killed in Syria while fighting alongside the Islamic State, was part of a growing number of foreign fighters recruited to fight alongside terror groups.
    Douglas McAuthur McCain, an American killed in Syria while fighting with the Islamic State group, was part of a growing number of Americans and other foreigners recruited by terror groups to help them wage war in the Mideast.
  • American ISIS fighter killed in Syria

    American ISIS fighter killed in Syria

    Wednesday, August 27 2014 3:49 PM EDT2014-08-27 19:49:28 GMT

    Douglas McCain, an American fighting alongside terrorist group ISIS, was killed in Syria.

    Douglas McCain, an American fighting alongside terrorist group ISIS, was killed in Syria.

  • 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.

  • Syrian rebels seize border crossing with Israel

    Syrian rebels seize border crossing with Israel

    Wednesday, August 27 2014 10:08 AM EDT2014-08-27 14:08:20 GMT
    The Israeli military says an officer in the Golan Heights has been moderately wounded by errant fire from neighboring Syria.
    Syrian rebels, including fighters from an al-Qaida-linked group, seized control of a frontier crossing with Israel in the Golan Heights on Wednesday after heavy clashes with President Bashar Assad's forces, activists...
  • 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...
  • 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.
  • 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.
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  • Cuba cracks down on goods in travelers' luggage

    Cuba cracks down on goods in travelers' luggage

    Monday, September 1 2014 2:52 PM EDT2014-09-01 18:52:29 GMT
    Cubans braced Monday for a clampdown on the flow of car tires, flat-screen televisions, blue jeans and shampoo in the bags of travelers who haul eye-popping amounts of foreign-bought merchandise to an island where...
    Lugging duffel bags crammed with soap, socks, toys and other hard-to-obtain consumer goods, travelers arriving in Cuba on Monday complained that new government restrictions on their imports would leave their families wanting.
  • Iraqi prime minister pledges to root out militants

    Iraqi prime minister pledges to root out militants

    Monday, September 1 2014 2:52 PM EDT2014-09-01 18:52:24 GMT
    The United Nations says the number of Iraqis reported killed in violence has ebbed slightly in August compared to the previous month, with some 1,420 killed.
    Iraq's outgoing prime minster pledged Monday to turn his country into "a big grave" for Sunni militants from the Islamic State group and commended security forces who achieved a rare victory over insurgents by ending...
  • Parents of ill UK boy fight extradition from Spain

    Parents of ill UK boy fight extradition from Spain

    Monday, September 1 2014 2:52 PM EDT2014-09-01 18:52:16 GMT
    A Spanish judge will open proceedings on whether to extradite to Britain the parents of a 5-year-old boy with a brain tumor they took abroad against doctors' advice.
    The parents say they want to give their 5 year-old-boy with a brain tumor the best chance to live with a revolutionary new treatment they learned about on the Internet. Their British hospital says the boy has a 70 percent...
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