| Jul 30, 2014
| 11:08 AM
The Syrian government has escalated its use of "barrel bombs" against densely populated neighborhoods near Aleppo in defiance of a U.N. Security Council resolution banning the indiscriminate and deadly explosives, Human Rights Watch reported Wednesday....
| Jul 30, 2014
| 7:03 PM
An Allentown church will be one of many around the world where the faithful will join in prayers on Friday for Christians in the Mideast, who are facing dire persecution under the advance of Islamist radicals.
The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS),...
| Jul 19, 2014
| 6:44 PM
Thousands of foreign fighters have bolstered the ranks of militant groups in Syria and Iraq in recent months, according to U.S. officials, driving fresh concern about potential terrorist plots aimed at the United States or its allies.
The surge, as well...
| Jul 7, 2014
| 5:20 PM
"This moment requires statesmanship." That was Secretary of State John F. Kerry — a man not known for irony — in a meeting in late June with Massoud Barzani, president of Iraq's autonomous Kurdish region. Appealing to Barzani's nonexistent...
| Jul 8, 2014
| 2:30 PM
Barring the increasingly influential Isolationist/Tea Party wing of the American electorate, opinion is and always has been that the United States is the messenger of democracy to a world that usually hasn't earned it and probably doesn't deserve it.
| Jul 9, 2014
| 3:52 PM
A civilisation that used to lead the world is in ruins--and only the locals can rebuild it
A THOUSAND years ago, the great cities of Baghdad, Damascus and Cairo took turns to race ahead of the Western world. Islam and innovation were twins. The...
| Jul 10, 2014
| 2:09 PM
Officials in Iraq’s semiautonomous Kurdish region lashed out Thursday at a “hysterical” Prime Minister Nouri Maliki, calling for him to resign as Iraq’s shaky governing structure seemed to plunge further into political disarray....
| Jul 11, 2014
| 4:00 AM
The informant began to beg as soon as he was pulled from the police truck, which was painted hot pink, blue and black in a poor attempt at military camouflage.
"Where are their places?" officer Abdullah Waisi demanded, holding four arrest warrants for...
| Jul 13, 2014
| 3:00 AM
With the meteoric rise of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), the United States and Iran find themselves in the peculiar position of seeing their strategic goals fall into step. It is in the interest of neither country to witness the emergence...
| Jul 24, 2014
| 1:50 PM
WASHINGTON Like the rest of the world, the U.S. government appeared to have been taken aback last month when Mosul, Iraq's second-largest city, fell to an offensive by jihadis of the Islamic State that triggered the collapse of five Iraqi army divisions...
| Jul 15, 2014
| 6:00 AM
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.
"We are the forward defensive line for...