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  • Pope: Islamic State committing 'grave sin against god'

    Pope: Islamic State committing 'grave sin against god'
    Pope Francis said Islamic militants were carrying out a "profoundly grave sin against God" in Syria and Iraq, calling on Sunday for inter-religious dialogue and action against poverty to help end conflicts there. The pope spoke on the last day of his...
  • 30 U.S.-led strikes hit Islamic State in Syria's Raqqa: monitor

    30 U.S.-led strikes hit Islamic State in Syria's Raqqa: monitor
    A U.S.-led coalition carried out at least 30 air strikes in Syria against Islamic State militants in the northern province of Raqqa on Saturday, a monitoring group said. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the air strikes hit...
  • Pope Francis prays in Istanbul's Blue Mosque

    Pope Francis prays in Istanbul's Blue Mosque
    Pope Francis prayed silently alongside a senior Islamic cleric in Istanbul's Blue Mosque on Saturday, in a gesture of inter-religious harmony in a country bordering the conflicts in Syria and Iraq. Francis took off his shoes as he entered the huge...
  • Islamists come out on top in new effort to unify Syrian rebel groups

    GAZIANTEP, Turkey Seventy-two Syrian rebel groups on Saturday announced a new coalition to battle the government of President Bashar Assad. But hopes that moderate rebels would dominate the meeting were dashed when extremists gained more of the 17...
  • Islamic State, rival Al Nusra Front each strengthen grip on Syria

    Islamic State, rival Al Nusra Front each strengthen grip on Syria
    A group with ties to Al Qaeda has gained significant ground across Syria in recent weeks, creating the possibility that the war-ravaged nation will be divided among two opposing militant Islamic groups and the government of President Bashar Assad —...
  • Pope Francis, in Turkey, appeals for dialogue to counter extremists

    Pope Francis arrived in the Turkish capital Friday at the start of a three-day trip widely seen as an effort to build inter-religious dialogue with Muslims and focus attention on the plight of Christians and other minorities in the war-ravaged Middle...
  • Sen. Robert P. Casey Jr.: U.S. can't ignore goal to get rid of Syria's Assad

    Sen. Robert P. Casey Jr.: U.S. can't ignore goal to get rid of Syria's Assad
    President Obama made the right decision to review the U.S. strategy against the Islamic State. Two months ago, he laid out a comprehensive strategy for degrading and ultimately defeating the brutal terrorist organization. His administration has...
  • Aleppo, Syria, could soon be under siege by government troops

    Aleppo, Syria, could soon be under siege by government troops
    Syrian troops are on the brink of surrounding the rebel-held portion of Aleppo, a major setback for the opposition, which has increasingly found itself on the defensive and losing territory in the war. The outgunned antigovernment fighters are...
  • Hagel's exit from Pentagon still leaves administration divided

    Hagel's exit from Pentagon still leaves administration divided
    Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel’s resignation Monday amid pressure from the White House clears the way for a new Pentagon leader but still leaves the administration divided over the issues that helped lead to his downfall – most notably how to...
  • Chuck Hagel's firing won't help U.S. foreign policy

     Chuck Hagel's firing won't help U.S. foreign policy
    It is a time-honored tradition in American politics: Whenever the president turns unpopular, he fires someone and brings in a tried and tested veteran to clean house. Thus in 1987, in the middle of the Iran-Contra affair, out went Donald Regan as Ronald...
  • Jordan sending refugees back into Syria, Human Rights Watch says

    Jordan has sent Syrian refugees, including wounded civilians and unaccompanied minors, back across the border in violation of international responsibilities, Human Rights Watch said Monday. The New York-based monitor issued a statement accusing Jordan...