| Oct 29, 2014
| 10:51 AM
Some rebel reinforcements reached the besieged Syrian city of Kobani, officials said Wednesday. But the main force of fighters from Iraqi Kurdistan, aiming to help fellow Kurds battle Islamic State militants, was said to be still en route as night fell....
| Oct 30, 2014
| 5:16 PM
The Obama administration's plan to raise a 15,000-strong rebel army in Syria has run into steep political and military obstacles, raising doubts about a key element of the White House strategy for defeating Islamic State militants in the midst of a...
| Nov 1, 2014
| 7:15 AM
Iraqi Kurdish forces arrived in the Syrian town of Kobani with heavy weapons to help Syrian Kurds fend off attempts by Islamic State insurgents to seize the town and cement control in the Turkish border region.
Syrian Kurdish fighters welcomed the...
| Nov 2, 2014
| 11:59 AM
Iraqi Kurdish fighters have joined the fight against Islamic State militants in Kobani, hoping their support for fellow Kurds backed by U.S.-led air strikes will keep the ultra-hardline group from seizing the Syrian border town.
The Syrian Observatory...
| Nov 1, 2014
| 11:35 AM
Islamic State forces have carried out another mass killing of civilians in western Iraq, officials said Saturday – the systematic executions of at least 50 fellow Sunni Muslim men and women belonging to a tribe that has defied the extremist...
| Nov 3, 2014
| 2:52 AM
At least 24 refugees died in chilly, choppy waters off the Turkish coast after a smuggling vessel transporting them sank at the confluence of the Bosporus strait and the Black Sea, Turkish media reports said.
Rescue teams said the overloaded boat was...
| Nov 6, 2014
| 1:44 PM
War crimes may have been committed by Israeli forces during their deadly interception of an aid ship headed for the Gaza Strip in 2010, but the case does not justify prosecution at the International Criminal Court, court officials said Thursday....
| Nov 7, 2014
| 9:50 AM
Iraqi Kurdish forces have blunted, but not broken, the siege of the Syrian border town of Kobani, a week after arriving to great fanfare with heavy weapons and fighters in a bid to save it from Islamic State.
Kobani has become a test of the U.S.-led...
| Nov 12, 2014
| 11:35 AM
Radical Turkish nationalists roughed up three U.S. Navy servicemen in Istanbul on Wednesday, shouting “Yankees go home!” and pulling bags down over the sailors' heads.
Video of the incident shows a small group of men carrying a flag...
| Oct 23, 2014
| 4:51 AM
Air strikes by U.S.-led forces have killed 521 Islamist fighters and 32 civilians during a month-long campaign in Syria, a monitoring group which tracks the violence said on Thursday.
The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the vast...
| Oct 21, 2014
| 10:44 AM
The opera "The Death of Klinghoffer" opened this week in New York. Rightly castigated for its invocation of unpleasant Jewish stereotypes and its apologia for the Palestinian terrorists' murder of an elderly Jewish tourist in a wheelchair, its staging for...