| Jun 20, 2014
| 6:09 AM
A suicide car bomb that may have targeted Lebanon’s internal security chief exploded Friday on the Beirut-Damascus highway, killing at least two people and wounding dozens, according to official and media accounts.
It was the first such attack...
| Jun 4, 2014
| 3:34 PM
The chief of Syria's election commission on Wednesday declared President Bashar Assad the victor in balloting that offered little in the way of surprises and had been widely condemned as a sham.
Mohammad Jihad Lahaam, who also serves as speaker of...
| Sep 5, 2014
| 3:03 PM
Al Nusra Front, Al Qaeda’s affiliate in Syria, has released an online video assailing the Shiite Muslim group Hezbollah and showing images of what appear to be Lebanese police officers and soldiers captured last month.
The 27-minute video —...
| Aug 2, 2014
| 4:03 PM
At least two Lebanese soldiers and several civilians were reported killed Saturday in clashes with Syrian rebels on Lebanese territory close to the Syrian border, according to press and official accounts.
The incident was the latest example of...
| Aug 3, 2014
| 6:56 AM
Islamic State fighters seized control of Iraq's biggest dam, an oilfield and three more towns on Sunday after inflicting their first major defeat on Kurdish forces since sweeping through the region in June.
Capture of the Mosul Dam after an offensive of...
| Aug 3, 2014
| 5:18 PM
Clashes raging between Syrian Islamist rebels and Lebanese security forces in a town close to the Syrian border killed 10 soldiers, the Lebanese army said Sunday.
An additional 25 were wounded in one of the most serious cross-border incidents since...
| Aug 29, 2014
| 3:05 PM
Kurdish Iraqi officials on Friday condemned a video depicting the beheading of one of their soldiers by Islamic State extremists, who said it was retribution for the Kurds’ alliance with the United States.
The six-minute video shows 15 Kurdish...
| Aug 30, 2014
| 3:11 PM
Islamic State militants beheaded a Lebanese soldier who was one of 19 captured by hardline Syrian Islamists when they seized a Lebanese border town for a few days this month, a video posted on social media showed on Saturday.
The soldier, recognizable as...
| Jul 28, 2014
| 1:24 PM
As I watch Hamas firing hundreds of rockets against Israel, and the violent protests in Europe about Israel, thoughts come flooding back about the first time I ever visited the country and my most recent visit last month.
My first trip to Israel in...
| Oct 15, 2013
| 6:15 PM
The Arab Film Festival, which opens Friday at the Harmony Gold Theatre in Los Angeles and continues through Oct. 20, is the largest independent annual showcase of Arab films and filmmakers in the United States.
Founded in San Francisco in 1996, the...
| Sep 15, 2013
On Sept. 6, the State Department issued a warning for southeastern Turkey, recommending that U.S. citizens "defer non-essential travel" to that area. The department allowed non-emergency personnel and families to leave its consulate in Adana. Adana is...