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  • U.S. denies Kurdish ally Salih Muslim's request to visit

    The Obama administration lavished praise this week on a Kurdish group in Syria that helped score a victory over Islamic State militants in the border town of Kobani after four months of fighting. But U.S. officials also made another gesture that...
  • Kayla Mueller was among hostages U.S. commandos tried to rescue

    Kayla Mueller was among hostages U.S. commandos tried to rescue
    An attempt to rescue Kayla Mueller and other American hostages occurred in a July 4 raid previously disclosed by the Pentagon. U.S. special forces commandos conducted a raid in the predawn hours on a prison in Islamic State's Syrian stronghold of...
  • Jordan willing to release militant for pilot held by Islamic State

    The Jordanian government declared its willingness Wednesday to swap a female prisoner who took part in a deadly rampage of hotel bombings in 2005 for a Jordanian pilot held by the Islamic State extremist group. However, it was unclear whether the...
  • Kurdish fighters in Syria near victory in battle with Islamic State

    Kurdish fighters in the Syrian border town of Kobani appeared poised Monday to deal a decisive defeat to Islamic State militants after months of street clashes and U.S. aerial bombardment, signaling a major setback for the extremist group. The U.S....
  • Female terrorists finding their place in Islamic militants' ranks

    From bikini-clad beachgoer to veiled jihadist fugitive, the partner of Paris gunman Amedy Coulibaly underwent a startling metamorphosis that illuminates the dangerous potential behind militant groups' efforts to increase their recruiting of female...
  • Israel strikes back after 2 rockets from Syria hit Golan Heights

    At least two rockets fired from Syria landed in Israeli territory Tuesday, drawing retaliatory fire into Syria, Israel’s military said. The rockets landed on the Israeli-controlled side of the Golan Heights, a strategic plateau Israel seized...
  • Fixing Syria and Iraq is a job for the next president

    To the editor: President Obama's Syria policy is an unfortunate example of his now-characteristic indecisiveness. He's half in and half out. Air support, yes; ground troops, no. ("A conspicuous failure of U.S. foreign policy in Syria," Op-Ed, Jan. 24)...
  • A French mother's grief: 16-year-old flees to Syria

    The mother had her suspicions before her 16-year-old son fled from the southeastern French city of Nice to Syria. Her son was Christian and popular and liked football and making wood sculptures. But she had seen him change, converting to Islam and...
  • Qatar's ties to militants complicate relations with U.S., neighbors

    Qatar's ties to militants complicate relations with U.S., neighbors
    Even in a part of the world where tangled alliances are as common as sweet tea, one would be hard-pressed to find a country where the same few sweltering square miles house the sprawling operations hub for a huge U.S.-led air war and provide plush...
  • A conspicuous failure of U.S. foreign policy in Syria

    In 2011, the U.S. ambassador to Syria, a mild-mannered diplomat named Robert S. Ford, became the face of American support for the Arab Spring when he boldly visited opponents to the brutal regime of Bashar Assad in the northern city of Hama. In 2014,...
  • King Abdullah, who sought to modernize Saudi Arabia, dies at 90

    Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah, the powerful U.S. ally who fought against al-Qaida and sought to modernize the ultraconservative Muslim kingdom, including by nudging open greater opportunities for women, has died. He was 90. More than his guarded and...