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  • James Traub: Bashar Assad and the devil's bargain

    James Traub: Bashar Assad and the devil's bargain
    The Obama administration has at least a hypothetical way forward in Iraq, but not in Syria, which it is currently treating as the rear sanctuary for Islamic State forces besieging Iraq. By the time its long-term plan to train insurgents to fight both IS...
  • Suicide bomber kills 5 in usually secure Irbil, Iraqi Kurdish capital

    Suicide bomber kills 5 in usually secure Irbil, Iraqi Kurdish capital
    A suicide car bombing stunned the normally secure northern Iraqi city of Irbil, capital of the semiautonomous Kurdish region, while Kurdish and Iraqi government forces mounted a new offensive against Islamic State militants. The explosion, which...
  • Syrian rebels, increasingly desperate, turn to tunnel warfare

    Syrian rebels, increasingly desperate, turn to tunnel warfare
    For three days, Syrian rebels dug through a wall of a library that housed a trove of historical religious texts, and underneath an adjacent road. When they were done with the 50-foot-long tunnel, they waited at one end of it for a tank to drive by,...
  • Peter Kassig, Indiana man beheaded by Islamic State, remembered in Muslim prayer service

    Peter Kassig, Indiana man beheaded by Islamic State, remembered in Muslim prayer service
    Muslims in Indiana held a funeral service on Friday for Abdul- Rahman Kassig, formerly known as Peter, who was beheaded by Islamic State militants in Syria after being held captive for a year. Kassig adopted Islam while he was a hostage. His family said...
  • Turkey trains Kurdish peshmerga forces in fight against Islamic State

    Turkey trains Kurdish peshmerga forces in fight against Islamic State
    Turkish soldiers are training Kurdish peshmerga fighters in northern Iraq and will give similar assistance to a new national army unit in Baghdad as part of the struggle against Islamic State, a senior Turkish official said on Saturday. Turkish...
  • Al Qaeda affiliate besieges two Syrian towns

    Al Qaeda affiliate besieges two Syrian towns
    Islamist rebels were trying to wrest control Sunday of a pair of besieged pro-government towns in northern Syria, according to opposition and loyalist accounts. Fighters from Al Nusra Front, Al Qaeda's Syrian affiliate, launched Grad missiles and mortar...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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 —...