| Apr 1, 2015
| 5:13 PM
The government declared victory in Tikrit on Wednesday over extremists of the Islamic State group, and it warned the militants holding other Iraqi provinces that they would be the next to fall.
Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi walked triumphantly along...
| Apr 1, 2015
| 4:30 AM
Herve Gourdel loved nothing more than to explore rugged peaks, journeys that over the decades had taken him from his native France to Nepal, Jordan, Morocco — and finally to Algeria, where in September the 55-year-old mountaineer was abducted and...
| Mar 31, 2015
| 1:50 PM
In the late 1970s, the Syrian capital of Damascus was experiencing a building boom. In the al-Bahsa quarter, for instance, a clutch of old houses were demolished to make way for a new roadway. Among the homes: an 18th century courtyard house with at least...
| Mar 30, 2015
| 1:15 PM
The last time an Arab-led force marshaled armies from across the region against a common enemy –- Israel -- the result was a resounding defeat that would shape the Mideast for decades to come.
Now, nearly 50 years later, Arab states are joining...
| Mar 28, 2015
| 8:25 PM
The meltdown in Yemen is pushing the Middle East dangerously closer toward the wider regional conflagration many long have feared would arise from the chaos unleashed by the Arab Spring revolts.
What began as a peaceful struggle to unseat a Tunisian...
| Mar 26, 2015
| 6:50 PM
The battle for dominance in the Middle East draws on ancient enmity between the Shiite and Sunni branches of Islam, but what drives it is a thoroughly modern struggle for power between Iran and the Arab monarchies led by Saudi Arabia.
Now the United...
| Mar 25, 2015
| 1:57 PM
Anti-government forces active in the southern provinces in Syria wrested control of an army stronghold near the Jordanian border Wednesday, pro-opposition sources said, in a small but significant victory for the rebels.
"The town of Busra al Sham has...
| Mar 23, 2015
| 3:50 AM
As Islamic State militants closed in on her village, Asmar Jumaa, an Assyrian Christian, couldn't shake a terrifying thought.
"I remembered what they did to the Yazidi women," said Jumaa, 22, recalling the fate of thousands of female adherents of the...
| Mar 19, 2015
| 5:00 AM
At this point, the best solution to the staggeringly brutal but seemingly stalemated civil war in Syria is probably a diplomatic one. But with support for Syrian President Bashar Assad from China and, more reliably, Russia, diplomacy so far has failed. As...
| Mar 18, 2015
| 1:52 PM
Four years ago, thousands of Syrian men, women and children took to the streets peacefully to demand their right to basic human freedoms. They were met with violence from a regime that has since systematically intensified its brutality. The killing has...
| Mar 17, 2015
| 8:39 PM
A Pentagon official confirmed the U.S. military lost contact with an unarmed Predator drone Tuesday while it was flying above northwestern Syria, but could not corroborate reports that the aircraft was shot down by President Bashar Assad’s air...