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  • Second known American joins Kurds in battle against Islamic State

    Second known American joins Kurds in battle against Islamic State
    After months in which the United States and European countries issued warnings about their citizens traveling to Syria fight on behalf of Islamic State, there are new reports of Westerners going to fight on the other side, against the militants. A man who...
  • Too many sheep? Syrian refugees affect life in southern Turkey

    The Nabi mosque glinted in the noontime glare, a shiny backdrop to shepherds corralling hundreds of sheep in a dirt field here in southeastern Turkey. Families were searching over the weekend for the perfect sheep for Eid al-Adha -- "the feast of the...
  • Turkey's Syria policy complicates role in U.S.-led coalition

    From the sky, U.S. warplanes have been dropping bombs to impede the advance of militant Islamist fighters on the Syrian border city of Kobani. On the ground nearby, a formidable array of Turkish tanks and troops appears to be the best-positioned force...
  • Parents of Indiana man held by Islamic State release photos, letter

    Parents of Indiana man held by Islamic State release photos, letter
    The parents of a U.S. aid worker held hostage by Islamic State militants have released photographs of their son and parts of a letter he wrote them from captivity in which he says he is scared to die but at peace with his belief. Peter Kassig, 26, was...
  • Street fighting rages in Syrian town as Islamic State moves in

    Street fighting raged between Kurdish defenders and Islamic State militants who advanced into Kobani on Monday after subjecting the Syrian border town to an assault lasting almost three weeks, a monitoring group said. Islamic State had earlier raised...
  • Kurds try to hold off Islamic State advance toward Turkey

    Kurdish forces battled overnight with Islamists trying to seize a hill overlooking a Syrian border town with Turkey as U.S.-led coalition warplanes carried out raids on the militants, a Kurdish official and a monitoring group said on Sunday. A...
  • Going after Islamic State's sources of financing

    Going after Islamic State's sources of financing
    Shaky video posted to YouTube last week pans across foot-high bundles of $100 bills topped by two shining gold ingots. A man's voice calls for Islamic blessings and says the rich trove — "maybe even millions of dollars" — belongs to Usama...
  • Video shows militant beheading British captive, threatening American

    A video released on the Internet on Friday appears to show British hostage Alan Henning being beheaded by a masked Islamic State fighter, the militant-monitoring SITE Intelligence Group reported. Henning, 47, a former taxi driver from the Manchester...
  • Disorganized Proxy War Creates Syrian Chaos

    Disorganized Proxy War Creates Syrian Chaos
    The squabbling factions that make up the Syrian "moderate opposition" should get their act together. But so should the foreign nations — such as the United States, Turkey, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and Jordan — that have been funding the chaotic...
  • Islamic State militants advance on Syrian city of Kobani

    Islamic State militants advance on Syrian city of Kobani
    Islamist militants besieging the Syrian border city of Kobani appeared poised late Friday for a direct assault on the predominantly Kurdish enclave after a day of intense shelling. After nightfall, at least three massive explosions, apparently from...
  • Who's to blame for ISIS? [Commentary]

    Who's to blame for ISIS? [Commentary]
    Is America responsible for the chaos engulfing the Middle East? It is a question not far from many a Washington discussion of current events. With the Islamic State's fanatics erasing the region's colonial borders, for some the answer is evident: The U.S....