| Mar 15, 2015
| 3:00 AM
The brutal civil war that has embroiled Syria entered its fifth year last week. Once a vibrant hub of Middle Eastern culture and history and one of the most stable countries in the region, it is now instead a scene of death and destruction. With a...
| Mar 14, 2015
| 2:48 PM
Kurdish authorities in Iraq said Saturday they have evidence that the Islamic State group used chlorine gas as a chemical weapon against peshmerga fighters, the latest alleged atrocity carried out by the extremist organization now under attack in Tikrit....
| Mar 13, 2015
| 12:20 AM
Islamic State has accepted a pledge of allegiance by Nigerian extremist group Boko Haram, announcing the expansion of the Syrian-based organization into sub-Saharan Africa.
In a move seen as a propaganda boost to Islamic State, Boko Haram leader...
| Mar 12, 2015
| 7:05 PM
With chatty enthusiasm and nimble fingers, the children of the Manarah Islamic Academy spent Thursday morning packing resealable bags with the essentials of a healthy mouth: toothbrushes, toothpaste, floss.
By the time they finished, they had created...
| Mar 11, 2015
| 6:00 PM
Iraqi government troops and allied militiamen battled their way Wednesday into the city of Tikrit, threatening to deal a punishing blow to Islamic State militants in the hometown of former strongman Saddam Hussein.
Pro-government forces entered the...
| Mar 10, 2015
| 5:00 AM
The social media post features an odd incarnation of war booty: plundered sacks of dried lentils, humanitarian aid turned spoils of a punishing conflict.
"For the Syrian people from the United States of America," reads a label superimposed on a stylized...
| Mar 7, 2015
| 2:51 PM
Islamic State militants continued their campaign targeting cultural heritage sites in territories they control in northern Iraq, looting and damaging the ancient city of Hatra just one day after bulldozing the historic city of Nimrud, according to Iraqi...
| Mar 6, 2015
| 10:05 AM
The Islamic State group is on a systematic campaign to destroy archaeological sites it says promote apostasy.
Some of the world's most precious cultural treasures, including ancient sites in the cradle of civilization, are in areas controlled by the...
| Mar 5, 2015
| 12:30 PM
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu spoke to Congress on Tuesday to warn Americans of the anti-Western threats from theocratic -- and likely to soon be nuclear -- Iran.
Netanyahu came to the U.S. to outline the Iranian plan to remake the Middle...
| Mar 4, 2015
| 7:10 AM
Science just served up a double coupon for the argumentative: A new study suggests that climate change is driving a Middle East conflict that brought the Islamic State to prominence.
Climate change contributed to the severity of a record-setting drought...
| Mar 2, 2015
| 5:51 PM
Thousands of Iraqi troops backed by Iranian-trained Shiite Muslim militias pushed north Monday toward Tikrit, Iraq, marking a major offensive to wrest control of the strategic and heavily symbolic city from the militant group Islamic State.