| Dec 25, 2014
| 5:47 PM
The father of a Jordanian pilot captured by the Islamic State group in Syria pleaded for his son's release on Thursday, asking him to treat him well in captivity as a fellow Muslim.
So far, there has been silence from the extremists about the fate of...
| Jan 30, 2015
| 3:23 PM
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...
| Jan 28, 2015
| 4:33 PM
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...
| Jan 26, 2015
| 3:34 PM
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.
| Nov 13, 2014
| 3:00 AM
At the hair salon on her wedding day, a fellow bride turned to Tuqaa Afash and asked who her fiance was.
"Abdulkareem Laila," Afash said, expecting that in the tight-knit village on the outskirts of Aleppo, the woman would recognize his name.
| Jan 25, 2015
| 8:00 AM
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...
| Jan 27, 2015
| 6:50 AM
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...
| Jan 21, 2015
| 9:29 PM
Japan said Thursday it was considering all possible ways to gain the release of two hostages held by the Islamic State group, as two people with contacts there offered to try to negotiate.
The Islamic State group, in a video message seen Tuesday, said...
| Jan 20, 2015
| 4:00 AM
Ali began noticing them in the early fall, the men on street corners of his heavily Muslim neighborhood who hoped to "talk about Islam" with him.
"It was clear what they really wanted," he said — for him to fight for Islamic State in the Middle...
| Jan 20, 2015
| 7:54 AM
One is an independent journalist who traveled to the Middle East apparently in pursuit of his next big story. The other is seemingly a man adrift, on a quest for a new life after becoming homeless in Japan.
The two Japanese men threatened with death...
| Jan 20, 2015
| 6:02 PM
This is the full text, as prepared for delivery, of President Obama's sixth State of the Union address.
Mr. Speaker, Mr. Vice President, Members of Congress, my fellow Americans:
We are fifteen years into this new century. Fifteen years that dawned...