| Jun 29, 2014
| 5:03 AM
Iraq's army sent tanks and armored vehicles to try to dislodge insurgents from the northern city of Tikrit on Sunday, the second day of a pushback against a Sunni militant takeover of large stretches of Iraq.
The hardline Sunni group leading the...
| Jun 26, 2014
| 5:57 PM
President Obama on Thursday asked Congress for the first time to approve direct U.S. military training for Syrian rebels, but he remains deeply ambivalent about intervening in a deadly conflict that has spilled over into neighboring Iraq, U.S. officials...
| Jun 28, 2014
| 2:58 AM
The major U.S.-backed Syrian opposition coalition has voided its prime minister’s decision to disband the group’s military command structure and fire its top general.
The reversal reflects the deep divisions, clashing rivalries and...
| Jun 14, 2014
| 6:00 AM
He is regarded as one of the most powerful militants in the world, a former Islamist preacher who evolved into a global jihad warrior now threatening to rewrite the map of the Middle East.
Yet Abu Bakr Baghdadi, the head of the Islamic State of Iraq and...
| Jul 3, 2014
| 3:58 PM
— After months of waiting, a team of chemists and engineers from Aberdeen Proving Ground is now ready to begin the historic destruction of Syria's chemical weapons, the Pentagon said Thursday.
The work is to take place aboard a container ship...
| Jul 3, 2014
| 1:00 PM
The leader of Iraq's autonomous Kurdish region called on lawmakers Thursday to prepare an independence referendum, a move that threatens to lead to the breakup of Iraq.
Kurdistan, where most of Iraq's 5 million Kurds live in an oasis of stability ...
| Jun 9, 2014
| 4:07 PM
Syrian President Bashar Assad, who won reelection last week amid the country's three-year civil war, issued a general amnesty for prisoners Monday.
The Syrian state news agency SANA reported that the wide-ranging edict included the commuting of death...
| Jun 16, 2014
| 5:00 AM
The fighter leaned on the wall of the prefabricated hut, enjoying a rare moment of respite from the afternoon sun beating down on this drab forward outpost.
Although the concrete barriers around him bore depictions of the Iraqi flag and the signs...
| Jun 17, 2014
| 9:52 AM
Less than three years after the withdrawal of U.S. forces from Iraq, the black flag of an al-Qaida inspired terrorist group flies above several Iraqi cities. The Iraqi army, despite years of training by the United States, has disintegrated and abandoned...
| Jun 17, 2014
Cue the partisan finger-pointing on Iraq: The left will say the unfolding disaster in Iraq is George W. Bush's fault. The right will blame President Barack Obama. Who's correct?
A storm of religious fanaticism, sectarian fury and terrorist brutality has...
| Jun 12, 2014
| 10:08 PM
In Iraq, an al Qaeda splinter group is threatening Baghdad after seizing control of two cities. In Pakistan, the Taliban attacked a major airport twice in one week. And in Nigeria, the Islamist militant group Boko Haram was blamed for another mass...