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  • Kayla Mueller was among hostages U.S. commandos tried to rescue

    Kayla Mueller was among hostages U.S. commandos tried to rescue
    An attempt to rescue Kayla Mueller and other American hostages occurred in a July 4 raid previously disclosed by the Pentagon. U.S. special forces commandos conducted a raid in the predawn hours on a prison in Islamic State's Syrian stronghold of...
  • Republicans haven't quite worked out a foreign policy beyond 'not Obama'

    Republicans haven't quite worked out a foreign policy beyond 'not Obama'
    Most presidential campaigns focus mostly on domestic issues such as the economy, taxes and healthcare, not foreign policy. But the 2016 presidential campaign is already shaping up to be an exception to that rule. For one thing, the world is a mess....
  • Islamic State: Smoking will kill you, one way or another

    Islamic State: Smoking will kill you, one way or another
    Beheadings have become commonplace in the territories held by the militant Islamic State, but the severed head reportedly found last month in the eastern Syrian city of Al-Mayadeen was nevertheless unusual. It had a cigarette placed between its lips....
  • Syrian forces make gains against rebels in country's south

    Syrian forces fighting to push back opposition gains in the southern part of the country wrested control of a number of villages Friday, according to government and rebel accounts, as the military pressed an offensive south of Damascus, the capital. The...
  • Region feels ripples from Yemen's turmoil as embassies close

    Region feels ripples from Yemen's turmoil as embassies close
    As Western diplomats and staff fled Yemen on Wednesday, concern widened over the increasing turmoil in the impoverished nation, with Saudi Arabia arming loyal tribesmen across its southern border and Egypt readying a military unit to intervene if needed....
  • Killed American hostage was among those U.S. tried to free in July raid

    Killed American hostage was among those U.S. tried to free in July raid
    The small Arizona town where Kayla Jean Mueller grew up began gathering in grief Tuesday upon learning that the 26-year-old aid worker who traveled the world on a quest to help others died while in the hands of Islamic State militants. A small...
  • Family of Arizona woman purportedly killed in airstrike in 'living hell'

    Family of Arizona woman purportedly killed in airstrike in 'living hell'
    The parents of a 26-year-old American who Islamic State extremists say was killed in an airstrike in Syria said in a statement addressed to group leaders that the claim of their daughter's death concerned them but they were still hopeful she was alive....
  • Logic of ISIS barbarism rests with destablization of Jordan

    Why did they do it? What did the Islamic State think it could possibly gain by burning alive a captured Jordanian pilot? I wouldn't underestimate the absence of logic, the sheer depraved thrill of a triumphant cult reveling in its barbarism. But I...
  • Iran is a dangerous 'ally' in Syria and Iraq

     Iran is a dangerous 'ally' in Syria and Iraq
    At the dawn of 2015, the U.S. has yet to articulate a comprehensive foreign-policy strategy to counter the influence and territorial gains of Islamic State, the terrorist group that emerged last year — and poses a dangerous and vexing threat to...
  • Battered Syrian city deals with post-victory reality check

    Battered Syrian city deals with post-victory reality check
    Bullet casings litter the streets, unexploded mortar shells burrow into the pavement. Disfigured buildings stretch block after block. An Islamic State fighter's body lies beside an outhouse, a grimace etched into his face, fingers frozen and clawing...
  • The cost of leaving Islamic State: Death or jail

    The cost of leaving Islamic State: Death or jail
    The man stands furtively on a street corner, his face masked by a hoodie, his tense eyes scanning the crowd for any hint of Islamic State militants. He was one of them before he left Syria a year ago, and he is afraid. Now he chain-smokes as he...