| Aug 14, 2014
| 10:33 AM
Syrian forces regained control over a strategic suburb of the capital on Thursday as rebels under heavy bombardment said they were forced to withdraw.
The fall of Mleiha, the Damascus suburb that the rebels had controlled for nearly two years, is a...
| Aug 15, 2014
| 3:50 PM
Tribal leaders and clerics from Iraq's Sunni heartland offered their conditional backing on Friday for a new government that hopes to contain sectarian bloodshed and an offensive by Islamic State militants that threatens to tear the country apart.
| Aug 15, 2014
| 7:25 PM
In recent weeks, politicians and pundits have likened the Syrian and Iraqi civil wars to the Thirty Years' War and the other so-called religious wars that divided Europe in the late 16th and early 17th centuries. It's easy to see what gave rise to the...
| Aug 18, 2014
"Great nations need organizing principles, and, 'Don't do stupid stuff,' is not an organizing principle."
Hillary Clinton, The Atlantic, Aug. 10
Leave it to President Barack Obama's own former secretary of state to acknowledge the fatal flaw of his...
| Aug 2, 2014
| 4:03 PM
At least two Lebanese soldiers and several civilians were reported killed Saturday in clashes with Syrian rebels on Lebanese territory close to the Syrian border, according to press and official accounts.
The incident was the latest example of...
| Aug 3, 2014
| 5:18 PM
Clashes raging between Syrian Islamist rebels and Lebanese security forces in a town close to the Syrian border killed 10 soldiers, the Lebanese army said Sunday.
An additional 25 were wounded in one of the most serious cross-border incidents since...
| Jul 29, 2014
| 6:15 PM
Nero fiddled while Rome burned. On Saturday, President Obama played golf while his foreign policy, and that of the nation he leads, was going up in smoke. Literally.
Saturday was the day the State Department ordered the evacuation of the U.S. Embassy in...
| Jul 30, 2014
| 11:08 AM
The Syrian government has escalated its use of "barrel bombs" against densely populated neighborhoods near Aleppo in defiance of a U.N. Security Council resolution banning the indiscriminate and deadly explosives, Human Rights Watch reported Wednesday....
| Aug 20, 2014
| 6:17 PM
A clearly furious President Obama condemned the Islamic militants who claimed responsibility for beheading an American journalist, vowing Wednesday to beat back “this cancer” and showing no sign of constraining the U.S. military intervention...
| Aug 20, 2014
| 11:58 AM
During a solemn service Wednesday morning at Our Lady of the Holy Rosary here, more than 100 people gathered to grieve for slain photojournalist James Foley as the family’s priest urged the community to pray not only for his family but “for...
| Sep 17, 2014
| 6:32 PM
A day after his top military advisor opened the door to putting U.S. combat troops on the ground in Iraq and Syria, President Obama appeared to slam it shut again Wednesday, declaring that American troops "do not and will not have a combat mission."