| Jan 7, 2014
The war in Syria, and the proxy war between Iran and Saudi Arabia it in part represents, again reared its ugly head in Beirut on Dec. 27 and Jan. 2.
First came the car bomb that killed moderate Lebanese politician Mohamad Chatah and six others. Many...
| Jan 24, 2014
| 5:15 PM
We don't know their names but we know their numbers, and we can see the evidence of their torture, thanks to a former crime-scene photographer who says he became a reluctant documenter of murder "on an industrial scale" committed by Bashar Assad's...
| Jan 15, 2014
Peace negotiations, a wise U.S. diplomat once said, are like riding a bicycle: No matter how slow you're moving, it's best to keep going — because if you try to stand still, you'll fall.
Secretary of State John F. Kerry is putting that principle...
| Feb 13, 2014
AMMAN, Jordan — Jordan recently became one of the 10 nonpermanent members of the United Nations Security Council, a position that will put the international spotlight on the Hashemite kingdom. Its Israeli and Palestinian neighbors continue to grab...
| Feb 23, 2014
Faced with bad options in Syria, President Obama is reviving a tactic he tried in an earlier war: leading from behind.
"Leading from behind," you'll recall, is how a White House aide described Obama's strategy in Libya in 2011, when the United States...
| Mar 19, 2014
| 3:00 AM
BEIRUT — Authorities said roads across Lebanon were reopened Wednesday following a tense evening of road-closing protests linked to the war in neighboring Syria.
Clashes erupted late Tuesday between demonstrators and security forces as...
| Mar 19, 2014
| 12:34 PM
JERUSALEM -- Tensions between Israel and Syria remained high Wednesday, with stern warnings and mutual accusations following the recent eruption of violence along their border.
Early Wednesday, Israeli warplanes struck Syrian military targets hours...
| Mar 20, 2014
| 5:42 PM
BEIRUT — The Syrian military on Thursday captured a historic Crusader castle that had long been a highly symbolic rebel bastion, the latest victory in an ongoing offensive along the Lebanese border, according to government and opposition accounts....
| Jan 1, 2014
| 12:15 PM
AMMAN, Jordan -- At least 20 people were killed in Aleppo on Wednesday when a residential building was hit with a rocket from a warplane as the government’s daily bombardment of the northern Syria city continued, activists said.
More than 500...
| Jan 2, 2014
| 12:12 PM
AMMAN, Jordan – The pro-Syrian government hacking group, the Syrian Electronic Army, has taken credit for an attack on the social media accounts of Internet calling service Skype.
Messages accusing Microsoft, Skype's parent company, of passing...
| Jan 2, 2014
| 2:11 PM
AMMAN, Jordan -- Lebanon's capital was rocked again Thursday by what appeared to be a sectarian car bombing that tore through a stronghold of the Shiite Muslim group Hezbollah, killing at least four people. More than 70 were wounded.
The explosion ...