| Aug 30, 2014
| 4:33 PM
Syrian opposition rebels, including fighters from Al Qaeda-affiliated Nusra Front, clashed Saturday with U.N. peacekeepers after a tense two-day standoff near the disputed Golan Heights, according to officials and activists.
One group of peacekeepers,...
| Aug 31, 2014
| 11:40 AM
Israel’s air force shot down an unmanned aerial vehicle that entered the nation's airspace over the Syrian border Sunday, Israeli military officials said.
According to an army statement, the drone crossed the border near Quneitra and was destroyed...
| Aug 22, 2014
| 6:03 PM
Declaring that the beheading of an American journalist was a terrorist attack on the United States, the Obama administration said Friday that it was weighing how to confront Islamic State militants in Syria, in what would be a major escalation of U.S....
| Aug 24, 2014
| 7:55 PM
An American journalist and author who spent almost two years in the hands of Al Qaeda-linked captors in Syria was released Sunday after a successful negotiation for which his family credits the Qatari ruling family.
Exactly what, if anything, was...
| Aug 25, 2014
| 10:47 AM
James Foley was held in a cell with 18 other captives, who supported one another and invented distractions like trivia, checkers and Risk to keep up their spirits, according to a letter released by his family Sunday.
The letter was posted on the...
| Sep 19, 2014
| 1:38 PM
Turkey’s government opened its border Friday to thousands of Syrian Kurds fearing a massacre at the hands of the Islamic State as a U.S.-backed opposition group called for airstrikes to halt the militants’ advance in northern Syria.
| Sep 15, 2014
| 9:08 AM
Iran has rejected direct overtures from top U.S. diplomats, including Secretary of State John F. Kerry, to cooperate with Washington in the battle against Islamic State extremists in Iraq, Iran’s supreme leader said Monday.
In his most extensive...
| Sep 15, 2014
| 2:21 PM
President Barack Obama's address to the nation last week was the strongest of his presidency. After weeks of bumbling, inconsistent statements, he offered a taut, tough-minded response to terrorism in Iraq and Syria. America's goal, he said, is to...
| Sep 10, 2014
| 6:50 PM
President Obama outlined a “steady, relentless” strategy Wednesday to combat Islamic State fighters “wherever they exist,” signaling that he will target the militant group in Iraq and neighboring Syria, where the fighters have...
| Sep 10, 2014
| 2:20 PM
The global chemical-weapons watchdog found evidence that chlorine gas was used "systematically and repeatedly" as a weapon in northern Syria, where witnesses described poison barrel bombs crashing into their villages from the sky, the agency said on...
| Sep 11, 2014
| 2:30 AM
Try figuring out the maze of enemies, allies and neutrals in the Middle East.
In 2012, the Obama administration was on the verge of bombing the forces of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. For a few weeks he was public enemy No. 1 because he had used...