| Jul 7, 2014
| 10:06 AM
UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - Two cylinders reportedly seized by Syrian government troops in an area controlled by armed opposition groups contained deadly sarin, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said in a letter to the U.N. Security Council published on...
| Jul 1, 2014
| 5:00 AM
He looks more like a desk jockey now than a militant, his graying hair framed by rectangular glasses, his round belly protruding under a button-down shirt.
Ali Faris acknowledges that he got soft after the American troops he once fought withdrew from...
| Jul 1, 2014
| 7:55 AM
How far can President Barack Obama involve the U.S. in Iraq without taking ownership of a war he opposed and supposedly ended? Iraq finds itself once again on the precipice of civil war, presenting Mr. Obama with a difficult choice: Is the U.S. back in or...
| 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 30, 2014
| 7:00 AM
In case there is any doubt about who is in charge, guards patrolling the stretch of Syria around the Turkish border crossing here wear blue T-shirts stitched with "Islamic Front" patches.
Since opposition fighters first seized border crossings in 2012,...
| Jun 29, 2014
| 6:45 AM
Eight rebel fighters have been crucified in Syria by the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) because they were considered too moderate, a monitoring group said Sunday. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, which relies on contacts on the ground...
| Jun 28, 2014
Iraq has ripped apart with astonishing swiftness. Its armed forces are melting as Sunni jihadists seize swaths of territory, arms and oil fields. The jihadists control much of Iraq's midsection and part of neighboring Syria, and they are driving toward...
| Jun 27, 2014
| 5:15 AM
Iraqi helicopters fired on a university campus in Tikrit on Friday to dislodge insurgents who overran the city in an onslaught that has given them control of most majority Sunni regions and brought them close to Baghdad.
Tikrit, the hometown of former...
| Jun 26, 2014
| 5:05 PM
WASHINGTON President Barack Obama on Thursday asked Congress for the first lethal aid to arm moderate Syrian rebels in a move aimed against both Syrian President Bashar Assad and radical Islamists who have increasingly dominated the opposition movement....
| Jun 25, 2014
| 5:20 AM
Secretary of State John Kerry's plane is touching down in a host of countries this week to talk about the new Iraq crisis and the continuing Syria catastrophe. His itinerary includes Cairo, Amman, Baghdad, Paris and Brussels. But the capital Kerry or even...
| Jun 19, 2014
| 2:11 PM
The news from Iraq is, quite frankly, terrifying. And it was utterly predictable.
I have been saying for months that we must do everything we can to support Syria's neighbors — Jordan, Lebanon and especially Iraq — to ensure that the al-...