| Apr 23, 2015
| 6:13 PM
The fourth boat used for his family’s journey, packed with about 500 people, mostly Syrians, was the worst, Omar Ibrahim said Thursday at a train station in the shadow of Italy’s snowcapped Mt. Etna.
Ibrahim and about 80 Syrian compatriots...
| May 4, 2015
| 4:42 AM
Eleven months after President Obama announced plans to arm opposition fighters to confront Islamic State militants in war-torn Syria, the $500-million program to train a proxy force has yet to begin, raising questions about its viability and...
| Apr 26, 2015
| 3:06 PM
Israel's military said Sunday it launched an airstrike on its border with Syria after spotting militants carrying a bomb in the Israeli-held Golan Heights.
The military said it carried out the strike after troops saw "a group of armed terrorists"...
| Apr 25, 2015
| 2:51 AM
Israeli warplanes struck military targets in Syria early Saturday, according to media reports that were not confirmed by Israeli or Syrian officials.
According to Arab media and pro-opposition sources in Syria, the strikes targeted several bases...
| Apr 5, 2015
| 11:08 AM
The Yarmouk refugee camp on the outskirts of Damascus was already an emblem of the enormous suffering unleashed by Syria’s civil war — and that was before the militants of the Islamic State moved in.
Besieged, starved and bombarded over...
| Apr 3, 2015
| 8:47 AM
U.S. officials continue to insist that our Middle Eastern allies are crucial to the fight against Islamic State and to other Middle Eastern conflicts. But are they? To judge by the chaos their help has created in Syria, we'd be better off without them....
| Mar 28, 2015
| 8:25 PM
The meltdown in Yemen is pushing the Middle East dangerously closer toward the wider regional conflagration many long have feared would arise from the chaos unleashed by the Arab Spring revolts.
What began as a peaceful struggle to unseat a Tunisian...
| Mar 28, 2015
| 11:16 AM
A rebel force led by Islamist factions overran a major northwestern Syrian city on Saturday, rebel sources said, in what would represent an important victory for the country's beleaguered armed opposition.
The Army of Conquest, a coalition of Islamist...
| Mar 21, 2015
| 9:00 PM
Of all the idiocies uttered in reaction to Benjamin Netanyahu's stunning election victory, none is more ubiquitous than the idea that peace prospects are dead because Netanyahu has declared there will be no Palestinian state while he is Israel's prime...
| Mar 19, 2015
| 5:00 PM
Of all the idiocies uttered in reaction to Benjamin Netanyahu's stunning election victory, none is more ubiquitous than the idea that peace prospects are now dead because Netanyahu has declared that there will be no Palestinian state while he is Israel'...
| Mar 18, 2015
| 1:52 PM
Four years ago, thousands of Syrian men, women and children took to the streets peacefully to demand their right to basic human freedoms. They were met with violence from a regime that has since systematically intensified its brutality. The killing has...