| 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 19, 2014
| 6:22 PM
Disparate, simultaneous crises around the world have put the Obama administration's foreign policy on trial in recent weeks. The forward march of Islamic State insurgents in Iraq has led to renewed military action in the very country the president so...
| 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...
| 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 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 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,...
| 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 12, 2014
| 7:19 PM
Facing the threat of sectarian conflict engulfing the Middle East, President Obama indicated Thursday that he may order direct military action in Iraq, a step he has ruled out since the U.S. ended its long war there.
A number of former administration...