| Dec 3, 2014
| 6:24 PM
The U.S.-led coalition’s more than 2-month-old air campaign against Islamic State militants in Syria has not significantly altered the shape of the battlefield, Syrian President Bashar Assad said in interview excerpts published Wednesday.
| Dec 4, 2014
| 1:46 PM
As an unrepentant sponsor of terrorism that abhors Western values, Iran just successfully circumvented another deadline surrounding its negotiations with the P5+1 world powers in Vienna. With another diplomatic deadline calendared, it is imperative...
| Dec 5, 2014
| 9:24 PM
The main al-Qaida affiliate in Syria is extending its control over a swath of territory that was until recently held by the collapsing moderate opposition, jeopardizing U.S. plans to form a new rebel force to fight extremists.
Since routing two of the...
| Dec 6, 2014
| 7:00 AM
It's an organization most everyone loathes — except, of course, for its fanatical supporters — but few seem quite sure what to call it. ISIL? ISIS? IS?
Islamic State, the homicidal Al Qaeda breakaway faction that has declared a "caliphate"...
| Dec 10, 2014
| 4:06 PM
The U.S. government intends to dramatically accelerate efforts to resettle refugees from the Syrian civil war and is preparing for a "surge" of thousands in each of the next few years, State Department officials announced this week.
They have some...
| Nov 30, 2014
| 6:00 AM
Since declaring a caliphate, Islamic State has garnered support from more than a dozen Islamist militant groups in the Middle East and Asia, but the dearth of endorsements by many of the largest and most recognizable groups serves to underscore the limits...
| Nov 4, 2014
| 11:43 AM
The Islamic State militant group kidnapped and tortured dozens of boys in Syria this year, beating them with hoses or electrical cables and forcing them to watch videos of beheadings and combat, Human Rights Watch said Tuesday.
The youths, ages 14 to...
| Nov 10, 2014
| 5:42 PM
Syrian President Bashar Assad said Monday that his government would consider a United Nations-backed proposal for a cease-fire in the embattled northern city of Aleppo, state media reported.
The Syrian government views the U.N. idea as “worth...
| Nov 17, 2014
| 6:00 AM
In mid-September, as the U.S. military prepared to launch cruise missiles against Islamic State militants in Syria for the first time, CIA analysts lobbied to expand the target list to include eight possible locations for leaders of a band of battle-...
| Nov 21, 2014
| 4:00 AM
For three days, Syrian rebels dug through a wall of a library that housed a trove of historical religious texts, and underneath an adjacent road.
When they were done with the 50-foot-long tunnel, they waited at one end of it for a tank to drive by,...
| Oct 26, 2014
| 8:30 AM
Over the last 3 1/2 years, the Syrian civil war has produced terabytes of battlefield videos, made by auteur activists who have flooded social networking sites such as YouTube, Instagram and LiveLeak. It's often a dangerous task, taking video during...