| Dec 27, 2014
| 5:29 PM
The Syrian government said Saturday that it would be willing to participate in a Russia-sponsored conference to end its almost four-year-long civil war, state media said.
The Syrian state news agency, SANA, said there had been “ongoing...
| 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...
| Dec 2, 2014
| 7:15 PM
Uncertainty surrounded reports Tuesday that Lebanese authorities had detained a wife of Abu Bakr Baghdadi, head of the militant group Islamic State.
Various news outlets cited security sources as saying that a woman identified as one of Baghdadi’...
| 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 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"...
| 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,...
| Nov 23, 2014
| 4:22 PM
Islamist rebels were trying to wrest control Sunday of a pair of besieged pro-government towns in northern Syria, according to opposition and loyalist accounts.
Fighters from Al Nusra Front, Al Qaeda's Syrian affiliate, launched Grad missiles and mortar...
| 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...
| 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...