| Jan 5, 2015
| 2:50 PM
ANKARA, Turkey The United States and Turkey have agreed tentatively to start joint training of Syrian rebel fighters in March but have put off the question of defining the enemy the government of President Bashar Assad or Islamist extremists, the...
| Jan 5, 2015
| 5:43 PM
At the dawn of 2015, the U.S. has yet to articulate a comprehensive foreign-policy strategy to counter the influence and territorial gains of Islamic State, the terrorist group that emerged last year — and poses a dangerous and vexing threat to...
| Jan 6, 2015
| 2:53 AM
Lebanon turned back Syrians trying to cross the border Monday under strict new visa regulations, saying it simply cannot handle any more people displaced by the ongoing civil war.
The policy, requiring Syrians to obtain visas that sharply limit the...
| Dec 23, 2014
| 6:00 AM
From the summit of a hill named after St. Thomas the Apostle, Aqel Nasrallah peered into an impenetrable fog, scanning for potential infiltrators in the cottony horizon melding into the Syrian border.
"Our great fear is that they will sneak in at...
| Dec 26, 2014
| 12:03 PM
Syria has seen damage to hundreds of historically significant cultural heritage sites since the outbreak of war three years ago, according to a new report released this week by the United Nations. The study finds that 290 culturally important areas in the...
| Dec 28, 2014
| 9:21 AM
The Islamic State militant group has killed 1,878 people in Syria during the past six months, the majority of them civilians, a British-based Syrian monitoring organization said on Sunday.
Islamic State also killed 120 of its own members, most of them...
| 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 30, 2014
| 12:30 PM
"Subversion introduced from the outside." That's part of Encyclopedia Britannica's definition for a Trojan horse, the hollow structure that allowed Greek soldiers to penetrate the city of Troy and win the Trojan War. What if the drop in oil prices...
| Dec 31, 2014
| 3:41 PM
I offer my predictions for the new year. Some are serious, some are whimsical, most are heartfelt. They are not listed in order of importance.
•With the help of U.S.-led coalition attacks on Islamic State, the Syrian regime of Bashar Assad will...
| Jan 6, 2015
| 6:53 PM
A Salisbury television station appeared to be the latest victim of the online skirmishing in the Syrian conflict Tuesday after a hacker sympathetic to the terror group the Islamic State hijacked its Twitter feed and website.
"INFIDELS, NEW YEAR WILL...
| Jan 7, 2015
| 8:05 AM
Saudi Crown Prince Salman Bin Abdulaziz is no stranger to confronting a crisis.
Following the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, he became pivotal in the hunt for al-Qaida militants in the kingdom, said Robert Jordan, who served as U.S. ambassador to Saudi...