| 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 8, 2014
| 5:00 AM
With Republican majorities now assured in both houses of Congress, Pentagon spending is likely to grow to cope with national security threats around the globe.
The White House announced Friday that it would request $5.6 billion in additional funds...
| Nov 6, 2014
| 10:34 AM
An overnight U.S. aerial assault in northern Syria struck Al Qaeda-linked extremists who were plotting to attack the West, the U.S. military said Thursday.
Targeted was an Al Qaeda faction that U.S. authorities call the Khorasan Group, composed of...
| Nov 5, 2014
| 12:04 PM
"War," it's been said, "is God's way of teaching Americans geography."
Maybe we do learn how to locate the countries we invade or bomb on a map. But recent experience indicates how much we don't know about those societies, and how slow we are at...
| Nov 2, 2014
| 11:59 AM
Iraqi Kurdish fighters have joined the fight against Islamic State militants in Kobani, hoping their support for fellow Kurds backed by U.S.-led air strikes will keep the ultra-hardline group from seizing the Syrian border town.
The Syrian Observatory...
| Nov 3, 2014
| 11:04 AM
Al Qaeda-linked fighters have overrun key northern bastions of U.S.-backed Syrian rebels and were menacing a major border crossing, dealing a heavy blow to American hopes that moderate Syrian factions would provide significant aid in the battle against...
| Oct 31, 2014
| 5:45 PM
U.S. President Barack Obama has no plans for formal face-to-face talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin at Asia-Pacific or G20 summits next week but they are expected to have an informal conversation on the sidelines, a senior U.S. official said on...
| Oct 30, 2014
| 5:16 PM
The Obama administration's plan to raise a 15,000-strong rebel army in Syria has run into steep political and military obstacles, raising doubts about a key element of the White House strategy for defeating Islamic State militants in the midst of a...
| Oct 30, 2014
| 8:54 AM
President Barack Obama's latest foray into the Middle East is unfortunately reactive and uninformed and shows how very little he seems to take into account our bloody history in the region.
It's as if the past quarter century never happened.
| Oct 29, 2014
| 10:51 AM
Some rebel reinforcements reached the besieged Syrian city of Kobani, officials said Wednesday. But the main force of fighters from Iraqi Kurdistan, aiming to help fellow Kurds battle Islamic State militants, was said to be still en route as night fell....
| Oct 29, 2014
| 6:28 AM
Iraqi peshmerga fighters arrived in southeastern Turkey on Wednesday en route for the Syrian town of Kobani to try to help fellow Kurds break an Islamic State siege which has defied U.S.-led air strikes.
Kobani, on the border with Turkey, has been under...