| May 27, 2015
| 3:31 PM
As Iraqi forces gathered for a major new offensive to try to take back the sprawling Sunni heartland of Anbar province, Islamic State militants struck first, unleashing a wave of suicide bombings that killed at least 17 soldiers.
The attacks outside the...
| May 25, 2015
| 3:54 AM
Pro-government Iraqi forces will recapture the strategic city of Ramadi from Islamic State militants within days, Iraq Prime Minister Haider Abadi said in an interview aired Monday.
Asked how long it would take to wrest the Anbar provincial capital back...
| May 23, 2015
| 9:00 PM
If Iraqis won't fight for their nation's survival, why on earth should we?
This is the question posed by the fall of Ramadi, which revealed the emptiness at the core of U.S. policy. President Obama's critics are missing the point: Ultimately, it doesn't...
| May 22, 2015
| 5:48 PM
Islamic State group militants hunted down Syrian government troops and loyalists in the newly captured town of Palmyra, shooting or beheading them in public as a warning, and imposing their strict interpretation of Islam, activists said Friday.
| May 22, 2015
| 12:31 PM
Syrian authorities on Friday trumpeted the escape of dozens of soldiers trapped for weeks in a besieged hospital in a northern town even as Al Qaeda-linked militants said they had overrun the entire area and scored another victory against the government....
| May 21, 2015
| 6:13 PM
The fate of one of the world's most important archaeological treasures hangs in the balance after the Islamist militant group ISIS overwhelmed the historic city of Palmyra, also known as Tadmur.
The city contains the ruins of what, according to UNESCO,...
| May 21, 2015
| 3:09 PM
Fears mounted over the fate of one of the Mideast's most prominent archaeological sites after Islamic State militants overran the historic Syrian desert town of Palmyra, seizing control Thursday of its temples, tombs and colonnades within hours.
| May 20, 2015
| 7:39 PM
Journalists and activists in Morocco during the heady days of the Arab Spring knew Anas Haloui, a slight, serious, wispy-bearded man in his 30s who would bombard them with emails about the plight of jailed Islamists.
Unlike many Salafis, as followers of...
| May 19, 2015
| 8:30 AM
The media have had great fun asking the Republican presidential candidates whether they would have gone to war in Iraq had they known there were no weapons of mass destruction. Whenever the media can corner Hillary Clinton, they might ask some what-if...
| Jun 8, 2015
| 9:15 AM
Egypt on Monday hosted a second meeting of Syrian opposition figures this year to try to find a political solution to the four-year conflict, saying it is championing a political process amid an international and regional focus on a military solution....
| Jun 7, 2015
| 11:34 PM
Behind the tough talk on Russia expected from President Barack Obama and other leaders gathering in Germany this weekend is a stark reality.
None of the world powers believes the economic and diplomatic punishments levied on Russia for its alleged...