| Sep 20, 2014
| 5:29 PM
Questions emerged Saturday over what, if anything, Turkey gave up in exchange for 49 mostly Turkish hostages who were released by Islamic State militants in Syria after being held for more than three months.
The hostages, who were taken from a Turkish...
| Sep 23, 2014
| 1:25 PM
It was a telling contrast: a high-profile shout-out Tuesday from President Obama to Arab allies who joined in U.S.-led airstrikes against Sunni Muslim militants in Syria – coupled with cautious, distancing and sometimes belated statements from the...
| Sep 11, 2014
| 2:30 AM
Try figuring out the maze of enemies, allies and neutrals in the Middle East.
In 2012, the Obama administration was on the verge of bombing the forces of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. For a few weeks he was public enemy No. 1 because he had used...
| Sep 11, 2014
| 6:23 PM
The coalition taking shape as Secretary of State John F. Kerry launched a recruitment drive Thursday among Middle Eastern states and European allies appears to be broader and more committed than the one mustered for the 2003 invasion of Iraq, but the U.S....
| Sep 11, 2014
| 3:41 PM
France is ready to wage airstrikes against Islamic militants in Iraq and Syria. Saudi Arabia will open its bases to train Syrian opposition fighters. Most Middle East and Persian Gulf states have pledged to support a common stand against terrorism and...
| Jul 21, 2014
| 7:26 PM
As Secretary of State John F. Kerry embarks on his latest Mideast mission, seeking to stem the escalating carnage in the Gaza Strip, he also wades into a complicated secondary fray: the enmity between Egypt and its regional rivals Turkey and Qatar....
| Jul 1, 2014
| 4:38 AM
To the surprise of almost no one, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan formalized his bid for the presidency on Tuesday, with his ruling Justice and Development Party announcing that he would be its candidate.
Erdogan is widely expected to win...
| Jun 17, 2014
| 3:36 PM
The Turkish government on Tuesday evacuated its consulate in Basra, Iraq, and slapped a ban on media reporting about the 80 Turks seized by Islamic militants from the northern Iraqi city of Mosul nearly a week ago.
In announcing the precautionary...
| Jun 10, 2014
| 6:00 AM
The introduction of a system for mass surveillance of social media in Egypt has triggered fresh accusations that authorities seek to suppress freedoms, although Interior Ministry officials insist it is primarily designed to fight terrorism.
| Aug 28, 2014
| 7:40 AM
Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko called a snap meeting of his security council Thursday, declaring that Russian forces had invaded the country.
Poroshenko dropped plans to attend the inauguration of Turkey’s newly elected President Recep...
| Aug 6, 2014
| 5:17 PM
When Turkey holds direct presidential elections for the first time on Aug. 10, the people will speak. Turks are eager to be heard following a wave of protests in the last year against Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his ruling Justice and...