| Jun 7, 2014
| 4:35 AM
The Syrian government released hundreds of prisoners as part of a general amnesty granted by President Bashar Assad in celebration of his reelection this week, according to opposition and government sources.
The Syrian state news agency SANA reported...
| Jun 9, 2014
| 5:00 AM
The crisis in Syria, if left unchecked, poses grave risks to the entire Mideast, the former United Nations special envoy for Syria says.
Lakhdar Brahimi, who resigned last month, spoke in a no-holds-barred interview with the German magazine Der Spiegel,...
| Jun 30, 2014
| 7:00 AM
In case there is any doubt about who is in charge, guards patrolling the stretch of Syria around the Turkish border crossing here wear blue T-shirts stitched with "Islamic Front" patches.
Since opposition fighters first seized border crossings in 2012,...
| Jun 16, 2014
| 4:41 AM
The United States said it could launch air strikes and act jointly with its arch-enemy Iran to support the Iraqi government, after a rampage by Sunni Islamist insurgents across Iraq that has brought accusations of war crimes.
Militants from the...
| Jun 12, 2014
| 7:19 PM
Facing the threat of sectarian conflict engulfing the Middle East, President Obama indicated Thursday that he may order direct military action in Iraq, a step he has ruled out since the U.S. ended its long war there.
A number of former administration...
| Jun 15, 2014
| 7:28 AM
Forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar Assad overran rebel positions in an Armenian border town in northern Syria on Sunday after months of fighting, according to activists and the government.
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a pro-opposition,...
| Jun 14, 2014
| 8:04 PM
Fallout from the conflict in Iraq has spread to the deserts of North Africa and the shores of the Persian Gulf amid fear of a widening arc of sectarian strife, emboldened Islamist militant movements and a burgeoning exodus of refugees.
| Jun 16, 2014
| 7:47 PM
| Jun 27, 2014
| 5:15 AM
Iraqi helicopters fired on a university campus in Tikrit on Friday to dislodge insurgents who overran the city in an onslaught that has given them control of most majority Sunni regions and brought them close to Baghdad.
Tikrit, the hometown of former...
| Jun 17, 2014
| 6:28 AM
The U.S. is deploying up to 275 military personnel to Iraq as support and security for U.S. interests as militants seize control of the north of the country.
President Obama made the announcement in a letter to lawmakers Monday. He said the forces...
| Jun 28, 2014
Iraq has ripped apart with astonishing swiftness. Its armed forces are melting as Sunni jihadists seize swaths of territory, arms and oil fields. The jihadists control much of Iraq's midsection and part of neighboring Syria, and they are driving toward...
| Jul 16, 2014
| 1:59 PM
A militant faction in Syria said it has come up with a smartphone application that improves the accuracy of strikes and helps fighters calculate which weapon best suits the battle objective.
The Islamic Front, one of the largest militant umbrella groups...