| Jun 25, 2014
| 5:20 AM
Secretary of State John Kerry's plane is touching down in a host of countries this week to talk about the new Iraq crisis and the continuing Syria catastrophe. His itinerary includes Cairo, Amman, Baghdad, Paris and Brussels. But the capital Kerry or even...
| Jun 16, 2014
| 7:47 PM
| 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 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 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 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 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 5, 2014
| 7:30 PM
The Times' Editorial Awards for 2013, handed out in a ceremony Thursday night, honored both accountability journalism and what Editor Davan Maharaj called “the ever-growing types of journalism we produce in this Digital Age.”
| Jun 4, 2014
| 3:34 PM
The chief of Syria's election commission on Wednesday declared President Bashar Assad the victor in balloting that offered little in the way of surprises and had been widely condemned as a sham.
Mohammad Jihad Lahaam, who also serves as speaker of...
| Jun 3, 2014
| 10:58 AM
Syrians headed to the polls Tuesday to choose a president amid the threat of attacks by rebels and deep uncertainty regarding their war-ravaged nation’s fate.
Voting, held only in government-controlled areas covering about 40% of the country,...