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  • Militants attack major air base in eastern Syria

    Militants attack major air base in eastern Syria

    Wednesday, August 20 2014 1:03 PM EDT2014-08-20 17:03:26 GMT
    Activists say Islamic extremists have launched an attack on a major air base in northeastern Syria, aiming to seize the last position held by the Syrian government in a province that is an Islamic State stronghold.More >>
    Islamic extremists fired rockets and tank shells Wednesday at a major air base in northeastern Syria, kicking off a long-anticipated offensive to seize the last position held by the Syrian government in a province that is...More >>
  • Missing US photojournalist James Foley beheaded by ISIS

    Missing US photojournalist James Foley beheaded by ISIS

    Wednesday, August 20 2014 12:29 AM EDT2014-08-20 04:29:39 GMT
    American photojournalist James Wright Foley has been allegedly beheaded by the Islamic State, or ISIS, according to the group. More >>
    American photojournalist James Wright Foley has been allegedly beheaded by the Islamic State, or ISIS, according to the group. More >>
  • American killed in Syria a journalist at heart

    American killed in Syria a journalist at heart

    Wednesday, August 20 2014 12:04 AM EDT2014-08-20 04:04:38 GMT
    Journalist James Foley, captured and held six weeks while covering the uprising in Libya, knew the risks when he went to Syria in 2012 to cover the escalating violence there. It didn't matter. He was a...More >>
    Journalist James Foley, captured and held six weeks while covering the uprising in Libya, knew the risks when he went to Syria in 2012 to cover the escalating violence there. It didn't matter. He was a journalist at...More >>
  • New report warns of anti-aircraft weapons in Syria

    New report warns of anti-aircraft weapons in Syria

    Tuesday, August 19 2014 2:14 PM EDT2014-08-19 18:14:31 GMT
    A new report by a respected international research group warns that armed groups in Syria have several hundred portable anti-aircraft missiles that could be diverted to extremists and used to destroy low-flying...More >>
    Warnings from an international research group and the Federal Aviation Administration underscore the rising threat to commercial aircraft posed by hundreds of anti-aircraft weapons that are now in the arsenals of armed...More >>
  • Syria strikes militants as US targets them in Iraq

    Syria strikes militants as US targets them in Iraq

    Tuesday, August 19 2014 4:54 AM EDT2014-08-19 08:54:00 GMT
    As the U.S. military strikes the Islamic State group in Iraq, Syrian President Bashar Assad's forces have significantly stepped up their own campaign against militant strongholds in Syria, carrying out dozens...More >>
    As the U.S. military strikes the Islamic State group in Iraq, Syrian President Bashar Assad's forces have significantly stepped up their own campaign against militant strongholds in Syria, carrying out dozens of...More >>
  • FAA blocks US planes from flying over Syria

    FAA blocks US planes from flying over Syria

    Monday, August 18 2014 11:13 PM EDT2014-08-19 03:13:20 GMT
    The Federal Aviation Administration issued a notice Monday barring flights of U.S. planes over Syria, citing extremist groups equipped with anti-aircraft weapons that could pose a serious threat.More >>
    The Federal Aviation Administration issued a notice Monday barring flights of U.S. planes over Syria, citing extremist groups equipped with anti-aircraft weapons that could pose a serious threat.More >>
  • Obama hails elimination of Syria chemical weapons

    Obama hails elimination of Syria chemical weapons

    Monday, August 18 2014 6:35 PM EDT2014-08-18 22:35:06 GMT
    President Barack Obama says the elimination of Syria's declared chemical weapons stockpile marks an important achievement in the effort to counter the spread of weapons of mass destruction.More >>
    President Barack Obama on Monday said the elimination of Syria's declared chemical weapons stockpile is an important achievement against the spread of dangerous weapons of mass destruction, but warned that Syria's...More >>
  • Reports: Islamic State group kills Syria tribesmen

    Reports: Islamic State group kills Syria tribesmen

    Monday, August 18 2014 1:03 PM EDT2014-08-18 17:03:50 GMT
    Activists say Syrian warplanes have bombarded jihadi positions in the northern province of Raqqa as Muslim extremists close in on the last army base in the region.More >>
    The extremist Islamic State group shot and beheaded hundreds of tribesmen from eastern Syria over the past two weeks after crushing an uprising they led against the jihadi fighters, activists said Monday.More >>
  • Syrian airstrikes target Islamic State group

    Syrian airstrikes target Islamic State group

    Sunday, August 17 2014 11:52 AM EDT2014-08-17 15:52:29 GMT
    Syrian government warplanes pounded an Islamic State group stronghold as well as other towns controlled by the extremists, conducting a wave of airstrikes Sunday that killed at least 11 people, activists said.More >>
    Syrian government warplanes pounded an Islamic State group stronghold as well as other towns controlled by the extremists, conducting a wave of airstrikes Sunday that killed at least 11 people, activists said.More >>
  • Jihadists closing in on Syrian rebel stronghold

    Jihadists closing in on Syrian rebel stronghold

    Saturday, August 16 2014 3:09 PM EDT2014-08-16 19:09:33 GMT
    The main Western-backed Syrian opposition coalition called on Saturday for U.S. airstrikes against the Islamic State extremist group as the jihadists captured three northern villages, putting them within striking...More >>
    Syria's Western-backed opposition called on Saturday for U.S. airstrikes against the Islamic State extremist group as the jihadists captured three northern villages, putting them within striking distance of a...More >>
  • Clinton's break with Obama on Syria what's next

    Clinton's break with Obama on Syria what's next

    Friday, August 15 2014 6:11 PM EDT2014-08-15 22:11:01 GMT
    Hillary Rodham Clinton's split with President Barack Obama over a foreign policy "organizing principle" isn't likely to be the last time differences emerge between the two. How she handles those breaks...More >>
    Hillary Rodham Clinton's split with President Barack Obama over a foreign policy "organizing principle" isn't likely to be the last time differences emerge between the two. How she handles those breaks could be...More >>
  • Car bomb kills at least 22 in southern Syria

    Car bomb kills at least 22 in southern Syria

    Friday, August 15 2014 1:20 PM EDT2014-08-15 17:20:52 GMT
    Acitivists say a car bomb has exploded outside a mosque in southern Syria, killing at least 22 people.More >>
    A car bomb exploded outside a mosque in an opposition-held town in southern Syria on Friday, killing at least 22 people, activists said.More >>
  • Syrian troops seize contested Damascus suburb

    Syrian troops seize contested Damascus suburb

    Thursday, August 14 2014 11:49 AM EDT2014-08-14 15:49:45 GMT
    Syrian activists say government troops have seized control of most of a contested suburb south of Damascus.More >>
    Syrian government troops captured a fiercely contested suburb of the capital Thursday after five months of heavy fighting, flushing rebels from their last hideouts and quickly moving to crush pockets of resistance in the...More >>
  • Islamic militants seize 2 northern Syrian towns

    Islamic militants seize 2 northern Syrian towns

    Wednesday, August 13 2014 10:48 AM EDT2014-08-13 14:48:43 GMT
    Syrian opposition activists say extremists from the Islamic State group have seized key towns and villages near the border with Turkey after deadly clashes with other rebels in the area.More >>
    Islamic extremists captured two key towns and several villages near Syria's northern border with Turkey on Wednesday after pushing out rival fighters in fierce clashes, opposition groups and activists said.More >>
  • Iraq isn't Syria: Congress on board this time

    Iraq isn't Syria: Congress on board this time

    Tuesday, August 12 2014 10:21 PM EDT2014-08-13 02:21:46 GMT
    Little of the impassioned debate that fractured lawmakers last year over possible military intervention in Syria is happening now as American warplanes strike extremist targets in Iraq.More >>
    Little of the impassioned debate that fractured lawmakers last year over possible military intervention in Syria is happening now as American warplanes strike extremist targets in Iraq.More >>
  • Syrian Kurdish fighters rescue stranded Yazidis

    Syrian Kurdish fighters rescue stranded Yazidis

    Tuesday, August 12 2014 1:28 PM EDT2014-08-12 17:28:25 GMT
    In a dusty camp here, Iraqi refugees have new heroes: Syrian Kurdish fighters who battled militants to carve out an escape route for tens of thousands trapped on a mountaintop.More >>
    In a dusty camp here, Iraqi refugees have new heroes: Syrian Kurdish fighters who battled militants to carve out an escape route for tens of thousands trapped on a mountaintop.More >>
  • Islamic militants crush tribal uprising in Syria

    Islamic militants crush tribal uprising in Syria

    Monday, August 11 2014 12:17 PM EDT2014-08-11 16:17:13 GMT
    Islamic militants have crushed a tribal uprising against their rule in eastern Syria after three days of clashes in three eastern villages near the border with Iraq, activists said Monday.More >>
    Islamic militants have crushed a tribal uprising against their rule in eastern Syria after three days of clashes in a string of villages near the border with Iraq, killing and beheading opponents along the way, activists...More >>
  • Thousands from Iraq minority flee to Syria

    Thousands from Iraq minority flee to Syria

    Saturday, August 9 2014 7:16 PM EDT2014-08-09 23:16:14 GMT
    Syrian Kurdish officials say thousands of members of a religious minority group have fled across the border from Iraq after coming under attack by Islamic extremists.More >>
    With shocked, sunburnt faces, men, women and children in dirt-caked clothes limped into a camp for displaced Iraqis, finding safety after harsh days of hiding on a blazing mountaintop after fleeing from the extremist...More >>
  • Women stoned to death in Syria for adultery

    Women stoned to death in Syria for adultery

    Saturday, August 9 2014 2:03 PM EDT2014-08-09 18:03:58 GMT
    A cleric read the verdict before the truck came and dumped a large pile of stones near the municipal garden. Jihadi fighters then brought in the woman, clad head to toe in black, and put her in a small hole in the...More >>
    A cleric read the verdict before the truck came and dumped a large pile of stones near the municipal garden. Jihadi fighters then brought in the woman, clad head to toe in black, and put her in a small hole in the ground....More >>
  • Syria militants leave Lebanese border town

    Syria militants leave Lebanese border town

    Thursday, August 7 2014 10:35 AM EDT2014-08-07 14:35:10 GMT
    Lebanese media say army forces have freed seven soldiers held by militants from Syria in a border town that was seized by the extremists last week.More >>
    Militants from Syria who overran a Lebanese border town mostly withdrew back across the rugged hills separating the two countries as a cease-fire appeared to hold Thursday, allowing Lebanese troops to free seven fellow...More >>
  • US Treasury sanctions Kuwaitis for Iraq, Syria

    US Treasury sanctions Kuwaitis for Iraq, Syria

    Wednesday, August 6 2014 2:16 PM EDT2014-08-06 18:16:59 GMT
    The Treasury Department is levying sanctions against three men suspected of helping finance terrorist groups in Iraq and Syria.More >>
    The US Treasury Department announced Wednesday it is levying sanctions against three men suspected of helping finance groups believed involved in terrorism in Iraq and Syria - a move that targeted two well-known Kuwaiti...More >>
  • Some Syrian militants pull out of Lebanese town

    Some Syrian militants pull out of Lebanese town

    Wednesday, August 6 2014 1:46 PM EDT2014-08-06 17:46:26 GMT
    Lebanese state media say clashes have broken out in a border town held by Islamic extremists from neighboring Syria after a negotiated truce collapsed overnight.More >>
    Some Syrian militant fighters have begun withdrawing from the Lebanese town they captured five days earlier as a new 24-hour cease-fire was announced Wednesday, according to the Lebanese army and the Muslims clerics that...More >>
  • British jihadists join ISIS for jihad

    British jihadists join ISIS for jihad

    Friday, July 4 2014 12:29 PM EDT2014-07-04 16:29:09 GMT
    ISIS has issued a call to jihad and is using a propaganda video to recruit new followers, many from Europe.More >>
    ISIS has issued a call to jihad and is using a propaganda video to recruit new followers, many from Europe.More >>
  • Surviving in Syria

    Surviving in Syria

    Saturday, November 16 2013 2:57 PM EST2013-11-16 19:57:00 GMT
    Scud missiles are being dropped on Aleppo, turning parts of the city into rubble. (Source: CNN)Scud missiles are being dropped on Aleppo, turning parts of the city into rubble. (Source: CNN)
    Survivors are barely hanging on from the devastation of the Syrian civil war.More >>
    Survivors are barely hanging on from the devastation of the Syrian civil war.
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  • Skepticism surrounds Russia's proposed deal with Syria

    Skepticism surrounds Russia's proposed deal with Syria

    Saturday, September 21 2013 4:24 PM EDT2013-09-21 20:24:00 GMT
    With the U.S. backing off its push for military action in Syria, world leaders are watching to see if the Damascus regime will give up its chemical weapons stockpile.More >>
    With the U.S. backing off its push for military action in Syria, world leaders are watching to see if the Damascus regime will give up its chemical weapons stockpile.More >>
  • International StoriesMore>>

  • Thai army ruler nominated as next prime minister

    Thai army ruler nominated as next prime minister

    Thursday, August 21 2014 12:23 AM EDT2014-08-21 04:23:35 GMT
    Three months after overthrowing Thailand's last elected government, the country's military ruler is poised to take up the post of prime minister.More >>
    Three months after overthrowing Thailand's last elected government, this Southeast Asian nation's junta leader is stepping out of his army uniform for good - to take up the post of prime minister in a move critics...More >>
  • Beheading spurs new attacks on Islamic militants

    Beheading spurs new attacks on Islamic militants

    Wednesday, August 20 2014 7:34 PM EDT2014-08-20 23:34:42 GMT
    Militants with the Islamic State extremist group have beheaded American journalist James Foley and are threatening to kill another hostage in retaliation for U.S. airstrikes in northern Iraq.More >>
    The United States launched a new barrage of airstrikes Wednesday against the Islamic State extremist group that beheaded American journalist James Foley and that has seized a swath of territory across Iraq and Syria....More >>
  • Mexico: 14 police on trial for US SUV shooting

    Mexico: 14 police on trial for US SUV shooting

    Wednesday, August 20 2014 6:03 PM EDT2014-08-20 22:03:31 GMT
    Mexico's national security commissioner says 14 federal police officers are being tried on charges of using excessive force in a 2012 shooting attack that wounded two CIA officers in a U.S. Embassy vehicle.More >>
    Fourteen former federal police officers have gone on trial on charges of using excessive force in a 2012 shooting attack that wounded two CIA agents, Mexico's national security commissioner said Wednesday.More >>
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