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Iran deal offers hope, peril for Middle East

| Dec 4, 2013

Iran deal offers hope, peril for Middle East

A surge of diplomacy and an outburst of violence in the days since world powers reached a deal with Iran illustrate both the promise and the peril of what could be the start of a more peaceful era in the Middle East — or ...

Nov 4, 2013

Assad loyalists gaining ground in civil war

Forces loyal to the Syrian government are taking advantage of deepening rifts among Syria’s feuding rebels to advance into rebel-held territory in the northern part of the country, overturning some long-held assumptions about the war. The resignation Sunday of a top leader in the ...

Extremist rebel groups and Syrian army hide assets to dodge strikes

Sep 3, 2013

Extremist rebel groups and Syrian army hide assets to dodge strikes

Al-Qaida-affiliated groups are redeploying their resources in rebel-held parts of Syria amid widespread fears that any strikes carried out by the U.S. would target not only the Syrian government but also Islamists in the opposition, according to rebels. In many parts of the northern ...

| Aug 20, 2013

Riyadh vows to make up Egypt aid shortfall

Saudi Arabia is emerging at the forefront of a forceful effort by Persian Gulf monarchies to back Egypt’s new military leaders, exacerbating a fierce struggle for influence in the chaotic and increasingly leaderless Arab world and putting the Saudis at odds with the U.S., ...

Iraqi al-Qaida group widens influence in Syria

| Aug 13, 2013

Iraqi al-Qaida group widens influence in Syria

A rebranded version of Iraq’s al-Qaida affiliate is surging onto the front lines of the war in neighboring Syria, expanding into territory seized by other rebel groups and carving out the kind of sanctuaries that the U.S. military spent more than a decade fighting ...

U.S. program secretly feeding Syrians

Apr 17, 2013

U.S. program secretly feeding Syrians

In the heart of rebel-held territory in Syria’s northern province of Aleppo, a small group of intrepid Westerners is undertaking a mission of great stealth. Living anonymously in a small rural community, they travel daily in unmarked cars, braving airstrikes, shelling and the threat ...

Fight looms for rival Syria rebel factions

| Apr 11, 2013

Fight looms for rival Syria rebel factions

As this remote corner of northeastern Syria fast slides out of government control, many Syrians are bracing for what they fear will be another war, between the relatively moderate fighters who first took up arms against the government and the Islamist extremists who emerged ...

Islamic law takes root in Syria's rebel-held territory

Mar 21, 2013

Islamic law takes root in Syria's rebel-held territory

The evidence was incontrovertible, captured on video and posted on YouTube for all the world to see. During a protest against the Syrian regime, Wael Ibrahim, a veteran activist, had tossed aside a banner inscribed with the Muslim declaration of faith. And that, decreed ...