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In Syria, jihadists train 'children of al-Qaida'

Dec 17, 2013

In Syria, jihadists train 'children of al-Qaida'

At first glance, the training camp appears no different from the many others shown in propaganda videos posted by al-Qaida’s affiliate in Syria. Hooded recruits in camouflage shoot at targets or march in formation under the black flag of the Islamic State of Iraq ...

Nov 25, 2013

Marathon bargaining that led to Iran agreement was a wild ride at times

At 2:04 a.m. Sunday, a one-word email message flashed suddenly on the phones of weary State Department staffers working the corridors of Geneva’s InterContinental Hotel. “DEAL.” In four characters, the message signaled an improbable success: an agreement, reached in 60 days of marathon bargaining, ...

Albania refuses to accept Syria's chemical weapons

Nov 16, 2013

Albania refuses to accept Syria's chemical weapons

The agency in charge of destroying Syria’s chemical weapons says it is on track to eliminate the entire stockpile next year, but for one hitch: It hasn’t yet found a place to do the actual destruction. The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons ...

Iraq, Libya loom over quest to rid nation of chemical arms

Sep 15, 2013

Iraq, Libya loom over quest to rid nation of chemical arms

When Moammar Gadhafi renounced chemical weapons in 2003, the Libyan dictator surprised skeptics by moving quickly to eliminate his country’s toxic arsenal. He signed international treaties, built a disposal facility and allowed inspectors to oversee the destruction of tons of mustard gas. But Gadhafi’s ...

Syria bio-weapon threat worries neighbors

Sep 6, 2013

Syria bio-weapon threat worries neighbors

Last month’s alleged chemical attack near Damascus has refocused attention on Syria’s 30-year-old biological weapons research and raised concerns about whether its regime could activate an effort to make a weapon. Syria’s bio-weapon program, which U.S. officials believe has been largely dormant since the ...

Poison gas viewed as uniquely horrible

| Sep 1, 2013

Poison gas viewed as uniquely horrible

After the guns of World War I fell silent, the world’s nations convened in Geneva to outlaw for the first time an entire class of weapons. Barely 1 percent of the war’s battlefield deaths had come from toxic chemicals, yet these had evoked greater ...

Iran's Rouhani faces pressure over economy

| Aug 3, 2013

Iran's Rouhani faces pressure over economy

Iran’s economy is showing signs of foundering just as the country prepares to inaugurate its first new president in eight years, with Western sanctions cutting ever deeper into the Islamic republic’s financial lifelines and increasing pressure for a nuclear deal with the West. New ...

NSA chief on quest to 'collect it all'

Jul 15, 2013

NSA chief on quest to 'collect it all'

In late 2005, as Iraqi roadside bombings were nearing an all-time peak, the National Security Agency’s newly appointed chief began pitching a radical plan for halting the attacks that then were killing or wounding a dozen Americans a day. At the time, more than ...

Bombs are simple in design, hard to trace

Apr 18, 2013

Bombs are simple in design, hard to trace

The bombs that tore through a crowd of spectators at the Boston Marathon could have cost as little as $100 to build and were made of the most ordinary ingredients — so ordinary, in fact, that investigators could face a gargantuan challenge in attempting ...