Oct 16, 2014

U.S. reportedly hid troops' exposure to chemical agents in Iraq

The U.S. government has tried to hide the extent to which its troops were exposed to chemical weapons in the aftermath of the 2003 invasion of Iraq, the New York Times reported Wednesday, citing intelligence documents and former soldiers. American forces uncovered 5,000 warheads, ...

Oct 8, 2014

Syria declares another four chemical facilities

Syria has declared four chemical weapons facilities it hadn’t mentioned before, a special representative of the U.N. secretary-general told the Security Council on Tuesday. The news heightened concerns that the Syrian government hasn’t been fully open about its chemical weapons program. Diplomats said Sigrid ...

Battle against Islamic State creates new alliances

| Sep 30, 2014

Battle against Islamic State creates new alliances

On a recent evening, two of Jordan’s top pro-al-Qaida ideologues held court on the rooftop of a villa decorated with strings of lights. Sporting shaggy beards and clad in robes, the Muslim preachers whispered to each other and rose occasionally from plastic chairs to ...

U.S. airstrikes pile pressure on al-Qaida's Syria wing

Sep 28, 2014

U.S. airstrikes pile pressure on al-Qaida's Syria wing

Al-Qaida’s affiliate in Syria, the Nusra Front, is facing mounting pressure from its own members to reconcile with its main rival, the Islamic State group, and confront a common enemy after U.S.-led airstrikes hit both groups last week. But that move would require pledging ...

Sep 18, 2014

U.S. House approves arms for Syrian rebels

The Republican-controlled House of Representatives voted grudgingly to give the U.S. military authority to train and arm Syrian rebels on Wednesday as President Barack Obama emphasized anew that American forces “do not and will not have a combat mission” in the struggle against Islamic ...

Suicide bombing kills head of leading Syrian rebel group

Sep 10, 2014

Suicide bombing kills head of leading Syrian rebel group

The leader of an ultraconservative Islamic rebel group in Syria was killed Tuesday in a suicide bombing along with other of its top officials, its allies said, weakening the ranks of the country’s already shaky armed opposition. No group immediately claimed responsibility for the ...

Sep 2, 2014

Pro-government Syrian activist arrested over rare public defiance

Syrian authorities have arrested a pro-government activist who launched a social media campaign calling on officials to provide information about hundreds of missing soldiers, residents and activists said Monday. The arrest on Friday has fueled an already unusually bold push by some government supporters ...

U.N. says situation for detained peacekeepers in Syria 'very fluid'

Aug 30, 2014

U.N. says situation for detained peacekeepers in Syria 'very fluid'

The plight of dozens of U.N. peacekeepers in Syria remained “very, very fluid” Friday, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s spokesman said, as talks aimed at their release stretched into a second day. Some radio contact has been made with the 72 peacekeepers from the Philippines who ...

U.S. man fighting with Islamic State believed killed in Syria

Aug 27, 2014

U.S. man fighting with Islamic State believed killed in Syria

An American man suspected of fighting alongside Islamic State militants who have seized large areas of Iraq and Syria to the alarm of the Baghdad government and its allies in the West has been killed in Syria, a U.S. official said Tuesday. “We were ...