Syria's slide from protests to all-out civil war

Mar 10, 2015

Syria's slide from protests to all-out civil war

Abed Hakawati spends his days in a devastated, rebel-held neighborhood of Aleppo, writing graffiti on the walls to remind residents and rebels alike of the original goals of the uprising that erupted four years ago: “Freedom, dignity and social equality.” The 37-year-old, once an ...

In Islamic State backlash, Amman cleaners swap orange for turquoise

Mar 10, 2015

In Islamic State backlash, Amman cleaners swap orange for turquoise

After the grisly execution videos, including one of a Jordanian national, the country’s 5,000 sanitation workers are getting a new color for their uniforms. The Jordanian capital decided to swap the workers’ orange uniforms for turquoise ones because the old garb was too reminiscent ...

Are European fears of the Islamization grounded in reality?

Mar 10, 2015

Are European fears of the Islamization grounded in reality?

The headlines would suggest Europe is under siege: Thousands of Germans march against the continent’s “Islamization.” French readers flock to read a novel about a Muslim president who imposes Shariah law on their country. Commentators warn darkly about an encroaching age of “Eurabia” in ...

Mar 10, 2015

'Britain's white jihadi' a teen from Australia: report

A Westerner pictured alongside Islamic State group fighters and dubbed “Britain’s white jihadi” is in fact an Australian teenager who converted to Islam, a report said Monday. A photo of the meek-looking youth, holding a rifle and sitting in between two jihadis with a ...

Mar 10, 2015

Syria's 4-year march toward destruction

It began in March 2011 with a few words spray-painted on a schoolyard wall: “Your turn is coming, doctor.” The doctor in question was Syrian President Bashar Assad, a trained ophthalmologist whose family has ruled the country for more than 40 years. Inspired by ...

Mar 10, 2015

Sponsor nations hope to shame Syria with graphic photo exhibit at U.N.

With the U.N. Security Council blocked from taking strong action against Syria, the United States and other nations are hoping to shame Damascus by sponsoring a graphic photo exhibit of detainees who have died in President Bashar Assad’s prisons since the country’s conflict began ...

German woman killed fighting Islamic State in Syria

Mar 10, 2015

German woman killed fighting Islamic State in Syria

A young German woman fighting alongside Kurdish forces in Syria was killed over the weekend in clashes with Islamic State fighters, Kurdish officials and a Turkey-based communist group said on Monday. The Kurdish forces, backed by U.S. airstrikes and local rebel fighters, have been ...

Mar 8, 2015

Saudi Arabia becomes world's biggest arms importer

Saudi Arabia passed India to become the world’s biggest arms importer last year as concerns about Iran’s ambitions increase tensions in the Middle East. Saudi spending rose 54 percent to $6.5 billion last year, while India imported $5.8 billion, according to data released Sunday ...

Future of Syria's Nusra Front in doubt after commander killed

Mar 7, 2015

Future of Syria's Nusra Front in doubt after commander killed

Al-Qaida’s Syrian branch was left reeling Friday after its military chief was killed in an apparent army airstrike, adding to confusion over the future path of the most powerful group opposing both President Bashar Assad and the Islamic State group. Abu Humam al-Shami, who ...