Feb 11, 2015

Foreign fighters flooding Syria's battlefields: U.S.

Foreign fighters are flocking to Syria at an “unprecedented” rate, with more than 20,000 volunteers from around the world joining the Islamic State or other extremist groups, U.S. intelligence officials said Tuesday. The foreign fighters have traveled to Syria from more than 90 countries, ...

Feb 10, 2015

Obama's Middle East fantasy

by Eli Lake

For all of the problems posed by significant U.S. ground forces in the Middle East, it is the only option right now if President Barack Obama wishes to stop the advance of the Islamic State group without aiding the advance of the Islamic Republic ...

Iran tells West: Rouhani at risk if nuclear talks fizzle

Feb 9, 2015

Iran tells West: Rouhani at risk if nuclear talks fizzle

Iran’s foreign minister has warned the United States that failure to agree a nuclear deal would likely herald the political demise of pragmatist President Hassan Rouhani, Iranian officials said, raising the stakes as the decade-old standoff nears its end-game. Mohammad Javad Zarif pressed the ...

Iran's foreign minister: Now's the time for a nuclear deal

Feb 9, 2015

Iran's foreign minister: Now's the time for a nuclear deal

With an approaching deadline on reaching a nuclear deal with Tehran, Iranian officials on Sunday signaled a willingness to come to an agreement, with Foreign Minister Mohammed Javad Zarif telling a gathering of the world’s top diplomats and defense officials that “this is the ...

New U.N. sanctions proposed for Islamic State group oil trading

Feb 7, 2015

New U.N. sanctions proposed for Islamic State group oil trading

A proposed U.N. resolution to crack down on the financing of terrorist groups calls for sanctions on individuals and companies trading oil produced by the Islamic State and other al-Qaida-linked groups. The Russian-sponsored resolution, obtained Friday by The Associated Press, would also require all ...

Syria's bloody civil war ignored amid Islamic State horrors

Feb 7, 2015

Syria's bloody civil war ignored amid Islamic State horrors

The world may be gripped by the horrors perpetrated by the Islamic State group, but a wider bloodbath provoked by Syria’s civil war is continuing unabated, with several hundred people killed in the past week alone. Syrian opposition activists said Friday that the government ...