Aug 11, 2014

Lawmakers weigh U.S. role against Islamic fighters

Islamic militants’ growing influence in Iraq and Syria is a threat to Americans, lawmakers from both political parties agreed Sunday even as they sharply disagreed on what role the United States should play in trying to crush them. President Barack Obama last week approved ...

Syria rebels raid Lebanese town, capture troops

Aug 3, 2014

Syria rebels raid Lebanese town, capture troops

Rebels fighting in Syria’s civil war crossed into Lebanon and raided a border town Saturday, killing and capturing security force members in the most serious incursion into the tiny country during its neighbor’s 3-year-old conflict. The rebels, who included foreign fighters, demanded to trade ...

Islamic State eyed for war crimes list

Jul 26, 2014

Islamic State eyed for war crimes list

The head of the independent U.N. commission on Syrian war crimes said Friday that commanders of the Islamic State extremist group are “good candidates” to be put on a confidential list of alleged perpetrators. Brazilian diplomat and scholar Paulo Sergio Pinheiro said the Islamic ...

Jul 14, 2014

A caliph in his own mind

by Bernard Haykel and Cole Bunzel

The recent declaration of a caliphate by the militant group the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria is an unprecedented event in modern times, showing that violent jihadism is now an entrenched feature of the Arab political landscape.