Islamic State group suicide blast kills 10 in Syrian capital

Feb 10, 2016

Islamic State group suicide blast kills 10 in Syrian capital

A suicide car bomber dispatched by the Islamic State group struck near a police officers’ club in the Syrian capital, killing at least 10 people and destroying a number of cars. Syrian state TV reported the toll and showed footage of the blast scene, ...

Feb 7, 2016

Spanish police arrest seven on suspicion of jihadi links to IS

Spanish police arrested seven suspected members Sunday of a jihadi cell linked to the Islamic State group and Jabhat al-Nusra militants during raids in the provinces of Valencia and Alicante and in Spain’s North African enclave of Ceuta. In a statement, police said the ...

Feb 6, 2016

Bahrain says it is ready to commit ground forces to Syria

Bahrain is ready to commit ground troops to Syria as part of a U.S.-led coalition against the Islamic State group, the Persian Gulf island state said on Friday, a day after its larger neighbor and close ally Saudi Arabia announced a similar pledge. Bahraini ...

Skiing on the edge of Syria's war

Feb 2, 2016

Skiing on the edge of Syria's war

The snowy ridge of Mount Hermon separates two worlds. In one, Syria’s war rages. In the other, Israeli tourists slalom down ski slopes or drink mulled wine to the sound of techno music. On a clear day Damascus is visible from the top of ...

Jan 15, 2016

French identify another Paris attacker via DNA from body parts

French investigators have confirmed that Belgian-Moroccan Chakib Akrouh, who blew himself up when trapped by police on Nov. 18, was the third member of the three-man unit that killed dozens of cafegoers during a multipronged Islamist attack on Paris days earlier. The confirmation by ...

Five years after Arab Spring, hopes dashed for change

Jan 13, 2016

Five years after Arab Spring, hopes dashed for change

On Jan. 14, 2011, Tunisians packed the streets of their capital and shocked the world by overthrowing longtime dictator Zine El-Abidine Ben Ali. The revolution shook the Middle East, setting off the hopeful uprisings that came to be known as the Arab Spring. But ...

10 dead, 15 injured in Istanbul tourist district explosion

Jan 12, 2016

10 dead, 15 injured in Istanbul tourist district explosion

An explosion in the heart of Istanbul’s historic Sultanahmet tourist district killed at least 10 people and wounded 15 on Tuesday, with a Turkish government official saying the blast was likely a terrorist attack. “Terrorist links are suspected,” the official said, asking not to ...