Obama to request big hike in Pentagon's budget

Jan 28, 2015

Obama to request big hike in Pentagon's budget

President Barack Obama will ask Congress for an almost 8 percent boost in money for the Pentagon, including $5.3 billion to equip and train Iraqi soldiers and moderate Syrian rebels to fight Islamic State militants in the Middle East. Obama will ask for $534 ...

Jan 15, 2014

Kuwait, U.S. pledge $880 million in aid to conflict victims

Kuwait’s emir said Wednesday that the gulf nation is pledging $500 million to alleviate the suffering of Syrians affected by the country’s civil war. Sheik Sabah al-Ahmed al-Sabah made the announcement at the start of an international fundraising conference in Kuwait. Last year’s donor ...

Hunger, death stalk camp near Damascus

Jan 14, 2014

Hunger, death stalk camp near Damascus

Children, the elderly and others displaced by Syria’s civil war are starving to death in a besieged camp where women brave sniper fire to forage for food just minutes from the relative prosperity of Damascus. The dire conditions inside Yarmouk camp are a striking ...

Syrian rebels say Islamic fighters seized weapons cache

Dec 14, 2013

Syrian rebels say Islamic fighters seized weapons cache

Warehouses captured by Islamic militants in Syria earlier this month contained a cache of machine guns and ammunition intended for Syria’s Western-backed rebels, a senior opposition official said Friday, demanding the gear be returned. The comments by Monzer Akbik of the Syrian National Opposition ...

Israel says it's funneling Syrians aid

Dec 4, 2013

Israel says it's funneling Syrians aid

Israel acknowledged for the first time Tuesday that it is providing humanitarian aid to victims of the civil war inside neighboring Syria, saying it has funneled food and other emergency supplies to embattled villages just across the frontier. Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon made the ...

Nov 30, 2013

Companies eye destruction of Syria's chemical weapon stockpile

More than 30 private companies have said they are willing to destroy chemicals that Syria declared to be part of its toxic agent program, an official at the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons said Friday. Earlier Friday, the chief of the global ...