Sep 16, 2014

U.S. would hit back against Assad attack on aircraft: officials

The United States would retaliate against Syrian President Bashar Assad’s air defenses if he were to go after American planes launching airstrikes in his country, senior Obama administration officials said Monday. Officials said the U.S. has a good sense of where the Syrian air ...

Hollande says 'no time to lose' in fighting Islamic State

Sep 15, 2014

Hollande says 'no time to lose' in fighting Islamic State

The leaders of France and Iraq on Monday urged swift action against Islamic State militants, with President Francois Hollande warning there was “no time to lose” as he opened an international conference to shore up an anti-jihadist coalition. “The fight of the Iraqis against ...

Sep 15, 2014

Syrian opposition to reorganize forces

The head of the main Western-backed Syrian opposition movement was in the United Arab Emirates Sunday seeking support for the group’s war-battered rebel fighters, which he said will be reorganized to fight better. The Free Syrian Army has been marred by defections and divisions. ...

U.S. denies threatening Foley family over raising ransom

Sep 13, 2014

U.S. denies threatening Foley family over raising ransom

The United States on Friday denied threatening the family of executed reporter James Foley with prosecution had they raised a ransom for his release, insisting the government did everything possible to bring him home. Foley’s mother, Diane, had told U.S. media her family was ...

U.S. strikes could weaken ability of Assad to survive

Sep 13, 2014

U.S. strikes could weaken ability of Assad to survive

Syrian President Bashar Assad’s government is angry Washington has not taken it on as a partner in the international campaign to hit the Islamic State group, likely for a very significant reason: It is worried that once the United States has crossed the Rubicon ...

Islamic State group name raises objections

Sep 13, 2014

Islamic State group name raises objections

Propaganda has been one of the core strategies of the Sunni militant group in Syria and Iraq that today calls itself the Islamic State — and its name is very much a part of that. In July, the group’s leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, announced ...

U.S. will increase airstrikes soon in Iraq

Sep 13, 2014

U.S. will increase airstrikes soon in Iraq

As U.S. forces gear up for airstrikes in Syria, the first demonstration of President Barack Obama’s more aggressive military campaign against the Islamic State group is likely to unfold first in Iraq as early as the coming week, officials said Friday. In Syria, U.S. ...