U.S. plan for Syria rebels already mired in doubt

| Apr 28, 2015

U.S. plan for Syria rebels already mired in doubt

Hundreds of Syrian rebels will soon start U.S. training to battle the Islamic State group without knowing whether or how Washington would come to their aid on the battlefield. The U.S. plan to train and arm a force that is expected to eventually total ...

Apr 25, 2015

After U.S. drone killings, pressure for a new hostage strategy

The accidental killing of two hostages in a U.S. operation against al-Qaida has put a new spotlight on the Obama administration’s reliance on drones in the battle against terrorism — and has also raised pressure on the White House to revise the nation’s oft-criticized ...

Apr 22, 2015

Church attack foiled in France, says minister

A man allegedly planning an attack on “one or two churches” has been arrested in Paris, France’s interior minister announced Wednesday, adding that the individual is also thought to have been involved in an apparently motiveless murder of a woman near the French capital. ...

For migrants, Islamic State poses new threat

Apr 22, 2015

For migrants, Islamic State poses new threat

Tesfay Kidane’s troubles began with a simple request: He wanted to go to his brother’s wedding. Doing mandatory national service in the east African country of Eritrea, Kidane asked his commander for permission for a leave to attend the wedding. The request was denied, ...

U.S. dispels rumors Islamic State leader was wounded in airstrike

Apr 22, 2015

U.S. dispels rumors Islamic State leader was wounded in airstrike

U.S. forces have no reason to think Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was wounded in an airstrike against an Iraqi target last month, the Pentagon said Tuesday. British daily The Guardian had earlier reported that the militant, who styles himself caliph of the ...

Apr 19, 2015

After stalemate, Afghan lawmakers approve 16 ministers for Ghani Cabinet

Afghanistan’s parliament Saturday approved 16 more ministerial nominees, including four women, nearly completing President Ashraf Ghani’s Cabinet after months of stalemate — leaving only the crucial post of defense minister to be filled. Only eight out of 25 ministerial posts had been filled nearly ...