Jul 18, 2014

Syria Kurds impose military service amid civil war

Syria’s Kurds have imposed compulsory military service for their men to ward off a push by Islamic extremists in the predominantly Kurdish areas in northern Syria, Kurdish officials said Thursday. The move reflects fears among Syrian Kurds that the ongoing offensive by the Islamic ...

Urban warfare feared in Ukraine fighting

Jul 17, 2014

Urban warfare feared in Ukraine fighting

Insurgents bade tearful farewells Wednesday as they loaded their families onto Russia-bound buses and began hunkering down for what could be the next phase in Ukraine’s conflict: bloody urban warfare. While the pro-Russian rebels in the east have lost much ground in recent weeks ...

Gaza Strip children scarred by third war

Jul 16, 2014

Gaza Strip children scarred by third war

The children of the Attar clan have lived through three wars in just over five years, each time fleeing home as Israel bombarded their neighborhood in the Palestinian Gaza Strip. Their psychological scars show. Some act out. Others cling to their mother or withdraw, ...

In Syria's Aleppo, children swim in bomb craters

Jul 16, 2014

In Syria's Aleppo, children swim in bomb craters

In Syria’s second-largest city, Aleppo, craters blasted by regime air raids on opposition-held areas have been transformed into improvised swimming pools for children to cool off in raging summer temperatures. Although the water is filthy, the war-weary children of the country’s one-time commercial capital ...

89 killed in worst Afghanistan bombing since 2001

Jul 16, 2014

89 killed in worst Afghanistan bombing since 2001

A suicide bomber blew up a car packed with explosives near a busy market and a mosque in eastern Afghanistan on Tuesday, killing at least 89 people in the deadliest insurgent attack on civilians since the 2001 U.S.-led invasion. The blast destroyed numerous mud-brick ...

Bergdahl returning to duty after Afghan ordeal

Jul 15, 2014

Bergdahl returning to duty after Afghan ordeal

The U.S Army has given Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl a desk job, ending the formal phase of his transition from Taliban prisoner to not-quite-ordinary soldier, and setting the stage for Army investigators to question him about his disappearance that led to five years in captivity. ...

Jul 15, 2014

Israel accepts Egypt's Gaza truce proposal

Israel’s Security Cabinet on Tuesday accepted an Egyptian cease-fire proposal, a government spokesman said, after a week of the deadliest violence in and around Gaza in years. “The Cabinet has decided to accept the Egyptian initiative for a cease-fire starting 9 a.m. today,” Ofir ...

Jul 15, 2014

Islamic State fighters dislodge rival rebels in east Syria

Militants from the Islamic State, formerly known as the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), seized opposition-held areas of a provincial capital in Syria near the border with Iraq on Monday after expelling rival fighters from an al-Qaida-linked group, activists said. The ...

Egypt proposes cease-fire between Israel, Hamas

Jul 15, 2014

Egypt proposes cease-fire between Israel, Hamas

Egypt presented a cease-fire plan Monday to end a week of heavy fighting between Israel and Hamas militants in the Gaza Strip that has left at least 185 people dead, and both sides said they were seriously considering the proposal. The late-night offer by ...