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. ...

Sep 12, 2014

FDA approves weight-loss drug Contrave

U.S. regulators are greenlighting a new weight-loss drug called Contrave, the third in a string of approvals for anti-obesity treatments. The drug was developed by Orexigen Therapeutics Inc., based in La Jolla, California. The Food and Drug Administration said Thursday that it is approved ...

Sep 11, 2014

Islamic State group not an unstoppable juggernaut

The Islamic State group is often described as the most fearsome jihadi outfit of all: a global menace outweighing al-Qaida, with armies trembling before its advance. But while the group has been successful at seizing parts of Iraq and Syria, it is no unstoppable ...