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Al Qaeda In Syria Abducts More U.S.-Trained Rebels, Monitor Says

Reuters | Charlotte Alfred | Posted 08.04.2015 | World

BEIRUT, Aug 4 (Reuters) - Syria's al Qaeda affiliate Nusra Front abducted five more rebels believed to have been trained by the United States after r...

Over 200 Americans Have Gone Or Tried To Go To Syria To Fight, FBI Says

Reuters | Posted 07.08.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON, July 8 (Reuters) - More than 200 Americans have traveled or attempted to travel to Syria to fight for Islamic militants, Federal Bureau ...

Top ISIS Leader In Syria Killed In U.S. Raid

Reuters | Will Dunham and Tom Perry | Posted 05.16.2015 | World

WASHINGTON/BEIRUT, May 16 (Reuters) - U.S special forces killed a man identified as a senior Islamic State leader during a raid into Syria, U.S. offic...

America, Turkey and Saudi Arabia Are Pouring Fuel on the Fire in Syria

Behlül Özkan | Posted 05.14.2015 | World
Behlül Özkan

ISTANBUL -- The U.S., Turkey and Saudi Arabia have effectively created a new Afghanistan on the shores of the Mediterranean.

Military Strategy? Who Needs It?

William Hartung | Posted 05.26.2015 | Politics
William Hartung

Despite the obvious changes that have occurred globally since the collapse of the Soviet Union and the end of the Cold War, the U.S. military is still expected to be ready to go anywhere on Earth and fight any battle.

U.S. To Send Troops To Train Syrian Rebels

Reuters | Posted 04.19.2015 | World

(Adds training to begin in mid-March, equipment details) ANKARA/WASHINGTON, Feb 17 (Reuters) - The United States and Turkey have reach...

Syrian State News Agency Attacks U.S. Plan To Train Syrian Rebels

Reuters | Posted 03.18.2015 | Media

BEIRUT, Jan 16 (Reuters) - The Syrian state news agency on Friday attacked U.S. military plans to train and equip Syrian rebels, saying they amounte...

UN Accuses ISIS Of Mass Executions, Abductions

Reuters | Posted 12.01.2014 | World

(Adds dropped words "this year" in 3rd paragraph) * Mass executions, abductions by IS deemed war crimes * UN rights chie...

6 Reasons ISIS Airstrikes Aren't The Next Iraq War

The Huffington Post | Nick Robins-Early | Posted 10.01.2014 | World

As the U.S.-led air campaign against Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria continues, some are worried that the operation carries echoes of the U....

The Limits of America's Campaign Against the Islamic State

Gareth Evans | Posted 11.24.2014 | World
Gareth Evans

If 150,000 U.S. troops could not stabilize Iraq in the absence of an inclusive and competent government, the limited measures on offer now simply will not suffice. And we should know by now that any Western military intervention with overtly political, rather than clearly humanitarian, objectives runs a real risk of inflaming sectarian sentiment.

The Air War Gets Harder, and Harder

David Wood | Posted 11.18.2014 | Politics
David Wood

It's worth remembering these days -- as President Obama declares that air power will be the primary and perhaps only U.S. effort against ISIS in Iraq and Syria -- that the impressive Pentagon videos of missile warheads exploding in the crosshairs obscure the difficulty that air power has in achieving positive, lasting effects on the ground. And that the effects of air campaigns diminish over time -- as the Germans discovered when their intense bombing of London in 1940 failed to break Britain's will. Shock and awe are short-lived.

Will The U.S. Get Caught Up In A Morass Of Rebel Rivalries

AP | ZEINA KARAM and DIAA HADID | Posted 09.11.2014 | World

BEIRUT (AP) — In expanding its airstrikes into Syria against Islamic State extremists, the U.S. could find itself entangled in a morass of jihadis, ...

U.S. Considering Taking Fight Against Islamic State Into Syria

Reuters | Posted 10.22.2014 | Politics

By Steve Holland EDGARTOWN, Mass., Aug 22 (Reuters) - The United States is considering taking the fight against Islamic State militant...

A Lot Of Dangerous Weapons Are About To Be Destroyed

AP | FRANCESCO SPORTELLI and NICOLE WINFIELD | Posted 07.02.2014 | World

GIOIA TAURO, Italy (AP) — A United States cargo vessel loaded with hundreds of tons of Syria's chemical weapons left an Italian port Wednesday to de...

U.S. May Decide To Train Syrian Rebels

AP | MATTHEW LEE and LOLITA C. BALDOR | Posted 07.28.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama said Wednesday the U.S. will increase assistance to the Syrian opposition, opening the way for the likely t...

U.S. Suspending Diplomatic Relations With Syria

AP | By LARA JAKES | Posted 05.18.2014 | World

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration ordered the Syrian government on Tuesday to suspend its diplomatic and consular missions in the United St...

Howard Fineman

U.S. Plans To Inch Up Role In Syria

HuffingtonPost.com | Howard Fineman | Posted 02.21.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -– Kiev is burning, but Damascus, Homs and Aleppo are dying. There’s little the U.S. can do about Ukraine -- it’s literally Russia...

Joshua Hersh

Among Syrian Exiles, Certainty, And Fear, That Obama Has A Secret Plan

HuffingtonPost.com | Joshua Hersh | Posted 02.12.2014 | World

REYHANLI, Turkey -- The conversation over tea and peanuts in a living room in this bustling border town was about something benign, when one of the Sy...

Homeland Security Secretary Cites Syrian Conflict As Rising Security Threat

AP | ALICIA A. CALDWELL | Posted 02.07.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — The civil war in Syria has become a matter of U.S. homeland security over concerns about a small number of Americans who have gone...

U.S. Offers To Destroy Syrian Chemical Weapons At Sea

AP | LOLITA C. BALDOR and PAULINE JELINEK | Posted 01.27.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration is offering to destroy some of Syria's deadliest chemical weapons in international waters aboard a nearly...

GOP Senator Praises Big Defense Department Move

AP | RICHARD LARDNER | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Defense Department is canceling plans to buy additional cargo helicopters from the Russian arms export agency that is a top su...

U.S. Offers New Support To Chemical Weapons Destruction Efforts In Syria

AP | Posted 10.22.2013 | World

WASHINGTON -- WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. has given 10 armored vehicles to the United Nations to help support efforts to verify and destroy Syria's c...

Leaders Make Renewed Push For Syria Resolution At UN

Reuters | Posted 11.24.2013 | World

By Steve Holland and Asma Alsharif UNITED NATIONS, Sept 24 (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama appealed to the United Nations on T...

McCain Tells Russians They Deserve Better Than Putin

The Huffington Post | Ashley Alman | Posted 09.19.2013 | Politics

Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) criticized Russian President Vladimir Putin for siding with "tyrannies," perpetuating bigotry, censoring the media and endo...

Russia Opposes Use Of Force In Syria Resolution

AP | Posted 09.17.2013 | World

MOSCOW -- Moscow is insisting that a new United Nations resolution on Syria not allow the use of force, but Russia's foreign minister appeared to sugg...