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Before And After Photos Show The Devastating Toll Of The Battle For Kobani

Posted 10.21.2014 | World

Weeks of intense battles between Kurdish fighters and Islamic State militants near Kobani have left the Syrian town deserted and destroyed. The extent...

Syrian Air Force Carries Out 200 Strikes In 36 Hours

Reuters | Posted 10.21.2014 | World

BEIRUT, Oct 21 (Reuters) - The Syrian air force carried out more than 200 air strikes around the country in the past 36 hours, a group monitoring th...

Soccer and Militant Islam Intersect in Incidents Across the Middle East

James Dorsey | Posted 10.20.2014 | World
James Dorsey

A successful soccer player near the peak of his career, 22-year Nidhal Selmi died last week a foreign fighter for the Islamic State, the jihadist group that controls a swath of Syria and Iraq.

Activists: U.S. Coalition Airstrike On ISIS Gas Station Kills 8 In Syria

AP | ELENA BECATOROS and DIAA HADID | Posted 10.18.2014 | World

MURSITPINAR, Turkey (AP) — A U.S.-led coalition airstrike on a gas distribution facility in a stronghold of the Islamic State group set off a series...

Militarily, Germany Should Stay Out of the War on ISIS

Gregor Gysi | Posted 10.16.2014 | World
Gregor Gysi

Obama's strange coalition of the willing isn't much good. It operates against international law and remains ineffective. This country isn't privileged, it is not a world power and it also has a different history.

Hundreds Of ISIS Militants Killed In Kobani Strikes: U.S.

Reuters | Posted 10.15.2014 | World

By Phil Stewart and David Alexander WASHINGTON, Oct 15 (Reuters) - U.S.-led air strikes have killed several hundred Islamic State figh...

ISIS Militants And Kurdish Fighters Battle In The Streets Of Kobani

AP | LEFTERIS PITARAKIS and ZEINA KARAM | Posted 10.15.2014 | World

MURSITPINAR, Turkey (AP) — Intensified U.S.-led airstrikes and a determined Kurdish military force on the ground appear to have had some success in ...

Reshaping the Middle East: UAE Leads the Counter-revolution

James Dorsey | Posted 10.14.2014 | World
James Dorsey

The counter-revolutionary Gulf strategy has opened a window on potential differences not only between Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Bahrain on the one hand and Qatar on the other but also within the conservative counter-revolutionary camp itself.

U.S. Airstrikes Try To Halt ISIS Offensive On Syria Border Town

Reuters | Posted 10.04.2014 | World

By Ayla Jean Yackley and Sylvia Westall MURSITPINAR/BEIRUT, Oct 4 (Reuters) - Islamic State forces shelled the Syrian border town of...

Boots Are on the Ground

Terri Barnes | Posted 10.04.2014 | Politics
Terri Barnes

When the Secretary of Defense reiterates "no boots on the ground," military families don't breathe a sigh of relief alongside the rest of America. We know too much. Whether the Pentagon calls it a combat mission or boots on the ground won't matter much to those doing the job and wearing the boots.

ISIS Closes In On Syrian Town Despite U.S. Airstrikes

Reuters | Posted 10.02.2014 | World

By Ayla Jean Yackley and Alexander Dziadosz SURUC, Turkey/BEIRUT, Oct 2 (Reuters) - Turkey's parliament authorized the government on Thursday to or...

Syria Blasts At School Kill 32, Including 10 Kids

AP | ALBERT AJI and DIAA HADID | Posted 10.01.2014 | World

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Twin bombings near an elementary school in Syria killed at least 32 people on Wednesday, including at least 10 children, with...

War Against Islamic State: Sowing Seeds of More Extremist Groups

James Dorsey | Posted 09.30.2014 | Politics
James Dorsey

The US-led international response to the Islamic State's advances in Iraq and Syria is more extensive and fraught with danger than the war on terror declared by former President George W. Bush in the wake of the 9/11 attacks.

Michael Calderone

Syrian Activists Report From ISIS-Controlled City News Outlets Can't Reach

HuffingtonPost.com | Michael Calderone | Posted 09.26.2014 | Media

NEW YORK -- Abu Ibrahim Raqqawi fled Raqqa, a city in north-central Syria, a few weeks ago, yet he remains a go-to source for news coming out of the d...

The Rise of the Islamic State: Who Is to Blame?

James Dorsey | Posted 09.23.2014 | World
James Dorsey

Behind the façade of a united front against the Islamic State the United States and its Gulf allies blame each other for the spectacular rise of the jihadist group that has overrun a swathe of Syria and Iraq.

Hundreds Of Kurds From Turkey Cross Into Syria To Fight ISIS

AP | DIAA HADID and SUZAN FRASER | Posted 09.20.2014 | World

BEIRUT (AP) — Hundreds of Kurdish fighters raced from Turkey and Iraq into neighboring Syria on Saturday to defend a Kurdish area under attack by Is...

Syrian Airstrikes Kill 50 In Opposition-Held City

AP | DIAA HADID | Posted 09.18.2014 | World

BEIRUT (AP) -- Syrian government airstrikes killed some 50 people in an opposition-held city this week in bombing that apparently sought to target a r...

UN Panel: ISIS Not The Sole Agent Of Death And Destruction In Syria

AP | JOHN HEILPRIN | Posted 09.16.2014 | World

GENEVA (AP) — As nations mount an offensive against the Islamic State militants that have gained a stronghold in Iraq and Syria, a U.N. human rights...

A No-Fly Zone Would Hurt Both Assad and ISIS

Veton Surroi | Posted 09.15.2014 | World
Veton Surroi

The Free Syrian Army, caught between the al-Assad air forces and the Islamic State group's territorial expansion, will benefit directly from an air campaign that is simultaneously against ISIS but does not allow any other air military activity.

Obama Strategy Stumbles Over Conflicting Interests of Allies

Akbar Ganji | Posted 09.12.2014 | World
Akbar Ganji

President Obama has announced a strategy for fighting ISIS that, in many respects, is at odds with the interests of the allies in the Middle East whose support he is seeking. Trying to keep his allies happy and in line with the new ISIS battle has trapped the U.S. in a policy full of contradictions.

Fighting the Islamic State: What About the Day After?

James Dorsey | Posted 09.11.2014 | World
James Dorsey

Decades of entrenched autocratic mismanagement and abusive rule in the Middle East and North Africa cannot be erased overnight. Similarly, they cannot be reversed by foreign intervention.

The Islamic State and Christian Security

Leona Foxx | Posted 09.09.2014 | Politics
Leona Foxx

King Carl XVI Gustaf walked down the aisle with the Rev. Dr. Antje Jackelen, Archbishop of the Church of Sweden. We opened the prayer service for peac...

Responding to the Islamic State's Foreign Fighters: Retribution or Rehabilitation?

James Dorsey | Posted 09.09.2014 | World
James Dorsey

Prime Minister David Cameron's plans to criminalise British fighters in Iraq and Syria and bar them from returning to Britain has come in for sharp criticism from the former head of counter-terrorism in its intelligence services MI5 and MI6.

French Ex-Hostage Says Tortured In Syria By Jewish Museum Murder Suspect

AP | SYLVIE CORBET and LORI HINNANT | Posted 09.06.2014 | World

PARIS (AP) — A French journalist held hostage for months by extremists in Syria identified one of his captors Saturday as a Frenchman suspected of l...

Activists: Syrian Warplanes Bomb ISIS Training Camp

Reuters | Posted 09.08.2014 | World

BEIRUT, Sept 6 (Reuters) - Syrian warplanes bombed a bakery run by Islamic State in the city of Raqqa, killing 25 people, in air raids...