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  • Obama's counterterrorism policy facing mounting criticism story has photos
    Updated: Jul-02-15 5:07 pm

    WASHINGTON - At the CIA's Counterterrorism Center, it was a cause for celebration: Meticulous intelligence analysis backed by Hellfire missiles had paid off, once again.

  • UK minister: Illogical to attack IS in Iraq but not Syria 
    Updated: Jul-02-15 11:23 am

    LONDON - Britain's defense minister says lawmakers should consider expanding Royal Air Force airstrikes against the Islamic State from Iraq into Syria.

  • Russia-US ties alive and well at Iran nuclear talks story has photos
    Updated: Jul-01-15 3:25 am

    VIENNA - Russia-U.S. relations are at a post-Cold War low just about everywhere, except at the Iran nuclear talks.

  • UN: World should be ashamed at failure to end Syria conflict 
    Updated: Jun-30-15 6:01 pm

    UNITED NATIONS - U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said Tuesday the world should be ashamed that three years after major powers approved a blueprint in Geneva to bring peace to Syria the suffering of its people is reaching new depths and the country is "on the brink of falling apart."

  • As Kurds gain in Syria, Turkish govt ponders military action story has photos
    Updated: Jun-29-15 6:35 pm

    ANKARA, Turkey - As Kurdish rebels in northern Syria rack up wins against the Islamic State group, Turkish media is abuzz with talk of a long-debated military intervention to push the Islamic militants back from the Turkish border - a move that will also outflank any Kurdish attempts to create a state along Turkey's southern frontier.

  • For world, limited options if Iran talks fall apart story has photos
    Updated: Jun-29-15 3:17 pm

    CAIRO - The Iranian nuclear talks are playing out in classic fashion: A self-imposed deadline appears to have been extended due to stubborn disputes, with the sides publicly sticking to positions and facing internal pressure from opponents ready to pounce on any compromise.

  • Putin urges all to fight IS group, backs Syria's Assad story has photos
    Updated: Jun-29-15 10:58 am

    MOSCOW - In a surprise meeting with Syria's foreign minister, Russian President Vladimir Putin pledged his support Monday for Syrian President Bashar Assad and called on all Middle East nations to join forces to fight Islamic State militants.

  • Saunas and art therapy: Rehab for convicted Saudi extremists story has photos
    Updated: Jun-24-15 3:46 am

    RIYADH, Saudi Arabia - For most of his 20s, all Badr al-Enezi could think about was becoming a jihadi fighter. After getting in touch with former Guantanamo Bay prisoners who had returned to militancy, he began plotting how to take up arms.

  • Saudi cables suggest money links with media 
    Updated: Jun-23-15 5:12 pm

    BEIRUT - A financially troubled Lebanese TV network received a $2 million Saudi bailout in return for adopting a pro-Riyadh editorial policy. A news agency in Guinea got a $2,000 gift, while small publications across the Arab world received tens of thousands of dollars in inflated subscription fees.

  • Druze anger sparks deadly attack on Israeli ambulance story has photos
    Updated: Jun-23-15 2:32 pm

    NABI SHUAIB SHRINE, Israel - An unprecedented attack by a mob of Israeli Druze villagers who snatched a wounded Syrian rebel from an Israeli ambulance in the Golan Heights and beat him to death reflects the spiraling anger among the Jewish state's Druze minority, which has been pushing for the government to do more to help the Syrian Druze caught up in the neighboring country's civil war.

  • Israeli Druze alarmed by plight of their brethren in Syria story has photos
    Updated: Jun-22-15 3:43 pm

    DALIYAT AL-KARMEL, Israel - Members of Israel's Druze minority, long among the Jewish state's most loyal citizens, have become increasingly concerned about the plight of their beleaguered brethren in neighboring Syria. Now, they are asking the state of Israel to help their fellow Druze next door - and some are even offering to go fight in Syria if needed.

  • Editor selections from the Middle East 
    Updated: Jun-22-15 8:33 am

    Across the Middle East last week, Muslims marked the start of Ramadan, a month of intense prayer, dawn-to-dusk fasting and nightly feasts.

  • US report finds Iran threat undiminished as nuke deal nears story has photos
    Updated: Jun-19-15 4:01 pm

    WASHINGTON - Iran's support for international terrorist groups remained undiminished last year and even expanded in some respects, the Obama administration said Friday, less than two weeks before the deadline for completing a nuclear deal that could provide Tehran with billions of dollars in relief from economic sanctions.

  • Carter: Iraqi training goal to fall way short of recruits story has photos
    Updated: Jun-17-15 5:04 pm

    WASHINGTON - The U.S. will fall way short of meeting its goal of training 24,000 Iraqi forces to fight Islamic State militants by this fall, Defense Secretary Ash Carter said Wednesday on Capitol Hill where lawmakers are already skeptical of the Obama administration's strategy to address threats in the Mideast.

  • Kurdish fighters seize large parts of IS border stronghold story has photos
    Updated: Jun-15-15 5:04 pm

    BEIRUT - U.S.-backed Kurdish fighters captured large sections of a strategic town on the Syria-Turkish border on Monday, dealing the biggest setback yet to the Islamic State group, which lost a key supply line for their nearby self-proclaimed capital.

  • US finds peeling back the Iran sanctions onion no easy task story has photos
    Updated: Jun-10-15 6:29 am

    WASHINGTON - The Obama administration may have to backtrack on its promise that it will suspend only nuclear-related economic sanctions on Iran as part of an emerging nuclear agreement, officials and others involved in the process tell The Associated Press.

  • Senate panel denounces 'war crimes' in Syria 
    Updated: Jun-09-15 6:32 pm

    WASHINGTON - The Senate Foreign Relations Committee has approved a bill that condemns violence in Syria and calls on the State Department to report to Congress on war crimes and crimes against humanity in the country.

  • Feds want mental patient medicated for terror support trial 
    Updated: Jun-03-15 6:01 pm

    RALEIGH, North Carolina - Federal prosecutors sought Wednesday to have a North Carolina man forcibly medicated at a psychiatric hospital so he can face a charge that he sought to join al-Qaida-linked fighters in Syria.