President Barack Obama talks about his administration's response to a growing insurgency foothold in Iraq, Friday, June 13, 2014, on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

Congress on board with Obama’s Iraq plans

WASHINGTON (AP) — Little of the impassioned debate that fractured lawmakers last year over possible military intervention in Syria is happening now as American warplanes strike extremist targets in Iraq. Almost a week into the […]


The MV Cape Ray is escorted by tug boats as it arrives at Gioia Tauro port, southern Italy, Tuesday, July 1, 2014. (AP Photo/Adriana Sapone)

US starts destruction of Syria chemical weapons

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Pentagon says the destruction of Syrian chemical weapons on board the U.S. cargo vessel MV Cape Ray began Monday. Army Col. Steve Warren says it will take about 60 days, depending […]


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Activists: Syrian air raid in eastern city kills 5

BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian opposition activists say that government warplanes have struck an eastern city that is a stronghold of an Islamic militant group, killing five civilians. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says […]


In this Tuesday, May 13, 2014 file photo, signs reading "Toxic" are seen on the containers carrying Syria's dangerous chemical weapons aboard the Danish cargo ship, Ark Futura, transporting the chemical weapons out of the strife-torn country, in Cyprus coastal waters. Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons director general Ahmet Uzumcu said Monday, June 23, 2014, the final shipment of stockpiled chemical weapons has been loaded onto Danish and Norwegian ships for transportation out of Syria. (AP Photo/Petros Karadjias, File)

Syria hands over last of declared chemical weapons

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — Syria on Monday handed over to Western governments the last of the chemical weapons stockpile that it has acknowledged having, although doubts remain about whether all toxic weapons have truly been […]


In this photo taken Saturday, June 21, 2014, militants from the al-Qaida-inspired Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) patrol in Fallujah, 40 miles (65 kilometers) west of Baghdad, Iraq. Sunni militants have seized another town in Iraq's western Anbar province, the fourth to fall in two days, officials said Sunday, in what is shaping up to be a major offensive in one of Iraq's most restive regions. (AP Photo)

Iraqi militants seize 2 more border crossings

BAGHDAD (AP) — Sunni militants on Sunday captured two border crossings, one along the frontier with Jordan and the other with Syria, security and military officials said, as they pressed on with their offensive in […]


Refugees fleeing from Mosul head to the self-ruled northern Kurdish region in Irbil, Iraq, 350 kilometers (217 miles) north of Baghdad, Thursday, June 12, 2014. The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, the al-Qaida breakaway group, on Monday and Tuesday took over much of Mosul in Iraq and then swept into the city of Tikrit further south. An estimated half a million residents fled Mosul, the economically important city. (AP Photo)

What is going on in Iraq and why?

(AP) – An al-Qaida breakaway group, apparently backed by other Sunni groups and fighters, has seized a large section of northern Iraq after previously taking much of northeastern Syria with an eye toward establishing an […]


President Barack Obama shakes hands with Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott following the conclusion of their meeting in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, Thursday, June 12, 2014. The two leaders discussed a range of issues of mutual interest, such as the Trans-Pacific Partnership, Australia's leadership in the G-20 this year, and the future of Afghanistan. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

Obama: Iraq will need additional US assistance

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama said Thursday Iraq will need more help from the United States as it seeks to push back a violent Islamic insurgency that has captured two key cities and is […]


Pope Francis is flanked by a royal house representatives upon his arrival at Amman's airport, Jordan, Saturday, May 24, 2014. The pontiff is in Jordan on the first of a three day trip to the Middle East that will also take him to the West Bank and Israel. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini, Pool)

Pope opens Mideast trip lamenting Syrian conflict

AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — Pope Francis called on Saturday for an “urgent” end to the Syrian civil war and lamented the refugee crisis it has spawned as he opened a three-day trip to the Middle […]


Journalists get into a fight when discussing the Syrian Civil War are shown in this video posted to YouTube.

When good journalists go bad (Video)

Two journalists in Jordan having a televised debate about the civil war in neighboring Syria literally overturned the tables on each other during an on-air brawl. The speakers broke apart the studio’s table they had […]


In this photo released by the Syrian official news agency SANA, a group of nuns who were freed after being held by rebels, greet church officials at the Syrian border town of Jdeidat Yabous, early Monday, March. 10, 2014. Rebels in Syria freed more than a dozen Greek Orthodox nuns on Monday, ending their four-month captivity in exchange for Syrian authorities releasing dozens of female prisoners. The release of the nuns and their helpers, 16 women in all, is a rare successful prisoner-exchange deal between Syrian government authorities and the rebels seeking to overthrow the rule of President Bashar Assad. (AP Photo/SANA)

Nuns freed after hostage ordeal arrive in Damascus

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Greek Orthodox nuns freed after being held hostage by al-Qaida-linked Syrian rebels arrived in Damascus Monday morning, ending their three-month ordeal in a rare prisoner exchange with the government. The 13 […]




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