Syria

Qatar-based cleric criticizes U.S. role against Islamic State

DUBAI - A Sunni Muslim cleric at the center of a diplomatic rift among Gulf Arab states has criticized Washington's role in the campaign against Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria as purely self-interested.

Islamic State video purports to show beheading of UK hostage David Haines

BAGHDAD - Islamic State militants fighting in Iraq and Syria released a video on Saturday which purported to show the beheading of British aid worker David Haines. | Video

World, Iraq 13 Sep 2014

Egypt says global action needed to counter Islamic State

CAIRO - Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria are forging ties with other extremist groups in the region, Egypt's foreign minister said on Saturday, backing Washington's call for global action to counter the threat.

World, Egypt, Turkey, Iraq 13 Sep 2014

Islamic State destroys Sufi shrines in eastern Syria: watchdog

BEIRUT - The hardline al Qaeda offshoot Islamic State has destroyed several Sufi Muslim shrines and tombs in the eastern Syrian province of Deir al-Zor, a monitoring group said on Saturday.

World, 13 Sep 2014

Philippines starts inquiry into Filipino militants in Syria

MANILA - The Philippines is investigating the involvement of Filipino Islamists in the three-year civil war in Syria after two locals were reported killed fighting for Islamic State militant group, an intelligence official said on Saturday.

World, 13 Sep 2014

Obama says need to 'snuff out' militant groups like Islamic State

BALTIMORE - President Barack Obama said on Friday the goal of an international coalition he is helping to form is to "ultimately snuff out" the type of extremism demonstrated by Islamic State in Iraq and Syria.

World, U.S., Iraq 12 Sep 2014

About 100 Syria, Iraq militants have returned to France: lawmaker

PARIS - Around 100 militants who fought with rebel groups in Syria and Iraq have returned to France, requiring "massive" resources for surveillance and other security measures to prevent attacks, a French lawmaker said on Friday.

Politics, World, France, Iraq 12 Sep 2014

How U.N. troops defied orders, opened fire and escaped Syrian rebels

UNITED NATIONS/MANILA - Early on Aug. 28, al Qaeda-linked militants fighting government forces in Syria crossed a ceasefire line in the Golan Heights on Israel's border and seized 45 Fijians serving in a United Nations peacekeeping force.

World, Israel, United Nations 12 Sep 2014

Syrian forces win battle with rebels in Hama

BEIRUT - The Syrian army said on Friday it had taken control of a town northwest of Hama where the Nusra Front had been massing forces, dealing a blow to the al Qaeda-linked group that has been trying to open new fronts after losing ground to Islamic State.

World, United Nations, 12 Sep 2014

For Assad, U.S. plan will weaken one foe but bolster others

BEIRUT - By striking Islamic State in Syria, the United States would be weakening one of President Bashar al-Assad's major enemies. But the new U.S. strategy may still unnerve Assad by helping other opponents determined to overthrow him.

World, 12 Sep 2014

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(GRAPHIC IMAGES) Islamic State video purports to show beheading of British captive

(WARNING: GRAPHIC CONTENT) Islamic State militants fighting in Iraq and Syria release a video which purports to show the beheading of British aid worker David Haines. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

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