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Airstrikes in northern Syria hit 2 hospitals, school

Airstrikes hit two hospitals and a school in northern Syria, killing and wounding dozens of people on Monday, according to opposition activists, who said the strikes were carried out by …


Cease-fire in Syria announced by world powers

The United States, Russia and other world powers agreed to implement a nationwide “cessation of hostilities” in Syria’s civil war to start in one week in an effort to stop …


Two-front Syria campaign being opened by Obama administration

The Obama administration opened a two-front campaign on Syria on Thursday with a push to end one war there and step up another.


‘Tangible gains’ in Iraq, Syria, Pentagon chief predicts

U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter predicted on Thursday that recent U.S.-led efforts to accelerate the fight against the Islamic State group would produce “tangible gains” in Iraq and Syria by …


Russia proposes March 1 ceasefire in Syria; US wants it now

The U.S. says Russia’s counterterrorism campaign in Syria is actually helping the Islamic State.


World pledges $10B for Syrians, but peace prospects bleak

World leaders pledged more than $10 billion Thursday to help fund schools, shelter and jobs for refugees from Syria’s civil war, money that British Prime Minister David Cameron said “will …


Syria advances in Aleppo, breaking siege and cutting off rebels

The Syrian army entered two pro-government Shiite towns outside of Aleppo and advanced against rebel forces in the northern province on Thursday, threatening to entirely encircle the opposition-held parts of …


Syria allows aid into rebel-held area as peace talks stall

The Syrian government allowed aid into a rebel-held area near Damascus on Tuesday in what appeared to be a goodwill gesture after U.N.-mediated indirect peace talks got off to a …


Triple bombing in Syria kills 50, clouds U.N. peace talks

GENEVA – A triple bombing killed at least 50 people in a predominantly Shiite suburb south of the Syrian capital of Damascus on Sunday even as a U.N. mediator held …


Syrian peace talks slated to begin; expectations low

The long-anticipated Intra-Syrian Talks are slated to begin Friday in Geneva.


Pentagon lays out coalition plan to defeat IS militants

Defense Secretary Ash Carter laid out broad plans Wednesday to defeat Islamic State militants and retake the group’s key power centers in Iraq and Syria. And he announced that a …


Trudy Rubin: Mideast challenges remain robust for 2016

Proxy wars, religious conflicts obstruct path to lessened tensions.


Rubin: Fear-mongering works without reassuring voices

Obama lacks empathy, coherent policy that would relieve anxiety


Goodman: Refugees are the roadkill of war

Thousands trapped in Europe, some who helped the U.S., desperately seek new homes.


Charles Krauthammer: Disastrous Syria policy created refugee crisis

Obama ignores his role, but Republican rants on threat from those fleeing Mideast are shortsighted.


Russia, France agree to tighten cooperation against IS

MOSCOW – The presidents of France and Russia agreed Thursday to tighten cooperation in the fight against the Islamic State group, although they remained at odds over their approach toward …


Dana Milbank: Hollande’s passion stirs; Obama too cool

French president s fire at joint news conference a sharp contrast with Obama’s “Oh, bummer” response to attacks.


Smart Bombs: Fear of refugees is wretched

America’s post-Paris panic sullies a proud heritage of compassion for refugees.


Krauthammer: Obama dithers, Hollande strikes back

France’s leader taking leadership role in West’s response to terrorism.


Sue Lani Madsen: As Syrian refugee crisis brews, remember ISIS doesn’t play by the rules

As we mull whether to accept Syrian refugees, it’s worth keeping in mind that we have rules for war, and ISIS doesn’t play by the rules.


Discarded cell phone led to Paris attacks ringleader

French investigators tracked down the alleged ringleader of last week’s Paris bloodshed after receiving a startling tipoff: The Islamic militant wasn’t in Syria but in Europe, plotting yet another attack. …


Dana Milbank: GOP launches brutal cliche assault on Syria

“Rise to the challenge,” says McMorris Rodgers in just one example of hackneyed phrases that stand in for substance.


Paris attacks provoke fresh migrant fears in Europe

BERLIN – The news that one of the assailants in the Paris attacks may have crossed into Europe with refugees fleeing Syria is raising the fierce debate over Europe’s immigration …


Diplomats set plan for political change in Syria

Invoking the need for joint action after the attacks in Paris, foreign ministers of nearly 20 nations agreed Saturday to an ambitious yet incomplete plan for bringing peace to Syria …


Kurdish forces recapture militant-held towns in Iraq, Syria

SINJAR, Iraq – Dealing a double blow Friday to the Islamic State group, Iraqi Kurdish forces pushed into the strategic town of Sinjar in northern Iraq, and a coalition of …


Goodman: Waging war in Mideast has failed

Who fighting whom fighting whom, and peace no closer


US commandos heading into Syria

WASHINGTON (AP) – Senior U.S. officials say a small number of U.S. special operations forces will be deployed to northern Syria to work with local ground forces in the fight …


Charles Krauthammer: Putin partitioning Syria

WASHINGTON — Guess who just popped up in the Kremlin? Bashar al-Assad, Syrian dictator and destroyer, now Vladimir Putin’s newest pet. After four years holed up in Damascus, Assad was …


Dan K. Thomasson: Obama, Bush unschooled in world’s ways

Voters should beware presidential candidates who do not understand U.S. role in global affairs.


Russia says its warships are firing missiles at Syrian targets

Russian warships have fired more than 20 missiles at militants in Syria, a Russian official said Wednesday, marking an escalation in Moscow’s 8-day-old air campaign that the U.S. says is …