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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 …

Charles Krauthammer: Putin outmaneuvers U.S. in Syria

Putin embarrasses feckless Obama administration

Russian bombers again fail to target Islamic State in second day of attacks

For the second day running, Russian aircraft bombed Syria, striking targets that included U.S.-backed rebel forces, but not apparently positions held by the Islamic State.

UPDATED: Wed., Sept. 30, 2015, 5:18 p.m.

Russia begins airstrikes in Syria, but West disputes targets

Russia launched airstrikes Wednesday in Syria, sharply escalating Moscow’s role in the conflict but also raising questions about whether its intent is fighting Islamic State militants or protecting longtime ally, …

Resettling refugees takes time, resources

Images of Syrian refugees streaming into Europe have dominated the news for the past week, but the crisis is more than a European issue. World Relief Spokane settled 527 refugees …

9-year-old’s video kicks off donation push

Recent news accounts and alarming photos of desperate Syrian refugees fleeing into Europe captured the attention of Luke Sharon, a 9-year-old boy in Coeur d’Alene who wants to contribute to …

Rockets launched from Syria hit Golan Heights, Israel says

JERUSALEM – At least two rockets launched from Syria struck the Israeli-controlled Golan Heights on Tuesday and Israel responded with artillery fire, the military said. The exchange came after an …

Risch, Mitchell vie for U.S. Senate in Idaho

BOISE – When he was Idaho’s governor for a scant seven months, Jim Risch was a whirlwind of activity, writing an unprecedented management plan for roadless areas, reforming the state …

Spokane’s congressional delegation promises support to combat Islamic State

Washington’s two Democratic U.S. senators and the Republican congresswoman representing Eastern Washington promised Wednesday to give President Barack Obama the tools he needs to defeat the Islamic State. In a …

Washington senators, McMorris Rodgers react to Obama speech

Washington’s two U.S. senators and the congresswoman representing Eastern Washington promised Wednesday to give President Barack Obama the tools needed to defeat the Islamic State.

Full text of Obama speech outlining plan to defeat Islamic State

Text of President Barack Obama’s address Wednesday night on the Islamic State strategy, as prepared for delivery and provided by the White House.