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  • Does Syria's air defense system work?

    The Pentagon's top spokesman Wednesday suggested that Syria's sophisticated air defense system didn't pick up U.S. forces entering its air space during a failed mission to rescue James Foley and other prisoners.

  • American killed fighting for ISIS in Syria

    An American was killed over the weekend fighting with the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, the White House confirmed Tuesday night.

  • AP source: American militant said killed in Syria

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A U.S. official says an American man reported to have been killed in Syria was there to fight alongside a terrorist group, most likely the Islamic State. The official said Tuesday that investigators were aware that Douglas McArthur McCain of San Diego had traveled to the...

  • Possible airstrikes in Syria raise more questions

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The intelligence gathered by U.S. military surveillance flights over Syria could support a broad bombing campaign against the Islamic State militant group, but current and former U.S. officials differ on whether air power would significantly degrade what some have called a...

  • Syria warns US: No unilateral strikes on militants

    BEIRUT (AP) — Syria said Monday it was ready to help confront the rising threat from the Islamic State group, but warned the United States against carrying out airstrikes without Damascus' consent, saying any such attack would be considered an aggression. In seeking to portray itself as a...

  • American held in Syria freed after nearly 2 years

    WASHINGTON (AP) — As the U.S. mourned an American journalist beheaded by Islamic militants, the nation found something of a reprieve with the release of another freelance reporter who had been held hostage for nearly two years by an al-Qaida-linked group in Syria. Peter Theo Curtis, who wrote...

  • Obama back in DC amid crises, as if he never left

    WASHINGTON (AP) — While in office, former President George H. W. Bush once plaintively asked, "What is it about August?" Indeed, this sultry month usually associated with the doldrums of summer has burdened modern presidents with personal, domestic or international crises. And for President...

  • US says American held in Syria has been freed

    WASHINGTON (AP) — An American journalist kidnapped and held hostage for nearly two years by an al-Qaida-linked group in Syria was released Sunday, less than a week after the horrific execution of American journalist James Foley by Islamic militants. The freed American is 45-year-old Peter Theo...

  • Jihadis capture major Syrian air base in northeast

    BEIRUT (AP) — Islamic State fighters captured a major military air base in northeastern Syria on Sunday, eliminating the last government-held outpost in a province otherwise dominated by the jihadi group, activists and state media said. Tabqa airfield — home to several warplane squadrons,...

  • Obama again faces tug of military action in Syria

    WASHINGTON (AP) — For three years, President Barack Obama has resisted the pull of potential U.S. military action in Syria. He has held firm even as the civil war's death toll climbed toward 200,000, the Syrian government used chemical weapons against civilians and Islamic State militants...

  • US won't let borders hamper fight vs. extremists

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A senior White House official raised the possibility Friday of a broader American military campaign that targets an Islamic extremist group's bases in Syria, saying the U.S would take whatever action is necessary to protect national security. "We're not going to be restricted...

  • UN: death toll from Syrian civil war tops 191,000

    GENEVA (AP) — The death toll from three years of Syria's civil war has risen to more than 191,000 people, the United Nations reported Friday. The figure, covering the period from March 2011 to April 2014, is the first issued by the U.N.'s human rights office since July 2013, when it documented...

  • Syria opposition: Deadly chemical attack forgotten

    BEIRUT (AP) — The year since a chemical attack that killed hundreds near Damascus has been a strikingly good one for President Bashar Assad. His deadly stockpile has been destroyed, but he has stayed in power, bought time and gotten world powers to engage him. Along the way, global disapproval...

  • US mission to rescue hostages in Syria failed

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama sent special operations troops to Syria this summer on a secret mission to rescue American hostages, including journalist James Foley, held by Islamic State extremists, but they did not find them, the administration disclosed Wednesday. Officials said...

  • Militants attack major air base in eastern Syria

    BEIRUT (AP) — Islamic extremists fired rockets and tank shells Wednesday at a major air base in northeastern Syria, kicking off a long-anticipated offensive to seize the last position held by the Syrian government in a province that is a stronghold of the Islamic State group, activists said....



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