More Syria Articles

  • Obama again faces Congress question on Syria

    WASHINGTON (AP) — One year ago, President Barack Obama was barreling toward airstrikes in Syria when he abruptly announced that he first wanted approval from congressional lawmakers. The move threw his policy into confusion and the strikes were eventually scrapped. Now, as Obama again...

  • VIDEO: Mother pleads with ISIS to release son

    Watch the heartbreaking plea from the mother of a captured journalist to the self-proclaimed leader of ISIS.

  • 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...

  • Obama to ISIS: 'Justice will be done'

    President Obama pledged Tuesday that the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria would pay the price for the beheading of an American journalist but also warned against military overreach as he faces calls for a broader campaign of airstrikes in the Middle East.

  • White House: No chance of working with Bashar Assad to fight ISIS

    "As a matter of U.S. policy, we have not recognized Assad as the leader in Syria," White House spokesman Josh Earnest said. "There are no plans to change that policy and there are no plans to coordinate with the Assad regime."

  • Syria welcomes U.S. help to fight ISIS, but on its terms

    For now, the Obama administration is fighting the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria in Iraq, but not Syria. But the administration seems to be suggesting it's open to the possibility.

  • 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...

  • The U.S. can, if Obama chooses wisely, lead a Middle East coalition to destroy ISIS

    Obama must pressure regional governments, especially governments that helped create the problem by funding ISIS in its war against the Syrian regime, to use those resources in a combined effort to eliminate ISIS.

  • 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...

  • White House: No active ISIS plot against U.S.

    Josh Earnest said the Obama administration is deeply concerned about the threat ISIS poses because the group has recruited a significant number of U.S. and other Western country residents and citizens to their ranks.

  • 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...

  • Is the Obama crew smart enough to defeat ISIS?

    American outrage over the gruesome murder of journalist James Foley has prompted the appearance of a reversal of President Obama's "leading from behind" foreign policy strategy, especially in the Middle East.



From the Weekly Standard

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    The Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, the terrorist army many thousand strong now rampaging through the Levant, embraces such an extreme, violent ideology that it makes even al Qaeda squeamish,...

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    "Rooting out a cancer like ISIL won’t be easy and it won’t be quick,” President Obama told the American Legion’s annual convention in Charlotte on Tuesday, August 26. He repeated the thought in...

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