More Syria Articles

  • 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...

  • U.S. tried to rescue James Foley, other ISIS hostages and failed

    The U.S. military recently launched a failed rescue operation aimed at freeing hostages held by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, including American journalist James Foley, the White House and the Pentagon confirmed Wednesday evening.

  • Tough words won't substitute for action, Mr. President: Examiner Editorial

    When the book is closed on the Middle Eastern caliphate established this summer by the ISIS terrorist group, historians may view Aug. 19, 2014, as the turning point in this monster's existence.

  • 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....

  • VIDEO: Islamist militants claim killing of American journalist

    Islamist militants fighting for control in Iraq and Syria say they killed an American journalist missing since 2012.

  • White House: If true, video of journalist beheading by Islamic State 'appalling'

    The video claims to show the execution of James Foley, an American photojournalist who went missing while covering Syria's civil war.

  • Just when he thought he was out, Iraq pulls Obama back in

    The situation in the Middle East sets the stage for a brawl in the Democratic Party, in which the spirit of "Fahrenheit 911" could revive very quickly.

  • New report warns of anti-aircraft weapons in Syria

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Warnings from an international research group and the Federal Aviation Administration underscore the rising threat to commercial aircraft posed by hundreds of anti-aircraft weapons that are now in the arsenals of armed groups in Syria and could easily be diverted to extremist...

  • Activists: Jihadi killed near Syria-Lebanon border

    BEIRUT (AP) — A Syrian opposition group says Lebanese Hezbollah fighters have killed a senior member of the Islamic State group. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said Tuesday that the man known as Abu Abdullah al-Iraqi was killed by a bomb planted in his car in the rugged Qalamoun region...

  • Watchdog: Syria's chemical weapons destroyed

    AMSTERDAM (AP) — The organization charged with overseeing the destruction of Syria's chemical weapons program says the most crucial part of its operation has been completed. The Organization for the Prohibition for Chemical Weapons said Tuesday that an operation carried out aboard U.S. vessel...

  • Syria strikes militants as US targets them in Iraq

    BEIRUT (AP) — As the U.S. military strikes the Islamic State group in Iraq, Syrian President Bashar Assad's forces have significantly stepped up their own campaign against militant strongholds in Syria, carrying out dozens of airstrikes against the group's headquarters in the past two days....

  • Obama hails elimination of Syria chemical weapons

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama on Monday said the elimination of Syria's declared chemical weapons stockpile is an important achievement against the spread of dangerous weapons of mass destruction, but warned that Syria's government now must follow through on pledges to destroy its...

  • Obama says Syria's declared chemical weapons destroyed

    President Obama announced Monday that U.S. forces have completed the destruction of Syria's declared chemical weapons stockpile weeks ahead of schedule.

  • Obama to host UN summit on foreign fighters threat

    UNITED NATIONS (AP) — President Barack Obama will host a summit meeting of the U.N. Security Council next month to focus on the threat posed by foreign terrorist fighters like the ones now taking part in combat in Iraq and Syria, the U.S. administration announced Monday. The United States holds...

  • Syrian airstrikes target Islamic State group

    BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian government warplanes pounded an Islamic State group stronghold as well as other towns controlled by the extremists, conducting a wave of airstrikes Sunday that killed at least 11 people, activists said. For more than a year, President Bashar Assad's air force rarely...



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