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  • Building coalition for Syria action no easy matter

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama's acknowledgement the U.S. still lacks a strategy for defeating the growing extremist threat emanating from Syria reflects a still unformed international coalition. The president is meeting with his top advisers and consulting members of Congress to...

  • At heart of Syria fears, extremists returning home

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The case of Mehdi Nemmouche haunts U.S. intelligence officials. Nemmouche is a Frenchman who authorities say spent 11 months fighting with the Islamic State group in Syria before returning to Europe to act out his rage. On May 24, prosecutors say, he methodically shot four...

  • UN says Syria refugees top 3 million mark

    GENEVA (AP) — The civil war in Syria has forced 3 million people out of the country, including more than a million people who fled in the past year, creating a crisis that the U.N. refugee agency said requires the biggest operation in its 64-year history. The tragic milestone means that about...

  • UN: Armed group detains 43 peacekeepers in Syria

    UNITED NATIONS (AP) — An armed group detained 43 U.N. peacekeepers during fighting in Syria early Thursday and another 81 peacekeepers are trapped, the United Nations said. The peacekeepers were detained on the Syrian side of the Golan Heights during a "period of increased fighting between...

  • Obama tamps down prospect of strikes in Syria

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama tamped down the prospect of imminent U.S. military action in Syria on Thursday, saying "we don't have a strategy yet" for degrading the violent militant group seeking to establish a caliphate in the Middle East. The president spoke shortly before...

  • Jihadists kill dozens of captured Syrian soldiers

    BEIRUT (AP) — The Islamic State group killed more than 160 Syrian government troops seized in recent fighting, posting pictures Thursday of terrified young conscripts stripped down to their underwear before meeting their deaths in the arid Syrian countryside. The slayings were the latest...

  • France rules out Assad as partner in terror fight

    PARIS (AP) — French President Francois Hollande has ruled out an international partnership with Syria's leader to fight against the Islamic State group, saying any alliance with Bashar Assad would play into the militants' hands. In a wide-ranging speech Thursday to international ambassadors,...

  • A look at the Islamic State militants in Syria

    BEIRUT (AP) — As the U.S. strikes Islamic State targets in Iraq, extremists belonging to the same militant group across the border in Syria are capturing new territory and becoming bolder by the day. There, in its power base, the Islamic State group controls thousands of square kilometers...

  • Mother of US reporter in Syria begs for his life

    BEIRUT (AP) — The mother of a hostage American journalist pleaded for his release Wednesday in a video directed at the Islamic State group, while new images emerged of mass killings, including masked militants shooting kneeling men after the capture of a strategic air base in Syria. Shirley...

  • 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...

  • 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...



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