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  • Syrian army tries to choke off rebels in Aleppo

    BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian troops advanced in and around the northern city of Aleppo on Monday, in what appears to be an attempt to lay siege to opposition-held parts of the country's largest city, activists said. The troops faced rebels stretched thin by a two-front fight against government forces...

  • Iraq's oil potential goes untapped

    Anxiety over the turmoil in Iraq disrupting oil output is easing as Iraqi forces push back against the Sunni extremist insurgency, but long-term fears remain that the instability could cause painful aftershocks -- especially if it scares off multinational oil companies that had begun investing in...

  • UN warns of serious threat in Syria refugee crisis

    GENEVA (AP) — The spiraling refugee crisis from Syria's civil war could pose a serious threat to Lebanon's security and destabilize the entire region unless donors quickly provide the unfunded 70 percent of the $3.74 billion needed for emergency needs, U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees...

  • US ship sails off to destroy Syrian weapons at sea

    GIOIA TAURO, Italy (AP) — A United States cargo vessel loaded with hundreds of tons of Syria's chemical weapons left an Italian port Wednesday to destroy the arms at sea as part of the international effort to rid Syria of its chemical weapon stockpile. The MV Cape Ray steamed out of the...

  • Militants try to tighten their grip in Iraq, Syria

    BAGHDAD (AP) — Fresh from success in Iraq, a Sunni extremist group tried to tighten its hold Wednesday on territory in Syria and crush pockets of resistance on land straddling the border where it has declared the foundation of an Islamic state. Embattled Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki...

  • Chechen in Syria a rising star in extremist group

    BEIRUT (AP) — A young, red-bearded ethnic Chechen has rapidly become one of the most prominent commanders in the breakaway al-Qaida group that has overrun swaths of Iraq and Syria, illustrating the international nature of the movement. Omar al-Shishani, one of hundreds of Chechens who have...

  • US ship arrives in Italy port for Syria weapons

    GIOIA TAURO, Italy (AP) — The U.S. ship MV Cape Ray sailed into the southern Italian port of Gioia Tauro on Tuesday to handle the unprecedented transfer and destruction of about 1,300 tons of Syrian chemical weapons. The 648-foot (197.5-meter) U.S. government cargo ship has been fitted with...

  • Jihadi group captures Syrian border town

    BEIRUT (AP) — The al-Qaida breakaway Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant captured a key Syrian town near the Iraq border from other rebels on Tuesday and advanced toward a stronghold of its main jihadi rivals, an activist group said. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said...

  • Islamic state declaration could lead to schism

    BAGHDAD (AP) — A militant extremist group's unilateral declaration of an Islamic state is threatening to undermine its already-tenuous alliance with other Sunnis who helped it overrun much of northern and western Iraq. One uneasy ally has vowed to resist if the militants try to impose their...

  • Successors to the prophet: Islam's caliphates

    CAIRO (AP) — By declaring the establishment of an Islamic caliphate, the extremist group that controls large swaths of Syria and Iraq is claiming to be the successor of the political and religious community established by the Prophet Muhammad. The caliphate is a powerful ideal — the concept...

  • Mortar shells hit northern Syrian city, killing 14

    DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — A barrage of mortar shells hit government-held areas of the northern city of Idlib on Monday, killing 14 people and wounding at least 40, Syrian state media said. Idlib is the provincial capital in northwestern Syria and it has been under the control of President Bashar...

  • Zogby Report Card: Obama has 'lost public trust in his leadership'

    John Zogby finds that President Obama's agenda is dead in the water as the public has given up on his leadership. The pollster is giving the president his fourth straight D grade. 

  • Kerry: Syrian moderate rebels could help in Iraq

    JEDDAH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — Secretary of State John Kerry signaled on Friday that the U.S. hopes to enlist moderate Syrian opposition fighters that the Obama administration has reluctantly decided to arm and train in the battle against militant extremists in neighboring Iraq. Obama sent...

  • Syrian rebels buckling in face of jihadis

    BEIRUT (AP) — The Syrian rebels that the U.S. now wants to support are in poor shape, on the retreat from the radical al-Qaida breakaway group that has swept over large parts of Iraq and Syria, with some rebels giving up the fight. It is not clear whether the new U.S. promise to arm them will...

  • Obama seeks $500M to train, equip Syrian rebels

    WASHINGTON (AP) — With the conflicts in Syria and Iraq becoming increasingly intertwined against the same Sunni extremist group, President Barack Obama moved on Thursday to ratchet up U.S. efforts to strengthen more moderate Syrian rebels. Obama's request to Congress for $500 million in...