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  • new storySputtering start to US military's training of Syrian rebels story has photos
    Updated: Jun-29-15 3:37 am

    WASHINGTON - Fewer than 100 Syrian rebels are currently being trained by the U.S. military to fight the Islamic State group, a tiny total for a sputtering program with a stated goal of producing 5,400 fighters a year.

  • Activists: IS fighters kill 200 civilians in Syrian town story has photos
    Updated: Jun-27-15 3:49 pm

    BEIRUT - Islamic State fighters who launched a surprise attack on a Syrian border town massacred more than 200 civilians, including women and children, before they were killed or driven out by Kurdish forces, activists said on Saturday.

  • Saunas and art therapy: Rehab for convicted Saudi extremists story has photos
    Updated: Jun-24-15 3:46 am

    RIYADH, Saudi Arabia - For most of his 20s, all Badr al-Enezi could think about was becoming a jihadi fighter. After getting in touch with former Guantanamo Bay prisoners who had returned to militancy, he began plotting how to take up arms.

  • Saudi cables suggest money links with media 
    Updated: Jun-23-15 5:12 pm

    BEIRUT - A financially troubled Lebanese TV network received a $2 million Saudi bailout in return for adopting a pro-Riyadh editorial policy. A news agency in Guinea got a $2,000 gift, while small publications across the Arab world received tens of thousands of dollars in inflated subscription fees.

  • Druze anger sparks deadly attack on Israeli ambulance story has photos
    Updated: Jun-23-15 2:32 pm

    NABI SHUAIB SHRINE, Israel - An unprecedented attack by a mob of Israeli Druze villagers who snatched a wounded Syrian rebel from an Israeli ambulance in the Golan Heights and beat him to death reflects the spiraling anger among the Jewish state's Druze minority, which has been pushing for the government to do more to help the Syrian Druze caught up in the neighboring country's civil war.

  • Israeli Druze alarmed by plight of their brethren in Syria story has photos
    Updated: Jun-22-15 3:43 pm

    DALIYAT AL-KARMEL, Israel - Members of Israel's Druze minority, long among the Jewish state's most loyal citizens, have become increasingly concerned about the plight of their beleaguered brethren in neighboring Syria. Now, they are asking the state of Israel to help their fellow Druze next door - and some are even offering to go fight in Syria if needed.

  • Editor selections from the Middle East 
    Updated: Jun-22-15 8:33 am

    Across the Middle East last week, Muslims marked the start of Ramadan, a month of intense prayer, dawn-to-dusk fasting and nightly feasts.

  • US report finds Iran threat undiminished as nuke deal nears story has photos
    Updated: Jun-19-15 4:01 pm

    WASHINGTON - Iran's support for international terrorist groups remained undiminished last year and even expanded in some respects, the Obama administration said Friday, less than two weeks before the deadline for completing a nuclear deal that could provide Tehran with billions of dollars in relief from economic sanctions.

  • Carter: Iraqi training goal to fall way short of recruits story has photos
    Updated: Jun-17-15 5:04 pm

    WASHINGTON - The U.S. will fall way short of meeting its goal of training 24,000 Iraqi forces to fight Islamic State militants by this fall, Defense Secretary Ash Carter said Wednesday on Capitol Hill where lawmakers are already skeptical of the Obama administration's strategy to address threats in the Mideast.

  • Kurdish fighters seize large parts of IS border stronghold story has photos
    Updated: Jun-15-15 5:04 pm

    BEIRUT - U.S.-backed Kurdish fighters captured large sections of a strategic town on the Syria-Turkish border on Monday, dealing the biggest setback yet to the Islamic State group, which lost a key supply line for their nearby self-proclaimed capital.

  • US finds peeling back the Iran sanctions onion no easy task story has photos
    Updated: Jun-10-15 6:29 am

    WASHINGTON - The Obama administration may have to backtrack on its promise that it will suspend only nuclear-related economic sanctions on Iran as part of an emerging nuclear agreement, officials and others involved in the process tell The Associated Press.

  • Senate panel denounces 'war crimes' in Syria 
    Updated: Jun-09-15 6:32 pm

    WASHINGTON - The Senate Foreign Relations Committee has approved a bill that condemns violence in Syria and calls on the State Department to report to Congress on war crimes and crimes against humanity in the country.

  • Feds want mental patient medicated for terror support trial 
    Updated: Jun-03-15 6:01 pm

    RALEIGH, North Carolina - Federal prosecutors sought Wednesday to have a North Carolina man forcibly medicated at a psychiatric hospital so he can face a charge that he sought to join al-Qaida-linked fighters in Syria.

  • Ex-inmates regret destruction of notorious Syrian prison story has photos
    Updated: Jun-01-15 3:12 pm

    BEIRUT - For decades, the mere mention of Tadmur Prison was enough to send chills down a Syrian's spine.

  • Saudi, Egypt downplay reports of discord over Syria 
    Updated: May-31-15 12:19 pm

    CAIRO - Egypt and Saudi Arabia sought Sunday to downplay reports of discord among the close allies over Syria during a visit of the Saudi foreign minister to Cairo.