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Stories with subject: Civil wars
  • For an IS fighter, a paid honeymoon in caliphate's heart 
    Updated: May-26-15 3:10 am

    BEIRUT - The honeymoon was a brief moment for love, away from the front lines of Syria's war. In the capital of the Islamic State group's self-proclaimed "caliphate," Syrian fighter Abu Bilal al-Homsi was united with his Tunisian bride for the first time after months chatting online. They married, then passed the days dining on grilled meats in Raqqa's restaurants, strolling along the Euphrates River and eating ice cream.

  • Holiday tradition returns to Winchester National Cemetery 
    Updated: May-23-15 10:38 am

    WINCHESTER, Virginia - For those staying in the area for Memorial Day weekend, a holiday tradition is being renewed at one of the city's Civil War landmarks.

  • Syrians try to build case against Assad in chlorine attacks 
    Updated: May-23-15 2:06 am

    BEIRUT - With only a cloth mask for protection, Firas Kayali rushed to try to rescue the residents of a house in a village in rebel-held northern Syria after a barrel bomb, suspected to be filled with chlorine gas, hit nearby.

  • Tamil leaders honor dead from Sri Lankan war at battle zone story has photos
    Updated: May-18-15 1:04 pm

    MULLIVAIKKAL, Sri Lanka - Sri Lanka's ethnic Tamil politicians, religious leaders and civilians gathered Monday under heavy surveillance at memorial ceremonies on the battleground where thousands died in the final days of the decades-long civil war that ended in 2009.

  • IS group enters Syrian town of Palmyra, nears ancient ruins 
    Updated: May-16-15 2:36 pm

    BEIRUT - Islamic State fighters have pushed into the Syrian town of Palmyra, home to famed 2,000-year-old ruins, and are clashing with government troops in residential areas.

  • Flag dispute sparks divisions, mistrust in Syria opposition story has photos
    Updated: May-12-15 5:44 pm

    BEIRUT - The divisions and mistrust that have long plagued Syria's rebellion against President Bashar Assad erupted once more on Tuesday - this time over the flag.

  • No breakthrough as Kerry meets Russia's Putin story has photosstory has video
    Updated: May-12-15 5:06 pm

    SOCHI, Russia - The United States and Russia emerged Tuesday from their most extensive, high-level talks in years vowing closer cooperation on Ukraine and Syria but unable to point to any breakthrough or new approach to bridge the major differences separating the two powers.

  • Syria's main opposition group not attending Geneva talks 
    Updated: May-11-15 9:44 am

    ISTANBUL - The main Syrian opposition group in exile said on Monday that it is not attending low-level consultations taking place in Geneva and hosted by the U.N. envoy to the war-torn country.

  • Hezbollah leads fight in strategic Syrian mountain range 
    Updated: May-10-15 10:34 am

    QALAMOUN MOUNTAINS, Syria - Here in pockets of the rugged mountains near the Lebanese border, the distinctive yellow flag of Hezbollah now flies where al-Qaida militants once held sway.

  • Turkey, Saudi in pact to help anti-Assad rebels 
    Updated: May-07-15 7:10 pm

    ISTANBUL - Casting aside U.S. concerns about aiding extremist groups, Turkey and Saudi Arabia have converged on an aggressive new strategy to bring down Syrian President Bashar Assad.

  • Kerry says he'll discuss pause in Yemen war with Saudis 
    Updated: May-06-15 7:31 am

    DJIBOUTI - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said Wednesday he'll discuss with Saudi Arabian officials how to implement a "humanitarian pause" in Yemen's civil war, citing increased shortages of food, fuel and medicine that are adding to a crisis that has already caused thousands of people to flee to neighboring countries.

  • Jordan's overland trade paralyzed by Iraq, Syria border woes story has photos
    Updated: Apr-30-15 3:08 am

    JABER CROSSING, Jordan - Jordan's overland trade has largely been paralyzed by recent border attacks from insurgents in neighboring Syria and Iraq - a spillover of regional turmoil threatening a close Western ally that has thus far succeeded in fending off Islamic militants.

  • Near Syrian border, wounded fighters and civilians recover 
    Updated: Apr-30-15 2:24 am

    KILIS, Turkey - Sitting up in bed, 16-year-old Anas Baroudi lifts up an orange blanket to show where his left foot used to be, before he lost it almost three years ago in Syria's civil war.