Plans to send heavier weapons to CIA-backed rebels in Syria stall amid White House skepticism

As rebel-held sections of Aleppo crumbled under Russian bombing this month, the Obama administration was secretly weighing plans to rush more firepower to CIA-backed...

Isis kills dozens and seizes hostages in counter-attack on Kirkuk

Battered and in retreat over much of northern Iraq, Islamic State has launched a surprise counterattack far from its last redoubt of Mosul, taking...

Suicide bombers target multiple sites in Iraq’s Kirkuk

A Kurdish intelligence officer confirmed that four suicide bombers had attacked the main police headquarters in the city at around 3:00 am (00:00 UTC...

Wary of Russian Guarantees, Residents Stay Put in War-Torn Aleppo

Many said in interviews they wanted to stay to hold on to their homes, or to continue to resist the government of President Bashar...

Iraq’s Elite Soldiers Have Their Sights Set on Mosul

The men wore fatigues and black T-shirts, many adorned with death’s head prints taken from American popular culture, such as the Pirates of the...

Worldly powers devise a plan to take Mosul back from the IS.

The Iraqi Army and coalition forces launched an offensive this week to retake Mosul from the Islamic State. The third day of the campaign to...

Iraq forces launch battle to liberate Mosul from IS

Iraqi forces gather at the Qayyarah military base, about 60 kilometres (35 miles) south of Mosul, on October 16, 2016 Iraqi forces have launched a...

Syrian rebels seize ‘doomsday’ village where Islamic State promised final battle

Syrian rebels said they captured the village of Dabiq from Islamic State on Sunday, forcing the jihadist group from a stronghold where it had...

Kerry Opens a New Diplomatic Push for a Cease-Fire in Aleppo

Secretary of State John Kerry will mount a fresh effort on Saturday to pursue a cease-fire for the besieged city of Aleppo by meeting...

How Peres’ funeral highlighted rift among Israeli Arabs

The decision by Knesset members of the Joint List of predominantly Arab parties to boycott the funeral of former President Shimon Peres on Sept....

Amid Syrian chaos, Iran’s game plan emerges: a path to the Mediterranean

Not far from Mosul, a large military force is finalising plans for an advance that has been more than three decades in the making....