The Many Ways to Map the Islamic 'State'
ISIS territory in Iraq and Syria tends to be described as "swaths." The estimated size of these swaths, which ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi declared a caliphate in June, varies widely in reports, from 12,000 square miles-"an area the size of Belgium," per The Wall Street Journal -to 35,000 square miles, or "an area the size of Jordan," as George ... (more)
The Washington Post
Video: Militants appear to fire U.S.-made M198artillery
As militants with the Islamic State have seized territory and military bases across Iraq and Syria this year, they've taken an arsenal of weapons for their use.
Tue Aug 26, 2014
Energy ballet-2: Syria, Ukraine and "Pipelineistan"
As much as Iran, Russia, the US and the EU are involved in a sophisticated nuclear/energy ballet, Syria and Ukraine are also two key power play vectors bound to determine much of what happens next in the New Great Game in Eurasia.
Assad's American Reinforcements and Obama's Plunging Credibility
The underappreciated casualty of the Obama administration's one-eighty on bombing the Assad regime last year was the president's credibility on such strikes.
Fri Aug 22, 2014
Obama faces tough options in Iraq and
This Aug. 20, 2014 file photo shows Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey speaking at Madison Square Garden in New York.
Thu Aug 21, 2014
Little progress made in talks to free Japanese
A member of an armed group in Syria says it has made little progress in an effort to free a Japanese man from Islamic extremists.
Dr. Ahmet Is k brings hope to patients with advanced cancer in Gaziantep, Turkey
Gaziantep is a small city with a big resume that doesn't quite connect. The arid dusty landscape that makes the sky appear almost beige during the day, the grit that coats everything; hair, clothes, the inside of the nose, the corner of the eyes along with the over 100 degree temperatures are in stark contrast to the slick advertisements.
Tue Aug 19, 2014
Japanese national feared captured in Syria
The Japanese government is trying to confirm if one of its citizens has been captured in Syria by the militant group Islamic State.
US ships complete destruction of Syria's chemical weapons
The Ark Futura, a Danish-chartered cargo vessel which is assisting in the effort to extract Syrian chemical weapons from the country.
Mon Aug 18, 2014
Irresistible Cupcakes Prove A Winner For Syrian Bakers In Armenia
IRRESISTIBLE CUPCAKES PROVE A WINNER FOR SYRIAN BAKERS IN ARMENIA Thomson Reuters Foundation Aug 18 2014 Source: UNHCR - Mon, 18 Aug 2014 03:35 GMT Any views expressed in this article are those of the author and not of Thomson Reuters Foundation.
Syrian rebels to try Japanese release
The leader of a Syrian rebel group says he will attempt to secure a Japanese hostage in an exchange with another group.
Sun Aug 17, 2014
Militants in Syria may be holding Japanese man
Islamic militants in war-stricken Syria may be holding a man who is believed to be Japanese.
Thu Aug 14, 2014
Papal envoy meets with officials, displaced persons in Erbil
Erbil, Iraq, Aug 14, 2014 / 12:03 pm .- Pope Francis' special envoy to Iraq has safely arrived in Erbil, the Holy See press officer said Thursday, adding that he has met with displaced persons and will meet with the Iraqi president later in the day.
Fri Aug 08, 2014
'Wish You Were Here': Western Jihadis Lure Countrymen
In a video posted on jihadi forums, an English-speaking jihadist urges other westerners to join the conflict in Syria and Iraq.
Thu Aug 07, 2014
Who are the Yazidis?
Among the many victims of the advance of The Islamic State in the Middle East are a group of up to 50,000 Yazidis, who are trapped in the mountains in northwest Iraq without food or water.
Tue Aug 05, 2014
The Straits Times
UN chemical weapons team to return to Syria: envoy
A team of chemical weapons experts will travel to Syria next month to follow up on Damascus' pledge to hand over its arsenal, the British UN envoy said Tuesday.
Fri Aug 01, 2014
The Wall Street Journal
Capital Journal Daybreak: Syrian Defector's Photos Could...
SYRIAN DEFECTORS PHOTOS COULD TRIGGER WAR-CRIMES CHARGES: The Obama administration is fashioning a new strategy to prosecute Syrian war crimes based on a trove of photos smuggled out of the country by the defector code-named Caesar, U.S. officials said.