1. Syrian Rebels Find Evidence of Russian Presence in Army Base

    Rebels say they have found proof of a Russian intelligence or special forces presence in a Syrian army installation.

    Syrian rebels that overran an army installation overlooking the town of Al-Harra, west of the Golan Heights, appeared to have found evidence of Russian involvement in the conflict. In a video…
  1. Afghanistan Finally Signs Security Agreement with United States

    On the first day of his government, Afghanistan’s new president ratifies a long term security accord with America.

    Afghanistan's new president, Ashraf Ghani, has managed to be more productive in one day than his predecessor, Hamid Karzai, was for months. After nearly a year of stalling by Karzai's administration over concerns about excessive civilian…
  1. Britain, Denmark Join Coalition Against Islamic State

    The two NATO countries support the air campaign over Iraq but stop short of participating in strikes against Syria.

    Denmark and the United Kingdom joined an international coalition against Islamic State militants on Friday but like Belgium and the Netherlands, which announced they would send F-16 fighter jets to support the air campaign a day earlier,…
  1. Belgium, Netherlands to Support Air Campaign in Iraq

    The two European countries join the war against the Islamic State stop short of joining airstrikes against Syria.

    Belgium and the Netherlands said on Wednesday they would join Arab and American airstrikes against Islamic militants in Iraq but stop short of carrying out attacks in neighboring Syria where the group that calls itself the Islamic State…
  1. Arab-American Alliance Launches Strikes Against Islamic State

    Bringing America’s Arab allies into the fold is no small feat. But airstrikes alone are unlikely to defeat the Islamic State.

    Convincing Arab allies to join in airstrikes against Islamic militants in Iraq and Syria is a political and strategic victory for American president Barack Obama. But it might not be enough to…
  1. Ukraine, Separatists Agree to Ceasefire, Establish Buffer Zone

    Ukraine agrees to a truce with pro-Russian separatists yet fighting continues in Donetsk and Mariupol.

    Ukraine agreed to cease fire with pro-Russian separatists on Saturday and establish a buffer zone thirty kilometers wide around the territory they control that will be monitored by the…
  1. Iraq Installs New Government as Sectarian Divisions Deepen

    Iraq has a more inclusive government but Kurdish and Shia militants are carrying out reprisals against Sunnis.

    Iraq's parliament approved a new government with Kurdish and Sunni deputy prime ministers on Monday, ending weeks of gridlock that enabled the militant group that calls itself the Islamic State to rout the Iraqi army and conquer large…
  1. Despite Ceasefire, Fighting Reported in Ukraine’s Donetsk, Mariupol

    Less than two days after Ukraine’s government and separatists agreed to a truce, fighting resumes in the east.

    Despite a ceasefire that was brokered between the Ukrainian government and pro-Russian separatists in the east of the country less than two days earlier, fighting resumed on Sunday on the northern outskirts of the city of Donetsk and near the port of Mariupol…
  1. Obama: Will Defeat Iraqi Militants, No Ground Troops

    President Barack Obama calls on Sunni allies in the Middle East to help defeat the Islamic State in Iraq.

    President Barack Obama said on Saturday the United States and allies will "defeat" Islamic State militants in Iraq although he cautioned that no American ground troops would return to the country. In an interview with NBC News' Meet the Press that was…