By BARBARA SURK and DIAA HADIDAssociated Press
BEIRUT (AP) - Powerful Syrian Islamic rebel brigades announced Friday their merger into a single organization, a step meant to hold off surging government forces and stop rival groups from seizing more opposition-held territory.
The "Islamic Front"
By DEB RIECHMANNAssociated Press
WASHINGTON (AP) - Secretary of State John Kerry said Wednesday that the U.S. and Afghanistan have agreed on the language of a bilateral security pact that could clear the way for thousands of U.S. troops to train and assist Afghan forces after the NATO combat
By ARON HELLERAssociated Press
JERUSALEM (AP) - Israel successfully tested its newest missile defense system on Wednesday, a key step toward making the third and final leg of the country's three-part defense system operational by next year, the defense ministry said.
"David's Sling," also
By DIAA HADIDAssociated Press
BEIRUT (AP) - Suicide bombers targeted Syrian troops and a hospital on Wednesday in the rugged Qalamoun hills north of Damascus, where rebels are struggling to reverse government gains that threaten to cut one of their chief supply lines, activists and officials said.
By MICHAEL J. MISHAKAssociated Press
MIAMI (AP) - Sen. Marco Rubio is pushing to make what he calls "decisive" diplomacy and foreign aid the backbone of American foreign policy, separating himself from a growing isolationist wing of the Republican Party.
The Florida senator and potential Republican
By ALBERT AJI and BASSEM MROUEAssociated Press
DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) - Syrian government troops captured a key town near the Lebanese border from rebels on Tuesday, days after launching a broad offensive in the mountainous western region, state media, activists and the army said.
The attack on Qara
By BRADLEY KLAPPERAssociated Press
WASHINGTON (AP) - The United States will maintain exclusive legal jurisdiction over American soldiers and contractors in Afghanistan after 2014 as part of a draft U.S.-Afghan security pact, congressional aides said Monday, providing details of an agreement that
SEATTLE (AP) - A U.S. Army soldier has been charged with premeditated murder in the deaths of two civilians during the Iraq war. A Joint Base Lewis-McChord release on Friday says that Sgt. 1st Class Michael Barbera was charged for the 2007 killings. The charges
By BASSEM MROUE and DIAA HADIDAssociated Press
BEIRUT (AP) - Syrian troops clashed with rebels in a mountainous western region Saturday in what appeared to be an offensive to cut an opposition supply route from Lebanon, forcing hundreds to flee for safety across the border, activists and officials
By KEN THOMASAssociated Press
WASHINGTON (AP) - Secretary of State John Kerry and his predecessor, Hillary Rodham Clinton, said Friday that Afghanistan is reaching a turning point in maintaining the advances made by women in Afghan society and any future security agreement needs to respect the