Middle East wars
TEHRAN, Iran — The Lebanese militant Shiite movement Hezbollah has dramatically improved its missile capabilities and can now pinpoint targets anywhere in Israel, a senior commander of Iran’s powerful Revolutionary Guards said Saturday.Gen. Amir Ali Hajizadeh,...
Date: 01/12/2014 | Nation & World
AL-QASR, Lebanon -- That half of his farm lies in Syria and half in Lebanon is a source of mystery and inconvenience for Mohammed al-Jamal, whose family owned the property long before Europeans turned up and drew the lines that created the borders of the modern Middle East.
Date: 12/27/2013 | Nation & World
BEIRUT — Israeli warplanes attacked a shipment of Russian missiles inside a Syrian government stronghold, officials said Thursday, a development that threatened to add another volatile layer to regional tensions from the Syrian civil war.
Date: 10/31/2013 | Nation & World
ALEPPO, Syria -- Rebel Col. Abduljabbar Aqidi was at his desk in a repurposed school when an assistant came in and slipped him a piece of paper about his plans for the evening."Should we go to this operations room, or this one?" the assistant asked cryptically.
Date: 10/27/2013 | Nation & World
WASHINGTON -- Short on support at home and allies abroad, President Barack Obama unexpectedly stepped back from a missile attack against Syria on Saturday and instead asked Congress to support a strike punishing Bashar Assad's regime for the alleged use of chemical weapons.
Date: 09/01/2013 | Nation & World
WASHINGTON -- Members of Congress, abruptly handed exactly the war powers many had demanded, grappled Saturday with whether to sign off on President Barack Obama's plan to punish Syria for an alleged chemical weapons attack. Now with a stake in the nation's global credibility, lawmakers...
Date: 08/31/2013 | Nation & World
BEIRUT — Syrian government forces ambushed and killed more than 60 rebel fighters Wednesday in the suburbs of Damascus, the capital.The killings came two days after rebels seized control of a military air base near the Turkish border in...
Date: 08/07/2013 | Nation & World
JERUSALEM -- A top Israeli government minister said Saturday that Israel would release an unspecified number of Palestinian prisoners to help Secretary of State John Kerry launch peace talks but added that it would not accede to other key Palestinian demands, including a freeze on new construction...
Date: 07/21/2013 | Nation & World
BEIRUT -- Government troops launched a series of attacks in central Syria Saturday, striking with artillery, tanks and warplanes in a drive to capture rebel-held neighborhoods in the country's third largest city of Homs, with activists said.The army of President Bashar Assad...
Date: 06/30/2013 | Nation & World
CAIRO -- The Egyptian cleric was in a fervor. With Hezbollah's Shiite fighters helping Bashar Assad crush Syrian rebels, he wanted to sound the alarm to Sunnis across the Middle East: "Now is the time for jihad."Speaking on a Gulf TV station, Sheik Mohammed el-Zoghbi called...
Date: 06/08/2013 | Nation & World
JERUSALEM -- Thousands of young ultra-Orthodox men protested Thursday night against a government proposal to, for the first time, draft them into the military.More than 20,000 protesters gathered at an Israel Defense Forces recruiting office in an ultra-Orthodox neighborhood of Jerusalem.
Date: 05/17/2013 | Nation & World