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Nusra Front Sets Demands For Releasing U.N. Peacekeepers

By Joel Greenberg, McClatchy Washington Bureau JERUSALEM — The al-Qaida-linked rebels who captured dozens of Fijian United Nations peacekeepers on the Syrian side of the Golan Heights last week have set demands for their release, including removal of the Islamist group from a U.N. terrorist list and compensation for the deaths of its comrades in […]

September 2, 2014

Family Credits Qatar For Negotiating U.S. Journalist’s Release

By Christi Parsons, Tribune Washington Bureau EDGARTOWN, Mass. — An American journalist and author who spent almost two years in the hands of al-Qaida-linked captors in Syria was released Sunday after a successful negotiation for which his family credits the Qatari ruling family. Exactly what, if anything, was promised to the group was not disclosed. […]

August 25, 2014

Islamic State’s Momentum Complicates The Fight In Syria

By Raja Abdulrahim, Los Angeles Times AKHTARIN, Syria — The rebel fighters peered through small holes in the wall of the abandoned poultry plant and across the farm fields where forces of the Islamic State had massed. Hidden here, breathing the rank air, the rebels could see evidence of their foes’ recent victories: U.S.-made Humvees […]

August 7, 2014

10 Lebanese Soldiers Killed In Battle With Syrian Islamist Fighters

By Patrick J. McDonnell and Nabih Bulos, Los Angeles Times BEIRUT — Clashes raging between Syrian Islamist rebels and Lebanese security forces in a town close to the Syrian border killed 10 soldiers, the Lebanese army said Sunday. An additional 25 were wounded in one of the most serious cross-border incidents since the Syrian civil […]

August 4, 2014