Islamic State leader leaves a legacy of terror

BEIRUT (AP) — Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi sought to establish an Islamic "caliphate" across Syria and Iraq, but he might be remembered more as the ruthlessly calculating leader of the Islamic State group who...

Islamic State leader leaves a legacy of terror

BEIRUT (AP) — Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi sought to establish a new Islamic "caliphate" across Syria and Iraq, but he might be remembered more as the ruthlessly calculating militant leader of the Islamic Sta...

Syria's Assad gets a prize with US withdrawal, Russia deal

BEIRUT (AP) — Once again, Syrian President Bashar Assad has snapped up a prize from world powers that have been maneuvering in his country's multifront wars. Without firing a shot, his forces are retu...

'Forgotten' war: Syria conflict a footnote at UN meeting

BEIRUT (AP) — As dozens of heads of state convene for the annual U.N. General Assembly in New York this week, the lingering conflict in Syria is taking a back seat while tensions in the Persian Gulf a...

Iraq's stability on the line as US, Iran tensions soar

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraq is coming under pressure as the U.S. and Israel increase efforts to contain Iran and its influence in the region. Pro-Iranian militias across Lebanon, Syria and I...

Iraqi PM takes a gamble with move on Iran-backed militias

BAGHDAD (AP) — The Iraqi government's move this week to place Iranian-backed militias under the command of the armed forces is a political gamble by a prime minister increasingly caught in the middle ...

Iran's regional proxies ensure it will never fight alone

BEIRUT (AP) — In the event of war with the United States, Iran "will not be alone." That message was delivered by the leader of Lebanon's Hezbollah militant group to a mass rally in ...

Q&A: Syria's Assad sets sights on Idlib, the final showdown?

BEIRUT (AP) — After eight months of relative calm, Syria's northwestern province of Idlib is once again a theater for bloody military operations: heavy bombardment, airstrikes and waves of civilian di...

IS loses all territory but its shadowy leader still at large

BEIRUT (AP) — The Islamic State group has lost all the territory it once controlled in Iraq and Syria, but its shadowy leader and self-proclaimed "caliph" is still at large. With a $...

Q&A: The end of the Islamic State group's "caliphate"

BEIRUT (AP) — The announcement of victory over the Islamic State group in Syria marks the end of the extremists' self-styled caliphate, a proto-state in which they held millions hostage to their dark ...

Arab nations inch toward rehabilitating Syria's Assad

BEIRUT (AP) — He has survived eight years of war and billions of dollars in money and weapons aimed at toppling him. Now Syrian President Bashar Assad is poised to be readmitted to the fold of Arab na...

Dramatic downfall of Carlos Ghosn reverberates in Lebanon

BEIRUT (AP) — He may have fallen from grace internationally as one of the auto industry's most powerful leaders, but Carlos Ghosn can count on continued support in at least one corner of the globe. ...

A luxury city shows blueprint for Syria's rebuilding plans

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — At a building site in Damascus, trucks and bulldozers zigzag back and forth ferrying sand and stones for a luxury development of residential high-rises and shopping centers. ...

Wounded Syrian soldiers learn to live with war disabilities

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — In a Damascus hospital, Haidar Hussein lifts himself up, his hands holding on to a set of bars as he cautiously steps forward, showing off his new skills walking on artificial l...

In Syria's Sweida, young men take up arms to defend villages

SWEIDA, Syria (AP) — Maysoun Saab's eyes filled with tears as she recalled finding her parents bleeding to death on the fround outside their home, minutes after they were shot by Islamic State militan...