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IS militants attack two cities in Syria

BEIRUT - After weeks of setbacks, militants from the Islamic State group launched swift counteroffensives Thursday on predominantly Kurdish...
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Saudi cables: Money links with media

BEIRUT - A financially troubled Lebanese TV network...Studies Program at the American University of Beirut.The authenticity of the cables could not...Silence," was the headline Saturday in Beirut's Al-Akhbar daily, which is critical...
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Kurds keep up offensive against extremists in northern Syria

BEIRUT - Backed by U.S.-led airstrikes and buoyed by battlefield successes...rocket-propelled grenade at them.___Associated Press writers Bassem Mroue in Beirut, Vivian Salama in Baghdad and Nancy Benac in Washington contributed to this...
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IS group loses key town on the Turkish border

BEIRUT - For more than a year, the Syrian town of Tal Abyad on the Turkish border...Hilal Khashan, a political science professor at the American University of Beirut.While IS could still bring forces across the border in Syria's Aleppo...
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IS group releases audio message purportedly from leader

BEIRUT - The Islamic State group on Thursday released an audio message purportedly from its leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, who has...
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Fears mount over Palmyra as IS expands territory in Syria

...those freed from Tadmur triggered confusion in Beirut among families of missing Lebanese, many...since September.___Karam reported from Beirut. Associated Press writers Bassem Mroue in Beirut and Sameer Yacoub in Baghdad contributed to...
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Against IS, airstrikes may not suffice

...Islamic State fighters.___Perry reported from Cairo. AP writers Jon Gambrell and Hamza Hendawi in Cairo, Zeina Karam in Beirut and Adam Schreck in Dubai contributed to this report.___Dan Perry is AP's Middle East editor leading text coverage in...
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Biden reassures Iraqi PM of support

...involving America in yet another ground war in Iraq after only withdrawing combat troops at the end of 2011.___Associated Press writers Nasser Karimi in Tehran and Bassem Mroue and Sarah el-Deeb in Beirut contributed to this report.
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Syrian rebels kill 10 troops, capture others in Lebanon

BEIRUT - Syrian rebels killed 10 Lebanese troops...kilometers (55 miles) from the capital, Beirut. The clashes continued into Sunday around...said Mohammed Ezeldeen, who drove to Beirut in a car packed with 15 people."Between...
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Militant gains illustrate plight of Syrian Kurds

BEIRUT - Islamic State militiamen backed by tanks defiantly advanced Thursday in Syria, capturing more than 20 Kurdish villages as the...
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