T/syria

  1. The English Voice of ISIS Comes Out of the Shadows World, February 17

    For years, an anonymous narrator extolled the Islamic State’s brutality in videos seen around the world. “I don’t regret it,” a Canadian captured in Syria says.

  2. Teenager Who Joined ISIS and Wants to Return to U.K. Gives Birth in Syria World, February 17

    Shamima Begum, 19, had expressed little regret for joining the terrorist group but wanted to return home to protect the health of her child. Her son was born in a refugee camp.

  3. American Volunteers Fighting ISIS in Syria Worry About a U.S. Pullout U.S., February 16

    Seeking adventure, following ideals or settling scores, they joined an American-backed Kurdish militia to fight militants. But now, “it’s anyone’s guess what happens.”

  4. How Shannon Kent’s Peers Honored Her Career: With a ‘Sea of Khaki’ Magazine, February 15

    In this week’s newsletter, John Ismay recounts the memorial service held for Navy Chief Shannon Kent, who was killed by a suicide bomber at a restaurant in Manbij, Syria, last month.

  5. British Woman Who Joined ISIS in Syria Wants to Come Home World, February 14

    Shamima Begum, 19, who says she is nine months pregnant, faces an uncertain future, with no clear answers about whether Britain would try to prosecute her.

  6. Trump’s Syria Withdrawal Order Forces Allies to Weigh Return of ISIS Detainees World, February 14

    The American military departure may have a silver lining: a long-awaited resolution for thousands of Islamic State detainees who have been held indefinitely in Syrian camps.

  7. Germany Arrests Syrian Intelligence Officers Accused of Crimes Against Humanity World, February 13

    In a joint investigation, German and French authorities arrested three former Syrian intelligence officers accused of torturing thousands of victims in detention centers in Damascus.

  8. Acting U.S. Defense Secretary Makes Surprise Visit to Iraq World, February 12

    Patrick Shanahan is expected to firm up plans for the transfer of troops to Iraq from Syria, a quest complicated by President Trump’s suggestion the soldiers would be asked to monitor Iran.

  9. Acting U.S. Defense Secretary Makes Surprise Visit to Iraq World, February 12

    Patrick Shanahan is expected to firm up plans for the transfer of troops to Iraq from Syria, a quest complicated by President Trump’s suggestion the soldiers would be asked to monitor Iran.

  10. Her Title: Cryptologic Technician. Her Occupation: Warrior. U.S., February 8

    Shannon Kent’s death in a suicide bombing in Syria shows how women have been doing military jobs as dangerous, secretive and specialized as anything men do.

  11. Her Title: Cryptologic Technician. Her Occupation: Warrior. U.S., February 8

    Shannon Kent’s death in a suicide bombing in Syria shows how women have been doing military jobs as dangerous, secretive and specialized as anything men do.

  12. Trump Seeks to Reassure Allies on ISIS Fight as Syria Withdrawal Looms World, February 6

    “We will be working with you for many years to come,” the president told international diplomats, acknowledging that ISIS would be a threat even after the last slivers of its territory were reclaimed.

  13. A Desperate Exodus From ISIS’ Final Village World, February 6

    A stream of families and fighters, many of them hungry or injured, are surrendering on a rocky patch of desert in southeastern Syria.

  14. 2020 Democrats Align With Trump on Syria and Afghanistan U.S., February 5

    Every declared presidential candidate in the Senate voted against a bill that condemns the Trump administration’s plan to withdraw troops from Afghanistan and Syria.

  15. U.S. Military Commander Warns That Islamic State May Quickly Regroup World, February 5

    Gen. Joseph L. Votel was another voice in a national security establishment out of alignment with President Trump on a range of issues, including Afghanistan, Russia and Syria.

  16. A Bill Comes Due for Marie Colvin’s Death Opinion, February 5

    A federal court orders Syria’s government to pay the American journalist’s family $302.5 million for what the judge called her deliberate killing.

  17. John Cantlie, a British Journalist Held Hostage by ISIS, Is Believed to Be Still Alive World, February 5

    The photographer, abducted in Syria in 2012, appeared in several Islamic State propaganda videos, but the last one was more than two years ago.

  18. Trump’s Plan for U.S. Forces in Iraq Met With Unified Rejection in Baghdad World, February 4

    President Trump’s plan for American troops in Iraq to “watch Iran” was roundly rejected by Iraq’s political establishment, with some calling on Parliament to act quickly to push out the Americans.

  19. Trump Calls for Keeping Troops in Iraq to Watch Iran, Possibly Upending ISIS Fight U.S., February 3

    The president’s remarks could inflame fears among the Iraqis that a shift of troops there from Syria would be a guise to check Iran, undercutting delicate negotiations.

  20. The Senate’s Failure to Learn From History Opinion, February 1

    A reader says U.S. military intervention has not stabilized a war-torn region.

  21. Syria Ordered to Pay $302.5 Million to Family of Marie Colvin World, January 31

    A federal court in Washington ordered Syria to pay Marie Colvin’s family $302.5 million. The ruling could help ease the way for war-crimes prosecutions.

  22. 29 Syrian Children Die During Freezing Escape From the Islamic State World, January 31

    Aid groups are struggling to help families who have trekked through freezing conditions out of the Islamic State’s dwindling territory to a refugee camp in northeastern Syria.

  23. Senate Rebukes Trump Over Troop Withdrawals From Syria and Afghanistan U.S., January 31

    The 68-to-23 vote marks the second time in two months that a Republican-led Senate has admonished the president on foreign policy.

  24. An Angry Trump Pushes Back Against His Own ‘Naive’ Intelligence Officials U.S., January 30

    The president treated the Worldwide Threat Assessment presented the day before as a scorecard on his foreign policy and something close to an affront.

  25. For the Kremlin, Venezuela Is Not the Next Syria World, January 30

    It is too far away and intervention would be too costly. Moscow will probably content itself with hurling insults at the U.S. from the sidelines.

  26. Trump Calls His Intelligence People ‘Naive’ U.S., January 30

    The president says there is a “decent chance of denuclearization” in North Korea and argues that the Islamic State “will soon be destroyed.”

  27. Trump Calls Intelligence Officials ‘Naive’ After They Contradict Him U.S., January 30

    “Perhaps Intelligence should go back to school,” the president said a day after his intelligence chiefs disagreed with his assessments on Iran, North Korea and other national security threats.

  28. A Growing Chorus of Republican Critics for Trump’s Foreign Policy U.S., January 29

    More than two years into his administration, the disconnect between President Trump and the Republican establishment on foreign policy has rarely been as stark.

  29. Senate Advances Pro-Israel Bill as G.O.P. Searches for Democratic Divisions U.S., January 28

    A Senate measure to combat the boycott-Israel movement is as much about highlighting new Democratic voices critical of Israel as it is about defending the Jewish State.

  30. The Trump Administration Is Making a Mockery of the Supreme Court Opinion, January 27

    It promised to create a ‘robust’ waiver process for visa applicants from countries affected by the travel ban. The process is a sham.

  31. Cease-Fire in Syria’s Idlib Province Is at Risk After Extremists Take Over World, January 26

    An Al Qaeda-linked group now dominates Idlib, which could hasten an assault on the province by the Syrian government and its Russian allies.

  32. Arrests in Terror Plot Raise Questions About Canada’s Refugee Embrace World, January 25

    The police offered few details about what they called a terrorist bomb plot, or about the two men, one a Syrian refugee, whom they said had planned it.

  33. Down to Its Last 2 Villages in Syria, ISIS Still Fights Back World, January 24

    The Islamic State has lost all but 0.01 percent of its original caliphate in the region, but officials caution this is just the end of one phase of the fight.

  34. ISIS Has Lost Its Land. What About Its Power? Podcasts, January 24

    The last time the extremist group was declared defeated, it returned even stronger than before.

  35. The Safe Zone Northern Syria Needs Opinion, January 23

    The United States must ensure that a safe zone is guaranteed by international forces and not by Turkey.

  36. More Schools and Fewer Tanks for the Mideast Opinion, January 22

    The U.S. should send more soft power and less hard power to the region.

  37. Bombing in Syria Targets U.S.-Led Military Patrol World, January 21

    The Islamic State claimed responsibility for an explosion that injured members of a Kurdish-led force, days after an attack that killed four Americans.

  38. Described as Defeated, Islamic State Punches Back With Guerrilla Tactics World, January 21

    All but 1 percent of the territory the Islamic State once held in Iraq and Syria is gone, but to suggest that the group has been defeated, as President Trump did, is to ignore the lessons of recent history.

  39. Israel Confirms Attacks on Iranian Targets in Syria World, January 20

    After years of ambiguity, the Israel leadership has grown bolder about acknowledging strikes in Syria just after they occur, raising fears of prompting retaliation.

  40. A League of Their Own, as Few Arab Leaders Attend Summit World, January 20

    The red carpet was there as the Arab League held its fourth economic and social summit. But it was trod upon by only the smallest of feet.

  41. An American Disappeared in Syria 2 Years Ago. His Family Wants Trump to Help. World, January 20

    Majd Kamalmaz went missing after being stopped at a government checkpoint in Damascus. His family is now speaking out, hoping President Trump will prioritize his case.