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February 6, 2015 6:56 PM Islamic State says U.S. hostage killed in Syria

BEIRUT (Reuters) - The Islamic State militant group said on Friday that an American woman hostage it was holding in Syria had been killed when Jordanian fighter jets bombed a building where she was being held, the SITE monitoring group said. In Washington, U.S. officials said they could not confirm that the woman, who has been identified as 26-year-old 27

February 6, 2015 6:46 PM Syria's bloody civil war taking back seat to IS horrors

BEIRUT (AP) — The world may be gripped by the horrors perpetrated by the Islamic State group, but a wider bloodbath provoked by Syria's civil war is continuing unabated, with several hundred people killed in the past week alone. Syrian opposition activists said Friday that the government has increased airstrikes against their strongholds in recent days in hopes 37

February 6, 2015 11:24 AM New ISIS video shows children in class, men at 'Sharia institute'

(CNN)As Jordanian jets pound ISIS targets, the terror group released a video Friday that appears to send a message that life is normal. The video, a far cry from the militants' regular footage of grisly killings, touts a new curriculum for 24 schools in the Syrian town of Raqqa, its de facto capital. In the first part, boys of diverse races count from one to 10 in Arabic 29

February 6, 2015 11:11 AM Family of missing U.S. journalist Austin Tice implores government to increase efforts to bring him home

The 33-year-old from Texas went missing while covering the Syrian civil war in 2012 and his parents are working with Reporters Without Borders to get him back. The family of a journalist who went missing in Syria in 2012 called on the U.S. government to step up efforts to help bring the reporter home safely. Marc and Debra Tice of Houston said Thursday 28

February 5, 2015 5:31 PM Two things that could hinder U.S. efforts to 'destroy' ISIS

Washington D.C. (CNN)The United States is relying on two key partners in the fight to destroy ISIS - the new Iraqi government and the moderate Syria opposition. President Barack Obama announced in a speech Wednesday night a plan for U.S. airstrikes in Syria, as well as increased U.S. support for the Syrian opposition. "In the fight against ISIL, we cannot 43

February 4, 2015 10:51 PM Jordan Has A Huge Foreign Fighter Problem

As Jordan reels from the horrific killing of one of its fighter pilots by Islamic State militants, the death also highlights how inextricably involved the country has become in the conflict in Syria. Jordan shares an extensive border with Syria, and the proximity has made it one of the main recipients of refugees from the country, as well as a host for covert 46

February 4, 2015 10:37 PM Obama’s Pentagon pick grilled on Capitol Hill

President Barack Obama’s pick to run the Pentagon was grilled Wednesday by Republicans who used his confirmation hearing to criticize White House foreign policy on every front – from battling Islamic State militants to supporting Ukraine to trying to shutter the prison at Guantanamo Bay. Ashton Carter is on the fast track to being the president’s fourth 27

February 4, 2015 10:59 AM Dramatic surge in Kosovars crossing illegally into EU

PRISTINA/BUDAPEST (Reuters) - The European Union is experiencing a steep rise in the number of Kosovo citizens smuggling themselves into the affluent bloc, with 10,000 filing for asylum in Hungary in just one month this year compared to 6,000 for the whole of 2013. It follows a relaxation of travel rules allowing Kosovars to reach EU borders via Serbia 42

February 4, 2015 3:23 AM Jordan Executes 2 Prisoners After ISIS Killing Of Pilot, Official Says

Hundreds of Syrians walk on a street with damaged buildings before going out of town to buy food and other essential materials as they go through a military checkpoint in the town of Beit Sahm, south of the capital, Damascus, Syria, Wednesday, Jan. 14, 2015. (AP Photo) Hundreds of Syrians mingle amid rubble before going out of town to buy food and other 41

February 3, 2015 7:20 PM ISIS captors 'didn't even have the Quran,' says former hostage

ISIS captors 'didn't even have the Quran,' says former hostage London (CNN)A French journalist's ISIS captives cared so little about religion they did not even have a Quran, Didier François -- who spent over 10 months as the group's prisoner in Syria -- told CNN's Christiane Amanpour in an exclusive interview on Tuesday. "There was never really discussion 27