'Honey trap' hackers stole Syria rebel plans: security firm
A report produced by US cybersecurity firm FireEye describes how hackers targeted Syrian opposition members with online "honey traps," posing as female supporters to steal battle plans and the identity of defectors.
The Islamic State beheadings are firing up Japan’s hawks
Despite a pacifist constitution, Prime Minister Abe is demanding a more aggressive response to the terrorists, and a stronger Japan.
Pilot held by Islamic State puts Jordan's king in a tough spot
King Abdullah has defended the US-led campaign against the hardline group in Syria, saying moderate Muslims must take a stand.
Japan condemns 'despicable' IS hostage beheading claim
Prime Minister Abe, on the verge of tears, pledged not to back down and said he would increase humanitarian aid to the Middle East.
Here's what's left of Kobani, the Syrian border town wrecked by the Islamic State (PHOTOS)
The Syrian town has paid a high price for liberation from the Islamic State.
Hezbollah kills two Israeli soldiers in border attack
Militant group Hezbollah has claimed responsibility for an attack on an Israeli army convoy near the Israel-Lebanon border.
How the Islamic State was halted in Kobani
Analysis: The Islamic State controlled half of the Kurdish city a few months ago. Now they are on the run.
Kurdish forces finally drive Islamic State out of a key Syrian town
The fight for Kobani took four months. And it's probably not over yet.
Syria's president says US should ask permission to launch air strikes against Islamic State
President Bashar al-Assad said he's serious about fighting terrorism.
Abe remains defiant, says Japan will never give in to terrorism
With one hostage remaining with the Islamic State, Abe said Sunday that Japan is 'not wavering at all on this policy.'
Japan condemns apparent IS execution, demands release of remaining hostage
A video released Saturday allegedly showed a gaunt Kenji Goto in an orange T-shirt saying his colleague Haruna Yukawa had been executed.
IS threatens lives of 2 Japanese hostages in new video (LIVE BLOG)
The militant group says it will kill them unless it receives $200 million in ransom.
Israeli strike on Hezbollah in Syria raises tensions
The strike on the Golan Heights in Syria killed Jihad Mughniyah and eight other fighters, according to reports.
IS jihadists free 200 elderly Yazidis in north Iraq
'We already have names for 196 and there could be some more," said Khodr Domli, a leading Yazidi rights activist.
Meanwhile, in Syria: Another attempt to end the devastating war (LIVE BLOG)
Russia's trying to mediate talks between the opposition and the regime.
Beirut shows solidarity with Charlie Hebdo on historic day for France
Lebanon does not have to look far into its past for attacks on its own journalists.
Some Syrian refugees would rather face bombs at home than endure Lebanon's harsh winter anymore
A severe winter storm has piled misery on thousands of Syrian refugees living in tents and make-shift structures across Lebanon.
Did the Islamic State commit genocide? The Yazidis and Kurds say they did
The government of the autonomous Kurdistan region in Iraq has begun a campaign to have IS attacks against Yazidis classified as genocide.
It's 2015. Time for some new US operations in Iraq and Afghanistan
America's major wars are technically over, but there are still plenty of boots on the ground. Here's a look at the missions guiding US engagement this year.
Escaping war has become even more difficult for Syrian refugees (LIVE BLOG)
Lebanon is now requiring Syrian asylum seekers to apply for entry permits before entering the country.
Italy's second 'ghost ship' rescue prompts EU pledge on migrants
A cargo ship abandoned by its crew with 359 Syrian refugees on board was towed ashore in Italy on Saturday.
76,000 killed in Syria's deadliest year yet
2014 was the bloodiest year yet in the country's nearly four-year war, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.
Thousands of Yazidi girls and women are still held by the Islamic State
With professional forces slow to come to their aid, young women held by IS rely on smugglers and death-defying luck to break free.
Kurdish women line up to take on the Islamic State
Kurdish women join the PKK in droves to fight the Islamic State, which has captured and enslaved up to hundreds of Yazidi women.
Kurdish group fighting Islamic State tells America: Stop calling us terrorists
The Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) has become a de facto ally of the US in its fight against IS. Now it wants to be taken off the State Department's terror list.
Iraq Kurd chief visits Mt. Sinjar after siege broken
'We did not expect to achieve all these victories,' said Iraqi Kurdish leader Massud Barzani.
WHO says 1 million people have been wounded in Syria's civil war
A collapsed health system has meant that treatments for diseases and injuries are irregular, the organization's Syria representative said.
Kurdish forces claim victory over Islamic State on Iraq's Mount Sinjar
'The siege on the mountain has been lifted,' a Kurdish official told reporters.
This video shows what the Syrian refugee crisis would look like in Manhattan
If 1.5 million people had to flee the Big Apple, the world would notice.
Monitoring group says Syrian rebel 'hell cannons' killed 311 civilians
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said more than 700 people had also been wounded between July and December this year.
UN Syria envoy pitches Aleppo truce plan to rebels in Turkey
Staffan de Mistura said any plan needed to be part of a comprehensive scheme involving a full political transition away from President Bashar al-Assad's rule.