Syria

US-led coalition ramps up strikes on Syrian town
MURSITPINAR, Turkey (AP) -- The U.S.-led coalition intensified its aerial bombardment of Islamic State positions Thursday in the Syrian border town of Kobani as the extremist group fought street battles with Kurdish forces and reportedly rushed in reinforcements.
Friends: Aid worker captured in Syria knew risks
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- An American aid worker threatened with beheading in Syria had researched the region and knew the dangers, but he believed the good he could accomplish through his relief organization outweighed the risk, his friends said Wednesday.
US-led strikes hit ISIS-held oil sites in Syria
BEIRUT (AP) -- U.S.-led airstrikes targeted Syrian oil installations held by the militant Islamic State group overnight and early Thursday, killing nearly 20 people as the militants released dozens of detainees in one of their strongholds, fearing further raids, activists said.
Obama scores coalition victory with Arab strikes
NEW YORK (AP) -- For President Barack Obama, the participation of five Arab nations in airstrikes against militants in Syria marked an unexpected foreign policy victory as he plunges the U.S. deeper into a military conflict in the Middle East that he has reluctantly embraced.
House grudgingly approves arms for Syrian rebels
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Republican-controlled House voted grudgingly Wednesday to give the administration authority to train and arm Syrian rebels as President Barack Obama emphasized anew that American forces "do not and will not have a combat mission" in the struggle against Islam…
American woman is being held hostage in Syria
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Islamic State militant group is holding hostage a young American woman who was doing humanitarian aid work hostage in Syria, a family representative said Tuesday. The 26-year-old woman is the third American known to have been kidnapped by the militant group.

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