Syria

5:43am

Sat October 18, 2014
Parallels

Syria's 'Moderate Rebels' Say They Are Willing, But Need Weapons

Originally published on Sun October 19, 2014 8:26 pm

A Free Syrian Army fighter runs after attacking a tank with a rocket-propelled grenade during fighting in Aleppo, Syria, in September 2012. The rebels say they are willing to take on the Islamic State, but need more weapons.
Manu Brabo AP

The American-led coalition opposing the so-called Islamic State in Iraq and Syria is starting to move toward vetting and training ground forces to do battle in both countries.

But it's a slow process, and it comes after years of frustrations for veterans of the Free Syrian Army, or the FSA, who have gathered in southeastern Turkey, a place with a long history of epic battles and religious fights.

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3:11pm

Mon September 15, 2014
Business

With Turmoil Roiling Abroad, Why Aren't Oil Prices Bubbling Up?

Originally published on Tue September 16, 2014 6:32 am

A soldier guards a pipe en route to the Kawergosk Refinery near Irbil, the capital of the autonomous Kurdish region of northern Iraq, in July. Fighting in northern Iraq forced the closure of the country's largest oil refinery, Baiji, and cut production from the Kirkuk oil field this summer.
Safin Hamed AFP/Getty Images

The price of oil has been falling — a drop that you may already have noticed at the pump. Gasoline prices have dropped noticeably since June, and oil is now well below $100 a barrel.

That decline has happened even as conflicts have flared in or near oil-producing regions. Normally, oil prices are expected to spike higher amid turmoil — so why have they been trending lower?

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5:00pm

Wed September 10, 2014
National

VIDEO & TRANSCRIPT: President Obama's Address On A Response To ISIS

Screencap of President Obama making a national address, Wednesday, September, 10 addressing the administration's response to the Islamic State.
White House YouTube

In a national address, Wednesday, September 10, President Obama outlined his administrations response to "degrade, and ultimately destroy" ISIS.

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3:02am

Thu August 28, 2014
Parallels

Brooklyn Man Fights In Syria. Is He A Threat To The U.S.?

Originally published on Thu August 28, 2014 8:59 am

This image obtained by NPR shows Ahmed al-Moflihi, a Yemeni-American who is believed to have fought in the Syrian civil war.
NPR

Mocha Hookah is a little Middle Eastern restaurant and cafe on Atlantic Avenue in Brooklyn where you can pick up a shawarma gyro sandwich and a falafel platter and still get change back from your $20 bill. Walk inside and there's Arabic music, soccer games on flat screen televisions, and a hookah, or water pipe, set up at every table.

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3:02am

Wed August 27, 2014
Parallels

U.S. Officials Try To Gauge Threat From American Fighters In Syria

Originally published on Wed August 27, 2014 11:38 am

American Eric Harroun threatened Bashar Assad on Facebook and YouTube. He spent six weeks fighting with a rebel army, a journey that did not end well for him.
ABC News YouTube

The heyday of "war tourism" was probably the 1930s, when a host of intellectuals and artists left the U.S. to bear witness to the Spanish Civil War. Ernest Hemingway wrote about it. George Orwell, just to name another, actually fought in it.

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