Aug 20, 2014 — The U.S. could aid moderate rebels. It could bomb militants of the Islamic State. Or it could sit on the sidelines as the war plays out. There are many choices, but none appears promising.
Aug 20, 2014 — A video in which the extremist group the Islamic State claims to execute American journalist James Foley is authentic, according to U.S. intelligence analysts. Foley was abducted in Syria in 2012.
Aug 19, 2014 — USAID's Nancy Lindborg: "What we have now ... are really complex, difficult crises that are fundamentally the result of non-democratic governments."
Aug 4, 2014 — Meanwhile, Kurdish forces are urging the U.S. to provide weapons in the fight against militants with the Islamic State.
Jul 29, 2014 — The ex-military photographer known only as Caesar took some of the images, which show thousands of dead regime opponents. Syria says they're fake; U.S. officials say they may be proof of war crimes.
Jul 24, 2014 — The set of three stamps commemorates Bashar Assad's recent presidential election victory. But what seems like a mundane occurrence says a lot about power in the war-torn country.
Jul 24, 2014 — Syrians have flooded into neighboring countries, and now they are having babies. But the children are not receiving citizenship from either Syria or the country where they are born.
Jul 16, 2014 — He was declared the winner of last month's election, which outside observers labeled a sham. Syria is in the midst of a civil war that has created a massive refugee crisis.
Jul 14, 2014 — Against the demands of the Assad regime, a covert cross-border operation has been getting aid to desperate Syrians in areas out of government control. A new U.N. resolution could expand these efforts.
Jun 29, 2014 — Some analysts says the move may signal the birth of a new era of transnational jihadism. ISIS also announced a name change: It will now be known simply as The Islamic State.