• Dubai counting on security, money, international links. Dubai is launching a drive to become one of the Arab world's top centres for art, design, film and fashion- areas that have traditionally been dominated by old Arab cities outside the Gulf. But Dubai has advantages which the old cities can find it hard to provide: security, cosmopolitan lifestyles and...

  • *Islamist militants and Kurds have clashed in Syria. ISTANBUL/ BEIRUT, April 6- Al Qaeda's official Syrian wing, the Nusra Front, kidnapped 300 Kurdish men in the country's north, a Kurdish official in Syria said on Monday. The Nusra Front was part of an alliance of militant groups that captured Idlib city last month.

  • ISTANBUL, April 6- Al Qaeda's official Syrian wing, the Nusra Front, kidnapped 300 Kurdish men in the country's north, a Kurdish official in Syria said on Monday. Idris Nassan, an official in the Kobani canton, said the men were taken on Sunday evening as they were travelling from the town of Afrin, which is under Kurdish control, to the cities of Aleppo and the capital...

  • Syria taps world wheat market as stocks run down Monday, 30 Mar 2015 | 10:44 AM ET

    *Syria draws on strategic wheat reserves for bread programme. ABU DHABI/ LONDON, March 30- Weeks after Syria said it had no need for wheat imports, the government plans to import 150,000 tonnes and has introduced ways to conserve grain stocks in signs of the growing strain on food supplies from conflict in the country. Before the war, Syria kept annual strategic...

  • ISIS: The richest terror group, spending too fast Friday, 20 Mar 2015 | 11:17 AM ET
    ISIS fighters on parade

    An analysis shows ISIS is the world's richest terror group, owing to a nearly $400 million raid on an Iraqi bank in 2014, NBC reports.

  • BEIRUT, March 15- Syria's air force carried out air strikes on Sunday on Douma city, an insurgent stronghold northeast of Damascus, with 18 people killed and at least 100 wounded including children and other civilians, the Britain- based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said. Overnight, Syria's military killed dozens of combatants in southern Syria linked to...

  • Fines, selloffs, cuts: Life under cash-squeezed ISIS Friday, 27 Feb 2015 | 1:51 PM ET
    ISIS fighters on parade

    Recently, ISIS has been dealing with financial hardships—here's how it is dealing with it, the Financial Times reports.

  • Call them Islamic extremists Thursday, 26 Feb 2015 | 2:34 PM ET
    In this image made from video posted on a social media account affiliated with the Islamic State group on Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015, which has been verified and is consistent with other AP reporting, militants attack ancient artifacts with sledgehammers in the Ninevah Museum in Mosul, Iraq.

    The US needs to stop tiptoeing around religious sensitivity when it comes to terrorist acts in the name of Islam, says David Phillips.

  • Fear grows in Europe as ISIS comes to Libya Friday, 20 Feb 2015 | 2:09 PM ET
    Members of the Libyan Police are seen on their vehicles as they prepare for deployment during the start of a security plan put forth by the government to increase security, Feb. 9, 2015, in Tripoli.

    ISIS operations in Libya are making headlines and inciting pronouncements from European officials, but the size of its reach is unclear.

  • Obama: 'Only one option' against ISIS militants Wednesday, 11 Feb 2015 | 3:40 PM ET
    President Barack Obama

    While seeking authorization for the use of force against ISIS, Obama stressed he was not asking for another ground war in the region.

  • Jordan moves thousands of troops to Iraq border Tuesday, 10 Feb 2015 | 11:11 AM ET
    A Jordanian soldier on patrol in Amman, Jordan on Feb. 10, 2015. Jordan moves thousands of troops to Iraq border.

    Jordan deployed "thousands" of troops to the border with Iraq in a campaign against ISIS militants who set a pilot ablaze. NBC News reports.

  • What the US needs to do to defeat ISIS Wednesday, 4 Feb 2015 | 2:34 PM ET
    Members of the Iraqi Kurdish forces stand at the Khubbaz oil field, some 25 km west of the northern city of Kirkuk, as smoke billows in the background on February 2, 2015, a fews days after Peshmerga forces and police retook the area from Islamic State (IS) group.

    If the US is serious about defeating ISIS, it needs to arm the Kurds—or this is going to wind up in US boots on the ground, says David Phillips.

  • Cyberspace: 'A credible theater of war'?   Monday, 2 Feb 2015 | 11:40 AM ET
    Cyberspace: 'A credible theater of war'?

    FireEye have released a report about a hacking operation that breached the Syrian opposition's data through the use of fake female identities. Richard Turner, EMEA vice=-president of FireEye, explains further.

  • Sen. McCain: Arm free Syrian army   Wednesday, 28 Jan 2015 | 8:31 AM ET
    Sen. McCain: Arm free Syrian army

    We need a strategy, says Sen. John McCain, (R-Ariz.), discussing transition in Saudi Arabia amid instability in the Middle East and ISIS terror attacks.

  • A turning point in the war against ISIS Tuesday, 27 Jan 2015 | 12:27 PM ET
    A Kurdish man holds up a weapon as he tours with others the streets of Ras al-Ain in celebration, after it was reported that Kurdish forces took control of the Syrian town of Kobani, January 26, 2015.

    The liberation of this Syrian city marks a turning point in the war against ISIS, says David Phillips.

  • Draining the swamp of support for terrorism Friday, 9 Jan 2015 | 3:14 PM ET
    ISIS ISIL Iraq

    Draining the swamp that gives rise to extremism and terrorism is a generational endeavor. The West's policies warrant review, says David Phillips.

  • US sanctions North Korea for Sony hacks Friday, 2 Jan 2015 | 2:00 PM ET
    North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

    The U.S. government tightened sanctions on North Korea in retaliation for the devastating cyberattacks against Sony.

  • DUBAI, Jan 1- Falling world oil prices will hurt countries across the Middle East unless Saudi Arabia, the world's biggest crude exporter, takes action to reverse the slump, Iran's deputy foreign minister told Reuters. Oil prices closed on Wednesday at a 5-1/ 2 year low, registering their second-biggest ever annual decline after OPEC oil exporters, led by Saudi...

  • Don't cheer Iraq oil agreement just yet Tuesday, 30 Dec 2014 | 12:39 PM ET

    U.S. officials heralded the oil revenue-sharing agreement in Iraq but they should not rush to judgment. Here's why.

  • BEIRUT/ CAIRO, Dec 27- Syria said on Saturday it was willing to participate in "preliminary consultations" in Moscow aimed at restarting talks next year to end its civil war but the Western-backed opposition dismissed the initiative. Syrian state television quoted a source at the foreign ministry saying: " Syria is ready to participate in preliminary...