Obama's Syria war carries risks for him at home and abroad


UNITED NATIONS/WASHINGTON - Appearing relaxed enough to crack a joke, U.S. President Barack Obama took to the world stage on Tuesday after launching airstrikes in Syria against Islamic State militants but he is still facing huge political risks at home and abroad.

Shadowy al Qaeda cell, hit by U.S. in Syria, seen as 'imminent' threat

WASHINGTON - While the world has focused on a U.S.-led air assault on Islamic State strongholds in Syria, American officials said they also struck a blow there against a little-known cadre of hardened al Qaeda militants that posed a more immediate threat to the West.

World, 5:16am IST

U.S. and Arab allies launch first strikes on militants in Syria

WASHINGTON/BEIRUT - The United States and its Arab allies bombed militant groups in Syria for the first time on Tuesday, killing scores of Islamic State fighters, members of a separate al Qaeda-linked group and opening a new front amid shifting Middle East alliances.

World, Top News, 5:14am IST

Iran nuclear deal would boost cooperation, Rouhani says

NEW YORK - If Iran and world powers reach a long-term nuclear deal that ends sanctions against Tehran, the agreement will open the door to deeper cooperation on regional peace and stability and the fight against terrorism, Iran's president said on Tuesday.

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Briton held by Islamic State sends audio message to family

LONDON - The wife of a British aid worker being held by Islamic State - the militant group targeted by U.S. and Gulf Arab air strikes in Syria - said on Tuesday she had received an audio message from her husband.

World, 2:32am IST

Confusion over returning French "jihadis" suspected of Syria links

PARIS - High confusion surrounded the fate of three men suspected of joining militants in Syria, after a plan to detain them on their return to France on Tuesday collapsed because security forces waited for them at the wrong airport.

World, 2:31am IST

Erdogan says Turkey may give military support to US-led coalition

ISTANBUL - Turkey could give military or logistical support to U.S.-led air strikes against Islamic State insurgents in Syria, President Tayyip Erdogan was quoted as saying on Tuesday.

World, 1:42am IST

Hezbollah leader opposes U.S.-led action in Syria

BEIRUT - The leader of Hezbollah said on Tuesday he opposed U.S-led air strikes on Syria, where his Lebanese Shi'ite Muslim group has been fighting alongside forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad.

World, 1:31am IST

Syria says U.S. told it of attack on Islamists hours before raids

BEIRUT - Syria said on Tuesday that U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry had told the Damascus government in a letter delivered by Iraq that the United States and its allies were going to attack Islamic State in Syria, hours before air strikes took place.

World, Iraq 1:23am IST

Exclusive - United States defends Syria airstrikes in letter to U.N. chief

UNITED NATIONS - The United States told the United Nations on Tuesday it led airstrikes against Islamic State militants in Syria because President Bashar al-Assad's government had failed to wipe out safe havens used by the group to launch attacks on Iraq.

World, 1:15am IST

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