Aug 29, 2014 — Experts say the well-funded militant group is focused on gaining power in the Middle East, not attacking America. The bigger risk is of an opportunistic attack, locally or in Europe.
Aug 28, 2014 — Diane Foley tells NPR that her son, slain journalist James Foley, "could have done so many other things. But he, I think, was drawn to some of the drama, some of the rawness of the conflict zones."
Aug 28, 2014 — U.S. surveillance drones have begun to maintain a presence over Syria, preparing for possible airstrikes against the extremist group that calls itself the Islamic State. A mission to expand airstrikes inside Syria raises new questions, though, and critics on both sides ends of the policy spectrum are weighing in.
Aug 28, 2014 — Beijing rejected U.S. claims that one of its warplanes made a reckless intercept of a U.S. Navy P-8 and said if Washington wants good relations with China, it should end "close surveillance" flights.
Aug 28, 2014 — After confirming earlier this week that Douglas McCain was killed fighting with Islamic State militants, U.S. officials say they are probing a report of a second American jihadi killed in Syria.
Aug 28, 2014 — Yemeni-American Ahmed al-Moflihi likely fought alongside a rebel group with ties to the U.S.-backed Free Syrian Army. But officials are investigating anyway: Fight in Syria, and you raise a red flag.
Aug 27, 2014 — Douglas McAuthur McCain has earned a dubious distinction, as the first American to die in Syria fighting for the extremist group that calls itself the Islamic State.
Aug 27, 2014 — Dozens of Americans have gone to Syria to fight against the government, some with groups the U.S. considers terrorists. U.S. officials have to sort out which could be dangerous when they return.
Aug 26, 2014 — The White House says it was aware that Douglas McAuthur McCain was in Syria, though it did not confirm he was fighting with the Islamic State. The terrorist group claims McCain died in battle.
Aug 26, 2014 — The president has approved surveillance flights over Syria to search for targets for possible airstrikes. But critics of the administration say that may not be enough.