June 16, 2012 The Yemeni government backed by U.S. advisers say they are pushing out al-Qaida and allied groups in southern Yemen. In one town, the streets are deserted and the buildings are riddled with bullets. In another, residents who sympathize with the militants say they are simply awaiting their return.
June 11, 2012 Kidnappings and killings related to the upheaval in neighboring Syria are on the rise in Lebanon. Similar attacks in Turkey sparked a major objection. But Lebanon's complicated history with Syria — and Lebanon's divided population — means it's not as easy for Beirut to take action.
May 10, 2012 Jihadists might have the same goal as the protesters and rebels in Syria — overthrowing the regime — but not the same plan for what would happen afterward, or the same ideology. Now a relatively new group, Jabhat al-Nusra Li-Ahl al-Sham, or Front to Protect the Syrian People, has entered the fray.
May 2, 2012 Known as "the spray man," 23-year-old Nour Hatem Zahra helped organize protests and spray-painted anti-government slogans around Damascus, the Syrian capital. He died this week after security forces shot him. Hundreds of mourners attended his funeral.