{FD} US pastor on trial in Turkey for terror links

An American pastor is going on trial in Turkey accused of ties to terror groups and spying, in a case that has strained ties between Turkey and the United States.

{FD} UN chief warns that Mideast ‘chaos’ threatens global peace

Secretary-General Antonio Guterres warned Friday that the Middle East is in such "chaos" that it has become a threat to international peace and security — and Syria "represents the most serious threat."

{FD} In Africa, US special forces shifting approach on extremism

Even as Islamic State group fighters flee the Middle East and cause fear across Africa's Sahel region it is al-Qaida that poses the more serious long-term threat, the U.S. military's special operations commander in Africa said in an interview with The Associated Press.

{FD} France mulls military action against Syria for gas attacks

France has proof that the Syrian government launched chlorine gas attacks and has crossed a line that could prompt French airstrikes, President Emmanuel Macron said Thursday.

{FD} AP News Guide: Potential for escalation in Syria abounds

With the Middle East on edge and many fearing inadvertent triggering of a regional war, it's easy to forget that not so long ago President Donald Trump shocked advisers by declaring his intention to withdraw U.S. troops from Syria and "let others take care of it now."

{FD} Threat of foreign terrorists more global than ever: report

While the Islamic State has lost control of 98 percent of its territory, the threat posed by foreign terrorist fighters has already spread more globally than ever, and though the U.S. is not the main target, it’s not excluded, either, according to a new report.

{FD} US military opens annual counterterrorism training in Niger

The U.S. military's special operations command in Africa has opened its annual Flintlock exercise in Niger, six months after the deaths of four U.S. soldiers in an ambush led to questions about the military's presence there.

{FD} Timeline of chemical weapons attacks in Syria

The suspected gas attack in the Syrian town of Douma over the weekend has once again highlighted the use of chemical weapons in Syria's seven-year civil war.

{FD} Russia invites chemical weapons experts to visit Syria site

A senior Russian lawmaker says Moscow is willing to help arrange a visit this week for experts from the international chemical weapons watchdog to the site of a suspected poison gas attack in Syria.