Fears That Trump’s Visa Ban Betrays Friends and Bolsters Enemies

CAIRO — Across the Muslim world, the refrain was resounding: President Trump’s freeze on refugee arrivals and visa requests from seven predominantly Muslim countries will have major diplomatic repercussions,...

Iran Launches Missiles to Punish ‘Terrorists’ in Syria

TEHRAN — Iran’s Revolutionary Guards Corps launched several midrange missiles from western Iran and struck targets in Syria on Sunday, aiming to punish “terrorists,” who committed last week’s attacks...

Braving Cancer Amid the Chaos of Syria

On a hazy morning this spring, at the entrance of the Al-Bayrouni cancer center in northeast Damascus, a wall of tires teetered atop a long mound of dirt. Where...

Iran Dominates in Iraq After U.S. ‘Handed the Country Over’

BAGHDAD — Walk into almost any market in Iraq and the shelves are filled with goods from Iran — milk, yogurt, chicken. Turn on the television and channel after...

Syrian Cease-Fire Appears to Be Holding, for Now

BEIRUT, Lebanon — A cease-fire between the Syrian government and rebel groups tentatively took hold across the country on Friday, with only scattered reports of clashes, shelling and airstrikes. The...

Celebrating Easter in an Iraqi Town That Has Lost Its Christians

QARAQOSH, Iraq — The Islamic State did everything in its power to erase Christianity from this town, which has long been a center of Christian life. When the militants...

U.S. Sanctions Syrian Government Workers After Sarin Attack

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration on Monday said it was sanctioning 271 employees of the Syrian government agency that produces chemical weapons and ballistic missiles, blacklisting them from travel...

Cholera Compounds Suffering in a Yemen Torn by War

Cholera, a waterborne disease that can quickly explode into a public health disaster, has begun to spread in Yemen, a war-ravaged country ill equipped to fight it. The World Health...

Trump to Arm Syrian Kurds, Even as Turkey Strongly Objects

WASHINGTON — President Trump has approved a plan to provide Syrian Kurds with heavier weapons so they can participate in the battle to retake Raqqa from the Islamic State,...

The Travel Ban and an Authoritarian ‘Ladder of Violence’

WASHINGTON — History is full of examples of leaders using “us versus them” politics to paint a particular minority group as a threat to the majority’s safety, morals or...