The five Taliban swapped for Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl worked for the Taliban government that had harbored Al Qaeda in Afghanistan – three in senior posts. As for the threats they pose now, assessments are mixed.
With North Korea moving toward another nuclear test, enforcement of international sanctions is flagging, experts say. Critics of US policy say the Obama administration is reluctant to use the tools at its disposal.
In a two-page letter, a Virginia state senator praised Syrian President Bashar al-Assad for, among other things, taking on America’s ‘arch-enemy’ Al Qaeda. Mr. Assad posted the letter on his Facebook page.
Ukraine’s president-elect, candymaker Petro Poroshenko, recognizes that Russia will inevitably play a crucial role in his country’s future. But he’s also for building more ties with both the EU and US.
With renewed violence in Caracas and with US lawmakers poised to approve sanctions against Venezuelan officials, Secretary of State Kerry likely will be seeking Mexican support for a broader diplomatic initiative.
A Russian pullback signals lower tensions in the region, boosts prospects for Sunday's Ukraine elections, and dims threat of tougher US/EU sanctions. But the US has yet to see actual movement of Russian troops.