The $500 million Obama is requesting to train and arm Syrian rebels, the first direct US military aid in the three-year civil war, is part of a counterterrorism initiative and not directed against the Assad regime.
Secretary of State John Kerry today signaled that the US is 'open to discussions' with Iran about how to shore up Iraq's Maliki government against advancing Sunni extremists and avert all-out sectarian war.
The exchange of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl for five Guantánamo detainees riled House lawmakers, who pressed the Defense secretary to explain why the US had 'negotiated with terrorists' and failed to consult with Congress.
Five Special Operations Forces soldiers returning from a joint US-Afghan operation called in air support when they encountered insurgents. A B1 responding to the request reportedly hit the wrong target.
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.