Past efforts to uproot the militant group have failed. Obama must try a different tack and focus on Israel and Lebanon.
Israel does have the capability to attack Iran’s nuclear facilities, but such an operation would be very complex and costly, politically.
Saudi Arabia, a close US ally, has switched from a policy of isolation toward engagement. Some hope the warming could bolster US Middle East peace efforts.
The debate over sending more US troops frames a larger clash over counterinsurgency strategy as the new template for war.
Israel has agreed to release 20 female Palestinian prisoners in exchange for a video of Cpl. Gilad Shalit, who is being held in Gaza.
The disputed territory is key to the broader US goal of Arab-Israeli peace. On Monday, Washington hosted the first high-ranking Syrian official in five years.
Women bear the brunt of conflict, so their input for peace is essential.
The prime minister-designate announced he was stepping down, 10 weeks after fruitless negotiations to form a new government.
Speculation that the Arctic Sea cargo ship seized in the Baltic in July was carrying weapons or other illicit cargo continues to swirl.