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.
This week's round-up of commentary from around the world addresses President Obama's speech at West Point, the controversial remarks made by US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel in Singapore, and Washington's 'hypocritical' complaints that Canada lacks a strategy to address environmental issues.
The Pentagon has not yet begun its investigation into the circumstances that led to the capture of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl. But the Pentagon explained what it will be looking into and how that could affect the sergeant.
Some in Congress are alarmed by reports of Iraqi forces throwing down their weapons and fleeing in the face of insurgents. They are asking the Pentagon if the same could happen after US troops leave Afghanistan.
South Korea captures soldier: The massive manhunt ended when the sergeant, surnamed Yim, shot himself in the upper left chest as his father and brother approached, pleading with him to surrender, a Defense Ministry official said.