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(L to R) Myanmar's State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi, Singapore's Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, Thailand's Prime Minister Prayuth Chano-cha, Vietnam's Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc, U.S President Barack Obama, Laos Prime Minister Thongloun Sisoulith, Philippines Foreign Minister Perfecto Yasay, Brunei's Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah, Cambodia's Prime Minister Hun Sen, Indonesia's President Joko Widodo and Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak pose for photo during ASEAN-U.S. Summit in Vientiane, Laos September 8, 2016. REUTERS/Jorge Silva

Time To Honor — And Care For — Those Who Served Our Country In Laos

The secrets of war take decades for former soldiers to admit, if ever. Governments are equally adept at hiding such truths. President Obama’s historic stop in Laos was a brief exercise of stepping toward the light, accepting more responsibility for the devastation of the Vietnam War.

September 10, 2016

U.S. Military Denies Claims Of Civilian Deaths In Targeting Islamic State

The U.S. Military continues to deny civilian deaths in imperfect bombing of Islamic State militants.

February 17, 2015
Photo: This handout photo courtesy of the Mueller family and the office of US Senator John McCain shows Kayla Mueller (L) and her mother Marsha (AFP)

White House Doubts Mueller Killed By Airstrike

The White House is pushing back against IS’ account of Kayla Mueller’s death.

February 10, 2015

U.S. Can’t Confirm Death Of Khorasan Group Leader: Rice

The U.S. national security adviser Susan Rice says that it is possible that the U.S.-led coalition’s airstrikes killed Kohrasan’s alleged leader and long-standing al-Qaeda operative Muhsin al-Fadhi.

September 24, 2014

Militants Quickly Adjust Tactics To Blunt Airstrikes

Islamic State militants are making it even harder for the United States to find them.

September 17, 2014

U.S. Presses Arabs For Support As Obama Vows To Hit ISIS

Jeddah (Saudi Arabia) (AFP) – Secretary of State John Kerry pressed key Arab states Thursday to support an expanded American military campaign against Islamic State jihadists including U.S. air strikes in Syria. The top U.S. diplomat arrived in Saudi Arabia’s Red Sea port city of Jeddah and said “I’m confident” as he was greeted by […]

September 11, 2014

Obama Urges Anti-Jihadist Front As NATO Leaders Gather

By W.G. Dunlop Baghdad (AFP) — President Barack Obama urged a broad front against the Islamic State as NATO leaders gathered in Wales Thursday with Britain and France weighing joining U.S. air strikes in Iraq. Pressure on Western governments to take firm action against the jihadists in Iraq and Syria has risen sharply after the […]

September 4, 2014

U.S. Targets Shebab Leader In Somalia Air Strike

Mogadishu (AFP) — U.S. forces have carried out air strikes against the leader of Somalia’s Al-Qaeda-linked Shebab rebels, with casualties reported but uncertainty hanging over the fate of the main target, officials said Tuesday. The Pentagon confirmed an “operation” was carried out on Monday against the hardline militia, and that it was “assessing the results.” […]

September 2, 2014

United States To Track Jihadists In Syria With Spy Planes

Damascus (AFP) — The United States is poised to send spy planes into Syria to track Islamic State jihadists whose advances have sparked international concern and American air strikes in neighboring Iraq. A U.S. official confirmed the plans after Syria said on Monday it was willing to work with the international community, including Washington, to […]

August 26, 2014

Palestinians Say Long-Term Gaza Truce Agreed With Israel

Ramallah (Palestinian Territories) (AFP) — The Palestinians have reached agreement with Israel on a “permanent” truce for Gaza, a senior official told AFP on Tuesday, in a move Hamas hailed as a “victory.” There was no immediate comment from Israel on the claimed deal to end seven weeks of deadly conflict in and around the […]

August 26, 2014

U.S. Strikes Continue Against Islamic State In Iraq

By Adam Ashton, McClatchy Foreign Staff BAGHDAD — More American air strikes pounded Islamic State positions in Northern Iraq on Sunday while lawmakers in Baghdad struggled to choose a prime minister to lead them in forming a new government. U.S. Central Command reported that piloted and unmanned aircraft carried out four strikes against militants outside of […]

August 11, 2014

Palestinian Rockets Reach Further Into Israel

By Batsheva Sobelman, Los Angeles Times JERUSALEM — A fresh round of rockets fired from the Gaza Strip sent Israelis scurrying for bomb shelters as far as Tel-Aviv, 40 miles away Wednesday morning, the second day of Israel’s military offensive on the Hamas-Gcontrolled Gaza strip. Hamas claimed responsibility for firing a volley of rockets intercepted […]

July 9, 2014

Israel, Hamas Slide Towards Major Gaza Conflict

Gaza City (Palestinian Territories) (AFP) – Israeli warplanes killed 13 Palestinians in Gaza on Tuesday, with Israel weighing “all options” in a new drive to stamp out Hamas rocket fire as the two sides slid toward another major conflict. The most serious flare-up over the Gaza Strip since November 2012 comes as Israel struggles to […]

July 8, 2014