Saturday, May 23, 2015
Middle East
Obama vows no bad deal with Iran: 'This deal will have my name on it'

Obama Vows No Bad Deal With Iran: ‘This Deal Will Have My Name On It’

“This deal will have my name on it,” Obama said, “so nobody has a bigger personal stake in making sure that it delivers on its promise.

May 22, 2015
Ramadi, Iraq, Islamic State, ISIS, John McCain, Obama Legacy, World News, Top News, War, Troops, Sunnis, Shiites, Middle East, Congress

Fall Of Ramadi Prompts New Questions About Obama’s Strategy Against Islamic State

Islamic State’s takeover of Ramadi gives Congressional hawks reason to criticize Obama’s foreign policy decisions.

May 19, 2015
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Islamic State Captures Key Iraqi City

The takeover appeared to be a major victory for Islamic State, which has withstood a large-scale U.S. bombing campaign and maintains strongholds in Iraq and neighboring Syria.

May 18, 2015
Libya

New Arab Coalition Coming Together To Intervene In Libya

Libya is now split between two governments, controlled by rival militias, and home to a blossoming Islamic State affiliate.

May 11, 2015
Bashar al-Assad, Civil War, Syria, Army, Middle East, World News, Top News, Hezbollah, Maryr's Day, Nursa Front, Islamic State, al-Qaida

Syria’s Assad Says He’s ‘Not Worried’ Despite Battlefield Setbacks

Assad, the Syrian leader embroiled in sectarian battles and a civil war, addressed the nation on the national holiday of Marty’s Day, saying the state and army are still strong.

May 6, 2015
yemen

U.N. Meets On Yemen As Relief Ops Threatened

The U.N. Security Council began closed-door consultations Friday on the conflict in Yemen, where fuel shortages are threatening relief operations as Saudi-led air strikes enter a sixth week.

May 1, 2015
A flag of the Islamic State (IS) is seen in Rashad, Iraq, on September 11, 2014

Islamic State Video Purportedly Shows Killing Of Christians In Libya

In a gruesome replay of beheadings of captive Christians, an Islamic State video disseminated on social media Sunday purportedly shows the point-blank shootings and decapitations of two groups of Ethiopian Christians in Libya.

April 20, 2015
Chamberlain and Hitler

When The Hitler Card Won’t Do, Play The Chamberlain Card

The Republican right accuses every American president who negotiates an arms pact with our putative enemies of weakening national security. And they are always wrong.

April 15, 2015
AFP Photo/Maxim Shipenkov

Putin Lifts Russia’s Ban On Delivery Of S-300 Missile System To Iran

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday cleared the way for delivery of sophisticated air defense systems to Iran with a decree that U.S. officials warned could disrupt the emerging deal to prevent Tehran from developing nuclear weapons.

April 14, 2015
Khomeni

Iran’s Khamenei Says No Guarantee Of Final Nuclear Deal

Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said that last week’s hard-won framework accord was no guarantee of a final nuclear deal and that much work remained.

April 9, 2015
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Friday renewed his harsh criticism of the preliminary nuclear pact with Iran, declaring it a danger to his country's existence.

Iran Nuclear Deal Threatens Israel’s ‘Survival,’ Netanyahu Says

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Friday renewed his harsh criticism of the preliminary nuclear pact with Iran, declaring it a danger to his country’s existence.

April 3, 2015
World News, Politics, United Nations, Nuclear, Talks, Iran, John Kerry, Deadline, Sanctions, Middle East, Lusanne

Iran Talks Grind Into Overtime As Top Diplomats Leave

As members of the United Nations Security Council leave Lausanne and the chance of a nuclear deal with Iran, the Obama administration frets over what to do before Congress reconvenes.

April 1, 2015
Top News, World News, Politics, United Nations, Nuclear, Talks, Iran, John Kerry, Deadline, Sanctions, Middle East, Lusanne

Negotiations On Iran’s Nuclear Program Seem Headed Toward Overtime

“Foreign ministers from Iran, the United States, France, Germany, Britain, Russia, and China have struggled with a series of tough issues this week, notably what restrictions will remain on Iran’s research and development, and how quickly United Nations sanctions will be lifted.”

March 31, 2015
Yemen Situation

Cartoon: Situation Report From Yemen

It’s everybody against everybody in the Middle East.

March 27, 2015
obama netanyahu

Obama Says US Must Re-Evaluate Mideast Stance After Netanyahu’s Comments

Obama and other officials have called out Netanyahu for his rejection of the two-state solution and a remark made about Israel’s Arab citizens that had racial overtones.

March 25, 2015
An Arab citizen of Israel looks at a list of parties running in Israel's 2015 parliamentary elections on Tuesday, March 17, 2015. Arab citizens of Israel voted in record numbers Tuesday to propel a newly formed unified list of Arab parties to the third-largest party in Knesset, Israel's parliament. (Daniella Cheslow/McClatchy/TNS)

Palestinians Denounce Netanyahu, Vow To Keep Up Statehood Push

Palestinians are predictably displeased with the results of Israel’s election.

March 18, 2015
USMideastPolicyTraining

Cartoon: Basic Training

The military prepares for our new Middle East policy.

March 16, 2015
A pilot with the Royal Jordanian Air Force preparing to taking off after a scramble exercise, May 12, 2014 (AFP/Ssgt Brigitte N. Brantley)

Jordan Warplanes Strike IS After Pilot Murder

Jordan has launched new strikes against IS, after vowing ‘all-out war’ against the terrorists.

February 5, 2015
Photo: Activists carry posters with a portrait of the Jordanian pilot Maaz al-Kassasbeh, who was captured by IS militants, during a rally calling for the release of Al-Kassasbeh, in Amman on February 3, 2015 (AFP/Khalil Mazraawi)

IS Claims To Have Burned Jordanian Pilot Alive

The Islamic State has released a video purportedly showing Maaz al-Kassasbeh being burned alive.

February 3, 2015
Image grab taken off a video on January 20, 2015, reportedly released by the Islamic State allegedly shows Japanese hostages Kenji Goto (L) and Haruna Yukawa (R) with a black-clad militant brandishing a knife at an undisclosed location

Mother Pleads With Islamic State; Deadline For Killing Hostages Passes

Kenji Goto and Haruna Yukawa’s fates still remain unknown.

January 23, 2015
Image grab taken off a video on January 20, 2015, reportedly released by the Islamic State allegedly shows Japanese hostages Kenji Goto (L) and Haruna Yukawa (R) with a black-clad militant brandishing a knife at an undisclosed location

IS Threatens To Kill Japan Hostages, Tokyo Vows Not To Give In

Learn more about the latest IS hostage crisis.

January 20, 2015
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov speaks during a meeting in Moscow on December 19, 2014

Kerry, Lavrov Discuss Ukraine And Middle East Crises

John Kerry is trying to jump-start diplomacy with Russia.

January 2, 2015
Palestine

Palestinians Fail To Win Enough Votes To Pass U.N. Resolution

The Palestinians were unable to meet the threshold to pass a resolution through the U.N. Security Council.

December 30, 2014
Israel's Future

Cartoon: Israel’s Future

Cartoon: Benjamin Netanyahu and Likud look ahead.

December 22, 2014
Luke Somers

Al-Qaida Group Threatens To Kill American Hostage Luke Somers In Video

Time appears to be running out for American hostage Luke Somers.

December 4, 2014
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