Friday, October 9, 2015
Middle East
A Palestinian youth carries a flag during clashes in the east Jerusalem neighbourhood of Issawiya

Violence Intensifies In Jerusalem, West Bank, Raising Security Concerns

Violence intensified in Jerusalem and the West Bank on Sunday after Israelis were targeted in two stabbing attacks and a Palestinian was killed in a clash with Israeli troops, officials said.

October 4, 2015
Smoke rises during clashes between forces loyal to Syria's President Bashar al-Assad and the Army of Islam fighters, on the eastern mountains of Qalamoun overlooking the town of Douma, eastern Ghouta in Damascus

Assad Says Russian Air Campaign Vital To Save Middle East

President Bashar al-Assad said the success of a military campaign by Russia, Syria and its allies was vital to save the Middle East from destruction, a day after Moscow said it would step up air strikes against Islamic State targets across Syria.

October 4, 2015

Israel Undermines U.S. Peace Effort, Palestinian Abbas Tells U.N

In address to the United Nations, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas cited Israel’s continued settlements in the West Bank, refusal to release Palestinian prisoners.

September 30, 2015
Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei speaks live on television after casting his ballot in the Iranian presidential election in Tehran

Iran Denounces Saudi Arabia Over Haj And Demands Apology

Iran demanded an apology from Saudi Arabia on Sunday over the deaths of 769 people at the haj pilgrimage and accused it of trying to evade blame, while Riyadh in turn accused Tehran of playing politics with the disaster.

September 27, 2015
International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Director General Amano meets Iran's President Rouhani in Tehran

U.N. Nuclear Watchdog Says Its Chief Visited Military Site In Iran

The U.N. nuclear watchdog, which is investigating whether Iran carried out work related to developing a nuclear bomb, said on Sunday its chief had visited a sensitive military site during a trip to the country

September 20, 2015
Israeli border policemen take position during a protest against what Palestinian organizers say is land confiscation by Israel to make way for the Israeli barrier in the occupied West Bank city of Beit Jala, near Bethlehem

Israeli Police, Palestinians Clash At Jerusalem Holy Site

Police used tear gas and threw stun grenades toward Palestinian youths, who barricaded themselves inside the mosque and hurled rocks and flares.

September 13, 2015
Syrian migrants sit in a bus to register in a camp after they crossed the Hungarian-Serbian border near Roszke, Hungary August 25, 2015. REUTERS/Laszlo Balogh

‘The Wave Has Reached Us:’ EU Gropes For Answers To Migrant Surge

Migrants are a huge issue in many, many countries.

August 26, 2015
Trump Caricature

Donald Trump — Man Of War

We should all give thanks to Donald Trump’s reality-TV-show run for the Republican presidential nomination because of what it reveals about his fan base.

August 22, 2015
Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei departs after casting his ballot in the parliamentary election in Tehran

Iran Still Closed To U.S. Influence After Nuclear Deal: Khamenei

Iran will remain closed to U.S. influence and continue to oppose U.S. policies in the Middle East after its nuclear deal with big powers.

August 17, 2015

Cartoon: Jeb Bush Visits The Subject Of Iraq

“Where are we?”

August 16, 2015

Hillary Clinton, Jeb Bush, And Ignoring The Past

At least we’d know what to expect from them. That’s the cheeriest way to cast the latest in presidential dynasty news.

August 13, 2015
2016 Republican U.S. presidential candidate and former Florida Governor Jeb Bush is the first candidate on stage before the start of the Voters First Presidential Forum in Manchester

Jeb Bush’s Brotherly Wager

Bush’s attack on Clinton and Obama for their “blind haste” to get out of Iraq played well with the GOP voters — but it might haunt him later.

August 13, 2015

Analysis: Jeb Bush Offered Inaccurate Version Of Iraq War History

Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush, in his Tuesday speech that was billed as a major foreign policy address, provided a distorted version of the U.S. troop withdrawal from Iraq and an incorrect account of the origins of the Islamic State.

August 12, 2015
Republican 2016 U.S. presidential candidate Bush speaks to attendees at the RedState Gathering in Atlanta

Jeb Bush Says Hillary Clinton Shares Blame For Islamic State Rise

Iraq is a tricky topic for Bush, given the dismay many Americans still feel over the rationale for the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq ordered by his brother.

August 12, 2015
U.S. President Obama delivers a statement about the nuclear deal reached between Iran and six major world powers from the White House in Washington

Obama Vs. The Cavaliers Of Unilateralism

If you wondered why President Obama gave such a passionate and, yes, partisan speech on behalf of the Iran nuclear deal Wednesday, all you had to do was tune in to the Republican presidential debate the next night.

August 10, 2015
A staff member removes the Iranian flag from the stage after a group picture with foreign ministers and representatives during the Iran nuclear talks at the Vienna International Center in Vienna

Creators Of Iran Situation Should Stay Out Of It Now

In a speech on the Iran deal President Obama chastised Dick Cheney and his ilk. He didn’t mention the former vice president by name, but few in the audience would have missed the reference.

August 8, 2015

Afghanistan Investigates Reports Of Taliban Leader’s Death

“We are aware of the reports of the passing of Mullah Omar, the Taliban leader,” Sayed Zafar Hashemi, a spokesman for President Ashraf Ghani, told reporters.

July 29, 2015
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry testifies before a House Foreign Affairs Committee hearing on the Iran nuclear agreement in Washington

Kerry Warns U.S. Congress Scrapping Iran Deal Would Mean Path To Nuclear Weapon

“If we walk away, we walk away alone. Our partners are not going to be with us.”

July 28, 2015
U.S. President Barack Obama speaks during a news conference about the recent nuclear deal reached with Iran, in Washington

Any Fool Can Start A War With Iran

When you’re the most powerful economic and military power on Earth, Obama keeps saying with regard to the Iran deal, it’s important to act like it.

July 22, 2015
Iranians hold pictures of Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif as they celebrate in the street following a nuclear deal with major powers, in Tehran

U.S. ‘Disturbed’ By Iranian Leader’s Criticism After Deal

The United States said on Tuesday it was very disturbed by anti-U.S. hostility voiced by Iran’s top leader after a nuclear deal.

July 21, 2015

Obama’s Best Iran Role Model Is The First President Bush

As he seeks support for the new international deal to limit Iran’s nuclear program, Obama is seeking comparisons with Reagan and Nixon.

July 16, 2015

Number Of Syrian Refugees Tops Four Million: UN

More than 4 million Syrians have fled the civil war ravaging their country and become refugees in the surrounding region.

July 9, 2015
Joe Biden Iraq 2011

Biden Tries To Mollify Iraqis, Promises Training And Equipment

Vice President Joe Biden called Iraq’s prime minister Monday to try to smooth over a rough exchange of words between the two governments after the fall of important cities to Islamic State militants in recent days.

May 25, 2015
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U.S. Defense Secretary Says Iraqis Need ‘Will To Fight’ To Defeat Islamic State

Republicans blamed Obama’s decision to pull troops out of Iraq after years of war.

May 24, 2015
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
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