Raghida Dergham The Egyptian-Saudi-Emirati roles overlap on many fast-developing issues, including Palestine, Libya, Iraq, Syria, and Yemen. This tripartite partnership constitutes an important strategic choice with many regional and international dimensions. Show More Summary
Sen. Chris Murphy says he would be “very unlikely” to support expanding America’s military campaign against the brutal ISIL militia from Iraq into neighboring Syria. But the Connecticut Democrat says President Obama must seek explicit authorization from Congress if he decides to widen the conflict.
The jihadist Islamic State group has posted video of the execution of a captured Kurdish fighter, in a warning to Iraqi Kurdish leaders to end military cooperation with Washington, a monitoring group said. The United States has carried...Show More Summary
President Barack Obama tried to get himself a bit more political space Thursday to make a decision about whether to expand the U.S military campaign against Islamic militants in Iraq and Syria, but in so doing he may have dealt himself a significant political blow by suggesting that his policy on the issue is adrift. Show More Summary
Fort Hood shooter Nidal Hasan has no chance of leaving military custody alive—but he'd really like to be in Iraq or Syria, where he admires what ISIS is doing. Hasan's lawyer says his client, on death row at Fort Leavenworth, has written to the leader of the militant group...
On Thursday, President Obama spoke with reporters before meeting with his top national security advisers on how to confront the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) militia. Obama said that his "priority at this point is to make sure...Show More Summary
By John Esposito via Huffington Post Containing and ultimately defeating ISIS will require both short and long-term response. ISIS expansion has been made possible by political conditions in Syria and Iraq, ethnic-religious/sectaria...
An Israeli Hermes drone crashed near the Baghdad Airport according to Lebanon’s “Al-Mayadin” TV channel, making it the third Israeli UAV to be intercepted in one week. The report said that “US embassy security staff have rushed toShow More Summary
Today in a briefing at the White House, President Barack Obama provided an update on the U.S. response to the situations in Iraq and Ukraine.
ISIS militants reportedly used waterboard torture techniques on James Foley and other captives in Iraq as a kind of payback for the CIA’s treatment of detainees, sources have said. Foley, who was beheaded by ISIS militants in a video released last week, was reportedly subjected to the same aggressive interrogation techniques that the CIA has
Shortly after Obama admitted to the world he has no strategy how to deal with ISIS, about two weeks after the "humanitarian" bombing of Iraq started, he rushed into a meeting of his National Security Council. Two and a half hours later,...Show More Summary
At 9pm ET I will be on the Tom Brown show discussing this week’s big news including the ongoing situations in Ukraine and Iraq. Listen live here.
Obama announced that he has requested military options for Islamic State.
Still catching up after vacation, Jon Stewart turned his attention to the spiraling violence in Iraq and Syria, followed by an incredulous look at ESPN's coverage of Michael Sam. Jump below the fold to see the video.
[guest post by Dana] The president admitted to the world today that we don’t have a strategy yet to fight ISIL. “My priority at this point is to make sure that the gains that ISIL made in Iraq are rolled back and that Iraq has the opportunity to govern itself effectively and secure itself,” Obama […]
President Obama made another statement to the press today. Among other things, he’s trying to downplay the idea that the current military action against ISIS will pull us into Syria or deeper into Iraq: Well, first of all, I want to make sure everybody’s clear on what we’re doing now because it is limited. […]
President Obama said Thursday that he has asked military planners to come up with options for action against Islamic State militants that focus on targets in Iraq but also include the possibility of strikes in Syria.
But at a news conference, the president said the Sunni militant group was continuing to lose arms and equipment because of targeted U.S. strikes against its members in Iraq.
President Obama just finished a brief statement at the White House focused on his response to ISIS in Iraq and Russians in Ukraine. With regard to ISIS, Obama first downplayed U.S. goals in Iraq, then expanded them and finally said we had no strategy at all. Show More Summary
President Barack Obama addressed the military conflicts in Iraq, Syria, and Ukraine at a press briefing Thursday afternoon. However, for much of the political press corps, Obama's unusual khaki suit was the main conversation. During the briefing, Twitter erupted with discussion of Obama's fashion choice. Show More Summary