A last chance at a deal to curb Iran’s nuke program?

A last chance at a deal to curb Iran’s nuke program?

The Obama administration is facing its last best chance to curb Iran’s nuclear program — not just to meet an end-of-the-month deadline for a deal, but also to seal one before skeptical Republicans who will control Congress next year are able to scuttle it. In the final stretch of years of negotiations to limit Tehran’s […]

Kobali key in the battle with Islamic extremists

Kobali key in the battle with Islamic extremists

Dusty and remote, the Syrian city of Kobani has become an unlikely spoil in the war against Islamic State militants — and far more of a strategic prize than the United States wants to admit. Perched on Turkey’s border, the city of about 60,000 has been besieged for weeks by IS fighters. Kobani is now […]

Still looking for coalition to fight Islamic extremists

President Barack Obama announced the U.S. will try to build an international coalition

Still looking for coalition to fight Islamic extremists

The White House said Sunday it will find countries willing to send combat troops to fight Islamic extremists in Syria and Iraq, but it’s too early to identify them. White House chief of staff Denis McDonough signaled that the State Department in coming days will name allies that will pledge ground troops to fight the […]

Foley’s death brings more strikes against militants

State Department refused to rule out future U.S. military operations in Syria

Foley’s death brings more strikes against militants

The United States launched a new barrage of airstrikes Wednesday against the Islamic State extremist group that beheaded American journalist James Foley and that has seized a swath of territory across Iraq and Syria. President Barack Obama vowed relentless pursuit of the terrorists and the White House revealed that the U.S. had launched a secret […]

American journalist beheaded by Islamic extremists

U.S. officials confirmed grisly video released Tuesday

American journalist beheaded by Islamic extremists

In a horrifying act of revenge for U.S. airstrikes in northern Iraq, militants with the Islamic State extremist group have beheaded American journalist James Foley — and are threatening to kill another hostage, U.S. officials say. The White House must now weigh the risks of adopting an aggressive policy to destroy the Islamic State against […]

Obama wants to contain, not eradicate, extremists

Obama wants to contain, not eradicate, extremists

President Barack Obama’s new military strategy in Iraq amounts to trying to contain — not destroy — the Islamic militant group that now controls much of the country’s northern region. That leaves open the questions of how deeply the U.S. will be drawn into the sectarian conflict, and whether airstrikes alone can stop the militants’ […]

Kerry heads back in Mideast to push for cease-fire

He will urge the militant Palestinian group to accept a cease-fire agreement

Kerry heads back in Mideast to push for cease-fire

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is making a renewed push for a cease-fire between Israel and Hamas with another trip to the Middle East after the civilian death toll in the conflict sharply escalated over the weekend. Kerry left Washington early Monday for Cairo, where he will join diplomatic efforts to resume a truce […]

Kerry in Iraq in hopes of staving off civil war

Kerry in Iraq in hopes of staving off civil war

Confronting the threat of civil war in Iraq, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry flew to Baghdad on Monday to personally urge the Shiite-led government to give more power to political opponents before a Sunni insurgency seizes more control across the country and sweeps away hopes for lasting peace. The meeting scheduled between Kerry and […]

Kerry: Iraq insurgency threatens entire Mideast

Kerry: Iraq insurgency threatens entire Mideast

Arab countries should resist funding Sunni fighters in what is turning into a cross-border war between Iraq and Syria because that support eventually could help the fast-spreading insurgency in Iraq, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said Sunday. Kerry said the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant has become a threat to the entire […]

U.S. forces deployed around points in Iraq

Unmistakable signs of Americans returning to the country

U.S. forces deployed around points in Iraq

Nearly 300 armed American forces are being positioned in and around Iraq to help secure U.S. assets as President Barack Obama nears a decision on an array of options for combating fast-moving Islamic insurgents, including airstrikes or a contingent of special forces. The U.S. and Iran also held an initial discussion on how the longtime […]