McConnell postpones action on Iran deal

McConnell postpones action on Iran deal

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Thursday decided to postpone action on a bill giving Congress a chance to review and vote on any deal the U.S. signs with Iran over its nuclear program. The move comes at a time delicate negotiations are at a critical juncture between the U.S. and its partners and Tehran. […]

Washington Post reporter charged in Iran

Washington Post reporter charged in Iran

A Washington Post reporter detained in Iran for more than four months was formally charged Saturday after a day-long proceeding in a Tehran courtroom, the newspaper reported. Jason Rezaian, the newspaper’s bureau chief in Tehran since 2012, appeared in court almost five months after he was arrested July 22. The charges were the first against […]

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 […]

A lot at stake in nuclear talks in Iran

A lot at stake in nuclear talks in Iran

An Iranian nuclear agreement is the Obama administration’s grandest foreign policy objective, a legacy-defining endeavor that holds the prospect of ending the gravest potential threat to Israel and the Middle East and reintegrating Iran into the world community. But reaching a deal is no easy matter. And as U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry plunges […]

Kerry facing the task to keep Iran from gaining nukes

The prospect of a Republican takeover of the Senate means Secretary of State John Kerry will be on a tight leash

Kerry facing the task to keep Iran from gaining nukes

With a late-November deadline approaching, America’s top diplomat is plunging back into Iranian nuclear talks with one eye on his adversary and the other on developments at home, as pressure rises in Washington for a deal ensuring the Islamic republic cannot become a nuclear state. The prospect of a Republican takeover of the Senate means […]

Intelligence gaps hamper airstrikes in Syria, Iraq

Human rights groups also say coalition airstrikes have killed two dozen civilians

Intelligence gaps hamper airstrikes in Syria, Iraq

The Pentagon is grappling with significant intelligence gaps as it bombs Iraq and Syria, and it is operating under less restrictive targeting rules than those President Barack Obama imposed on the CIA drone campaign in Pakistan and Yemen, according to current and former U.S. officials. The U.S. military says its airstrikes have been discriminating and […]

McCain: CIA lied to Congress about missing American

"The CIA did not tell the truth to the Congress."

McCain: CIA lied to Congress about missing American

Sen. John McCain says he is disturbed the Obama administration has not been more forthcoming about an American who disappeared while on a secret intelligence mission to Iran. McCain said he is confident the U.S. is doing all it can to learn what has happened to Robert Levinson, but he told CNN’s “State of the […]

What happened to missing CIA contractor Levinson?

Levinson vanished after a March 2007 meeting with an admitted killer on Kish Island, an Iranian resort.

What happened to missing CIA contractor Levinson?

The Obama administration faced intensified pressure Friday to find former CIA contractor Robert Levinson — both from lawmakers and the Levinson family — nearly seven years after he disappeared in Iran during what now has been revealed as an unofficial spy mission. Levinson’s family urged the government “to step up and take care of one […]

Senators push for new sanctions on Iran

Senators push for new sanctions on Iran

Senators will introduce legislation to impose new sanctions on Iran as soon as this week, Senate aides said on Wednesday, despite the Obama administration’s insistence that such a measure would violate terms of an interim agreement to curb Tehran’s nuclear program. Iran’s foreign minister has also said a new sanctions law would kill the agreement. […]