Kerry urges Kurds to unite with Baghdad government

Jun 25, 2014

Kerry urges Kurds to unite with Baghdad government

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry urged leaders of Iraq’s autonomous Kurdish region on Tuesday to stand with Baghdad in the face of a Sunni insurgent onslaught that threatens to dismember the country. Security forces fought Sunni armed factions for control of the country’s ...

Sunni uprising in Iraq wins support in gulf

Jun 24, 2014

Sunni uprising in Iraq wins support in gulf

The Sunni uprising in Iraq has received enthusiastic support from many Persian Gulf Arabs, despite official unease over the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, branded a terrorist group by governments in the region. While public opinion is hard to gauge in the ...

U.S. Special Forces face thorny challenge in Iraq

Jun 24, 2014

U.S. Special Forces face thorny challenge in Iraq

U.S. teams of special forces going into Iraq after a three-year gap will face an aggressive insurgency, a splintering military and a precarious political situation as they help Iraqi security forces improve their ability to battle Sunni militants. The army Green Berets, who are ...

U.S. should offer paid maternity leave, Obama says

Jun 24, 2014

U.S. should offer paid maternity leave, Obama says

President Barack Obama said Monday that the United States should join the rest of the industrialized world and offer paid leave for mothers of newborns. “Many women can’t even get a paid day off to give birth — now that’s a pretty low bar,” ...

Pro-Russian rebels agree to abide by cease-fire in Ukraine

Jun 24, 2014

Pro-Russian rebels agree to abide by cease-fire in Ukraine

Pro-Russian insurgents in eastern Ukraine agreed Monday to respect a cease-fire declared by the Ukrainian president, raising hopes for an end to months of fighting that have killed hundreds and ravaged the country’s industrial heartland. The announcement came as the Russian and U.S. presidents ...

U.S. top court upholds some Obama carbon curbs

Jun 24, 2014

U.S. top court upholds some Obama carbon curbs

The United States Supreme Court on Monday largely upheld the Obama administration’s authority to curb greenhouse gases from major emitters like power plants and refineries in a ruling that nonetheless exempted some smaller sources from the regulation. On a 7-2 vote, the court rejected ...

Can Obama avoid mission creep in Iraq?

Jun 23, 2014

Can Obama avoid mission creep in Iraq?

by Julie Pace

President Barack Obama, in charting a new phase of American military engagement in Iraq, pledges that his war-weary country will not be “dragged back” into a lengthy conflict or become snarled in mission creep. But recent U.S. military history is full of warning signs ...