Apr 19, 2015

The Obama doctrine emerges

A resurgent Barack Obama is defying the conventional wisdom that holds the power and influence of the U.S. president begins to diminish almost from the date of his second inauguration.

Top Saddam deputy reportedly killed after years on the run

Apr 18, 2015

Top Saddam deputy reportedly killed after years on the run

He was the last member of former Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein’s inner circle still on the run, depicted with his distinctive red mustache as the “king of clubs” on the U.S. military’s deck of cards of most-wanted Iraqi regime fugitives. Now, officials say they ...

Putin bests Obama in Iran

Apr 17, 2015

Putin bests Obama in Iran

by Leonid Bershidsky

Russian President Vladimir Putin is building on a tactical advantage he has over the U.S. in talks with Iran: He can be the first to begin rapprochement with Iran's leaders, without worrying too much about its compliance with any nuclear deal's requirements.

Apr 17, 2015

Iran general's Iraq battlefield clout unsettling: Abadi

Iraq’s prime minister said on Thursday that he welcomed Iranian assistance in Iraq’s battle against Islamic State but suggested unease with the prominence of a top Iranian general, who has been widely seen in photos from Iraq’s battlefields. Maj. Gen. Qassem Soleimani, commander of ...

Yemen airstrikes very successful, Saudi ambassador tells U.S.

Apr 16, 2015

Yemen airstrikes very successful, Saudi ambassador tells U.S.

A Saudi-led air campaign against Houthi rebels in Yemen has been “very successful” and gone “beyond its goals,” Saudi Arabia’s ambassador to the United States said Wednesday. In the past three weeks, the campaign “has been able to degrade and destroy much of the ...

Apr 14, 2015

Iran to appoint first female ambassador since Islamic Revolution: reports

Iran will appoint its first female ambassador abroad since the Islamic Revolution in 1979, the semi-official Fars and Mehr news agencies said late on Monday, citing unspecified reports. The post would go to Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Marzieh Afkham, one of Iran’s most high-profile female ...

Russian move to sell air defense missiles to Iran worries U.S.

Apr 14, 2015

Russian move to sell air defense missiles to Iran worries U.S.

The United States voiced concern Monday about the possible sale of sophisticated Russian air defense missiles to Iran after Russian President Vladimir Putin lifted a ban on such shipments. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry raised Washington’s concerns about the end of the sales ...