Fall of Ramadi shows Iraqis lack will to fight: Carter

May 25, 2015

Fall of Ramadi shows Iraqis lack will to fight: Carter

The Islamic State group’s takeover of the provincial capital of Ramadi is stark evidence that Iraqi forces lack the “will to fight,” Defense Secretary Ash Carter said in a TV interview that aired Sunday. The harsh assessment raised new questions about the Obama administration’s ...

U.N. disarmament talks collapse

May 23, 2015

U.N. disarmament talks collapse

The U.S. blocks a global document aimed at ridding the world of nuclear weapons, over a deadline for a nuclear-free Middle East zone.

May 23, 2015

Obama stays the course despite Islamic State advances in Iraq and Syria

U.S. President Barack Obama’s war strategy failed to stop Islamic State jihadis from overrunning Ramadi but he appears reluctant to change course. The disastrous fall of the Iraqi city exposed the limits of Obama’s policy, experts say, highlighting the sectarian divisions in Iraqi society ...

May 19, 2015

U.S. moves forward with Gulf states

If the Gulf states prove to be more accommodating of U.S. foreign policy objectives than Israel, then that could be a geopolitical shift that rivals the return of Iran to regional politics.

May 18, 2015

Singapore calls on Iran to investigate tanker shooting incident

The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) said Monday that it has requested the Iranian maritime authorities to investigate an incident last week when Iranian vessels fired shots at a Singapore-flagged tanker in the Persian Gulf. Alpine Eternity, the vessel that came under ...

Islamic State extremists seize key Iraqi city, kill dozens in Syria

May 16, 2015

Islamic State extremists seize key Iraqi city, kill dozens in Syria

Islamic State extremists made key gains Friday, seizing a government compound in the strategic Iraqi city of Ramadi hours after allegedly massacring dozens of civilians as they closed in on Syria’s ancient metropolis of Palmyra. Women and children were among 23 people executed in ...

Gulf nations get 'ironclad' security commitment from Obama

May 15, 2015

Gulf nations get 'ironclad' security commitment from Obama

President Barack Obama pledged America’s “ironclad commitment” to anxious Persian Gulf nations Thursday to help protect their security, pointedly mentioning the potential use of military force and offering assurances that a potential nuclear agreement with Iran would not leave them more vulnerable. At the ...

Saudis, Yemen rebels blame each other for violating truce

May 15, 2015

Saudis, Yemen rebels blame each other for violating truce

Saudi Arabia and Yemen’s Iranian-backed Shiite rebels on Thursday traded charges of violating a humanitarian cease-fire, as a helicopter gunship belonging to the Saudi-led coalition struck a truck in northern Yemen, killing nine people. The attack was the latest in a series of violent ...