May 28, 2015

Iran, North Korea forging ballistic, nuclear ties: dissidents

An exiled Iranian opposition group said on Thursday that a delegation of North Korean experts in nuclear warheads and ballistic missiles had visited a military site near Tehran in April amid talks between world powers and Iran over its nuclear program. The dissident National ...

Airstrike option alone seen not working against fluid Islamic State

May 28, 2015

Airstrike option alone seen not working against fluid Islamic State

It is the modern era’s military strategy of choice: overwhelming air power delivering precision-guided punishment backed by intelligence on the ground, with minimal exposure for soldiers of the striking side. Seductive though it is to risk-averse governments with war-weary publics, the approach has its ...

Washington Post reporter goes on trial behind closed doors in Tehran

May 26, 2015

Washington Post reporter goes on trial behind closed doors in Tehran

Washington Post reporter Jason Rezaian went on trial on espionage charges behind closed doors in Tehran on Tuesday, 10 months after he was arrested at his home and imprisoned, Iran’s semi-official Tasnim news agency reported. His wife Yeganeh Salehi and a woman described as ...

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 ...