Afghanistan defense forces suffered a whopping 59 percent increase in battlefield casualties the past six months compared with 2014, mostly by the national police force, which remains ill-equipped to counter Taliban offenses and/or to hold recaptured territory, says a new Pentagon report.
President Obama said Tuesday that Iran’s willingness to submit to tough international inspections “will be the test” of whether the U.S. and other world powers reach a nuclear deal with Tehran.
U.S. intelligence officials and lawmakers are worried that chatter about a terrorist attack on U.S. soil this Fourth of July may be more than just talk.
The Obama administration conceded Monday that international talks over Iran’s disputed nuclear program will carry on indefinitely past this week’s deadline for a final deal — and pushed back at critics who accuse the president of making last-minute concessions out of desperation to get a deal.
The recent Sunday explosion of a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket high above the skies of Cape Canaveral should not reignite Washington’s willingness to use Russian rocket engines, Senate Armed Services Committee John McCain said.
The Islamic State group has beheaded civilian women for the first time since taking control of large swathes of Syria and Iraq, a human rights watchdog group said Tuesday.
The regime of longtime Syrian strongman Bashar Assad is struggling at levels unseen during the nation’s 4-year-old civil war, ramping up pressure on allies Iran and Russia to either abandon or double down on their support for the Syrian leader, U.S. intelligence officials say.
Two years after she canceled a state visit to Washington in a pique over revelations of U.S. spying on her office, Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff no doubt will be glad to visit President Obama at the White House this week — if only to escape her mounting problems back home.
The Obama administration still hasn’t fully rescinded the 2,000 three-year amnesties it wrongly issued four months ago in violation of a court order, government lawyers recently admitted in court, spurring a stern response from the judge who said the matter must be cleaned up by the end of July — or else.
The largest federal employee union filed a class action lawsuit Monday against the federal personnel office, its leaders and one of its contractors, arguing that negligence contributed to what government officials are calling one of the most damaging cyberthefts in U.S. history.
Tunisia has reason to fear a terror attack. The only democracy that emerged from the turmoil of the 2011 Arab Spring has seen more of its young men join the Islamic State group than any other nation, and many have returned, battle-hardened, to spread radical ideologies back home. It’s also a country full of vulnerable targets, with an economy that depends on welcoming European tourists to its warm Mediterranean shore.
A board of inquiry has ruled the Army failed to substantiate its contention that a Green Beret hero murdered a suspected Taliban bomb maker, but nonetheless recommended a general discharge because of his battlefield conduct.