The Obama administration is distancing itself from one of the biggest failures in the war on terrorism: the collapse of its $590 million program to train and equip Syrian opposition forces to fight the Islamic State’s terrorist army.
Insurgents fired two shells at the Russian embassy in the Syrian capital on Tuesday as hundreds of pro-government supporters gathered outside the compound to thank Moscow for its intervention in Syria.
President Obama and former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton inherited a Libya in the midst of slow but sure liberalization — “a model ally” in fighting terrorists — and instead created a training ground for terrorists, the former chief of the House intelligence committee argues in a new book reviewing the evidence.
China reportedly arrested several computer hackers at the behest of the United States government weeks ahead of President Xi Jinping’s visit to the White House last month as the U.S. continues to weigh imposing sanctions as a result of cyberattacks blamed on Beijing.
Washington Post reporter Jason Rezaian, who has been detained for more than a year on charges including espionage, has been convicted, a spokesman for the Iranian judiciary said.
President Obama is expected to highlight this week’s U.S. visit by South Korean President Park Geun-hye as an example of the rock-solid alliance between Washington and Seoul — but a range of sticky issues will lurk in the backdrop behind Ms. Park’s visit to the White House at week’s end.
Europe’s foreign ministers called on Russia Monday to stop bombing U.S.-backed opponents of Syrian President Bashar Assad, as the collapse of President Obama’s plan to fight extremists in Syria raised more questions about America’s faltering influence in the Middle East.
Pvt. Chelsea Manning, the former Army intelligence analyst convicted of disclosing state secrets to document-dumping group WikiLeaks, is suing the Justice Department over the government’s failure to heed her Freedom of Information Act requests.
London’s Metropolitan Police Service has ordered its officers to abandon their post outside of the Ecuadorian Embassy, ending for now a 3-year-long presence that has prevented WikiLeaks editor-in-chief Julian Assange from leaving the building without risking immediate arrest.
Palestinians carried out three stabbings Monday in Jerusalem, leaving a teenage Israeli boy in critical condition, and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu angrily accused the country’s Arab leaders of helping incite weeks of violence. Two of the attackers, both teenage boys, were killed.
Turkish investigators were close to identifying one of the suicide bombers in Turkey’s deadliest attacks in years, Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said Monday, adding that the Islamic State group was the “No. 1 priority” of the investigation.
The Islamic State is growing at an alarming rate in Afghanistan, within striking distance of the capital, and there does not seem to be a concerted U.S. effort to strike the terrorist army as there is in the Syria-Iraq war theater.