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By Ted Cruz
Israel saves its enemies; Hamas endangers its friends
Topic - Ryan Crocker
Former U.S. Ambassador to Iraq Ryan Crocker said Tuesday that Secretary of State John Kerry "should be on a plane right now for Baghdad," as Iraq's government struggles to defend the capital from ISIS militants.
A former U.S. ambassador to Pakistan is worried that the nuclear-armed South Asian nation could collapse as a growing number of Islamic terrorists are targeting soldiers, civilians and government officials.
Ryan Crocker, who came out of retirement less than a year ago to accept one of the most dangerous U.S. diplomatic assignments, plans to leave his post as ambassador in Afghanistan this summer.
The U.S. ambassador to Afghanistan on Thursday accused a powerful terrorist group with suspected ties to Pakistan's spy agency of mounting a weekend assault on Afghan cities, and he demanded that Pakistan drive the militants out of safe havens.
The U.S. ambassador to China this week demanded that the Chinese government free a crippled human rights activist and her husband from prison and lift the house arrest of their daughter.
The top U.S. diplomat in Kabul and a campaign adviser to President Obama said Sunday the United States isn't rethinking its commitment to Afghanistan after violent protests left more than two dozen people dead, including two American shot inside a government ministry.
Even as another day of anti-U.S. violence saw seven NATO troops hurt in Afghanistan, the Obama administration on Sunday vowed to remain heavily involved in the country and defended the president's handling of a crisis sparked by the inadvertent burning by American troops of Muslim holy books.
The U.S. ambassador to Afghanistan on Wednesday blamed the Pakistani-based Haqqani network for the coordinated attack against the American Embassy and NATO headquarters in the heart of Kabul.
The new U.S. ambassador to Afghanistan said Monday that the United States is not rushing to leave the country and cautioned that what happens in the months ahead will have far-reaching effects across the globe.
President Obama's nominee to be the next ambassador to Afghanistan told the Senate on Wednesday that more work is needed to stabilize the war-torn country, despite the death of al Qaeda's top leader.
President Obama's choice for U.S. ambassador to Afghanistan said Wednesday the United States must continue its investment in the country to prevent it from backsliding into a safe haven for terrorists.
Several sources have told the Associated Press that President Obama will likely name seasoned diplomat Ryan Crocker as the next U.S. ambassador to Afghanistan.
The U.S.-led coalition force in Afghanistan first must escalate its counterinsurgency operations and only then begin reconciliation efforts with leaders of the militancy, veterans of the Iraq campaign told members of Congress on Tuesday.
The U.S. ambassador to Iraq said today that al-Qaeda's network in the country has never been closer to defeat, and he praised Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki for his moves to rein in Shi'ite and Sunni militant groups. 8:57 p.m.
BAGHDAD — The top U.S. general and diplomat in Iraq warned yesterday against cutting short the American troop buildup and suggested they would urge Congress in September to give President Bush's strategy more time.
Advocating a tougher military approach, he said, "You don't get cracks and fissures in a rock until you bring a hammer down on it."
Ryan Crocker, former U.S. ambassador to Iraq and Pakistan, said reconciliation and reintegration will become possible only when insurgents are no longer sure they are winning.