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  • War contractors ready for Middle East battle

    President Barack Obama has stressed that the U.S.-led coalition fight against the Islamic State can be won without "boots on the ground." But it depends on who's wearing the boots. Thousands of private security contractors, who played critical, below-...
  • Iraq says failing oil prices force rethink of 2015 budget

    Falling oil prices have forced Iraq to scrap the draft 2015 budget it planned to present to parliament on Sunday, Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi told lawmakers. The budget had been based on a forecast oil price of $70 a barrel, but prices dropped to a...
  • How corruption abroad threatens U.S. national security

    How corruption abroad threatens U.S. national security
    When the militants of Islamic State swept across Iraq last June, they numbered no more than 12,000 and they faced a U.S.-trained, U.S.-equipped Iraqi army that boasted some 200,000 troops. And yet it was the Iraqi army that collapsed. What happened?...
  • Pope Francis prays in Istanbul's Blue Mosque

    Pope Francis prays in Istanbul's Blue Mosque
    Pope Francis prayed silently alongside a senior Islamic cleric in Istanbul's Blue Mosque on Saturday, in a gesture of inter-religious harmony in a country bordering the conflicts in Syria and Iraq. Francis took off his shoes as he entered the huge...
  • Islamic State, rival Al Nusra Front each strengthen grip on Syria

    Islamic State, rival Al Nusra Front each strengthen grip on Syria
    A group with ties to Al Qaeda has gained significant ground across Syria in recent weeks, creating the possibility that the war-ravaged nation will be divided among two opposing militant Islamic groups and the government of President Bashar Assad —...
  • U.S. military action isn't always the answer

    To the editor: Max Boot's prescription for salvaging U.S. foreign policy fails to recognize the need for a nuanced analysis of the possible consequences of unilateral military intervention. ("Chuck Hagel's firing won't help U.S. foreign policy," Op-Ed,...
  • Trudy Rubin: Iraqi helpers now need help

    In Thanksgiving weekend columns past, I've written of my gratitude to this country for taking in my immigrant grandparents, and my belief that immigration makes this country great. This year I'm thinking about a special group of would-be immigrants a...
  • Pope Francis, in Turkey, appeals for dialogue to counter extremists

    Pope Francis arrived in the Turkish capital Friday at the start of a three-day trip widely seen as an effort to build inter-religious dialogue with Muslims and focus attention on the plight of Christians and other minorities in the war-ravaged Middle...
  • Obama appears to be seeking a more forceful Defense secretary

    Obama appears to be seeking a more forceful Defense secretary
    As he searches for his fourth Defense secretary in six years, President Obama appears to be looking for a more forceful, articulate military leader to navigate the tough but limited wars that are likely to consume much of his final two years in office....
  • Jay Ambrose: Time for Obama to listen

    It's a bit astonishing to think about, but President Barack Obama has now been criticized by three secretaries of defense and one secretary of state who served under him. And, while the message may sometimes have been more implicit than explicit, or...
  • 'Outpost' reveals the behind-the-scenes life of a diplomat

    "Outpost: Life on the Frontlines of American Diplomacy" by Christopher R. Hill; Simon & Schuster (448 pages, $30) For all the suave sophistication the public attaches to the lifestyle of diplomats, foreign correspondents often tend to look on them with...