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  • 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,...
  • 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....
  • Costs soar in war against Islamic State

    Costs soar in war against Islamic State
    The cost of the fight against the Islamic State continues to mount. The departure of Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel may be one of them, but I want to focus on the dollars and sense, and by the latter I mean explaining more about what we are doing....
  • Hagel's exit from Pentagon still leaves administration divided

    Hagel's exit from Pentagon still leaves administration divided
    Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel’s resignation Monday amid pressure from the White House clears the way for a new Pentagon leader but still leaves the administration divided over the issues that helped lead to his downfall – most notably how to...
  • Hagel bows out of an administration adrift

    PARIS -- Chuck Hagel's departure from his post as defense secretary has been attributed to his failure to fit in with the Obama cabinet's crowd. Among his other reported deficiencies was that he was only a sergeant in Vietnam, twice wounded. A twice-...
  • Islamic State fighters battle Iraqi forces near Baiji refinery

    Islamic State insurgents battled Iraqi forces in the center of Baiji on Tuesday, a week after the army broke their prolonged siege of the country's largest oil refinery just outside the town, an army officer and residents said. The renewed fighting in...
  • Iraq army, allies reclaim towns from Islamic State

    Iraqi and allied forces have wrested control of two towns in the eastern province of Diyala from the militant group Islamic State, Iraqi officials said Monday. Saadiya and Jalawla, less than 20 miles from the Iranian border, were retaken after a two-day...