| Mar 11, 2015
| 10:30 AM
Iraqi forces heavily fortified by Iran-backed Shiite militia fighters have launched an assault to recapture Tikrit from Islamic State jihadists. The Iraqis report progress, with Islamic State fighters retreating. That's significant because this is the...
| Jan 22, 2015
| 8:09 PM
Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah, the powerful U.S. ally who fought against al-Qaida and sought to modernize the ultraconservative Muslim kingdom, including by nudging open greater opportunities for women, has died. He was 90.
More than his guarded and...
| Jan 8, 2015
| 5:10 PM
The United States has the most potent military in terms of firepower and operational capacity in history. Our military overthrew Saddam Hussein and crushed the Taliban in a matter of weeks. Our forces can direct a rocket from Nevada through a window in...
| Jan 5, 2015
| 5:43 PM
At the dawn of 2015, the U.S. has yet to articulate a comprehensive foreign-policy strategy to counter the influence and territorial gains of Islamic State, the terrorist group that emerged last year — and poses a dangerous and vexing threat to...
| Dec 29, 2014
| 5:16 PM
After 13 years of war, more than 2,300 dead U.S. troops and the replacement of the Taliban regime with an elected government, the United States this past weekend declared a formal end to its combat mission in Afghanistan. That's an important symbolic...
| Dec 29, 2014
| 4:24 PM
Imagine President Franklin Roosevelt announcing at the end of 1944, after the liberation of France but before the final defeat of Nazi Germany and Imperial Japan, that World War II was over and that U.S. forces were ending combat operations. Instead we...
| Dec 17, 2014
| 2:47 AM
Shi'ite militias and Iraqi security forces, engaged in an all-or-nothing struggle with radical Sunni group Islamic State, are blasting the Sunni farmlands that encircle Baghdad with heavy weapons. Military officers call their target areas in the rural...
| Dec 2, 2014
| 6:37 PM
Iraq's central government and leaders of the nation's semiautonomous Kurdish region unveiled an oil and budget deal Tuesday aimed at resolving a months-long dispute and presenting a united front against Islamic State militants.
The accord provides an...
| Dec 2, 2014
| 7:13 PM
Iranian warplanes have launched several airstrikes in recent days against Islamic State militants in eastern Iraq, U.S. and Iranian officials said Tuesday, the latest sign that America's longtime adversary is conducting a parallel but largely...
| Dec 5, 2014
| 2:30 AM
WASHINGTON -- Two disparate news items caught my eye recently that demonstrate how our government can act in ways that mystify and anger the taxpayers who support it with their hard-earned money.
The first was the report from the new prime minister of...
| Nov 17, 2014
| 7:07 PM
Before Congress leaves the capital for the holidays, House Speaker John A. Boehner (R-Ohio) and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) must schedule a vote on an authorization for the war against Islamic State.
It's a constitutional imperative....