| Sep 27, 2014
| 5:00 AM
Anyone who wondered how Barack Obama was going to spend the last two years of his presidency got an answer last week: He'll be fighting a war.
When the president talks about his new offensive against the extremist group that calls itself Islamic State,...
| Sep 21, 2014
| 6:00 AM
Months after declaring an Islamic caliphate, Islamic State, which has seized large swaths of Syria and Iraq, is seeking to address a need of any viable nation: women.
In Internet posts and social media messaging, the extremist Sunni militants are...
| Sep 22, 2014
| 4:00 AM
Southeast of this city, at a place called Hill of the Flowers, Kurdish forces gaze toward a concrete bridge bedecked with fluttering black flags. The guns of a few Soviet-era tanks peer from a nearby ditch at this makeshift frontier not found on any map....
| Aug 15, 2014
Every time President Barack Obama thinks he has succeeded in establishing restraint as the central doctrine of his foreign policy, a new outburst of chaos in the Middle East draws him back in.
In 2011, fears that Libya's Moammar Kadafi would massacre...
| Jul 31, 2014
| 2:30 AM
The Obama administration often denies any responsibility for the current global chaos or claims that it erupted spontaneously. Yet most of the mess was caused by, or made worse by, growing U.S. indifference and paralysis.
Over the last five and a half...
| Sep 19, 2014
| 3:41 PM
Remember Richard Clarke, the presidential counterterrorism adviser whose hair was on fire about al-Qaida long before the Sept. 11 attacks and whose warnings of a threat from hijacked planes were ignored by the administration of President George W. Bush?...
| Sep 13, 2014
| 2:09 PM
Iraq's new prime minister declared Saturday that his nation’s warplanes would no longer attack areas where civilians are present, a step meant to ease tensions between the Shiite Muslim-dominated central government and the Sunni Muslim minority....
| Sep 15, 2014
| 12:18 PM
Democratic Sen. Tim Kaine of Virginia says the question of whether Congress needs to authorize President Barack Obama's declared war on Islamic State was settled by Thomas Jefferson when that president went after the Barbary pirates more than 200 years...
| Sep 15, 2014
| 2:21 PM
President Barack Obama's address to the nation last week was the strongest of his presidency. After weeks of bumbling, inconsistent statements, he offered a taut, tough-minded response to terrorism in Iraq and Syria. America's goal, he said, is to...
| Sep 17, 2014
| 7:23 AM
Militants in Iraq are seeking to blunt the effectiveness of U.S. airstrikes by dispersing their forces into urban areas and increasingly adopting terror tactics such as suicide attacks and bombings, says a senior American military officer.
| Sep 10, 2014
| 6:41 PM
Iran is tacitly supporting Iraqi officials' efforts to form a government in Baghdad that includes the country's three main ethnic and religious groups, according to Iraqi and Western diplomats, an encouraging sign for U.S. efforts to forge a regional...