| Oct 3, 2014
| 3:00 AM
In striving to sell his strategy for taking on the jihadist terror group the Islamic State, President Obama has offered a heavy dose of wishful thinking about the new Iraqi leadership and his coalition of the willing that includes Arab allies.
| Oct 1, 2014
| 2:30 AM
WASHINGTON -- In striving to sell his strategy for taking on the jihadist terror group the Islamic State, President Obama has offered a heavy dose of wishful thinking about the new Iraqi leadership and his coalition of the willing that includes Arab...
| Sep 30, 2014
| 2:24 PM
The Islamic State may practice medieval barbarism in Syria and Iraq, but its worldwide media operations are 21st century.
It's active on social media, it has pamphlets, weekly illustrated magazines, billboards, T-shirts, baseball hats and even...
| 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 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....
| Jun 24, 2014
| 3:31 PM
I remember the date, March 19, 2003, quite well because it was the fiftieth birthday of a lifelong friend from childhood, and I had just called to give him a hard time about it. Later that evening, we were treated to a spectacular fireworks display....
| 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...
| Jun 1, 2014
| 5:29 AM
Nearly 800 people were killed in violence across Iraq in May, the United Nations said Sunday, making it the deadliest month so far this year.
Of the total 799 people killed, 196 were members of the Iraqi security forces, and the rest were civilians--...
| 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...
| Jul 12, 2014
| 7:06 PM
Gunmen stormed a residential complex in an upscale Baghdad neighborhood Saturday, killing at least 30 people, most of them women, according to Iraqi media.
A group of armed men raided a building in the eastern Baghdad neighborhood of Zayouna, breaking...
| Jul 16, 2014
| 6:08 PM
Massoud Barzani, president of Iraq's semiautonomous Kurdistan region, rattled many cages this month when he announced in parliament that the KRG would be moving ahead soon on a referendum on independence from Iraq. If Kurdistan goes ahead with such a...