| Aug 22, 2014
| 3:47 PM
Shiite Muslim militiamen on Friday stormed a Sunni mosque in eastern Iraq and opened fire, killing scores of worshipers, residents and Iraqi officials said, in a sign of growing sectarian violence stemming from the rise of the Islamic State militant...
| Aug 24, 2014
| 1:25 PM
Baghdad called President Barack Obama's bluff and he came through. He had refused to provide air support to Iraqi government forces until the Iraqis got rid of their divisive sectarian prime minister.
They did. He responded.
With the support of U.S....
| Sep 12, 2014
| 7:06 PM
As Islamic State fighters from Syria blitzed across northern Iraq this summer, they swept thousands of fresh recruits from Iraqi Sunni tribal militias, prisons and insurgent groups into their ranks, nearly tripling the size of their armed force and...
| Sep 14, 2014
President Barack Obama will visit U.S. Central Command, headquartered at MacDill Air Force Base, on Wednesday for a briefing from his commanders on battle plans against the Sunni insurgent group Islamic State.
"As we implement the President's strategy...
| Sep 7, 2014
| 7:47 PM
U.S. warplanes carried out five strikes on Islamic State insurgents menacing Iraq's Haditha Dam on Sunday, witnesses and officials said, widening what President Barack Obama called a campaign to curb and ultimately defeat the jihadist movement.
| Sep 8, 2014
| 8:14 PM
Iraq's parliament late Monday approved a new prime minister and Cabinet in response to international demands for a more inclusive government in Baghdad to fight Sunni militants waging violence across Iraq and Syria.
Lawmakers endorsed Shiite Haider...
| Aug 4, 2014
| 7:44 AM
Using secret tunnels built by Saddam Hussein and rough terrain to outfox Iraqi troops, Islamic State insurgents are getting dangerously close to Baghdad with the support of heavily-armed Sunni tribesmen, Iraqi security and intelligence officials said....
| Jul 28, 2014
| 8:30 AM
Frontline's "Losing Iraq" is, in essence, the foreign-policy companion to the PBS news program's recent domestic-surveillance treatise "United States of Secrets," offering an evenhanded approach to a topic where reason is often drowned out elsewhere by...
| Jul 28, 2014
| 1:14 PM
A stunning unfolding of international crises, from Iraq to Ukraine to Syria to Gaza, has prompted some less-than-edifying Washington debate: It's all President Obama's fault. No, it's not his fault at all.
It would be a pity if partisan fervor kept us...
| Jul 29, 2014
| 2:39 PM
A $100-million bonanza of crude oil sits in a tanker off the coast of Galveston, Texas, but moving it to shore has become a knotty foreign policy problem.
Late Monday, a federal court ordered U.S. marshals to seize the cargo of the tanker, the United...
| Jul 29, 2014
| 6:15 PM
Nero fiddled while Rome burned. On Saturday, President Obama played golf while his foreign policy, and that of the nation he leads, was going up in smoke. Literally.
Saturday was the day the State Department ordered the evacuation of the U.S. Embassy in...