The Army is investigating the commander of a battalion at the main U.S. missile defense base for condoning sexual affairs at the remote facility in Alaska, creating what subordinates called a “toxic environment.”
A dispute over whether to include Iran in proposed negotiations to end the fighting in Syria is complicating the effort by the U.S. and allies to present a unified front against President Bashar al-Assad’s regime.
Several major U.S. utilities are under “constant” cyberattack and haven’t taken precautions to protect critical systems from Iran, North Korea and other adversaries, according to a congressional survey of more than 100 companies accounting for much of the nation’s power system.
The almost daily disclosures by the White House about who knew about an IRS investigation before it became public has helped stoke the furor over the agency’s scrutiny of tax-exempt groups and given the president’s harshest critics an opening.
This month, the U.S. expanded its already aggressive sanctions on Iran by penalizing several companies suspected of aiding the country’s nuclear program or helping the regime evade trade restrictions. The U.S. Senate also introduced legislation that could prevent Iran from accessing more than $100 billion held in overseas banks.
The U.S. and its allies will expand backing for Syrian rebels and consider all options short of deploying American troops if diplomacy doesn’t halt a bloody civil war, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said.