The rapid advance by Islamic militants in Iraq is building pressure on President Barack Obama to launch air strikes to support the beleaguered Iraqi army.
A Yemen-based terrorist group, once a poor stepchild of Osama bin Laden’s al-Qaeda organization in Afghanistan and Pakistan, has become the chief focus of U.S. counterterrorism efforts.
A U.S. intelligence report laying out evidence that Syria’s regime used chemical weapons to kill more than 1,400 people doesn’t show that President Bashar al- Assad himself ordered the attack.
"This stuff was briefed to congressional leaders. It was subject to presidential control."
- Paul Pillar on Dec 11, 2014