Fighters from a breakaway al-Qaeda group seized control of Mosul, Iraq’s second-biggest city, driving out government forces and highlighting Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki weakening grip on the country.
Across desert mountain ranges and in dusty urban alleyways, Yemen’s army has begun a U.S.-backed offensive to dislodge al-Qaeda militants whose growing numbers pose a threat to neighbors including Saudi Arabia.
The package arrived at Cindy Lohman’s home in Great Mills, Maryland, just two weeks after she learned that her son, Ryan, a 24-year-old Army sergeant, had been killed by a bomb in Afghanistan. It was a thick, 9-inch-by- 12-inch envelope from Prudential Financial Inc ., which handles life insurance for the Department of Veterans Affairs.
Saudi Arabia’s decision to send $3 billion of military aid to Lebanon’s army is the latest sign of an increasingly assertive foreign policy that seeks to buy regional influence and counter Iranian power.