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.
President Barack Obama today will provide new details justifying the targeted killing of terrorists overseas and announcing steps toward his goal of shutting the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
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.
Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad, whose government was last year described as close to collapse by groups ranging from the North Atlantic Treaty Organization to the armed opposition, may remain in power for years to come.
Syrian government forces and their Hezbollah allies from Lebanon pounded rebels yesterday in an offensive to retake the strategic city of Al-Qusair, as the country’s civil war escalates into a regional conflict.
Iran lifted its output of uranium, the heavy metal at the center of the Islamic Republic’s clash with the United Nations, according to inspectors, who also reported that the Persian Gulf country continued upgrading the machines it’s using to purify the material.
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry heads to Jordan today for talks with Mideast and European allies to promote a negotiated end to the crisis in Syria, as government and rebel forces battle for control of the strategic city of Al-Qusair.
Communities inhabited by Shiite Muslims and President Bashar al-Assad’s Alawite minority will be “wiped off the map” if the strategic city of Al-Qusair in central Syria falls to government troops, rebel forces said.
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry will try during a weeklong Mideast tour to bring Syria’s warring parties to peace talks and to revive negotiations for a two- state agreement between Israel and the Palestinians.
Sectarian tensions that are tearing apart Syria and driving violence in Iraq are evident across the Middle East as Sunni and Shiite Muslims clash, according to a report on religious freedom by the U.S. State Department.