Syria Talks End, US Officials Hint Damascus Taking it Easy on al Qaeda

During the nine days of the initial round of talks between the Syrian regime and a coalition of rebel groups, almost 1,900 people were killed across the country in continuing violence, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said on Friday. There wasn’t much optimism among participants as the talks broke up until Feb 10, with…

US to Send More Drones, Missiles to Iraq

As the Iraqi government struggles to contain the exploding violence that slaughtered more than 8,000 civilians in 2013—which the United Nations says is the highest level of violence since 2008—the Baghdad government is looking to the United States for help. According to a report in the New York Times, Iraq has requested ten relatively low-tech…

Special Ops CV-22 Hit by Ground Fire in South Sudan, Personnel Injured

The US Africa Command confirmed this morning that several US servicemembes were injured today while trying to evacuate American citizens form the embattled town of Bor in South Sudan. In a statement, an AFRICOM official wrote that three CV-22 Ospreys—which are the US Air Force Special Operations variant—“were fired on by small arms fire by…

Former Pentagon “Drone” Lawyer Confirmed as New DHS Chief

On Thursday, the Senate overwhelmingly confirmed Jeh Johnson to be the fourth head of the Department of Homeland Security since its creation in 2002, by a vote of 78-16. President Obama’s nominee—who faced tough confirmation questions from a group of Republican Senators who represent border states concerned about spillover violence from gang violence in Mexico—is…

Iran Nuke Deal Inked; Two Sides Already Interpreting it Differently

  In a striking Saturday night announcement, a team of international negotiators and Iran announced that the two sides had hammered out a deal to temporarily halt the Iranian nuclear program in exchange for modest rollbacks of American-led economic sanctions against elements of the Iranian economy. “We have reached an agreement,” Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad…

Read the White House Fact Sheet on the Iran Nuclear Deal

THE WHITE HOUSE Office of the Press Secretary FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE November 23, 2013   Fact Sheet:  First Step Understandings Regarding the Islamic Republic of Iran’s Nuclear Program   The P5+1 (the United States, United Kingdom, Germany, France, Russia, and China, facilitated by the European Union) has been engaged in serious and substantive negotiations with…