How Iran Protests Play into Middle East Power Struggles

 "Part of me is feeling hope," said Arash Azizi, a New York University researcher, far from his home in Iran. "We see the rising up of the downtrodden." "But I am even more worried than hopeful," he added. More than
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Captured American IS Fighter’s Story Raising ‘Red Flags’

VOA Jeff Seldin Intelligence officials are taking a close look at what an American Islamic State (IS) fighter is telling Kurdish media; parts of his account raise as many questions as answers. Mohamad Jamal Khweis, the 26-year-old from Alexandria, Virginia, spoke just days after he claims to have fled (more...)

US Senate to Vote on Syrian, Iraqi Refugees

VOA Michael Bowman The U.S. Senate is expected to hold a test vote later Wednesday on whether to severely restrict America's acceptance of refugees from Syria and Iraq, because of continuing fears that the Islamic State group and other terrorist infiltrators could be among the millions who have fled horrific violence and (more...)

Trump: World Better Off With Hussein, Gadhafi in Power

VOA News The world would be a better place if dictators such as Iraq's Saddam Hussein and Libya's Moammar Gadhafi were still in power, top Republican U.S. presidential hopeful Donald Trump said in comments aired Sunday. Calling Iraq the "Harvard of terrorism," Trump told CNN's State of the Union the country had turned (more...)

Official: Obama, Putin Have ‘Shared Desire’ to Solve Syrian Crisis

VOA Aru Pande UNITED NATIONS— During a one-on-one meeting Monday on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly, U.S. President Barack Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin shared their views on Syria, disagreeing about the role of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, but agreeing to stay out of each other's way militarily. “This was (more...)

Migrant Toddler Found on Turkish Beach Identified

VOA News The 3-year-old migrant Syrian boy whose dead body was found on a Turkish beach when his boat sank was identified Thursday as Aylan Kurdi. The heartbreaking photograph of Aylan, dressed in a red T-shirt and sneakers and lying face down in the surf, ran on front pages around the globe (more...)

Iran, Not ISIS, Is The Real Menace

By Dr. Alon Ben-Meir Whereas the international focus today is on how to counter violent extremism, which is behind many of the violent conflicts sweeping the Middle East, the real destabilizing power and sponsor of terrorism in the region and beyond is Iran. Unlike violent extremists and religious fanatics such as (more...)

Degrading and Defeating ISIL

This commentary by General John Allen, U.S. special envoy to the global coalition to counter ISIL, was published in the December 29 online version of DefenseNews. There are no republication restrictions. by General John Allen In early June of this year, Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (more...)

Kerry: ISIL a Threat to Russia, Too

By Scott Stearns VOA News This article originally was posted to the Voice of America website on September 11. Jeddah, Saudia Arabia — U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and the U.S. administration are disappointed by Russia’s initial reaction to President Obama’s speech on the Islamic State of Iraq and (more...)

U.S. Continues Airstrikes Against ISIL in Iraq

This article was originally published on the Defense Department website on August 20. Washington — U.S. military forces continued to attack ISIL terrorists in support of Iraqi security force operations, using fighter, remotely piloted and attack aircraft to conduct 14 airstrikes in the vicinity of the Mosul Dam, (more...)

Obama on Recent Developments in Iraq

I wanted to provide an update on recent developments in Iraq, including some important steps forward as Iraqis form a new government. Over the past few days, American forces have successfully conducted targeted airstrikes to prevent terrorist forces from advancing on the city of Erbil, and to protect (more...)

President Obama on Situation in Iraq

THE WHITE HOUSE Office of the Press Secretary Washington, D.C. June 13, 2014 Yesterday, I convened a meeting with my National Security Council to discuss the situation there, and this morning I received an update from my team. Over the last several days, we’ve seen significant gains made by ISIL, a (more...)

U.S. Welcomes Record Number of Refugees

By Jane Morse Staff Writer The United States welcomed a record number of refugees in fiscal year 2013. The 69,930 refugees who found safe haven this year in the United States represent the Obama administration’s commitment to creating a refugee admissions program that meets important security screening standards as well (more...)

Saving Syria’s Cultural Heritage

Part of the humanitarian disaster in Syria is the threat to the country’s cultural objects and sites. Few countries are as rich culturally, have had such a glorious past, and are as important to human civilization as Syria. Syria’s history extends over thousands of years. A succession of (more...)

Obama’s National Address on Why Syria Matters

My fellow Americans, tonight I want to talk to you about Syria -- why it matters, and where we go from here. Over the past two years, what began as a series of peaceful protests against the repressive regime of Bashar al-Assad has turned into a brutal civil war. (more...)

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