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Kerry in Qatar to ease Arab concerns about Iran nuke deal

DOHA, Qatar — U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is in Qatar talks with Arab officials whose countries are wary of the nuclear deal world powers have struck with Iran.

Date: 08/02/2015 | Nation & World

Palestinian protester shot by Israeli troops dies

RAMALLAH, West Bank — An 18-year-old protester shot by Israeli troops during a demonstration over the killing of a Palestinian toddler died of his wounds Saturday, Palestinian health officials said.

Date: 08/01/2015 | Nation & World

A Polish Jew reaches out to save Syrian Christians

Christianity, whose presence in the Middle East predates Islam's by 600 years, is about to be cleansed from the Middle East. Egyptian Copts may have found some respite under Abdel Fatah al-Sissi, but after their persecution under the previous Muslim Brotherhood government, they know how...

Date: 07/31/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Is the problem Trump or those who support him?

Not long ago Donald Trump addressed a crowd in Arizona, where he retrod his undocumented claims about the Mexican government "sending" its rapists to the U.S. The venue was a convention center with a capacity of 4,100. Afterward he tweeted a photo of the audience with the...

Date: 07/22/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Shiite rebel shelling in Yemen near Aden kills at least 45

SANAA, Yemen — Shiite rebels and their allies in Yemen randomly shelled a town Sunday outside of Aden after losing control of some the port city’s neighborhoods, killing at least 45 people and wounding 120, officials said.

Date: 07/20/2015 | Nation & World

Pentagon chief Carter in Israel seeks deeper military ties

TEL AVIV, Israel — U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter said Sunday he has no expectation of persuading Israeli leaders to drop their opposition to the Iran nuclear deal, but will instead emphasize that the accord imposes no limits on what Washington can do to ensure the security of Israel and U.S.

Date: 07/19/2015 | Nation & World

Nuclear deal has firms eyeing Iranian opportunities

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — The nuclear deal is done. Now it’s time to talk business.While it will likely be months before sanctions on Iran ease, business and political leaders are wasting no time in trying to tap into a large and what they hope will be a lucrative Iranian market.

Date: 07/19/2015 | Business Wire

Deal with Iran saves us blood, treasure

To understand why the Iran nuclear deal is such a triumph, consider the most likely alternative: war.Imagine a U.S.-led military strike — not a pinprick but an extended bombing campaign robust enough to eliminate 98 percent of Iran's enriched uranium, put two-thirds of...

Date: 07/19/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Deal shows Iran can be pushed toward diplomacy

The shrill Republican attacks on the Iran nuclear deal are an embarrassment. Most global leaders share President Obama's view that the agreement is preferable to any realistic alternative. It's a diplomatic achievement that reinforces U.S. leadership, rather than undermining it. The...

Date: 07/19/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Iraqis brave searing heat in finals days of Ramadan

BAGHDAD — Iraqi policeman Ziad Radi is no stranger to hot weather, but his sun-blasted face is testament that even for seasoned Iraqis, the weather on Thursday was almost too hot to bear.

Date: 07/17/2015 | Nation & World

U.S. deal with Iran is both realism, retreat

President Obama was well into his feisty and freewheeling news conference on the Iran nuclear deal when Major Garrett of CBS News got under the presidential skin."As you well know, there are four Americans in Iran, three held on trumped-up charges," Garrett said.

Date: 07/17/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Deal puts Iran on irreversible nuclear path

When you write a column, as did I two weeks ago, headlined "The worst agreement in U.S. diplomatic history," you don't expect to revisit the issue. We had hit bottom. Or so I thought. Then on Tuesday the final terms of the Iranian nuclear deal were published. I was wrong.

Date: 07/17/2015 | Opinion Columnists

GOP quickly rejects Iran deal without reading it

Negotiators in Vienna had announced the Iran nuclear deal only an hour earlier, but Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, a Republican presidential candidate, was already on the airwaves denouncing it."You have created a possible death sentence for Israel," he...

Date: 07/16/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Nuclear deal is sound; Iran is bigger question

As the Iran nuclear talks neared the endgame, some observers worried that President Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry, in their eagerness for a deal, would give away the store with last-minute concessions.Those fears turned out to be misplaced, notwithstanding...

Date: 07/16/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Iran could buy $20 billion in airliners

The historic nuclear deal with Iran gives Boeing and Airbus Group a rare opportunity to reshape a civilian aviation industry.

Date: 07/15/2015 | Business Wire

Late Saudi official took diplomat’s long view

It was a measure of Prince Saud al-Faisal's skill as a diplomat that he helped sustain the long friendship between the United States and Saudi Arabia through events that could have (and maybe should have) shattered it — an oil embargo, several Arab-Israeli wars, the rise of...

Date: 07/14/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Document outlines sanctions relief for Iran

VIENNA — World powers and Iran have drawn up a draft document on the pace and timing of sanctions relief for the Islamic republic in exchange for curbs on Iran's nuclear program, advancing on one of the most contentious issues at their negotiations, diplomats said Saturday.

Date: 07/05/2015 | Nation & World

U.S. deal with Iran guarantees it gets a bomb

The devil is not in the details. It's in the entire conception of the Iran deal, animated by President Obama's fantastical belief that he, uniquely, could achieve detente with a fanatical Islamist regime whose foundational purpose is to cleanse the Middle East of the poisonous...

Date: 07/03/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Iran’s 2 voices complicating nuclear deal

Iran enters the endgame of the nuclear talks with what amount to two negotiating positions — the parameters reportedly endorsed in April at Lausanne by Foreign Minister Javad Zarif and another set of "red lines" drawn this week by Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei.

Date: 06/28/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Tunisia weighs new security approach as tourists flee

TUNIS, Tunisia — Thousands of tourists fled from Tunisia on Saturday after the country’s worst terrorist attack killed 38 people — including 15 Britons — as the government struggles to prevent future jihadi attacks against the all-important tourism sector.

Date: 06/27/2015 | Nation & World

U.S. airstrikes target al-Qaida militant in Libya

WASHINGTON — The U.S military launched airstrikes Saturday targeting and likely killing an al-Qaida leader in eastern Libya who has been charged with leading the attack on a gas plant in Algeria in 2013 that killed at least 35 hostages, including three Americans.

Date: 06/14/2015 | Nation & World

Thousands of Syrians flee into Turkey amid intense fighting

AKCAKALE, Turkey — Thousands of Syrians cut through a border fence and crossed over into Turkey on Sunday, fleeing intense fighting in northern Syria between Kurdish fighters and jihadis.

Date: 06/14/2015 | Nation & World

Democracy, pluralism thrive in Turkey

The march of authoritarianism around the world has had different names over the past decade: "Neo-Ottomanism," "Putinism," "the Beijing Consensus." The shared premise has been that fragile democratic systems were no match for strong rulers who could...

Date: 06/14/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Generals wary of deeper U.S. engagement in Iraq

As President Barack Obama was weighing how to halt Islamic State advances in Iraq, some of the strongest resistance to boosting U.S. involvement came from a surprising place: a war-weary military that has grown increasingly skeptical that force can prevail in a conflict fueled by...

Date: 06/13/2015 | Nation & World

Officials tell U.S. doctors to watch for MERS

NEW YORK — Health officials are advising U.S. doctors to be on the lookout for people sickened by Middle East respiratory syndrome, also called MERS, following an outbreak in South Korea.

Date: 06/11/2015 | Nation & World

More U.S. troops to aid Iraq

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama ordered the deployment of up to 450 more American troops to Iraq on Wednesday in an effort to reverse major battlefield losses to the Islamic State, an escalation but not a significant shift in the struggling U.S. strategy to defeat the extremist group.

Date: 06/11/2015 | Nation & World

Delta CEO takes on Gulf airline subsidies

ATLANTA — In the past few years, Delta Air Lines' CEO offended some Middle Easterners with a reference to Sept. 11, pitted the carrier against Boeing Co. in a trade issue and upset conservatives at home in Georgia.Is this any way to run an airline?It is for...

Date: 06/05/2015 | Business Wire

Kept silent, Iran’s political prisoners speak volumes

"We have police. They arrest girls or women for having bad hijab or not being covered enough. But it's not that we live with the police in our head. You know?" Those famous last words were pronounced by Yeganeh Salehi, an Iranian journalist, in an interview alongside her...

Date: 05/31/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Violence against females central to ISIS ideology

Amid all the Islamic State's atrocities — its massacres of civilians, its beheading of hostages, its pillaging of antiquities — the systematic violence the jihadists have carried out against countless enslaved women and girls never fails to shock. For months now, we've heard...

Date: 05/23/2015 | Nation & World

U.S. summit with Gulf Arab leaders upbeat

President Obama's meeting with Arab leaders of the Gulf Cooperation Council at Camp David ended with surprisingly upbeat statements and an "unequivocal" U.S. commitment "to deter and confront" any future aggression from Iran."The U.S.-G.C.C.

Date: 05/18/2015 | Opinion Columnists

U.S. airlines step up attack on Middle East carriers

Leaders of the three largest U.S. airlines are stepping up their attack against Middle Eastern competitors that they say get unfair government subsidies.

Date: 05/16/2015 | Business Wire

Signs of progress as coalition grows against Syria’s Assad

On the eve of a meeting between Arab leaders and President Obama to discuss Middle East security, developments in Syria could bolster the opposition's campaign to topple the regime there.Driving the opposition push in Syria is a new working relationship between Saudi Arabia,...

Date: 05/15/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Jeb Bush: I would not have gone into Iraq

TEMPE, Ariz. — After days of refusing to say whether, with the benefit of hindsight, he would have ordered the invasion of Iraq in 2003, Jeb Bush relented Thursday and said he would not have invaded.

Date: 05/14/2015 | Nation & World

Freedom best antidote to counter Islamic State

WASHINTON, D.C. -- As Arab leaders gather for discussions at Camp David this week, the Obama administration is quietly debating a revision of its strategy against the Islamic State to reflect a U.S. assessment that the terrorist group poses a global threat.Given the swirling...

Date: 05/13/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Obama to try to allay Gulf nation leaders’ fears about Iran

WASHINGTON — Leaders of Gulf nations unnerved by Washington’s nuclear talks with Iran and Tehran’s meddling across the Mideast look to President Barack Obama to promise more than words and weapons at Thursday’s Camp David summit.

Date: 05/10/2015 | Nation & World

Netanyahu may have more support in U.S. than at home

TEL AVIV — Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has been a dominating political figure in the U.S. this year, seemingly invincible as he hurled thunderbolts at President Obama and other adversaries. But here in Israel, not so much.After winning a narrow election victory...

Date: 05/10/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Emirates airline profit jumps 40 percent

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — Emirates overcame the effects of temporary runway closures at its Dubai base to pull in a $1.24 billion annual profit, a 40 percent gain driven by the rapid expansion of its business and helped by a drop in fuel prices, the fast-growing airline said Thursday.

Date: 05/08/2015 | Business Wire

Senate OKs bill to let Congress review Iran deal

WASHINGTON — In a rare bipartisan accord, the Senate overwhelmingly approved a bill Thursday that would give Congress power to review any nuclear deal with Iran, ending months of tense negotiations with the White House.

Date: 05/07/2015 | Nation & World

Street battles, Saudi airstrikes rock Yemen

SANAA, Yemen — Street battles raged Saturday in the Yemeni port city of Aden as the capital, Sanaa, was bombarded for the first time since Saudi Arabia declared an easing of its air offensive four days earlier.

Date: 04/26/2015 | Nation & World

Turkey must face its history, genocide

Where do I look for hope on this day that marks the 100th anniversary of the Armenian genocide? To the brave Turkish and Armenian human rights activists who have gathered in Istanbul this week to commemorate together the tragic events of 1915 and find a pathway to the future.

Date: 04/26/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Obama seeks balance among Gulf Arab states

President Obama has been trying since his September 2013 address to the United Nations to convince Saudi Arabia and other Gulf allies that the United States is truly committed to their security. So far, he hasn't been very successful, but he'll try again next month at a Camp David...

Date: 04/22/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Court sentences ousted Egypt president to 20 years in prison

CAIRO — An Egyptian criminal court on Tuesday sentenced ousted Islamist President Mohammed Morsi to 20 years in prison on charges linked to the killing of protesters in 2012, the first verdict to be issued against the country’s first freely elected leader.

Date: 04/21/2015 | Nation & World

Decades may pass before Mideast storms blow over

Will the Middle East be as unstable 10 years from now as it is today? I asked that question this week to a class of students at Harvard's Kennedy School. About half answered yes — that things will be as bad or worse, no matter what America does.These Harvard graduate...

Date: 04/19/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Foes of deal with Iran consistent in their inconsistency

In the 1980s, Ollie North and Fawn Hall gave us the Iran-contra affair. Now we're experiencing the Iran-contradiction affair.A week ago, Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-South Carolina, went on television and proposed abandoning the nuclear deal just reached with Iran and returning to...

Date: 04/17/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Iran pact only encourages proliferation

"Negotiations ... to prevent an Iranian capability to develop a nuclear arsenal are ending with an agreement that concedes this very capability. ..."— Henry Kissinger and George Shultz, The Wall Street Journal, April 8

Date: 04/10/2015 | Opinion Columnists

With framework in place Obama has big holes to fill

There's a buoyant sense at the White House this week — a feeling that a much-embattled President Obama has achieved the goal he set in January 2009 of engaging Iran on the basis of "mutual interest and mutual respect." But like the dog who catches the car he's been...

Date: 04/09/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Obama team promises to beef up defense aid to Persian Gulf allies

WASHINGTON — Obama administration officials are promising a major strengthening of U.S. defense commitments to Saudi Arabia and other Persian Gulf allies, possibly including a nuclear commitment to their security, in an intensifying effort to win their support for the proposed nuclear deal with...

Date: 04/07/2015 | Nation & World

At least 560 dead amid fears of humanitarian collapse in Yemen

SANAA, Yemen — As tons of desperately needed medical supplies await clearance to be flown into Yemen, aid workers warned Tuesday of an unfolding humanitarian crisis, saying at least 560 people, including dozens of children, have been killed, mostly in a Saudi-led air campaign and battles between...

Date: 04/07/2015 | Nation & World

Deal with Iran better than expected, better than the alternative

The framework agreement over Iran's nuclear program dramatically changes the Middle East. Hard-liners and hawks may complain all they want, but things will never go back to the way they were.I believe the change is clearly — perhaps historically — for the better.

Date: 04/07/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Fierce fighting rages as rebels move on holdouts in Yemen’s Aden

SANAA, Yemen — Pitched fighting intensified Monday in Yemen’s second-largest city, Aden, leaving streets littered with bodies, as Shiite rebels and their allies waged their strongest push yet to seize control of the main bastion of supporters of their rival, the country’s embattled president.

Date: 04/06/2015 | Nation & World

Iran could resume nuclear activities if West withdraws

TEHRAN, Iran — Iran's foreign minister said Saturday that Tehran would be able to return to its nuclear activities if the West withdraws from a pact that is to be finalized in June.Mohammad Javad Zarif, Iran's foreign minister and chief nuclear negotiator, said on a...

Date: 04/05/2015 | Nation & World

For one hawk, war with Iran the only course

After the horrors of the Iraq War, some former Bush administration officials pursued healing activities. Donald Rumsfeld set up a foundation, and White House chief of staff Josh Bolten has done philanthropic work overseas. Iraq viceroy Jerry Bremer took up painting, as did his old boss,...

Date: 04/05/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Deal with Iran has benefits, if everyone signs

The most compelling argument President Obama made for the nuclear framework deal with Iran was also the simplest one: The pact, once concluded, would be preferable to any realistic alternative.It's not a perfect agreement, and certainly not a permanent solution to the threat...

Date: 04/05/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Pause in Yemen bombing urged for evacuations, aid

SANAA, Yemen — As a Saudi Arabia-led air coalition continued to strike rebel targets across Yemen, Russia and the International Committee of the Red Cross on Saturday called for a pause in the bombardment to enable the evacuation of foreigners and the delivery of aid to people cut off for more than...

Date: 04/04/2015 | Nation & World

Former Iraqi officers call shots for Islamic State

SANLIURFA, Turkey — When Abu Hamza, a former Syrian rebel, agreed to join the Islamic State, he did so assuming he would become a part of the group’s promised Islamist utopia, which has lured foreign jihadists from around the globe.

Date: 04/04/2015 | Nation & World

Iran nuclear pact stirs hope, fear

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia — Iranian President Hassan Rouhani pledged Friday that his country would honor what he called a historic agreement to curb its nuclear program, provided that world powers uphold their end of the deal to ease economic pressures.

Date: 04/04/2015 | Nation & World

World powers, Iran reach deal on nukes

LAUSANNE, Switzerland — Six world powers and Iran announced the outline of a preliminary deal Thursday that Western officials said will impose sweeping restrictions on Iran's nuclear activities for more than a decade.Concluding a marathon bout of negotiations,...

Date: 04/03/2015 | Nation & World

World powers, Iran reach deal on nukes

LAUSANNE, Switzerland — After marathon negotiations, the United States, Iran and five other world powers announced an agreement Thursday outlining limits on Iran's nuclear program to block it from developing atomic weapons and directing negotiators toward a final accord this...

Date: 04/02/2015 | Nation & World

It may be best to wait out Mideast fights

As gung-ho "experts" press President Obama to do this, that or the other in the Middle East, keep a simple rule in mind: Whatever the avid interventionists suggest probably won't work — and surely will have unintended consequences.Obama's overall policy...

Date: 04/01/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Engaging Iran in talks may yet provide dividends

The British diplomat Harold Nicolson observed in 1960 that "a good negotiation takes about as long as it takes an elephant to have a baby." That has been true in the protracted Iran nuclear talks, although in this case, the baby may turn out to be stillborn.

Date: 03/31/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Iran nuke talks to continue in new phase

LAUSANNE, Switzerland — Wrapping up six days of marathon nuclear talks with mixed results, Iran and six world powers prepared Tuesday to issue a general statement agreeing to continue talks in a new phase aimed at reaching a final agreement by the end of June to control Iran’s nuclear ambitions,...

Date: 03/31/2015 | Nation & World

Tikrit a key test of U.S., Iraq efforts to drive out extremists

The battle for Tikrit has produced an important turnabout in the Iraqi campaign against extremists: Iranian-backed Shiite militias appear to have stalled there after three weeks of intense fighting, leading Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi to request U.S. airstrikes to complete the...

Date: 03/30/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Al-Qaida forces seize key Syrian city

BEIRUT — Islamic fighters led by al-Qaida's branch in Syria seized almost full control of the northwestern city of Idlib on Saturday, taking over major roundabouts and government buildings in a powerful blow to President Bashar Assad whose forces rapidly collapsed after four days...

Date: 03/28/2015 | Nation & World

Iran has surprise for oil markets

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — Lifting oil sanctions on Iran could hit global markets long before the nation starts pumping more crude.That's because the OPEC member has been stockpiling oil onshore and in supertankers in the Persian Gulf, according to data compiled by...

Date: 03/26/2015 | Business Wire

Yemen’s president flees nation by sea as rebels advance

SANAA, Yemen — Yemeni security and port officials say that President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi has left the country by sea, on a boat from the port of Aden, as Shiite rebels and their allies advance on this southern city.

Date: 03/25/2015 | Nation & World

Israel’s survival depends on two states

Eleven years ago, I carried my infant daughter into a synagogue basement and plunged her tiny body, head to toe, underwater.She emerged sputtering and coughing, then wailing, and the procedure, immersion in a Jewish ritual bath called mikvah, felt barbaric. But it was for an...

Date: 03/24/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Israeli president calls for healing after divisive election

JERUSALEM — Israeli President Reuven Rivlin said Sunday that the new Israeli government will have to serve “all the citizens of Israel,” and called for the country to begin a “healing process” after a stormy election campaign that highlighted deep internal divisions.

Date: 03/22/2015 | Nation & World

U.S., Iran cite progress in nuclear talks

LAUSANNE, Switzerland — With 10 days to a nuclear deal deadline, top U.S and Iranian officials spoke Saturday of substantial headway, and Iran’s president proclaimed that agreement was within reach. But America’s top diplomat said it was up to Tehran to make the decisions needed to get...

Date: 03/22/2015 | Nation & World

Players in Mideast Madness trade barbs and reassurances

It's March Madness in the Middle East: The U.S. and Israel are trading private barbs and public reassurances after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's defiant re-election victory, just as the U.S. is nearing a nuclear deal with Israel's chief adversary, Iran.It's a volatile...

Date: 03/22/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Reaction to Netanyahu speech will work against Obama

Back when political polls were reporting that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was likely to lose power in Tuesday's election, I figured that Bibi must have overplayed his hand when he spoke before Congress at the invitation of House Speaker John Boehner and against the wishes...

Date: 03/22/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Afghan leader comes to U.S. with high hopes

KABUL, Afghanistan — As the Afghan president heads to the United States on his first trip to Washington as head of state, the landmark visit offers a chance for both sides to start afresh and wipe the slate clean on the legacy of troubled U.S-Afghan relations.

Date: 03/21/2015 | Nation & World

ACLU challenges airport ‘behavior detection’ program

NEW YORK — A civil rights group sued the federal government Thursday to try to force it to turn over information about airport “behavior detection” programs designed to spot passengers who are potential threats, saying they lead to discrimination.

Date: 03/20/2015 | Nation & World

Israel is not what’s blocking a peace deal

Of all the idiocies uttered in reaction to Benjamin Netanyahu's stunning election victory, none is more ubiquitous than the idea that peace prospects are now dead because Netanyahu has declared that there will be no Palestinian state while he is Israel's prime minister.I...

Date: 03/20/2015 | Opinion Columnists

19 die in terror attack on Tunisia museum

TUNIS, Tunisia — Foreign tourists scrambled in panic Wednesday after militants stormed a museum in Tunisia's capital and killed 19 people, "shooting at anything that moved," a witness said.

Date: 03/18/2015 | Nation & World

Embattled Netanyahu: No Palestinian state on my watch

JERUSALEM — Embattled Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says a Palestinian state will not be established on his watch if he is re-elected.

Date: 03/16/2015 | Nation & World

Senators should have asked Iran to free reporter

If my Post colleague Jason Rezaian were home for his 39th birthday on Sunday, he'd probably be at his brother Ali's house in Mill Valley, California, building Star Wars Legos with his 7-year-old nephew and dipping into some spicy guacamole.Later, he'd likely tuck into a bowl...

Date: 03/16/2015 | Opinion Columnists

U.S., Iran press for nuke pact; lesser announcement on table?

LAUSANNE, Switzerland — The United States and Iran plunged back into negotiation Sunday, hoping to end once and for all a decades-long standoff that has raised the specter of an Iranian nuclear arsenal, a new atomic arms race in the Middle East and even a U.S. or Israeli military intervention. Two...

Date: 03/15/2015 | Nation & World

Netanyahu legacy on the line in Israeli vote

JERUSALEM — As Israelis prepare to vote in parliament elections on Tuesday, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu finds himself at a fateful crossroads: Make history or become history.

Date: 03/15/2015 | Nation & World

Pakistan to use armed drones against terrorists

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan — The Pakistani military said Friday that it has successfully tested its first armed drone and will begin using the weapons against terrorists operating inside the country’s borders.

Date: 03/15/2015 | Nation & World

For a change, we could base actions on rational thought

I wonder how many people recall when Benjamin Netanyahu urged the invasion of Iraq, "guaranteeing" it'd bring "enormous" benefits to the entire Middle East and, maybe, even lead to the downfall of Iran.Do they also remember that he started saying Iran...

Date: 03/14/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Iraqi forces move in on Tikrit

BAGHDAD — Iraqi troops clashed with Islamic State militants in the northern city of Tikrit on Friday, as pro-government forces tightened their grip on the extremist stronghold, officials said. But tensions flared between security forces and locals in the area, adding to fears of...

Date: 03/13/2015 | Nation & World

GOP apparently intent on setting up its own government

The New York Daily News branded Senate Republicans "TRAITORS" in large type across its cover Tuesday, saying, "GOPers try to sabotage Bam nuke deal."That's not quite right. It's true that 47 Republican senators did their level best to bring us closer...

Date: 03/12/2015 | Opinion Columnists

GOP gives Iran hard-liners out they sought

Even by congressional Republican standards, the naysaying letter to Iran sent Monday by 47 GOP senators was grossly irresponsible. Not only did it undercut President Obama's ability to negotiate a diplomatic agreement but it also undermined the aspect of the Iran nuclear deal that would...

Date: 03/12/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Senate GOP foils Obama and own goals

With a few tweaks to Scripture, herewith today's relevant verse: What therefore President Obama hath joined together, let Republicans put asunder.The letter from 47 Republican senators to Iran's leaders proffering a civics lesson on the U.S. Constitution has predictably...

Date: 03/12/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Iraqi soldiers, militia move into Tikrit

BAGHDAD — Iraqi soldiers and allied Shiite militiamen swept into the Islamic State-held city of Tikrit on Wednesday, launching a two-front offensive to squeeze extremists out of Saddam Hussein's hometown in a major test of the troops' resolve.Explosions and heavy...

Date: 03/11/2015 | Nation & World

Netanyahu says Israel will not cede land to Palestinians

JERUSALEM — Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Sunday that Israel will not cede territory due to the current climate in the Middle East, appearing to rule out the establishment of a Palestinian state.

Date: 03/08/2015 | Nation & World

ISIS destroys another Iraqi archaeological site

BAGHDAD — Islamic State militants continued their campaign targeting cultural heritage sites in territories they control in northern Iraq, looting and damaging the ancient city of Hatra just one day after bulldozing the historic city of Nimrud, according to Iraqi government officials and local...

Date: 03/08/2015 | Nation & World

Netanyahu hid a few concessions in speech to Congress

The worst moment of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's speech to Congress, at least for me, came when he used Elie Wiesel, a great moral hero, as a Hollywood-style prop. Presidents giving State of the Union addresses have the right to tug at our heartstrings by saluting honored...

Date: 03/08/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Netanyahu reveals flaws in Obama’s plan

Benjamin Netanyahu's address to Congress was notable in two respects. Queen Esther got her first standing O in 2,500 years. And President Obama came up empty in his campaign to pre-emptively undermine Netanyahu before the Israeli prime minister could present his case on the Iran...

Date: 03/06/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Democrats chose to make Netanyahu visit political

Nancy Pelosi was near tears. After Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's address to Congress on Tuesday, the House minority leader sent out a press release informing the media, "I was near tears throughout the Prime Minister's speech — saddened by the insult to the...

Date: 03/05/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Netanyahu’s path commits U.S. to war

Nancy Pelosi looked as if she might charge the well of the House and confront Benjamin Netanyahu personally.When the Israeli prime minister, in his controversial address to Congress on Tuesday, suggested that the deal the Obama administration is negotiating with Iran only...

Date: 03/05/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Netanyahu makes Israel's demands clear

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu lobbied powerfully against a nuclear agreement with Iran in a well-crafted speech to Congress on Tuesday. The problem is that he has now created a zero-sum game with the Obama administration, in which either the president or the prime minister...

Date: 03/05/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Netanyahu protests too much that his visit isn’t political

A slide projected onto the wall at the American Israel Public Affairs Committee gathering Monday contained a warning to delegates: "AIPAC is Bipartisan," it said, next to an image of a Democratic donkey and Republican elephant in boxing gear. "Check your gloves at the...

Date: 03/04/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Netanyahu assails Iran-nuclear talks in Congress address

WASHINGTON — In a speech that stirred political controversy in two countries, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told Congress on Tuesday that negotiations underway between Iran and the United States would "all but guarantee" that Tehran would get nuclear...

Date: 03/03/2015 | Nation & World

Christian soldiers head for Iraq

DOHUK, Iraq — In a smoky living room in a makeshift military headquarters in this northern Iraqi city, Brett, a former U.S serviceman with tattoos of Jesus etched on his forearms, explains how he hopes to help to keep the church bells of Iraq ringing."Jesus tells...

Date: 03/03/2015 | Nation & World

Netanyahu says Iran nuclear deal threatens Israel’s security

WASHINGTON — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu insisted Monday that his plans to address Congress are not aimed at disrespecting President Barack Obama, even as he assailed the U.S. leader's bid for a nuclear deal with Iran as a threat to his country's survival.

Date: 03/02/2015 | Nation & World

Iraqis attack to retake Tikrit from ISIS

BAGHDAD — Backed by allied Shiite and Sunni fighters, Iraqi security forces on Monday began a large-scale military operation to recapture Saddam Hussein's hometown from the Islamic State extremist group, state TV said, a major step in a campaign to reclaim a large swath of...

Date: 03/02/2015 | Nation & World

U.S. can’t allow Egypt to fall back into chaos

The Obama administration's decision to engage Egypt is "a case of realpolitik over idealism," concedes one official. But it's also the right policy choice.President Abdel Fatah al-Sissi certainly doesn't make it easy. His repression of dissent now rivals that of...

Date: 03/02/2015 | Opinion Columnists

U.S. deal with Iran won't remove sanctions as option

President Obama is clearly right — and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is wrong — about the Iran nuclear negotiations. But the broader and more consequential question of Iran's place in the world is much more complicated.As I've written, I don't fault...

Date: 03/01/2015 | Opinion Columnists

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Model Ts and memories: Just like her late father, Sarah Newberg loves classic Fords
Giving back
Giving back: U.S. women volleyball player Thompson eager to share lessons
New headquarters
New headquarters: Trucking firm sets up shop in Arlington
Creekside calm
Creekside calm: Buck Creek Campground is open again and it’s delightful