U.S. Policy

Monday, November 3, 2014 - 06:36
Iraqi security forces, backed by American-led air power and hundreds of advisers, are planning to mount a major spring offensive against Islamic State fighters who have poured into the country from Syria, a campaign that is likely to face an array of logistical and political challenges.
Friday, October 31, 2014 - 06:43
Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel acknowledged for the first time Thursday that the U.S.-led airstrikes against the Islamic State are benefiting Syrian President Bashar Assad — highlighting a strategy that sources close to the White House say was hotly contested by some of President Obama's national security advisers.
Friday, October 31, 2014 - 06:40
Abu Karar, an eager Shiite Muslim militiaman, is willing to fight alongside the Iraqi army against Islamic State militants. But he is not counting on the army for much support in battle.
Friday, October 31, 2014 - 06:37
U.S. military leaders want to expand the advise-and-assist mission into Iraq’s Anbar province and put combat advisers on the ground to help support the fight against Islamic State militants.
Friday, October 31, 2014 - 06:35
The Obama administration's plan to raise a 15,000-strong rebel army in Syria has run into steep political and military obstacles, raising doubts about a key element of the White House strategy for defeating Islamic State militants in the midst of a civil war.
Friday, October 31, 2014 - 06:31
The Pentagon brass placed in charge of implementing Obama’s war against ISIS are getting fed up with the short leash the White House put them on. Top military leaders in the Pentagon and in the field are growing increasingly frustrated by the tight constraints the White House has placed on the plans to fight ISIS and train a new Syrian rebel army.
Friday, October 31, 2014 - 06:27
President Barack Obama’s top national security aides are at odds over the U.S. strategy for Syria, engaged in a debate behind the scenes as the administration endures a rash of withering skepticism on foreign and defense policy.
Friday, October 31, 2014 - 06:26
More than 1,000 foreign fighters are streaming into Syria each month, a rate that has so far been unchanged by airstrikes against the Islamic State and efforts by other countries to stem the flow of departures, according to U.S. intelligence and counterterrorism officials.
Friday, October 31, 2014 - 06:24
The U.S. intelligence community now believes two key terrorist operatives targeted by the United States in the opening night of attacks in Syria are still alive and could be actively plotting, multiple officials tell CNN.
Thursday, October 30, 2014 - 10:48
Many Arab governments are fueling the very extremism they purport to fight and looking for U.S. cover. Washington should play the long game.