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Israel shocked by ‘unacceptable’ U.S. concessions on Iran’s nuclear program

Israeli Strategic Minister Yuval Steinitz

Special to JERUSALEM — Israel has expressed alarm over the prospect of U.S. nuclear concessions to Iran. Officials said the government of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was dismayed by indications that Washington would enable Iran to continue its nuclear program, including those elements that could be used for weapons. The officials cited testimony to [...]

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Beijing makes a point of delivering pointed remarks to the visiting Chuck Hagel

Chinese Defense Minister Gen. Chang Wanquan and U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel in Beijing on April 7. /

Special to By Willy Lam, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel’s visit to Beijing will be remembered as the first time that People’s Liberation Army generals publicly lectured a top official of the United States. Responding to remarks made by Hagel earlier this week about the U.S. standing by Japan and other Asian allies against [...]

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U.S. offers reward of $3 million each for capture of 3 Turkish insurgents


Special to WASHINGTON — The United States has sought help for the capture of three Turkish insurgency commanders. The State Department offered a reward for the capture of three senior members of the Revolutionary People’s Liberation Party/Front. Those targeted were identified as Musa Asoglu, Zerrin Sari and Seher Demir Sen, deemed responsible for attacking [...]

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Sources: U.S. urges Israel to attack Syrian forces threatening CIA-trained rebels in Golan

A truck carries an Israeli Merkava tank making its way to the Israeli-Syrian border in the center of the Golan Heights.  /EPA

Special to LONDON — The United States is pressuring Israel to attack the Syrian military in the Golan Heights. Western diplomatic sources said the administration of President Barack Obama has urged Israel to stop a Syrian Army advance toward U.S.-trained rebels in the Golan Heights. The sources said the rebels, trained and sent from [...]

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Obama is reversing Reagan’s Cold War victory, inviting new hot wars

Speaking at Berlin's Brandenberg Gate in October 1987, President Ronald Reagan called for Soviet leader Gorbachev to "tear down this wall."

Jeffrey T. Kuhner President Obama is on the verge of an historic triumph. Since the fall of the Berlin Wall, the American Left has been bitter about America’s victory in the Cold War. For decades, they preached moral equivalence between the United States and the Soviet Union. In their view, America was to blame for [...]

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World’s superpower admits most of its non-lethal aid never reached ‘moderate’ Syrian rebels

Anne Patterson

Special to WASHINGTON — The administration of President Barack Obama has acknowledged that its Syria rebel aid program failed. A senior U.S. diplomat told Congress that the hundreds of millions of dollars of aid to Sunni rebels have not made a dent in the three-year war against President Bashar Assad. The diplomat, Anne Patterson, [...]

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U.S. calls out top Kuwaiti official for helping finance Al Qaida

Kuwaiti Justice Minister Nayef Al Ajmi

Special to ABU DHABI — A Kuwaiti minister has been challenged to confirm allegations by the United States that he helped fund Al Qaida. Kuwaiti Justice Minister Nayef Al Ajmi was accused by a senior U.S. official of promoting what was termed terrorism. Al Ajmi, who also serves as Islamic Affairs minister, was also [...]

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Clapper: Iran ‘making technical advancements’ that point to nuclear weapons

Director of National Intelligence James Clapper.  /AP/Pablo Martinez Monsivais

Special to WASHINGTON — The U.S. intelligence community has determined that Iran, despite its agreement with the West, would continue to enhance its nuclear weapons capability. Officials said the intelligence community has dismissed the prospect that Iran would slow down its nuclear weapons program. The officials said the community, despite assurances by the White [...]

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Analyst: Obama working with Sudan regime despite continued Darfur atrocities


Special to WASHINGTON — The U.S. intelligence community has maintained cooperation with Sudan despite atrocities in Darfur and weapons shipments to the Hamas regime, a report said. A leading U.S. analyst asserted that the administration of President Barack Obama has maintained cooperation with the Khartoum regime amid continued human rights violations and the killing [...]

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Iran tops agenda as Obama prepares for trip to Riyad

Saudi Deputy Defense Minister Prince Salman bin Sultan, on his debut trip to Washington in the post, met with Deputy Secretary of State William Burns at the State Department on March 20.

Special to WASHINGTON — Saudi Arabia’s new deputy defense minister has been reviewing U.S. arms projects. Prince Salman Bin Sultan has conducted his first visit to the United States as Saudi Arabia’s new deputy defense minister. [See also: Saudi defense minister talks strategic ties with Beijing in advance of Obama trip] Salman, who spent [...]

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