The Washington Post

Friday, May 6, 2016 - 06:28
What remains of al-Qaeda in Afghanistan is now working more closely with the Taliban, a spokesman for the U.S. led-mission there told reporters Thursday. If true, the renewed cooperation between the two groups marks another chapter in a relationship that has ebbed and flowed since 2001.
Friday, May 6, 2016 - 06:26
Mark Kelton retired from the CIA, and his health has recovered after he had abdominal surgery. But agency officials continue to think that it is plausible — if not provable — that Kelton’s sudden illness was somehow orchestrated by Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence agency, known as the ISI.
Thursday, May 5, 2016 - 06:47
By using the word "corruption," we usually mean one of two things: when someone who is in a position of power or authority uses it to embezzle funds or otherwise extract undue benefit, or they extort it directly in the form of a bribe. Citizens of countries in the Middle East and North Africa are no strangers to both kinds.
Thursday, May 5, 2016 - 06:22
If first impressions really can be gleaned from footwear, Afghan security forces may be about as disjointed and ragged as a state-run military can get.
Tuesday, May 3, 2016 - 06:22
Measures to strengthen the rebels, and ground the government’s air force, are not only the morally right response to the deliberate bombing of hospitals and food stores. Pragmatically, they offer the only way to force the Assad regime and its allies to negotiate seriously about Syria’s future.
Tuesday, May 3, 2016 - 06:11
The new firebase is part of a creeping U.S. buildup in Iraq since troops first returned to the country with a contingent of 275 advisers, described at the time by the Pentagon as a temporary measure to help get “eyes on the ground.”
Monday, May 2, 2016 - 06:45
The Islamic State’s affiliate in Egypt is staging increasingly sophisticated and daring attacks, officials and analysts say, prompting Israel, Egypt and the Palestinian militant group Hamas to form an unlikely alliance against the terrorist group.
Thursday, April 28, 2016 - 06:45
The case is symptomatic of the disconnect between the rhetoric of strategic partnership with the United States and the actual practices of Persian Gulf regimes. Torture and sham trials are routine — and U.S. citizens seem to be singled out for exceptional punishment, notwithstanding the tiny country’s heavy reliance for defense on U.S. forces in the Persian Gulf.
Monday, April 25, 2016 - 06:41
The U.S. military on Friday acknowledged killing 20 civilians and wounding 11 more in recent airstrikes in Iraq and Syria, more than doubling the number of civilian fatalities it has admitted causing in the military campaign against the Islamic State.
Monday, April 25, 2016 - 06:10
President Obama outlined plans Monday to nearly quadruple the size of U.S. Special Operations forces in Syria to up to 300 troops, saying it was needed to keep pressure on the Islamic State.