Karen DeYoung

Tuesday, November 1, 2016 - 07:02
Obama administration officials acknowledged a wealth of problems that could derail the offensive, including the need to gather and train additional Syrian forces. More ominously, they cite the explosive dynamics between two allies: Turkey and Syrian Kurdish fighters, who form the bulk of the existing offensive force.
Friday, September 9, 2016 - 07:30
The Obama administration has told Russia that it is at the end of its patience in trying to arrange a cease-fire in Syria, along with proposed joint U.S.-Russia counterterrorism operations, and that it expects a decision from Moscow in the next several days.
Thursday, June 2, 2016 - 06:33
A U.S.-backed force of Kurds and Arabs advanced toward an important Islamic State transit town in Syria on Wednesday, brushing aside Turkish opposition to the involvement of Kurds in operations to recapture the strategically vital area.
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.
Thursday, February 4, 2016 - 06:56
Today, Colombia is on the verge of signing a historic peace deal with leftist guerrillas that will end a half-century of internal war. Despite the falling price of oil, its biggest export, the Colombian economy is one of the most robust in Latin America, and the country is a prime destination for U.S. and global investors.
Thursday, November 12, 2015 - 06:32
The Obama administration will be forced this weekend to grapple with major decisions on Syria that it has long resisted making but may now be unavoidable if the president’s diplomatic and military strategies there are to succeed.
Thursday, September 17, 2015 - 06:08
The Obama administration is moving toward major changes in its military train-and-equip program for the Syrian opposition after the acknowledged failure of efforts to create a new force of rebel fighters to combat the Islamic State there.
Friday, August 21, 2015 - 07:14
The Pentagon could withhold hundreds of millions of dollars from Pakistan’s military over concerns that it is not doing enough to combat insurgent groups that plan and coordinate attacks from its soil on neighboring Afghanistan, according to U.S. and Pakistani officials.
Monday, July 27, 2015 - 06:18
Turkey and the United States have agreed on the outlines of a de facto “safe zone” along the Turkey-Syria border under the terms of a deal that is expected to significantly increase the scope and pace of the U.S.-led air war against the Islamic State in northern Syria, according to U.S. and Turkish officials.
Tuesday, July 7, 2015 - 06:45
The Obama administration will not move immediately to place an ambassador in Cuba but will name Jeffrey DeLaurentis, the career diplomat who has headed its diplomatic mission in Havana since last summer, as charge d’affaires, the State Department said Monday.