Protecting Religious Minorities in Iraq

Iraqi Christians who fled the violence in the village of Qaraqush.

04/29/2016
"If Daesh is successful in its genocidal and ethnic cleansing efforts," said Mr. Thames, "religious minorities could disappear from Iraq and the region’s dwindling religious diversity could fade even further." More
April 2016
April 29, 2016

Audio Human Rights in Iran

State Department report notes “severe restrictions on civil liberties, including the freedoms of assembly, association, speech (including via the internet), religion and press.”

April 25, 2016

Audio Help for Yemen

The United States is sending urgently needed humanitarian assistance in response to the crisis in Yemen, the Middle East's poorest and most food insecure country.

April 23, 2016

Audio Remembering Operation Anfal

This month marks the observance of the 28th anniversary of the beginning of Operation Anfal, then-Iraqi President Saddam Hussein’s murderous campaign against the populations in northern Iraq. The al-Anfal campaign, began in 1986 and ended in 1989.

April 15, 2016

Audio Kerry at G7 Summit in Japan

At the recent G7 meeting in Japan, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and fellow Foreign Ministers discussed the path forward on a long list of global challenges.

April 13, 2016

Audio Daesh's Days Are Numbered

The United States has joined other members of the Coalition to contribute a total of over $100 million to the United Nation’s Funding Facility for Immediate Stabilization.

April 11, 2016

Audio Iran's Continued Destabilizing Behavior

The U.S. Navy announced this month that it had seized a ship laden with illegal weapons in the Persian Gulf that were likely bound for Houthi fighters in Yemen. It was the latest in a string of illicit weapons shipments seized in the region by naval forces and assessed by the U.S. to have originated in Iran.

April 06, 2016

Audio Letter and Spirit of Iranian Nuclear Deal

President Barack Obama pointed to the nuclear deal agreed to by Iran, the European Union, and the P5+1 countries as one of the top accomplishments in his administration’s drive to halt the spread of nuclear weapons.

April 05, 2016

Audio Syrian Ceasefire Violations Must Stop

Syrian regime aircraft reportedly violated the month-long cessation of hostilities by bombing the Deir al-Asafir district in southeast of Damascus.

April 04, 2016

Audio Momentum Against ISIL Builds

The last few weeks have not been good for the advancement of ISIL’s goals in Iraq and Syria.

April 2016

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Reflecting the Views of the U.S. Government as Broadcast on The Voice of America

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04/22/2016
The U.S. has been encouraged by Iran’s adherence to its commitments under the nuclear deal. But “profound differences” with Iran remain: its support for terrorism, its assistance to the brutal Assad regime, it rights abuses against the Iranian people.
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Video View From Washington: Iran's Destabilizing Behavior

The U.S. has been encouraged by Iran’s adherence to its commitments under the nuclear deal. But “profound differences” with Iran remain: its support for terrorism, its assistance to the brutal Assad regime, it rights abuses against the Iranian people.
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Video View From Washington: Letter and Spirit of Iranian Nuclear Deal

President Obama noted that, so far, Iran’s leaders have lived up to the nuclear deal to the letter; but he cautioned that the spirit of the agreement also involves Iran’s sending signals to the world community and businesses that it is not going to be engaging in a range of provocative actions.
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Video View From Washington: Shrinking ISIL at its Core

Recent ISIL set-backs in Iraq and in northeastern Syria once again expose the hollowness of the claim that the so-called caliphate’s expansion is inevitable.
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Video View From Washington: The Gulf Cooperation Council Designates Hezbollah "Terrorist"

The GCC’s formal designation of Hezbollah as a terrorist group is further evidence that, as Secretary of State John Kerry has noted, “a growing number of governments are recognizing Hezbollah as the dangerous and destabilizing terrorist organization that it is.”
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Video View From Washington: Deep Concern Over Iran's Missile Launches

The United States will continue to press the U.N. Security Council for a response to Iran’s recent ballistic missile launches.