Iraqi Christians who fled the violence in the village of Qaraqush.
State Department report notes “severe restrictions on civil liberties, including the freedoms of assembly, association, speech (including via the internet), religion and press.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Syrian regime aircraft reportedly violated the month-long cessation of hostilities by bombing the Deir al-Asafir district in southeast of Damascus.
The last few weeks have not been good for the advancement of ISIL’s goals in Iraq and Syria.