U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter attends a news conference at the French Defence Ministry in Paris, France, Jan. 20, 2016.
Over the past several days, the decision to follow the course of patient, tough diplomacy with Iran bore fruit.
Iraq suffered one of its deadliest days in recent memory, when at least fifty-one people lost their lives in a series of terrorist attacks in Baghdad and two other towns on January 11.
In Libya, the four year political power struggle following the fall of Moammar Gadhafi’s regime split and destabilized the country.
The Counter-ISIL Coalition and its allies on the ground in Syria and Iraq are making progress in rolling back ISIL.
In his final State of the Union Address President Barack Obama noted that this remains a “dangerous time."
It is welcome news that Iranian officials have released Christian Pastor Farshid Fathi. Unfortunately, his release does not appear to be the sign of a let-up of the persecution of Christians in Iran.
The United States is urging a de-escalation of tensions in the Mideast in the wake of a heated diplomatic dispute between Saudi Arabia and Iran.
After more than a year of negotiations, representatives of Libya's two rival governments signed an agreement to form a national unity government.
On December 18th, the United Nations unanimously approved Resolution 2254, which is to serve as a roadmap toward peace in Syria.
"We congratulate the Iraqi Security Forces for their continued success against ISIL in Ramadi.