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    Al-Qaeda Seeks American Recruits in Syria

    Al-Qaeda forces in Syria are actively seeking recruits from Americans who have traveled there to fight or to assist opposition forces, according to U.S. officials quoted in today’s New York Times. At least 70 American citizens have traveled to Syria, and most of them are still there, according to U.S. … More

    Al-Qaeda Resurges in Iraq

    Al-Qaeda, which has surged in strength on both sides of the Iraq–Syria border, captured two important cities in western Iraq on Friday. The seizure of Fallujah and Ramadi underscores the growing threat posed by the renamed al-Qaeda franchise, the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS). The two cities were … More

    U.S. Suspends Aid to Syrian Rebels as Islamists Seize Supplies

    Washington has suspended nonlethal aid to Syrian rebels after Islamist militants seized warehouses containing U.S.-provided supplies close to the Turkish border, U.S. officials announced Wednesday. General Salim Idris, commander of the Free Syrian Army, the non-Islamist rebel group that the United States has weakly supported, was forced to flee Syria … More

    Q&A on the Iran Nuclear Deal

    James Phillips, Heritage’s Senior Research Fellow for Middle Eastern Affairs, gives us his take on the latest deal with Iran. Will the interim agreement stop Iran’s nuclear weapons program? The agreement will marginally slow, but not halt, Iran’s nuclear efforts. It has been incorrectly described as a “freeze,” but many … More

    The Obama Doctrine’s Misleading Rhetoric on Terrorism

    Despite the Obama Administration’s narrative, the al-Qaeda network and its radical ideology pose an unbroken and significant danger to the United States homeland and its interests. For nearly a year, the Obama Administration, including current Homeland Security Secretary nominee Jeh Johnson, claimed that the core of al-Qaeda is “degraded, disorganized … More

    Syria: Obama’s Policy Implosion

    The White House has become increasingly defensive about the supposed benefits of its policy zigzags regarding the deepening crisis in Syria. Syria’s humanitarian crisis is worsening; the Bashar al-Assad regime continues to get away with murder, supported by Russia, Iran, and Hezbollah; and Washington remains committed to a diplomatic solution … More

    The Obama Doctrine: The Not So Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

    The state of U.S. foreign policy under President Obama resembles nothing so much as the mess surrounding Obamacare. This was the grim message of Thursday’s event at The Heritage Foundation. The event featured chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee Michael McCaul (R–TX), followed by a panel of experts on … More

    Iran Gains Sanctions Relief from the Obama Administration

    The Obama Administration, eagerly seeking a deal on Iran’s nuclear program, is now signaling that it will ease the sanctions that finally forced Tehran to the negotiating table. On Thursday, White House press secretary Jay Carney said that the Obama Administration is considering the easing of some sanctions to further … More

    Peace Talks on Syria Collapse over Iran

    The U.S. and Russia have failed to come to a peace talk date to diplomatically solve the crisis in Syria. The main point of contention is the role Iran will play in those talks. Moscow insists Iran ought to be invited and, for now, the U.S. remains opposed to this. … More

    U.S. Allies Voice Alarm over Obama’s Middle East Policies

    Saudi Arabia and Israel, two key U.S. allies, have publicly challenged the Obama Administration’s Middle East policies this week and expressed alarm over the unraveling of America’s reputation as a dependable ally. Both are understandably concerned that the Administration is succumbing to Iranian President Hassan Rouhani’s charm offensive and is … More