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Apr 22, 2015

Obama says U.S. has warned Iran not to send weapons to Yemen

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama said on Tuesday the U.S. government had sent “very direct messages” to Iran warning it not to send weapons to Yemen that could be used to threaten shipping traffic in the region.

The Pentagon said on Tuesday the presence of a large convoy of Iranian cargo ships in the Arabian Sea was one factor in the U.S. decision to deploy additional warships in the waters off war-torn Yemen.

Apr 17, 2015

Obama says will sign bill allowing Congress to review Iran deal

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Barack Obama said on Friday a bill allowing Congress to review a deal concerning Iran’s nuclear program was a “reasonable compromise” he planned to sign, and he expressed confidence it would not derail talks with Tehran.

Obama told a White House news conference that Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Senator Bob Corker and the panel’s leading Democrat, Ben Cardin, had agreed they would protect the bill from “poison pills” amendments that would be tilted toward trying to kill an agreement with Iran.

Apr 14, 2015

Obama tells Congress he plans to remove Cuba from terrorism list

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama told Congress on Tuesday that he plans to remove Cuba from the U.S. list of state sponsors of terrorism, clearing away the main obstacle to restoring diplomatic relations and reopening embassies after more than half a century of enmity.

Obama’s decision comes on the heels of a Western Hemisphere summit in Panama where Obama and Cuban President Raul Castro sat down on Saturday for the first meeting of its kind between U.S. and Cuban leaders in nearly 60 years.

Mar 31, 2015

Obama ends freeze on U.S. military aid to Egypt

WASHINGTON, March 31 (Reuters) – The United States announced
on Tuesday it was lifting its hold on the supply of military
equipment to Egypt, which was frozen when the military took
power in Cairo nearly two years ago.

The White House said President Barack Obama was freeing up
the equipment and making other changes to military ties with
Washington’s long-time ally to support U.S. interests while
encouraging Egypt’s political reforms.

Mar 31, 2015

Obama lifts hold on U.S. military aid to Egypt

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama on Monday told Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi that he would lift a hold on U.S. military aid to Cairo, but also said the United States would stop allowing Egypt to buy equipment on credit starting in fiscal year 2018.

Obama has been reviewing military aid to Egypt since 2013 when the Egyptian army ousted former president Mohamed Mursi. The decision will allow for the delivery of 12 F-16 aircraft, 20 Harpoon missiles, and up to 125 M1A1 Abrams tank kits that had been frozen, the White House said.

Mar 30, 2015

Republicans see Obama as more imminent threat than Putin: Poll

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A third of Republicans believe President Barack Obama poses an imminent threat to the United States, outranking concerns about Russian President Vladimir Putin and Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

A Reuters/Ipsos online poll this month asked 2,809 Americans to rate how much of a threat a list of countries, organizations and individuals posed to the United States on a scale of 1 to 5, with one being no threat and 5 being an imminent threat.

Mar 30, 2015

Republicans see Obama as more imminent threat than Putin: Reuters/Ipsos poll

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A third of Republicans believe President Barack Obama poses an imminent threat to the United States, outranking concerns about Russian President Vladimir Putin and Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

A Reuters/Ipsos online poll this month asked 2,809 Americans to rate how much of a threat a list of countries, organizations and individuals posed to the United States on a scale of 1 to 5, with one being no threat and 5 being an imminent threat.

Mar 25, 2015

Obama slows withdrawal of U.S. troops in Afghanistan

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama on Tuesday granted Afghan requests to slow the drawdown of U.S. troops from Afghanistan and said he would maintain a force of 9,800 through the end of 2015 while sticking to a 2017 exit plan.

Capping a day of VIP treatment for Afghan President Ashraf Ghani at the White House, Obama said the U.S. force would be kept at its current strength to train and assist Afghan forces, who took over responsibility for the fight against Taliban and other Islamic militants at the start of the year.

Mar 24, 2015

Obama: U.S. to maintain troop levels in Afghanistan through 2015

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama on Tuesday granted Afghan requests to slow the drawdown of U.S. troops from Afghanistan and said he would maintain a force of 9,800 through the end of 2015 while sticking to a 2017 exit plan.

Obama said the speed of the reduction in 2016 would be established later this year and the goal remained to consolidate U.S. forces in the country to a presence at the Kabul embassy at the end of 2016.

Mar 24, 2015

Obama: Differences with Israel’s Netanyahu not personal

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Barack Obama said on Tuesday that his differences with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict are not personal but are based on fundamental policy differences over Middle East peace.

Obama said it was hard to envision a path to a two-state solution to the conflict – long sought by the United States – given Netanyahu’s pre-election comments that a Palestinian state would not be established on his watch.

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