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Aug 21, 2015

Islamic State second-in-command killed in U.S. air strike – White House

/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The second-in-command of the Islamic State militant group was killed during a U.S. air strike in Iraq on Tuesday, the White House said on Friday, dealing a blow to the group that has sought to form a caliphate across the Muslim world.

“Fadhil Ahmad al-Hayali, also known as Hajji Mutazz … was killed in a U.S. military air strike on August 18 while travelling in a vehicle near Mosul, Iraq, along with an ISIL media operative known as Abu Abdullah,” White House spokesman Ned Price said in a statement.

Aug 21, 2015

White House: Islamic State second-in-command killed in U.S. air strike

/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The second-in-command of the Islamic State militant group was killed during a U.S. air strike in Iraq on Tuesday, the White House said on Friday, dealing a blow to the group that has sought to form a caliphate across the Muslim world.

“Fadhil Ahmad al-Hayali, also known as Hajji Mutazz … was killed in a U.S. military air strike on August 18 while traveling in a vehicle near Mosul, Iraq, along with an ISIL media operative known as Abu Abdullah,” White House spokesman Ned Price said in a statement.

Aug 21, 2015

Obama’s Democrats face intense pressure as they weigh Iran deal

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – As he weighed whether to support President Barack Obama’s nuclear deal with Iran, Representative Donald Norcross was showered with the sort of attention rarely shown to junior members of the U.S. Congress.

The New Jersey Democrat, a former labor union leader, met with Obama and other Democrats twice in the White House. He listened to briefings by Secretary of State John Kerry, Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz and senior Defense Department officials.

Aug 11, 2015

Dollar could suffer if U.S. walks away from Iran deal: John Kerry

NEW YORK (Reuters) – If the United States walks away from the nuclear deal with Iran and demands that its allies comply with U.S. sanctions, a loss of confidence in U.S. leadership could threaten the dollar’s position as the world’s reserve currency, the top U.S. diplomat said on Tuesday.

“If we turn around and nix the deal and then tell them, ‘You’re going to have to obey our rules and sanctions anyway,’ that is a recipe, very quickly … for the American dollar to cease to be the reserve currency of the world,” U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said at a Reuters Newsmaker event.

Aug 8, 2015

Potential rifts, hard choices if Congress rejects Iran deal

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – If the U.S. Congress votes down the nuclear deal with Iran, President Barack Obama could rapidly find himself facing many negative reverberations, including a painful predicament with China, current and former U.S. officials said on Friday.

China, one of six world powers that negotiated with Tehran, has reduced the amount of Iranian oil it buys, as demanded by a U.S. sanctions law meant to pressure Iran to accept a diplomatic resolution of the nuclear stand-off.

Jul 31, 2015

How Pentagon war fund became a budget buster Washington can’t resist

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The number of U.S. troops deployed in battle zones is at its lowest level since before the 2003 invasion of Iraq. Still, Congress has authorized a 38 percent increase in the war budget over last year.

The contradiction is the legacy of an emergency war fund, started in the aftermath of the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks, that has become a favorite Washington way to sidestep the impact of fiscal constraints on military spending.

Jul 31, 2015

Insight – How Pentagon war fund became a budget buster Washington can’t resist

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The number of U.S. troops deployed in battle zones is at its lowest level since before the 2003 invasion of Iraq. Still, Congress has authorized a 38 percent increase in the war budget over last year.

The contradiction is the legacy of an emergency war fund, started in the aftermath of the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks, that has become a favourite Washington way to sidestep the impact of fiscal constraints on military spending.

Jul 28, 2015

U.S., Turkey weigh which Syrian rebels to support in border area

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States and Turkey have not yet agreed which Syrian opposition fighters they will support in a joint effort to help clear Islamic State from an area along the Turkish border, officials said on Tuesday, underscoring uncertainty surrounding the campaign plan.

Washington and Ankara this week announced their intention to provide air cover for Syrian rebels and jointly sweep Islamic State fighters from a strip of land along the border, with U.S. warplanes using bases in Turkey for strikes.

Jul 15, 2015

U.S.-Iran diplomatic forecast: more contacts, but breakthroughs unlikely

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States and Iran are likely to continue cautious diplomatic contacts following Tuesday’s historic nuclear accord, but a broader blossoming of relations like the one U.S. President Barack Obama engineered with Cuba is years off at best, current and former U.S. officials said.

At crossed swords over issues from Israel to Syrian President Bashar Assad’s legitimacy, the two countries nonetheless share some concerns, including a threat from the militant Sunni group Islamic State.

Jul 14, 2015

Obama sending defense chief to Middle East to reassure on Iran

WASHINGTON, July 14 (Reuters) – U.S. President Barack Obama
is sending his defense chief next week to the Middle East, where
he faces the unenviable job of reassuring allies such as Israel
that a nuclear deal with Iran will not undermine America’s
commitment to their security.

It could be a very hard sell.

So far, the White House has only disclosed one stop on the
trip – to Israel, where Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu
condemned Tuesday’s deal as “a stunning, historic mistake”.