Sameer N. Yacoub and Qassim Abdul-Zahra / AP
The campaign by the al-Qaida-inspired Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant has raised the specter of the sectarian warfare that nearly tore the country apart in 2006 and 2007 and the doubts that followed the 2003 U.S.-led invasion now haunt those trying to decide how to respond.
“Forty Indian workers of the Tariq Noor Al Huda company in Mosul have been kidnapped,” foreign ministry spokesman Syed Akbaruddin told reporters in Delhi.
Erin Cunningham / the Washington Post
The operation Sunday to apprehend Ahmed Abu Khattala, 43, was “unilateral,” U.S. officials said. The move appeared to slight Libya’s fledgling security institutions, which have been unable to rein in the powerful militias and Islamist extremists that have plagued Benghazi since the 2011 uprising, although Libyan officials acknowledged Tuesday that their forces were not up to the task.
Fredrik Dahl / Reuters
A U.S. security institute estimates that Iran could amass material for a nuclear bomb in three months or less while Iranian experts cite a time frame six times longer – a dispute going to the heart of talks between Tehran and global powers.
Mark Landler and Eric Schmitt / the New York Times
Such a campaign, most likely using drones, could last for a prolonged period, the official said. But it is not likely to begin for days or longer, and would hinge on the United States’ gathering adequate intelligence about the location of the militants, who are intermingled with the civilian population in Mosul, Tikrit and other cities north of Baghdad.
Mark Thompson / CNN
Ashley Alman / the Huffington Post
An NBC poll released Wednesday shows that 67 percent of Americans supportEnvironmental Protection Agency rules released this month that will cut carbon emissions from power plants 30 percent by 2030. Thirty-seven percent expressed strong support.
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This fact sheet provides a brief overview of the types of information blocking, a selection of countries of concern, several means to circumvent Internet censorship, and the U.S. role in censorship circumvention.
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The information war in Syria has become a common dynamic with the large-scale violence that has increasingly engulfed the region over the past three years – causing what Tony Blair has opined as “the whole of the Middle East under threat.”
On June 11, 2014, the House Subcommittee on the Middle East and North Africa held a hearing assessing their energy priorities.
Victoria Burnside Clapp
Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko proposed a unilateral ceasefire today after a late-night discussion on Tuesday with Russian President Vladimir Putin. If actualized, Poroshenko’s plan may be the key to facilitating long-overdue peace in Ukraine.
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