Despite Obama endorsement, U.S. concerns grow over Iraqi premier
By Matt Spetalnick and Phil Stewart WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Obama administration is publicly voicing confidence in Iraq’s prime minister in the fight against surging Islamic State militants, but privately some U.S. officials question whether he is too weak to bridge the sectarian divide. Washington is still betting on Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi, who stands at the center of President Barack Obama's strategy to roll back the latest conquests of Islamic State while keeping the United States from being pulled deeper into a conflict U.S. combat troops left in 2011.
12 November, 2017 U.S. to promote 'universal access' to fossil fuels at climate talks By Valerie Volcovici WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States hopes to promote wider use of fossil fuels at a global meeting on climate change next week, a White House official said, reflecting the gaping divide between Washington and the rest of the ...
28 August, 2014 U.S. air strikes on Syria would face formidable obstacles By Matt Spetalnick and Phil Stewart WASHINGTON (Reuters) - American forces face formidable challenges as President Barack Obama considers an air assault on Islamist fighters in Syria, including intelligence gaps on potential targets, concerns about Syria’s air defenses and fears […]
28 October, 2015 U.S. weighs special forces in Syria, helicopters in Iraq By Phil Stewart and Jeff Mason WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States is considering sending a small number of special operations forces to Syria and attack helicopters to Iraq as it weighs options to build momentum in the battle against Islamic State, U.S. officials said on Tuesday. […]
31 January, 2018 U.S. lawmakers blast Trump decision to hold off on Russia sanctions By Warren Strobel and Amanda Becker WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Members of the U.S. Congress, who passed new sanctions on Russia nearly unanimously last summer, criticized President Donald Trump on Tuesday for not imposing them, accusing him of being soft ...
21 September, 2014 U.S. military struggles to preserve options in Islamic State fight By Missy Ryan and Phil Stewart WASHINGTON (Reuters) - As America re-engages with Iraq and deepens its involvement in the region’s web of sectarian conflicts, the Pentagon has made a practical assessment of the brutal job of stabilizing Baghdad: in the future, U.S. forces may be […]