Middle East

Sherman Praises Obama’s Middle East Plan

Following President Barack Obama’s final State of the Union Address, Rep. Brad Sherman, D-Calif., told CQ Roll Call he liked Obama’s appraisal of the United States’ role in the Middle East going forward.

Earnest: Saudi Arabia Human Rights a 'Significant Concern'

In a rare move Monday, the Obama administration criticized the government of Saudi Arabia, with Press Secretary Josh Earnest saying mass executions that have generated anger across the Middle East are reflective of "a government that is not doing enough" to address concerns about its human rights record.

Obama: We’re Hitting ISIS ‘Harder Than Ever’

Comey: San Bernardino Shooters Radicalized 'A Long Time'

Watch Live: Senate Hearing on U.S. ISIS Strategy

The Senate Armed Services Committee holds a hearing on the U.S. strategy to combat the Islamic State in Syria and Iraq, which follows a prime-time address earlier in the week by President Barack Obama reasserting the administration's plan to defeat the terrorist group.

Defense Secretary Ashton B. Carter and Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Paul J. Selva are expected to testify.

Merkley Slams Trump Proposal to Ban Muslims

Sen. Jeff Merkley, D-Ore., on Monday hammered 2016 Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump for calling for the U.S. to ban the entry of Muslims, calling it “the single worst idea … ever” from a presidential candidate.

Watch Live: House Hearing on U.S. Middle East Strategy

Defense Secretary Ashton B. Carter and Gen. Joseph F. Dunford Jr., chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, will testify at a House Armed Services Committee hearing on U.S. strategy in Iraq and Syria.

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