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Is the news from Iraq getting better?

April 14, 2015
Michael Crowley | POLITICO
There is good news in the Middle East. Or so the Obama White House would have you believe. Ahead of Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi’s first visit with President Barack Obama on Tuesday, administration officials say they deserve more credit for progress in Iraq and the fight against militants with the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant.
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What drove a small sect to take control of Yemen?

April 7, 2015
The U.S. will speed up delivery of arms and intelligence to Saudi Arabia for the fight against Yemen’s Houthi rebels, according to the State Department. How did the Houthis rise to stage a government coup? Gwen Ifill learns more from journalist Safa al-Ahmad, who offers a rare inside look in a new documentary on Frontline.
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U.S. Defense Chief Warns of Al Qaeda’s Gains in Yemen

April 8, 2015
Helene Cooper | The New York Times
Al Qaeda’s affiliate in Yemen is seizing territory, exploiting the recent turmoil in the country to capture areas in what has become a broad expansion by the Sunni extremist group, Defense Secretary Ashton B. Carter of the United States said on Wednesday.
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Tonight on FRONTLINE: The Fight for Yemen

April 7, 2015
With Yemen in chaos, a gripping report from the heart of the escalating conflict. As recently as September, President Obama was pointing to Yemen as a model for the U.S.’s counter-terrorism strategy. But now, the country is being torn apart in a violent sectarian conflict, led by an anti-American rebel movement known as the Houthis. What does it mean for the region -- and the world?
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For G.O.P., Support for Israel Becomes New Litmus Test

March 30, 2015
Peter Baker | The New York Times
When former Secretary of State James A. Baker III accused Israel’s leader this week of undermining the chances of peace in the region, he said nothing more than the kinds of things he had said at times when he was in office a quarter-century ago.
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A Policy Puzzle of U.S. Goals and Alliances in the Middle East

March 27, 2015
Mark Mazzetti, David Kirkpatrick | The New York Times
Already struggling to navigate the chaos engulfing much of the Middle East, the United States is now dipping its toe into another conflict.
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Ambassador Tries to Bridge Gap With U.S., but on Israel’s Terms

March 25, 2015
Ashley Parker, Julie Hirschfeld Davis | The New York Times
Over an elegant dinner at his official residence Monday night, Ron Dermer, the Israeli ambassador to the United States, tried to reassure a group of congressional Democrats that the dramatic public break between President Obama and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was nothing more than a passing disagreement.
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U.S. rift with Israel roils the 2016 presidential field

March 25, 2015
Ed O'Keefe, Anne Gearan | The Washington Post
Former Florida governor Jeb Bush on Tuesday disavowed criticism of Israel levied by longtime family counselor and former secretary of state James A. Baker — laying bare a problem faced by the entire 2016 presidential field.
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Arab alliance in Israel rejects Benjamin Netanyahu's apology

March 24, 2015
Christi Parsons, Batsheva Sobelman | Los Angeles Times
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu apologized Monday for comments that upset Arab citizens during parliamentary elections last week, but the mea culpa was rejected by community leaders who described Netanyahu's government as racist.
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