Video Evidence Puts Braley Campaign’s Claims in Question

Braley’s congressional attendance record catching up to him
Rep. Bruce Braley's (D., Iowa) empty chair during hearing he claims to have attended

Rep. Bruce Braley’s (D., Iowa) Senate campaign is claiming that the reason he missed a key hearing about the troubles at the Veterans’ Affairs (VA) department is that he attended another hearing. However, evidence shows he was not there, Republicans say.

Iraqi Ambassador to the U.S. Calls for More American Support

Experts question Iraqi cooperation with U.S. adversaries
damaged homes due to clashes between fighters of ISIL and Iraqi security forces

The Iraqi ambassador to the United States on Monday called for more robust support from American officials to counter the growing terrorist threat in his country as experts questioned the apparent cooperation of the Iraqi government with U.S. adversaries.

Experts: American Adversaries Work Together Despite Differences

Middle East watchers say U.S. must craft new strategy
Fighters from the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) try to calm civilians demonstrating against the rebel infighting in Aleppo

American adversaries in the Middle East continue to work together across sectarian and religious divides to harm U.S. interests and security, requiring a more nuanced response from U.S. officials to address the turmoil in the region, experts say.

NatSecWonk Declines to Comment on Ben Rhodes White House Leaks

Was fired last year after anonymous Twitter account discovered
AP

The former White House national security official who was fired last year after being unveiled as the snarky anonymous tweeter behind the NatSecWonk account declined to comment on Thursday about his exploits and previous accusations that another senior official leaked classified U.S. intelligence information.

Russia Expanding its Latin America Influence

Signs deal to help build nuclear reactor in Argentina
Russian President Vladimir Putin shakes hands with Argentina's President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner / AP

Russia is quietly expanding its influence in Latin America as the Obama administration disengages from the region, critics say.

Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a deal on Saturday with Argentine President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner to help build the third reactor of a nuclear power plant in the country, the New York Times reported.

Experts: Iraqi Army Incapable of Counteroffensive Against ISIL

Iraqis need more U.S. assistance
This image made from undated video posted during the weekend of June 28

The Iraqi Security Forces (ISF) are incapable of launching a counteroffensive against a radical jihadist group that now controls large swaths of the country without substantially more assistance from the United States, experts said on Friday.

U.S. Lawmakers Have Reduced Security Assistance to Central America

Restrictions fueling current immigration problems at U.S. border
A temporary shelter for unaccompanied minors who have entered the country illegally is seen at Lackland Air Force Base

U.S. lawmakers have reduced security assistance to Central American countries that have become increasingly violent in recent months, in part fueling the current immigration problems at the U.S. border, experts and military commanders say.