Inside the Ring: CIA Goes to War Against Islamic State

This undated file photo posted by the Raqqa Media Center, a Syrian opposition group, on Monday, June 30, 2014, which has been verified and is consistent with other AP reporting, shows fighters from extremist Islamic State group during a parade in Raqqa, Syria

Behind the scenes of the U.S. military preparations for airstrikes in Iraq and Syria against the al Qaeda offshoot terrorist group Islamic State, the CIA is gearing up for new drone strikes and a surge in intelligence-gathering operations to support it, according to U.S. officials.

The True Story of the Last Cuban Diplomat to the U.S.

Cuban soldiers bearing their national flag / AP

As a kid, Sergio Florez remembers a lot of interesting company coming over for dinner in their New York City home. The conversations were peppered with references to international affairs, Fidel Castro, and Cuba.

Florez’s father, Armando, was a former Cuban diplomat to the United States, Belgium, India, and Czechoslovakia who later defected to America and became a vocal critic of the Castro regime.