The Obama administration is denying official Iranian reports claiming that U.S. officials “extended an apology” to the Islamic Republic following a Tuesday standoff over the capture of 10 U.S. sailors whose boats had reportedly drifted into Iranian territorial waters.
Secretary of State John Kerry is working to reassure Iranian leaders that recent congressional efforts to tighten counter terrorism measures will not harm Iranian interests, according to a letter sent by Kerry to Iran’s foreign minister.
The United States has responded to increased Russian air defenses in a key area of Syria by grounding all manned flights that have supported rebels there fighting ISIS.
The Obama administration is not seeking a “regime change” in Syria, indicating that the U.S. has bowed to demands from Russia to let the Syrian people decide the fate of President Bashar al-Assad.
Obama administration officials regard Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu as “myopic, entitled, [and] untrustworthy,” according to a New Yorker report out this week.