Middle East

U.S. President Barack Obama speaks during an exclusive interview with Reuters in the Library of the White House in Washington, March 2, 2015.

Obama: Iran Must Freeze Sensitive Nuclear Activity for At Least a Decade

Obama speaks out on negotiations to contain Iran’s nuclear program, day before Israeli PM Netanyahu speaks on the issue before US Congress More

Members of the Iraqi security forces heading from the city of Samarra, north of Baghdad, toward the al-Dawr area, south of Tikrit, to launch an assault against the Islamic State group, Feb. 28, 2015.

Iraqi Forces Attempt to Recapture Tikrit

Ground and air assaults began early Monday; hours into operation, Iraqi state television reported military still hadn't entered city More

Military vehicles of Iraqi security forces and Shi'ite fighters are seen as they gather at Udhaim dam, north of Baghdad, March 1, 2015.

Tikrit Offensive: Where is the US?

A senior US military official acknowledged that Iran is helping in the Tikrit offensive, and that as long as they are there, the US will not get involved More

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu gestures while speaking at the 2015 American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) Policy Conference in Washington, D.C., March 2, 2015.

Netanyahu to Press Iranian Nuclear Concerns in US Congress Speech

Netanyahu told a pro-Israeli group in Washington that the US and Israel agree on the need to keep Iran from getting nuclear weapons More

A member of the police special forces stands guard around the scene of a car bomb blast in front of The High Court in downtown Cairo, March 2, 2015.

Bomb Near Top Cairo Courthouse Kills 2; Other Blasts Hit Capital

Repeated security incidents in Cairo raise concern over effectiveness of security forces who have pledged to end Islamist militant violence More



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Talks come as Israel's prime minister prepares for speech in Washington on perils of potential agreement with Tehran
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