The latest round of Iran nuclear talks is under way with the March 31st deadline for a framework agreement rapidly approaching. Middle East analysts say Iran's supreme leader, 75-year-old Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, is likely to have the final say on whether or not the country accepts a nuclear deal, if one is reached. VOA correspondent Meredith Buel reports on the man considered to be the most powerful political authority in the Islamic Republic.
Members of Congress are calling on the Obama administration to expedite weapons to Jordan, an important Arab ally on the front lines of the fight against extremists from the Islamic State group. Jordan has intensified its fight against the jihadist group after militants burned alive a captured Jordanian pilot. VOA's Meredith Buel reports.
America's top military leader says he is considering deploying a limited number of U.S soldiers to fight with Iraqi troops against Islamic State militants. General Martin Dempsey, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, made the remarks Thursday during testimony before the U.S. Congress. VOA correspondent Meredith Buel has details from Washington.