Abdelhakim Belhadj, the leader of the al-Qaeda-linked rebel forces that brought down Moammar Gadhafi, is now the Islamic State’s top man in Libya, according to various media reports.

An open letter sent by 47 Republican senators to the “Leaders of the Islamic Republic of Iran” on March 9 — which provided Iran’s leaders with a brief lesson on the U.S. Constitution’s grant of powers regarding foreign policy — has generated a critical response from White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest, Vice President Joe Biden, and Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.)

As Iranian-sponsored Shiite militias take an increasing role in the fight against the Islamic State, Iran’s growing influence in Iraq is setting off alarm bells from Washington to Riyadh.



U.S. Ambassador to South Korea Mark Lippert was attacked by a knife-wielding political fanatic at a breakfast forum in Seoul on March 5, and required two hours of surgery during which 80 stitches were used to close wounds in his face.

The online publication The Intercept on Monday published a history of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s previous claims that Iran was about to produce a nuclear bomb.