Netanyahu brings his Iran nuclear fight to Washington
John Kerry warned Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday not to endanger US nuclear talks with Iran by revealing details of the discussions, as the Israeli premier lobbied in Washington to thwart the deal. The US Secretary of State issued his warning from the scene of the talks in Geneva, as the Israeli prime minister prepared to make a speech to the powerful pro-Israel AIPAC lobby. Netanyahu has infuriated the White House and Democratic lawmakers by accepting an invitation by President Barack Obama's Republican foes to speak on Capitol Hill Tuesday.
IAEA head says cannot say when investigation into Iran's nuclear work will end
The head of the U.N.'s nuclear watchdog said he could not tell when its long-running investigation into Iran's nuclear program might be finished as a deadline looms this month for a framework deal between world powers and Iran. "It depends on the level and pace of cooperation from Iran, I cannot tell by when," International Atomic Energy Agency head Yukiya Amano said on Monday. Diplomats have voiced doubt over whether the outstanding issues in the U.N. investigation would be resolved before a deal is reached between Iran, the United States, Britain, France, China, Russia and Germany.
Netanyahu, US officials to face off on Iran
WASHINGTON (AP) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and top U.S. officials were set to face off Monday in dueling speeches on the high-stakes Iran nuclear negotiations, a signature foreign policy objective of President Barack Obama.
Iraq launches operation to retake Tikrit from Islamic State
BAGHDAD (AP) — Backed by allied Shiite, Sunni and Iranian fighters, Iraqi security forces launched a large-scale military operation Monday to recapture Saddam Hussein's hometown from the Islamic State extremist group, a major step in a campaign to reclaim territory in northern Iraq controlled by the militants.
Battle for Tikrit: To recapture Sunni city, Iraq sends mostly Shiite force
Iraq launched its largest counteroffensive yet against the self-declared Islamic State Monday, the government in Baghdad said, in an effort to retake the city of Tikrit from the group. Iraq is sending some 30,000 troops, primarily volunteer Shiite militias backing Iraqi Army forces, against Tikrit, which fell to IS last June. The offensive was officially announced Sunday, during Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi's visit to the government-held city of Samarra, about 25 miles south of Tikrit.