Iran and the six world powers need more time to resolve the technical issues surrounding the six-month interim deal struck last month.
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The unexpected departure of Syria's top rebel commander is stoking fears inside the Pentagon that militant Islamist groups have overtaken centrist opposition forces in the country.
The loss of Gen. Salim Idris, head of the secular U.S...
The announcement gives the administration crucial breathing room.
The State Department said it is still committed to "vigorously enforcing" sanctions.
There does not appear to be any objection among House Republican leadership to passing the bill as it was agreed to by the House and Senate Armed Services committees.
Chairman of the Joint Chiefs Gen. Martin Dempsey said negotiations on the U.S.-Afghan security agreement are over, and the pact will not be changed.
The Topline: The plan from defense lawmakers to quickly pass a Defense authorization bill in the House and Senate is running into resistance from Senate Republicans.
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) criticized...
"At this point I would not attach a lot of importance to it," Ambassador James Dobbins, U.S. special representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan, told the Senate Foreign Relations panel on Tuesday.
Washington's top diplomat in Afghanistan told Congress that President Hamid Karzai is playing a dangerous game in stonewalling a postwar pact, reiterating the Obama administration remains willing to pull all forces out of the country next year.
Kerry looks like he would win his fight for no new sanctions, at least for now.