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As the U.S. Consulate in Irbil, Iraq, Is Bombed, Can America Still Do Diplomacy in the Middle East?

A bombing that killed three people and wounded 10 on Saturday outside the consulate in Iraqi Kurdistan raises an important question about the U.S. diplomatic presence in the eastern reaches of the Middle East: Is it still possible for diplomats to do their work this way?

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Why It Doesn’t Matter if Iraq’s Ezzat al-Douri Was Killed (Video)

The currently partly unemployed Iraqi governor of Salahuddin Province, displaced from much of his territory by Daesh (Islamic State), maintains that Ezzat al-Douri, former Baath vice president of Iraq under Saddam Hussein, has been killed by Shiite militias in a firefight north of Tikrit in the Hamrin mountains.

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Islamic State Surrounds 300 Sunni Families in Iraq, Closes In on Ramadi (Video)

Islamic State (also known as Daesh) has taken new territory in the western Al-Anbar Province of Iraq and may be on the verge of taking the provincial capital, Ramadi, a week after they were decisively defeated in Tikrit in the south of Salahuddin Province.

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Putin Explains to Netanyahu: Iran’s Air Defense System Is, Like, Defensive

Russian President Vladimir Putin spoke by phone with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Tuesday with regard to the Russian Federation’s decision to go ahead with the sale to Iran of S-300 anti-aircraft batteries.

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Spain Could Be First Net Carbon Zero G-20 State (Video)

CleanTechnica reports that Spain got nearly 70 percent of its electricity from plants that did not generate carbon dioxide in March. The two biggest non-carbon energy sources were nuclear and wind.

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U.S. History of Coup-Making Overshadows Obama’s Outreach to the Latin American Left and Iran

President Obama met with Cuban President Raúl Castro for an hour on Saturday, and the two made progress on plans to restore diplomatic relations.

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What Did Iran’s Supreme Leader Really Say About the Lausanne Agreement, and Why?

Ayatollah Ali Khamenei spoke out on Thursday about the framework agreement for Iran’s negotiations over its nuclear enrichment program with the five permanent members of the U.N. Security Council and Germany.

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President Hillary Clinton’s Middle East Policy: Interventions, Wars, More of Same

Hillary Clinton brings substantial foreign policy expertise to thorny issues. But she is more hawkish than President Obama and seems likely to get the U.S. heavily involved in the region again.

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Top Ten Ways Islamic Law Forbids Terrorism

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, 21, has been convicted on all counts in the Boston Marathon bombings. Here are some of the ways the Tsarnaev brothers broke Muslim law.

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Middle East Policy Under Rand Paul

Although Rand Paul has a reputation as a Libertarian non-interventionist, he isn’t actually either one.

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