State Department legally skirted Congress freeze on Saudi arms sales, inquiry finds

An inspector general's report redacted by the State Department says that while the department found ways to legally bypass congressional restrictions on arms sales to Saudi Arabia, measures that Congress had called for were not taken.

Jared Szuba | Defense/Security cooperation | Aug 11, 2020
al-monitor US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo (L) takes part in a meeting with Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, on Sept. 18, 2019. Photo by MANDEL NGAN/AFP via Getty Images.

What are vice presidential nominee Kamala Harris' views on the Middle East?

Joe Biden's running mate has views on Iran, Israel, Saudi Arabia and Syria that fall in line with the Democratic party establishment.

Al-Monitor Staff | 2020 US election | Aug 11, 2020

Islamic State's ‘Beatles’ could finally face justice for alleged role in beheading Americans

Following a phone call with Attorney General William Barr, the parents of Americans killed by the Islamic State (IS) are hopeful two IS detainees will face justice.

Elizabeth Hagedorn | Islamic State | Aug 10, 2020

Trump Pentagon nominee questioned about firm's link to killing of Saudi journalist

The Senate Armed Services Committee is holding up the nomination of Louis Bremer over questions whether his firm trained those implicated in the murder of Jamal Khashoggi.

Jared Szuba | Defense/Security cooperation | Aug 9, 2020

US military delivers humanitarian aid to Lebanon in wake of Beirut explosion

The US military is sending three aircraft loads of food, water and medical supplies to Beirut.

Jared Szuba | Beirut explosion | Aug 6, 2020