US News

Obama to Discuss Ousting Islamic State with US Military, Security Leaders

VOA News As the military ramps up its military role in Libya, President Barack Obama is preparing to meet with Thursday with top military and national security advisors to discuss the fight against Islamic State. Obama will meet with members of the National Security Council at the Pentagon as the launches more air strikes in and around the terror group's stronghold of Sirte, in support of forces affiliated with the Government of National Accord (GNA). "The finish line is in sight," Pentagon spokesman Jeff Davis told reporters Tuesday, "and we are helping get there." The president usually meets with council…
Read More »
US News

US Denies $400 Million to Tehran was Ransom Payment

VOA News Secretary of State John Kerry says the "does not pay ransom" amid criticism of the Obama administration's payment of $400 million in cash to Iran on the same day Tehran released four American hostages. officials said the airlifting of $400 million in foreign currencies to Iran in January was to partially settle a decades-old dispute over an aborted arms deal. But critics, especially those who oppose the Iran nuclear agreement, have termed it a ransom payment. Marco Rubio Congressional criticism Florida senator Marco Rubio tweeted that the deal was "just unreal". House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Ed Royce…
Read More »
Politics

Clinton Supporters Hope for Big Lift From Obama Speech

Mary Alice Salinas VOA News WHITE HOUSE—Democrats are hoping that President Barack Obama will help presidential candidate Hillary Clinton energize the party to win the White House when he delivers a highly anticipated speech Thursday at the Democratic National House officials say the president continues to work on the speech, which he began to craft weeks ago. Obama, who remains wildly popular within the Democratic Party, will reflect on the country’s progress during his time in office and why he believes Clinton should be elected the 45th president of the United States. For her part, Clinton has vowed to build…
Read More »
US News

US Foreign Aid Budget Targets Terrorism, Mideast Instability

CAPITOL HILL—The massive, year-end spending bill passed by Congress on Friday contains a boost for foreign aid, putting a strong focus on anti-terrorism efforts and addressing instability in the Middle East. It also aims to protect American diplomats and facilities abroad and to provide humanitarian assistance to those in need. Overall spending for State and Foreign Operations in 2016 totals roughly $53 billion – up almost $ billion from the 2015 budget. That money funds the State Department, Agency for International Development and a number of other international programs, including the Voice of America. Financing the war on terror Some…
Read More »
US News

Obama to Americans: Islamic State is Losing Ground

  Mary Alice Salinas Last updated on: December 14, 2015 WHITE HOUSE—President Barack said Monday that he is "confident" the coalition will prevail in its battle against the Islamic State, adding that the militant group is losing ground and its leaders have no place to hide."Our message to them is simple: 'You are next,' " he said in a strongly worded statement at the Pentagon after meeting Monday with his national security team on the latest efforts to counter IS. The president sought to reassure Americans after a deadly attack in San Bernardino, California, earlier this month by a married…
Read More »