More than 700 killed in Haj stampede in Mecca.
France launches first airstrikes against ISIS in Syria.
ISIS has excecuted more than 10,000 men, women and children in Iraq and Syria since June 2014.
Russia, Iran, Syria and Iraq announces agreement to share intelligence on ISIS.
U.S.-trained fighters in Syria gave ammo and eqiupment to Jabhat al-Nusra.
It’s Time to Rethink Syria | By Philip Gordon, Politico
For years, I helped advise President Obama on Syria. It’s now clearer than ever that a new strategy is needed.
Obama’s War of Choice | By Micah Zenko, Council of Foreign Relations
Weapons sales are supposed to build a relationship between supplier and recipient, which is supposed to provide some leverage for the supplier over how the recipient uses those weapons. Either President Obama is fine with how U.S.-supplied weapons are being used in Yemen, he is refraining from using leverage to stop their use, or there is no leverage to speak of. In which case, all the United States has gained over the past six months is participating in and extending a civil war, which has been an enormous humanitarian disaster.
“If You Can’t Do This Deal… Go Back to Tehran” | By Indira A.R. Lakshmanan, Politico
Covering the path to that deal was the main focus of my beat at Bloomberg News for the past seven years. I traveled more than 140,000 miles and spent months at hotels in Europe, New York, the Middle East and Central Asia, reporting on talks by Kerry and U.S. nuclear negotiators. Now that the deal is done, 12 current and former Obama administration officials intimately involved in the negotiations spoke to me last week, revealing new details for the first time. This story of the behind-the-scenes calculations along a seven-year road to a deal is based upon those accounts, as well as on hundreds of hours of reporting on the talks I did as they unfolded in recent years in capitals across three continents.