Kansas Woman Who Joined ISIS Left a ‘Trail of Betrayal’

Allison Fluke-Ekren, a Muslim convert from Kansas, rose through the ranks of the Islamic State in Syria, where she provided military training to women and girls, including her daughter.

#baghdadi-abu-bakr-al, #central-intelligence-agency, #diplomatic-service-embassies-and-consulates, #federal-bureau-of-investigation, #fluke-ekren-allison, #islamic-state-in-iraq-and-syria-isis, #propaganda, #terrorism, #united-states-international-relations, #war-and-armed-conflicts

Why China Is Miles Ahead in a Pacific Race for Influence

To many observers, the South Pacific today reveals what American decline looks like. Even as Washington tries to step up its game, it is still far behind, mistaking speeches for impact and interest for influence.

#china, #diplomatic-service-embassies-and-consulates, #fiji, #humanitarian-aid, #sogavare-manasseh, #solomon-islands, #united-states, #united-states-international-relations, #vocational-training, #wang-yi, #xi-jinping

Russian Diplomat Resigns Over Ukraine War

Boris Bondarev, a counselor at the Russian mission in Geneva, quit in a rare example of an official breaking with the Kremlin over its war in Ukraine.

#diplomatic-service-embassies-and-consulates, #geneva-switzerland, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #united-nations

A Crumbling Russian ‘Spyville’ Returns to Polish Hands

A Warsaw housing complex built in the 1970s and rented by Russia was reputed to be a nest of spies. The city’s government has seized the site and pledged to hand it over to the Ukrainian community.

#diplomatic-service-embassies-and-consulates, #espionage-and-intelligence-services, #kgb, #poland, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #warsaw-poland

Russia Releases Trevor Reed, Former U.S. Marine, in Prisoner Swap

Trevor Reed had been detained since 2019, after he was accused of assaulting and endangering the lives of two police officers.

#diplomatic-service-embassies-and-consulates, #prisoners-of-war, #reed-trevor-1991, #russia, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022

Biden Picks Bridget Brink to Be Ambassador to Ukraine

The U.S. Embassy, which closed just before Russia’s invasion, could reopen “over a couple of weeks,” Secretary of State Antony Blinken said.

#appointments-and-executive-changes, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #brink-bridget, #defense-and-military-forces, #diplomatic-service-embassies-and-consulates, #kyiv-ukraine, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #state-department, #ukraine, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government

U.S. Pressured to Open Consulates in Jerusalem and Western Sahara

Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken, on travels through the Middle East and North Africa over the past week, was urged by Arab leaders to make good on past promises.

#abbas-mahmoud, #algeria, #blinken-antony-j, #defense-and-military-forces, #diplomatic-service-embassies-and-consulates, #israel, #jerusalem-israel, #morocco, #palestinian-authority, #polisario-front, #politics-and-government, #united-states-international-relations

Missiles Fired From Iran Hit Near U.S. Consulate Site in Iraq

No serious injuries were reported from the strike, outside the city of Erbil in Iraqi Kurdistan, and an American official said the consulate site was undamaged.

#barzani-massoud, #defense-and-military-forces, #diplomatic-service-embassies-and-consulates, #erbil-iraq, #espionage-and-intelligence-services, #iran, #islamic-revolutionary-guards-corps, #kurdistan, #kurds, #missiles-and-missile-defense-systems, #salih-barham, #suleimani-qassim, #united-states-international-relations

Afghan Embassy, Now Out of Money, Will Shut Down, U.S. Says

The development caps a sad saga for Afghan diplomats, who have 30 days to apply to remain in the United States or face the threat of deportation.

#afghanistan, #assets-frozen, #diplomatic-service-embassies-and-consulates, #embargoes-and-sanctions, #state-department, #taliban, #united-states-international-relations

‘Free Ukraine Street’: Russian Embassies Get Pointed New Addresses

Officials in many European cities are giving streets, squares and intersections in front of Russian missions names with pro-Ukraine themes.

#albania, #denmark, #diplomatic-service-embassies-and-consulates, #lithuania, #norway, #putin-vladimir-v, #russia, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #ukraine, #war-and-armed-conflicts

In Ukraine’s West, Lviv Makes Itself a Vital Rear Base

Spared direct attacks so far, the city has become a transit point for thousands of fleeing refugees and for men and supplies headed to the front lines.

#defense-and-military-forces, #diplomatic-service-embassies-and-consulates, #europe, #evacuations-and-evacuees, #historic-buildings-and-sites, #lviv-ukraine, #politics-and-government, #refugees-and-displaced-persons, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #ukraine, #united-nations-educational-scientific-and-cultural-organization, #war-and-armed-conflicts, #world-heritage-sites

Why the Chinese Internet Is Cheering Russia’s Invasion

As the world overwhelmingly condemns the assault on Ukraine, online opinion in China is mostly pro-Russia, pro-war and pro-Putin.

#defense-and-military-forces, #diplomatic-service-embassies-and-consulates, #politics-and-government, #putin-vladimir-v, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #social-media, #united-states-international-relations, #war-and-armed-conflicts, #xi-jinping

U.S. Warns Americans Abroad Not to Count on a Rescue

In Ukraine and Ethiopia, Biden officials have made clear that the 2021 Kabul airlift was a “unique” operation that won’t be repeated.

#afghanistan, #afghanistan-war-2001, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #blinken-antony-j, #defense-and-military-forces, #diplomatic-service-embassies-and-consulates, #ethiopia, #kabul-afghanistan, #state-department, #ukraine, #united-states-international-relations, #war-and-armed-conflicts

Afghan Diplomats Seek Permission to Remain in U.S.

American banks have suspended government accounts to prevent the Taliban from gaining access to funds, suspending the salaries of many workers.

#afghanistan, #afghanistan-war-2001, #diplomatic-service-embassies-and-consulates, #embargoes-and-sanctions, #immigration-and-emigration, #state-department, #taliban, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government, #washington-dc

U.S. Pulls Most Diplomats From Kyiv as Tensions Mount

Western officials made another diplomatic push on Saturday to dissuade President Vladimir V. Putin from invading Ukraine.

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Puzzle in Ukraine Crisis: Where’s the U.S. Ambassador?

Diplomats say President Biden’s 13-month delay in sending an envoy to a top crisis spot is impossible to explain.

#appointments-and-executive-changes, #biden-hunter, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #diplomatic-service-embassies-and-consulates, #kyiv-ukraine, #trump-ukraine-whistle-blower-complaint-and-impeachment-inquiry, #ukraine, #united-states-international-relations, #zelensky-volodymyr

Phyllis Oakley, Female Pioneer at the State Department, Dies at 87

She had to quit the foreign service to marry. But she was reinstated 16 years later, when female employees challenged the department’s sexist traditions, and she thrived.

#deaths-obituaries, #diplomatic-service-embassies-and-consulates, #oakley-phyllis, #oakley-robert-b-1931-2014, #state-department, #united-states-politics-and-government, #women-and-girls

A ‘NATO Nerd’ Thrown Into the Crisis Over Russia and Ukraine

Julianne Smith is the new U.S. ambassador to NATO, a post empty for a year, trying to consult and lead while bandaging the wounds of the Trump years.

#appointments-and-executive-changes, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #blinken-antony-j, #content-type-personal-profile, #diplomatic-service-embassies-and-consulates, #europe, #north-atlantic-treaty-organization, #russia, #smith-julianne-c-1968, #ukraine, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government, #women-and-girls

U.S. Orders Family Members of Embassy Staff to Leave Ukraine

The State Department warned that the United States would “not be in a position” to evacuate U.S. citizens should Russia invade.

#belarus, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #defense-and-military-forces, #diplomatic-service-embassies-and-consulates, #evacuations-and-evacuees, #kyiv-ukraine, #putin-vladimir-v, #russia, #state-department, #ukraine, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #war-and-armed-conflicts

Russia Thins Out Its Embassy in Ukraine, a Possible Clue to Putin’s Next Move

The slow evacuation may be part propaganda, part preparation for a conflict or part feint, Ukrainian and U.S. officials say. It could be all three.

#belarus, #cyberwarfare-and-defense, #defense-and-military-forces, #diplomatic-service-embassies-and-consulates, #embargoes-and-sanctions, #evacuations-and-evacuees, #kyiv-ukraine, #lukashenko-aleksandr-g, #politics-and-government, #putin-vladimir-v, #russia, #ukraine, #united-states-international-relations, #war-and-armed-conflicts, #zelensky-volodymyr

Rockets Possibly Fired by Pro-Iran Assailants Target U.S. Embassy in Iraq

Four rockets were fired at the fortified compound that houses the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad, and suspicion fell on pro-Iran militias.

#baghdad-iraq, #diplomatic-service-embassies-and-consulates, #iran, #iraq, #politics-and-government, #united-states, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces

Iraq Confirms Election Gains for Muqtada al-Sadr

A court certified October’s parliamentary vote that gave Muqtada al-Sadr’s party a plurality of seats, clearing a path for a government to be formed.

#decisions-and-verdicts, #diplomatic-service-embassies-and-consulates, #elections, #legislatures-and-parliaments, #politics-and-government, #shiite-muslims, #united-states-international-relations, #voter-fraud-election-fraud

Biden Taps Michelle Kwan and Caroline Kennedy for Ambassador Posts

Ms. Kennedy, nominated to be ambassador to Australia, and Ms. Kwan, nominated to be the envoy to Belize, were prominent Biden supporters during the 2020 campaign season.

#appointments-and-executive-changes, #australia, #belize, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #diplomatic-service-embassies-and-consulates, #kennedy-caroline, #kwan-michelle, #state-department, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government

Inside the Fall of Kabul: An On-the-Ground Account

Against all predictions, the Taliban took the Afghan capital in a matter of hours. This is the story of why and what came after, by a reporter and photographer who witnessed it all.

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Israeli Company’s Spyware Is Used to Target U.S. Embassy Employees in Africa

The hack is the first known case of the spyware, known as Pegasus, being used against American officials.

#computer-security, #cyberattacks-and-hackers, #diplomatic-service-embassies-and-consulates, #israel, #nso-group, #smartphones, #uganda, #united-states-international-relations

With No Resources, Authority or Country, Afghan Ambassador Presses On

Adela Raz arrived in Washington just before her country fell and has struggled to keep her embassy going. A dinner with U.S. veterans was a priority.

#afghanistan, #afghanistan-war-2001, #diplomatic-service-embassies-and-consulates, #kabul-afghanistan, #raz-adela, #united-states-international-relations

In Israel, the New U.S. Ambassador’s Home Lacks a Certain View

The Trump administration sold the luxurious estate where envoys had lived for decades when it moved the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem.

#diplomatic-service-embassies-and-consulates, #israel, #jerusalem-israel, #nides-thomas-r, #renting-and-leasing-real-estate, #state-department, #tel-aviv-israel, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-international-relations

Zalmay Khalilzad Battles Critics in U.S. and Afghanistan

Zalmay Khalilzad, who stepped down as the envoy for Afghanistan after the U.S. exit, has defended the deal he negotiated with the Taliban during the Trump administration.

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Gulf States Withdraw Ambassadors to Lebanon Over Criticism of Yemen War

With a few stray comments from a minor minister, Lebanon once again found itself caught in the rivalry between Saudi Arabia and Iran, underscoring just how vulnerable it is to the whims of its more powerful neighbors.

#aden-yemen, #aoun-michel-1935, #bahrain, #diplomatic-service-embassies-and-consulates, #hezbollah, #kuwait, #lebanon, #saudi-arabia, #united-arab-emirates, #yemen

State Department Eases Restrictions for Diplomats Abroad

The State Department is easing some restrictions after employees said that their jobs overseas were harder than they needed to be.

#afghanistan-war-2001, #benghazi-attack-2012, #blinken-antony-j, #diplomatic-service-embassies-and-consulates, #evacuations-and-evacuees, #state-department, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government

Erdogan Threatens to Expel 10 Western Ambassadors

The move follows a statement from the envoys demanding the release of a prominent philanthropist jailed since 2017.

#diplomatic-service-embassies-and-consulates, #erdogan-recep-tayyip, #european-court-of-human-rights, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #kavala-osman, #turkey

Russia Breaks Diplomatic Ties with NATO

Moscow’s decision to end its diplomatic mission to the alliance will end a long post-Cold War experiment in building trust between militaries.

#belgium, #brussels-belgium, #cold-war-era, #defense-and-military-forces, #diplomatic-service-embassies-and-consulates, #moscow-russia, #north-atlantic-treaty-organization, #russia, #warsaw-pact

Cases of ‘Havana Syndrome’ Reported at U.S. Embassy in Colombia

The State Department is investigating new complaints of mysterious brain injuries before Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken’s visit to the country next week.

#blinken-antony-j, #bogota-colombia, #central-intelligence-agency, #diplomatic-service-embassies-and-consulates, #espionage-and-intelligence-services, #havana-syndrome, #state-department, #united-states-politics-and-government

Pakistan Says U.N. Envoy of Old Afghan Government Should Vacate Seat

Stopping short of urging that a Taliban envoy to the U.N. be accepted, Pakistan’s foreign minister suggested that stability had improved in Taliban-ruled Afghanistan.

#afghanistan, #afghanistan-war-2001, #diplomatic-service-embassies-and-consulates, #general-assembly-un, #humanitarian-aid, #isaczai-ghulam-m, #politics-and-government, #security-council-un, #taliban, #united-nations, #united-states-international-relations

U.S. Diplomat to Haiti Resigns Over Biden Administration Policy

The diplomat, Daniel Foote, was appointed special envoy to Haiti in July, just weeks after President Jovenel Moïse was assassinated.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #diplomatic-service-embassies-and-consulates, #haiti, #united-states-international-relations

A Senior U.S. Diplomat to Haiti Resigns, Protesting Biden Administration Policy

The diplomat, Daniel Foote, was appointed special envoy to Haiti in July, just weeks after President Jovenel Moïse was assassinated.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #diplomatic-service-embassies-and-consulates, #haiti, #united-states-international-relations

The Secret Talks Behind the U.S. Deal That France Called a ‘Betrayal’

In meeting after meeting with their French counterparts, U.S. officials gave no heads-up about their plans to upend France’s largest defense contract.

#australia, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #blinken-antony-j, #china, #defense-and-military-forces, #diplomatic-service-embassies-and-consulates, #france, #great-britain, #macron-emmanuel-1977, #morrison-scott-1968, #submarines-and-submersibles, #united-states, #united-states-international-relations

Quandary at U.N.: Who Speaks for Myanmar and Afghanistan?

Governments of the two countries have been toppled by pariah regimes. Will they get seats at the world’s biggest diplomatic table anyway?

#afghanistan, #afghanistan-war-2001, #coups-detat-and-attempted-coups-detat, #diplomatic-service-embassies-and-consulates, #general-assembly-un, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #international-relations, #isaczai-ghulam-m, #kyaw-moe-tun, #myanmar, #politics-and-government, #united-nations

First Flight From Kabul Is Hailed as Positive Step Amid Troubling Signs

A passenger jet’s departure on Thursday was the first foreign flight out of Afghanistan since the U.S. evacuation ended. But thousands who want to leave remain stuck.

#afghanistan, #diplomatic-service-embassies-and-consulates, #evacuations-and-evacuees, #kabul-afghanistan, #kabul-international-airport, #mazar-i-sharif-afghanistan, #politics-and-government, #taliban

Nepal’s Gurkha Soldiers Seek to Flee Afghanistan

Former soldiers from Nepal have long served as private security guards in war-torn Afghanistan. Amid the chaos, they worry that they can’t get home.

#afghanistan, #afghanistan-war-2001, #defense-and-military-forces, #diplomatic-service-embassies-and-consulates, #gurkhas-ethnic-group, #labor-and-jobs, #mercenaries-and-private-military-contractors, #nepal

Biden Defends Evacuation as Thousands Besiege Kabul Airport

The president cited “significant progress’’ in getting Americans out of Afghanistan. But Afghans linked to U.S. troops and other Western groups fear being left behind.

#afghanistan-war-2001, #airlifts, #airports, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #defense-and-military-forces, #defense-department, #diplomatic-service-embassies-and-consulates, #evacuations-and-evacuees, #haqqani-network, #johnson-boris, #kabul-international-airport, #politics-and-government, #raab-dominic-1974, #stoltenberg-jens, #taliban, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-international-relations

Biden Taps Burns and Emanuel as Ambassadors to China and Japan

The president has rolled out dozens of ambassador nominees, but so far only one has been confirmed by the Senate.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #burns-r-nicholas, #china, #diplomatic-service-embassies-and-consulates, #emanuel-rahm, #japan, #presidential-transition-us, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government

Kabul’s Sudden Fall to Taliban Ends U.S. Era in Afghanistan

A takeover of the entire country was all but absolute as the Afghan government collapsed and the U.S. rushed through a frenzied evacuation.

#afghanistan, #afghanistan-war-2001, #diplomatic-service-embassies-and-consulates, #ghani-ashraf, #kabul-afghanistan, #karzai-hamid, #taliban, #united-states-international-relations

House Passes Bill to Speed Visas for Afghans Imperiled for Aiding U.S.

The legislation would scrap a requirement that Afghans applying for Special Immigrant Visas undergo a medical examination in the country, allowing them to do so after entering the United States.

#afghanistan, #afghanistan-war-2001, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #crow-jason, #diplomatic-service-embassies-and-consulates, #house-of-representatives, #immigration-and-emigration, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-politics-and-government, #visas

As the U.S. Pulls Out of Afghanistan, Kabul’s Airport Is a Final Stand

With the main allied military air base about to close, negotiations are underway with Turkey about continuing to secure the civilian airport as the Taliban advance across the country.

#afghanistan-war-2001, #bagram-air-base-afghanistan, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #defense-department, #diplomatic-service-embassies-and-consulates, #erdogan-recep-tayyip, #kabul-afghanistan, #north-atlantic-treaty-organization, #taliban, #turkey, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government

North Korea to Washington: Timetable on Talks Is Up to Us, Not You

The country turned down an American offer to resume negotiations “without preconditions,” as President Biden’s envoy visited the region.

#abc-news, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #defense-and-military-forces, #diplomatic-service-embassies-and-consulates, #embargoes-and-sanctions, #kim-jong-un, #kim-yo-jong, #korean-central-news-agency, #north-korea, #nuclear-weapons, #sullivan-jacob-j-1976, #united-nations, #united-states-international-relations, #workersparty-of-korea

William vanden Heuvel, Diplomat and a Kennedy Confidant, Dies at 91

A lawyer, he was an adviser to Robert F. Kennedy, led Jimmy Carter’s New York campaign and targeted jail conditions as head of New York City’s corrections board.

#carter-jimmy, #correction-board-nyc, #deaths-obituaries, #diplomatic-service-embassies-and-consulates, #justice-department, #kennedy-robert-francis, #new-york-city, #prisons-and-prisoners, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government, #vanden-heuvel-william-j

Netanyahu’s Road Through Israel’s History, in Pictures

A photographic journey shows how ‘Bibi’ put his stamp on Israel — through his toughness and the search for security in an unstable region.

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Biden is said to be planning to nominate Burns and Garcetti for ambassadorships.

The president has also selected Thomas R. Nides, Rahm Emanuel and Ken Salazar for posts, according to people familiar with the process.

#appointments-and-executive-changes, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #burns-r-nicholas, #diplomatic-service-embassies-and-consulates, #emanuel-rahm, #garcetti-eric-m, #nides-thomas-r, #salazar-ken, #united-states-politics-and-government

Violence in Israel Challenges Biden’s ‘Stand Back’ Approach

The president came to office seeing little opportunity to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. He may now be forced to get more involved.

#abbas-mahmoud, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #diplomatic-service-embassies-and-consulates, #gaza-strip, #israel, #netanyahu-benjamin, #palestinian-authority, #palestinians, #peace-process, #state-department, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government, #war-and-armed-conflicts