Congress Pulse

Julian Pecquet


A displaced elderly Iraqi man who just fled his home arrives on a military vehicle at a special forces base as Iraqi forces battle with Islamic State militants in western Mosul, Iraq, Feb. 27, 2017. President Trump's budget calls for greatly reducing military aid to Iraq. (photo by REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra)

Trump budget slashes Middle East aid

Tuesday, May. 23, 2017 | Julian Pecquet, Washington Editor

The State Department is seeking deep cuts to military and economic assistance for Arab states.

Congress OK with Saudi missile defense sale amid warming Israel-Gulf ties

Thursday, May. 11, 2017 | Julian Pecquet, Washington Editor

Israel seems fine with Saudi Arabia getting an anti-ballistic missile system, as does Capitol Hill.

Congress unsure what's next after Trump decides to arm Syrian Kurds

Tuesday, May. 9, 2017 | Julian Pecquet, Washington Editor

Lawmakers laid the groundwork for arming the YPG back in 2014.

Libyan rivals descend on Washington

Monday, May. 8, 2017 | Julian Pecquet, Washington Editor

The war-wracked country’s competing factions are fighting for Donald Trump’s ear.

Syria sanctions bill sparks renewed debate over Assad and Christians

Wednesday, May. 3, 2017 | Julian Pecquet, Washington Editor

The House Foreign Affairs panel voted for new sanctions on anyone helping Bashar al-Assad's regime.

Gulf carriers delight as Congress rakes US airlines over the coals

Tuesday, May. 2, 2017 | Julian Pecquet, Washington Editor

Lawmakers fault lack of competition for plummeting US customer service; could this affect US airlines' campaign for fairer competition with Gulf carriers?

Congress blames State Department after draft sanctions bill leaked to pro-Hezbollah media

Monday, May. 1, 2017 | Julian Pecquet, Washington Editor

The Lebanese government is preparing to send a delegation to Washington to oppose the proposed new sanctions on the designated terrorist organization.

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