Middle East

In 2008, Nathan Deuel and his wife packed up their things and moved to Saudi Arabia. That country, famous for being largely closed to Westerners, was newly open to a handful of journalists. The couple moved to Riyadh. A year later, in 2009, their daughter was born.

According to news reports out of Pakistan, a U.S. drone attack has reportedly killed the militant commander believed to be holding Idaho soldier Bowe Bergdahl captive.

Oregon Congressman Peter DeFazio's Reaction On Syria

Sep 4, 2013
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The Senate Foreign Relations Committee approved a measure today giving President Barack Obama the authority to carry out a strike on Syria. This comes after allegations that chemical weapons were used by the Syrian government. 

Oregon's Schrader Opposes Strike On Syria

Sep 3, 2013
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President Obama is looking for support among members of Congress for limited military action in Syria. 

Members of Idaho's all-Republican congressional delegation aren't yet committing to a position on military action in Syria. But the direction most are leaning is against a resolution authorizing President Obama to use air strikes.

A spokesman for Sen. Mike Crapo says the Idaho Republican is skeptical of authorizing military force at this point, especially without a broad international coalition.

Crapo’s colleague, Sen. Jim Risch sits on the Foreign Relations Committee, which heard the Obama administration's arguments for action in Syria.

Spokane native Ty Carter has received the nation’s highest military decoration. 

With Egypt racked by internal turmoil, as the country's transitional military council appears determined to hold on to power, many in the West worry about the future of democracy there. Middle East expert Dr. Lawrence Pintak, founding dean of the Edward R. Murrow College of Communication at Washington State University, is currently visiting Indonesia. He covered that country's 1998 revolution and he reflects on the lessons Indonesia holds for Egypt today.