Key U.S. senators called Sunday for the White House to be more forthcoming about the country's military involvement in Niger after four U.S. soldiers were killed in an ambush there earlier this month.
In separate interviews on NBC's "Meet the Press" news show, Republican Lindsey Graham and Democratic Senate leader Charles Schumer said they support an effort last week by Republican Senator John McCain to find out the details of the attack as well as the scope of the U.
Tillerson Promotes Closer Iraq-Saudi Arabia Links
U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Sunday promoted improving ties between Saudi Arabia and Iraq as a way to counter Iran's growing military assertiveness in the region.
Tillerson, participating in the initial meeting of the Saudi Arabia-Iraq Coordination Committee in Riyadh, told Saudi King Salman and Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi that their improving links showed "great potential." He cited the August reopening of a major border crossing between the two countries and the resumption of direct flights between Baghdad and Riyadh.
Trump Defends Frequent Twitter Bickering with US Officials
President Donald Trump is defending his frequent bickering on Twitter with officials across the U.S. political spectrum, saying it sometimes pushes officials "to do what they're supposed to be doing."
Trump told Fox News anchor Maria Bartiromo in a wide-ranging interview that aired Sunday, "Sometimes it helps, to be honest with you."
Republican lawmakers have often suggested Trump end his frequent tweets, but he said, "I doubt I would be here if it were not for social media, to be honest with you.
National Weather Outlook: 10-22-2017
Heavy rain and higher elevation snow continue for the Northwest, fire danger continues in Southern California
A series of Pacific storms will bring strong winds, heavy rain, and mountain snow to the Pacific Northwest and northern Rockies through Sunday. Heavy rainfall and flooding is possible from the Mississippi Valley to the Deep South and Southeast U.S. this weekend and into early next week. Dry winds will prolong the fire weather threat for Southern California for several days.
Kabul Suicide Attack Kills at Least 15 Outside Military Academy
A suicide blast Saturday outside the Afghan military academy in Kabul killed at least 15 cadets and wounded several others, said the defense ministry.
The attack came a day after an Islamic State suicide bomber stormed a crowded Shi'ite Muslim mosque in the city, killing 50 worshipers and wounding dozens more.
Afghan police and witnesses said Saturday's attack occurred when a car bomber drove into a minibus packed with cadets at the main entrance to the capital city's Marshal Fahim Military Academy.
New Details Emerge About Attack That Killed US Soldiers in Niger
New details are emerging about the attack that left four U.S. soldiers dead in Niger as U.S. congressional leaders are demanding answers from the Pentagon.
The four U.S. service members, three of whom were Green Berets (special forces), along with four Nigerian soldiers were killed on October 4 in an ambush in Tongo-Tongo, a village near the border with Mali.
On the eve of the attack, about 30 Special Forces, mostly Nigeriens and eight U.