INTERNATIONAL. The Iranians understand that having nuclear weapons is dangerous but that having a weapons program is advantageous. The nuclear program is merely a tool to divert attention from what is actually happening - a shift in the balance of power in the Middle East.
INTERNATIONAL. The United States and several Gulf Arab allies launched air and missile strikes on Islamic State strongholds in Syria on Tuesday, U.S. officials said, opening a new, far more complicated front in the battle against the militants.