Iran at the U.N., Cuba’s comeback, grappling over Guantanamo, trouble in Turkey? – Karoun denirjian/The Washington Post
IRAN BLITZ. The United Nations Security Council will vote on the Iran deal Monday and is expected to approve it, Foreign Policy reports, while Haaretz has the play-by-play of U.S. Defense Secretary Ashton Carter’s ongoing visit to Israel, which is vociferously opposed to the deal struck last week. Both events are likely to influence how the U.S. Congress begins its deliberations over the deal. Those start in earnest this week, as Secretary of State John F. Kerry, Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz and Treasury Secretary Jack Lew all head to Capitol Hill to testify about the deal, Bloomberg reports.
ARMING THE MILITARY. As the military looks into tightening security at recruiting centers, there is a new push in Congress to allow troops at military facilities to carry arms at all times, the Hill reports. The measure by Rep. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) comes in the wake of last week’s shooting in which 24-year-old Mohammad Abdulazeez fatally shot five service members. A more detailed profile of the gunman emerged over the weekend, reported in The Washington Post.
GRAPPLING OVER GUANTANAMO. To close or not to close Guantanamo? That has been the eternal question – and it continues to be the subject of a power struggle behind closed doors, Politico reports, as conferees hash out the very last stages of a compromise defense authorization bill. The conference committee is expected to release the final product of the NDAA this week. But there is still the lingering threat of a presidential veto.
CUBA’S COMEBACK. After 50 years, the Cuban flag was once again raised at the State Department and the embassy in Havana reopened, as diplomatic relations between the two countries were restored, the New York Times reports.
TROUBLE IN TURKEY? Developing news out of Turkey along the Syrian border: Reports from the BBC and others count at least 27 dead in an apparent suicide attack by the Islamic State on a group of activists gathered in Suruc, a base for refugees and others trying to help Syrians just across the border in the bombarded area of Kobane. If initial reports are true, it would be one of the deadlier suicide attacks in Turkey in recent history and a potential sign of the Islamic State’s reach creeping across the border.
Karoun Demirjian covers defense and foreign policy and was previously a correspondent based in the Post’s bureau in Moscow, Russia. Before that, she reported for the Las Vegas Sun as its Washington Correspondent, the Associated Press in Jerusalem, the Chicago Tribune, Congressional Quarterly, and worked at NPR.