AUGUSTA, Maine - Sens. Angus King and Tim Kaine are back in Washington after wrapping up a nine-day swing through the Middle East and south-central Asia with a visit to Qatar.
The senators met Tuesday with Qatar's prime minister and visited an air base that functions as the nerve center for the air campaign in Afghanistan and against Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria.
At the base, the independent from Maine and Democrat from Virginia received a briefing from the deputy commander of U.S. Air Forces Central Command.
PORTLAND, Maine - More than 100 Portland area community members and students packed a hall at the University of Southern Maine to discuss the grave situation in Iraq and Syria, and talk about the U.S. response. The so-called "teach-in" titled "Shifting Alliances: Isis in Iraq and Syria," featured four Maine-based experts on the region, who were on hand to answer questions from the crowd.
AUGUSTA, Maine - Maine Sen. Angus King will travel to India next week along with Democratic Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine.
King and Kaine will leave for the country on Monday and meet with senior Indian defense and foreign affairs officials as well as members of Parliament and others. They're scheduled to return the following Saturday.
They will visit New Delhi and Mumbai, where they will meet with Indian and American business leaders as well as honor the victims of the country's 2008 terror attacks.
WASHINGTON - Maine Sen. Angus King, who serves on the Senate Intelligence Committee, says the Khorasan group of al Qaeda is among the most dangerous of the radical organizations in the Middle East, and he says air strikes targeting them are warranted since they are targeting the U.S. and its allies.
"They are really focused on aircraft, and they are focused on building bombs that can be smuggled on aircraft through airport security," King says. "And, secondly, they are attracting foreign fighter with western passports."
Robert S. Ford, who served 30 years in the U.S. Department of State and Peace Corps, addressed how domestic politics and U.S. strategy intersect in Syria in this talk delivered at the University of Maine.