Patty Culhane

Patty Culhane joined Al Jazeera in 2009 and is now the correspondent at the state and defence departments. Before joining she worked as a correspondent for MSNBC covering the Bush administration. She has been a journalist for 17 years, working in Iowa, Illinois and Norfolk, Virginia where she covered the US military, travelling extensively through the Middle East covering the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

US & Canada

Erdogan visits US to stop arming of Kurdish fighters in Syria

Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is visiting the White House on May 16 and is expected to try to convince US President Donald Trump to stop arming a Kurdish rebel group in Syria that Ankara considers a 'terrorist' group.

US & Canada

Rex Tillerson lays out US foreign policy plans

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has unveiled foreign policy initiatives as he addressed the State Department on Wednesday.

North Korea

Trump's North Korea dilemma - are sanctions the way to go?

US officials say sanctions are key to denuclearisation, but how they would force change remains unexplained.

US & Canada

What is Donald Trump's defence strategy?

US President Donald Trump promised a policy of 'America First' and since he came to power, his military strategy has been increasingly under the spotlight.

Syria's Civil War

Is Donald Trump ready to make a deal on Syria?

The US president is fond of saying his favourite thing in life is deal making.

Middle East

Idlib attack: US considers serious action

The US Department of Defence is currently presenting President Donald Trump with options in Syria. While the United States has been bombing ISIL targets there, it's avoided taking on the military of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

Middle East

Trump’s senior adviser Kushner meets Iraqi PM

President Donald Trump's son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner has met Iraq's prime minister as part of an unannounced visit to the country.

US & Canada

Coalition to counter ISIL to convene in US

The global coalition to counter ISIL is meeting in Washington DC on Wednesday. Representatives from 68 countries are gathering nearly three years into the fight against the armed group.

US & Canada

Asia tour presents challenges for US secretary of state

The top American diplomat Rex Tillerson is heading to East Asia, where he'll stop in Japan, South Korea and China. He's making his first official tour of the region at a time of heightened tension over North Korea's nuclear and missile programmes.

United States

US travel ban: Trump’s administration prepares for court battle

US President Donald Trump's administration is preparing for a court battle after several US states moved to make legal challenges against a revised version of an executive order that bars refugees and citizens of six Muslim-majority countries

US & Canada

US prepares offensive on ISIL's de-facto capital

The US military says it has deployed a small number of forces in and around Manbij in northern Syria to prevent armed groups from attacking each other.

US & Canada

Trump faces stiff resistance to proposed foreign aid cuts

President Donald Trump's administration faces opposition to its plan to cut foreign aid and State Department funding. Reducing overseas spending was one of the key promises of the president's election campaign.