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.

Middle East

Gulf crisis: US steps up efforts to try and resolve dispute

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has asked two officials, including retired general and former Middle East envoy Anthony Zinni, to work on ending the Gulf diplomatic crisis.


Trump weighs US options in Afghanistan

It is the longest war ever fought by the United States and many doubt that plans to add more US troops in the fight against Taliban fighters would bring real change.

US & Canada

US report: China among 'worst human trafficking offenders'

The US has listed China among the world's worst offenders in human trafficking and forced labour - a step that may aggravate its relationship with Beijing.

United States

US intelligence community under scrutiny after media leaks

The administration of US President Donald Trump says unnamed sources in the intelligence community are responsible for leaking information to the media in the wake of the Manchester attack, as opposed to the president himself.

US & Canada

US: Trump's budget plan to boost military spending

During his election campaign, Donald Trump promised taxpayer money would put America first. That is reflected in his proposals but the plans could also hurt the people who put him in office.

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.