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This section includes the latest news relating to U.S. security policy around the world. Updated daily, the news provided in this searchable database highlights the most relevant security developments from around the world. 

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Thursday, June 15, 2017
U.S. lawmakers on both sides of the aisle laid bare their suspicions about U.S. arms sales to Saudi Arabia, Pakistan and Lebanon over the countries’ supposed links to terror on Thursday, perhaps signaling choppy waters in the alliances.
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Saudi Arabia
Pakistan
Lebanon
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Thursday, June 15, 2017
The Department of Defense has a major gun control problem. On May 26, Amnesty International published a damning report revealing that the United States failed to track more than $1 billion in arms transfers to Iraqi and Kuwaiti security forces as part of Operation Inherent Resolve. The report, based on a now-declassified 2016 DoD audit obtained via Freedom of Information Act requests, shows that terrible record keeping and loose restrictions potentially let weapons from machine guns to mortar rounds fall into the hands of ISIS.
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Iraq
Kuwait
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Thursday, June 15, 2017
The Qatar crisis has quickly become one of the Trump administration’s most sensitive dilemmas in the Middle East. Since America’s close Sunni Arab allies—Bahrain, Egypt, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates (UAE)—took action against Doha earlier this month, the White House has sent the Qataris mixed messages about Washington’s position on the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC)’s row. At this juncture, it remains unclear what role the Trump administration will play in Saudi/Emirati efforts to pressure the Qataris into capitulation.
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Qatar
Bahrain
Egypt
Jordan
Saudi Arabia
Afghanistan
Iraq
Yemen
Syria
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Tuesday, June 13, 2017
The U.S. Senate narrowly voted 53-47 along largely partisan lines to approve a $510 million sale of precision-guided munitions to Saudi Arabia on Tuesday.
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Saudi Arabia
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Thursday, February 23, 2017
U.S.-backed Iraqi security forces captured Mosul airport from Islamic State on Thursday, advancing on multiple fronts towards the jihadists' last major stronghold in the western half of the city.
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Iraq
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Thursday, February 23, 2017
Turkish armed forces and allied Syrian fighters have seized near full control of the key town of Al Bab in northern Syria from ISIL, according to multiple sources.
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Turkey
Syria
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Wednesday, February 22, 2017
Sen. John McCain, one of President Donald Trump's harshest critics, made a secret trip to northern Syria to visit U.S. forces stationed there and discuss the campaign for defeating the Islamic State extremists, his office said Wednesday. English
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Syria
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Monday, February 20, 2017
U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said Monday he believes U.S. forces will be in Iraq and in the fight against Islamic State militants for a while, despite some rocky times between the two nations. English
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Iraq
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Monday, February 20, 2017
The presidents of Egypt, Algeria and Tunisia will hold a summit soon to try to find ways to reconcile neighboring Libya's rival political factions and stem the country's chaos, diplomats said Monday.
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Libya
Algeria
Tunisia
Egypt
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Monday, February 20, 2017
Major arms imports in the Middle East rose by 86 percent between the periods of 2007-2011 and 2012-2016 and by 7.7 percent in Asia and Oceania.English
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Middle East and North Africa Regional
Asia and Near East Regional
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Friday, February 17, 2017
The Pentagon is developing proposals for sending an unspecified number of American military personnel into Syria, conventional ground forces who would augment the 500 combat advisers already there coordinating efforts to destroy the Islamic State.
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Syria
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Thursday, February 16, 2017
On February 16, Secretary Rex Tillerson met with counterparts from the United Kingdom, Saudi Arabia, Oman, and United Arab Emirates, in addition to the UN Special Envoy for Yemen, to discuss the current situation in Yemen and how the international community can work together to strengthen cooperation to resolve the conflict.
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Saudi Arabia
United Kingdom
United Arab Emirates
Oman
Yemen
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Wednesday, February 15, 2017
The second phase of the Iraqi operation to liberate Mosul will begin any day now, but the ground offensive has already produced a treasure trove of intelligence, thanks in part to the compulsive documentation by the Islamic State.
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Iraq
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Monday, February 6, 2017
The North Atlantic Treaty Organization will begin its training effort in Iraq on Sunday, as the alliance looks to step up its efforts to assist in the fight against Islamic State, according to NATO’s secretary-general.English
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Iraq
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Monday, February 6, 2017
Italian family accused of smuggling weapons to ISIS highlights concerns for links between mafia & terrorismEnglish
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Italy
Libya
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Monday, February 6, 2017
A US$51,852,276 firm-fixed-price contract has been awarded to L-3 Fuzing Ordnance Systems Inc. - See more at: http://www.rebuildingiraq.net/news/view/35156-L-3-Fuzing-Ordnance-Systems-Inc-Awarded-$US51-Million-Defense-Contract#sthash.3XAxq6qH.dpufEnglish
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Iraq
Afghanistan
Program(s): 
Foreign Military Sales
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Friday, February 3, 2017
The U.S.-led coalition is planning for the day when Iraq will be free of the Islamic State group, ramping up training of a future Mosul police force — even as the battle for the rest of the city is briefly on hold.English
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Iraq
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Monday, January 30, 2017
Raytheon has received a USD523 million contract to modernise six Patriot fire units to configuration 3+ for Kuwait.English
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Kuwait
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Monday, January 30, 2017
The U.S. Air Force has awarded Sallyport Global Holdings a $200 million contract modification to continue to manage the security and operation of Iraq’s Balad Air Base.English
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Iraq
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Foreign Military Sales
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Thursday, January 26, 2017
A powerful jihadist group has crushed a Free Syrian Army rebel faction in northwestern Syria, in an attack that threatens to deal a critical blow to the more moderate wing of the Syrian rebellion and derail new Russian-backed peace talks.English
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Syria
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