Resources - News

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. 

Date Range
***To filter by region, select a region from the View Site by Region menu at the top of the page
Tuesday, September 12, 2017
This article investigates how the Pentagon is using a mix of contractors, SOCOM and other facilities to send soviet arms to Syrian rebels after previous attempts to arms rebels had failed.
Country(s): 
Syria
Publisher / Source: 
Tag(s): 
Tuesday, September 12, 2017
This article questions to recent US sales of top level fighter jets along with other supplies, arguing that Bahrain may not get the most effective use out of the weapon systems.
Country(s): 
Bahrain
Author(s): 
Publisher / Source: 
Tag(s): 
Tuesday, September 12, 2017
This article explores the myriad of possible reasons for behind the Trump administration’s recent denial and withholding of aid packages to Egypt.
Country(s): 
Egypt
Author(s): 
Publisher / Source: 
Tag(s): 
Monday, September 11, 2017
The report focuses on the Lebanese government’s ability to mitigate threats from Salafi-jihadi groups, and explores aspects of U.S. policy toward Hezbollah. It argues against the Trump administration’s proposed cuts to the Lebanese Armed Forces (LAF) and suggests additional steps that it and Congress can take to strengthen Lebanon’s counterterrorism capabilities, including continued Foreign Military Financing for Lebanon and leveraging U.S. assistance for better counterterrorism coordination.
Country(s): 
Lebanon
Publisher / Source: 
Wednesday, September 6, 2017
The article states that the Senate's foreign aid spending panel voted to slash military assistance to Egypt by $300 million amid growing congressional frustration with the country's dismal human rights record under President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi.
Country(s): 
Egypt
Author(s): 
Publisher / Source: 
Wednesday, August 30, 2017
During the last week of August 2017, the Lebanese government completed its largest counterterrorism operation in years, pushing Islamic State (IS) militants from the group’s stronghold along the Lebanese border with Syria. As many as 7,000 soldiers from the Lebanese army and special operations forces took part.1 The offensive underscored Lebanon’s contribution to the global counter-IS coalition and the key role that its military and security services have played in blocking the expansion of Sunni militant groups in the region. English
Country(s): 
Lebanon
Publisher / Source: 
Saturday, August 26, 2017
WASHINGTON — A top commander of the U.S.-led coalition battling the Islamic State group in Iraq and Syria has publicly acknowledged that Iraq’s Popular Mobilization Forces — a loose alliance of Iranian-backed Shiite militias — are “incidentally” benefiting from the extensive support provided to Iraqi security forces under the control of Baghdad. Maj. Gen. Rupert Jones, deputy commander of the Combined Joint Task Force for Operation Inherent Resolve, noted that throughout the battle for Mosul, Iraq, and up until last week, the Popular Mobilization Forces, or PMF, were not deployed as an integral part of those Iraqi security forces directly supported by coalition operations. But with the Aug. 20 launch of the offensive on Tal Afar, the PMF is operating in the same sector alongside three Iraqi divisions, Iraq’s counterterrorism service, police units and the country’s emergency response division to liberate Tal Afar and the remainder of Nineveh province from ISIS.
Country(s): 
Iraq
Author(s): 
Publisher / Source: 
Tag(s): 
Tuesday, August 22, 2017
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States has decided to deny Egypt $95.7 million in aid and to delay a further $195 million because of its failure to make progress on respecting human rights and democratic norms, two sources familiar with the matter said on Tuesday. The decision reflects a U.S. desire to continue security cooperation as well as frustration with Cairo’s stance on civil liberties, notably a new law that regulates non-governmental organizations that is widely seen as part a growing crackdown on dissent, said the sources, who spoke on condition of anonymity. English
Country(s): 
Egypt
Publisher / Source: 
Tag(s): 
Friday, August 11, 2017
This piece discusses the Pentagon’s claims that it’s absolutely opposed to cooperation with terrorist-branded Hezbollah, but Hezbollah’s leader says the facts on the ground speak for themselves.
Country(s): 
Lebanon
Author(s): 
Publisher / Source: 
Tag(s): 
Monday, August 7, 2017
The article states that a “small number” of U.S. military personnel are assisting thousands of Yemeni government troops in a major offensive to expel militants associated with the country’s Al Qaeda offshoot from their de-facto capital.
Country(s): 
Yemen
Author(s): 
Publisher / Source: 
Tuesday, August 1, 2017
The article states that Trump decided to cancel the covert program to train and equip moderate Syrian rebels after weapons ended up in the hands of Al-Qaeda fighters.English
Country(s): 
Syria
Author(s): 
Publisher / Source: 
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.
Country(s): 
Iraq
Kuwait
Author(s): 
Publisher / Source: 
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.
Country(s): 
Qatar
Bahrain
Egypt
Jordan
Saudi Arabia
Afghanistan
Iraq
Yemen
Syria
Author(s): 
Publisher / Source: 
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.
Country(s): 
Saudi Arabia
Pakistan
Lebanon
Author(s): 
Publisher / Source: 
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.
Country(s): 
Saudi Arabia
Author(s): 
Publisher / Source: 
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.
Country(s): 
Iraq
Publisher / Source: 
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.
Country(s): 
Turkey
Syria
Publisher / Source: 
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
Country(s): 
Syria
Author(s): 
Publisher / Source: 
Wire Service: 
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
Country(s): 
Iraq
Author(s): 
Publisher / Source: 
Wire Service: 
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
Country(s): 
Middle East and North Africa Regional
Asia and Near East Regional
Author(s): 
Publisher / Source: 

Pages