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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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Monday, August 14, 2017
This commentary by a former U.S. special operations pilot explores combat operations in Ukraine and why sending U.S. lethal weapons would be a largely symbolic gesture that would send a strong message to Moscow.
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Monday, August 14, 2017
The blog discusses how the Senate’s confirmation of Mira Ricardel as Undersecretary of Commerce for Export Administration allows the Trump administration to work on completing much needed, and long overdue, export control reforms.
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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.
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Lebanon
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Thursday, August 10, 2017
In accordance with provisions of the National Defense Authorization Act for fiscal year 2017, this GAO report reviews weapon systems and equipment funded by the Defense (DOD) and State Departments for the Afghan National Army and Afghan National Police—collectively known as the Afghan National Defense and Security Forces (ANDSF). Since fiscal year 2002, more than $76 billion has been appropriated or allocated for various DOD and State programs to support Afghan security, and DOD has disbursed almost $18 billion for equipment and transportation.English
Thursday, August 10, 2017
The article cites multiple reports using SAM’s data on U.S. programs that train foreign forces and discusses controversial issues surrounding these programs, including the likelihood that foreign military personnel trained by the U.S. are involved in coup attempts or human rights abuses.
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Thursday, August 10, 2017
The article states that Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman John McCain is offering a civil-military strategy for Afghanistan that adds more U.S. counterterror troops and more pressure on Pakistan to not provide sanctuary to the Taliban and Haqqani network.
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Afghanistan
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Monday, August 7, 2017
SAM Director Colby Goodman is quoted in this article that examines Erik Prince’s proposal to bridge the Afghanistan air force’s capability gaps with his own private air force and the broader issue of private military companies operating in roles typically in the purview of nation states.
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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.
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Yemen
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Thursday, August 3, 2017
This article covers Erik Prince's proposal to the Afghan government to provide air support through his company, Frontier Services Group. English
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Afghanistan
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Thursday, August 3, 2017
This article discusses a push by both Defense and State Department officials to arm Ukrainian troops with lethal aid to counter Russian-backed separatists fighting for the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic and Luhansk People’s Republic.English
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Ukraine
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Wednesday, August 2, 2017
This article discusses the adoption of a United Nations resolution designed to prevent and disrupt the flow of weapons to terrorist networks and the methods to do so.English
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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
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Syria
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Friday, July 28, 2017
This article covers US Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ recent trip to El Salvador and discusses the challenges of an oversimplified approach to crime reduction and peacebuilding.English
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El Salvador
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Tuesday, July 25, 2017
This piece takes a look at the various types and amounts of US provided equipment that has found its way from the Afghan military to the Taliban over the last 16 years of war.
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Monday, July 24, 2017
This blog discusses why Kabul and Washington must rethink their current strategy and address inherent problems in their approach to building the Afghan National Defense and Security Forces.
Monday, July 24, 2017
This article discusses a new study that states that the U.S.-backed Afghan government could compel the Taliban to pursue peace once they regain control of at least 80% of Afghan districts.
Friday, July 14, 2017
In this article Al-Jazeera speaks to the head of the UN peacekeeping mission about plans to bring security to conflict-hit Central African Republic.
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Wednesday, July 12, 2017
This article discusses the recent decision in the House rejecting Trump’s proposal to cut spending on foreign aid to the Middle East and highlights the strategic importance of continuing aid to Jordan, Egypt, Morocco, and Tunisia.
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Monday, July 10, 2017
This article discusses how campaigners lost a high-profile case calling for UK arms sales to Saudi Arabia to be stopped over humanitarian concerns, as the high court ruled exports could continue.
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Monday, July 10, 2017
This article discusses the implications of the Trump administrations consultation with private security companies to devise a plan in Afghanistan. A Washington Post article discusses why private military contractors aren’t going to do a better job in Afghanistan.

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