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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, January 26, 2017
The State Department is conducting a review of all foreign aid parceled out in the final two months of the Obama administration, including the controversial last-minute release of $220 million to Palestinians announced just hours before Donald Trump was sworn in as president.English
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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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Thursday, January 26, 2017
The Taliban has called on President Donald Trump to withdraw US forces from the "quagmire" of Afghanistan, saying nothing has been achieved in 15 years of war except bloodshed and destruction. English
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Wednesday, January 25, 2017
Saudi Arabia commissioned a new batch of U.S.-made F-15SA fighters during a ceremony commending the anniversary of the King Faisal Air Academy.English
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Wednesday, January 25, 2017
The US Missile Defense Agency and Israel’s Missile Defense Organization successfully demonstrated the David’s Sling Weapons System in a series of tests at Yanat Sea Range in Israel, MDA said in a statement released Wednesday.English
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Israel
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Wednesday, January 25, 2017
Pakistan is unlikely to be a front-burner issue for President Trump, but it’s a country he’ll have to reckon with sooner rather than later. It is difficult to know what to expect from a Trump administration regarding a country that remains by any objective measure both a critical counterterrorism partner and a state supporter of terrorismEnglish
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Wednesday, January 25, 2017
Germany is nearing a decision to replace its aging short-range air defense systems and help fill a gap that has caused concern among NATO members after Russia's annexation of Crimea, two sources familiar with the issue said.English
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Germany
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Wednesday, January 25, 2017
The president of Honduras has announced that a reform commission designed to purge the country's police forces will continue its work until 2018. The commission began to operate in April 2016 after reports were published indicating that some high-ranking police officials had been involved in the planning and execution of the 2009 assassination of Honduras' drug czar.English
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Honduras
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Wednesday, January 25, 2017
Leaders of the Somali National Army met with international military and civilian officials to discuss the future of Somalia’s security at the 2017 SNA Symposium in downtown Mogadishu, Jan. 10.English
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Somalia
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Wednesday, January 25, 2017
Earlier this month, the Department of Defense (DOD) unveiled a new policy for assessing, monitoring and evaluating the assistance it provides to foreign militaries.English
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Tuesday, January 24, 2017
The US State Department has approved the sale of nearly $1.8 billion in arms sales and support to four foreign countries, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, the United Kingdom and Kenya. If approved by Congress, about half of those sales will be managed by the Redstone Arsenal-based US Army Security Assistance Command. English
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Tuesday, January 24, 2017
Defense Secretary James Mattis, on his first full day in office Monday, called NATO allies and assured them of the U.S. commitment to the alliance, a notable stand that differs from the occasional skepticism of the organization voiced by President Trump.English
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Europe Regional
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Tuesday, January 24, 2017
Mexico's Defense Secretary says the army will send 500 soldiers to Ciudad Mier in the embattled state of Tamaulipas along the US-Mexico border, indicating that the Mexican government will continue to use the military as a stopgap in the fight against crime.English
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Mexico
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Tuesday, January 24, 2017
The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) is beginning work on a new multiyear modernization road map that takes into account an influx of $38 billion in US-promised grant aid from 2019 through 2028, the military’s top planner said on Monday.English
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Israel
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Tuesday, January 24, 2017
Norway is upping its readiness to ward off Russia, but what it really wants is for Washington to set a transatlantic security policy and stick to it. Europe may roll with the punches, officials said, even if the United States decreases its support. But if the Trump administration cannot commit to a stable position, they said, the extra uncertainty could make it impossible for European leaders to find consensus answers to key questions.English
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Norway
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Monday, January 23, 2017
Major General Stephen Farmen commands the US Army Security Assistance Command, which manages more than $170 billion in foreign military sales and support. In 2016 the command had more than $14 billion in new business and anticipates more than $16 billion in 2017. But as General Farmen said "its not about the dollars, it's about the effects."English
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Foreign Military Sales
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Monday, January 23, 2017
efense advocates have been hopeful that President Donald Trump’s election will mean big boosts in military spending in years to come, but on Monday prominent analysts said those thoughts may just be dreams.English
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Monday, January 23, 2017
U.S. President Donald Trump spoke with Egyptian President Abdel Fatah Al Sisi, White House officials and Egyptian state media said, in the first conversation between the two since Mr. Trump took office.English
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Egypt
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Monday, January 23, 2017
If Al Shabbab seems less fleet-footed and lethal today than it did a year and a half ago, part of the credit must go to the US. It now looks like President Trump — who is breathtakingly naïve about the threat that Al Shabaab-like groups pose — wants the review in order to cut back US involvement in Somalia. This would be a strategic and costly long-run mistake for US policy in the Horn of Africa.English
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Monday, January 23, 2017
In 2005 the Marine Corps University published a paper entitled “The Professional Military Services Industry: Have We Created a New Military-Industrial Complex?” To consider that question now, more than a decade later, is the equivalent of asking if the Pope is Catholic. The United States has not only created such a new complex, but it has also systematized, legalized, normalized, and, in all important aspects, accepted it. Yet, with the advantage of hindsight, America has never really had a deliberate, thoughtful debate over whether this was a good thing. Frankenstein’s monster was created with more forethought than the contemporary private military and security contracting (PMSC) industry.
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