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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, October 30, 2017
This article explores how recent engagements between Kurdish groups and the Iraqi government may disrupt efforts to fight the Islamic State.
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Wednesday, October 25, 2017
In this article SAM Director Colby Goodman discusses the increase in U.S. military training to Africa and the need for risk assessments for U.S. military operations on the continent.
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Wednesday, October 25, 2017
This article explains why Iraq’s ban on international flights to the Kurdistan Region will not impact US military and humanitarian aid to the embattled Kurds.
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Tuesday, October 24, 2017
This article discusses how Washington's decision to end military aid to some Myanmar units involved in the forced displacement of the Rohingya minority may backfire on U.S. efforts to end the crackdown.
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Friday, October 20, 2017
This article highlights the Defense Department's changing strategy in combatting terrorist groups in Africa, including new policies on targeting individuals and on when US ground troops would be used. 
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Wednesday, October 18, 2017
This opinion piece states that the Trump Administration’s decision to include Chad in the travel ban was a mistake and the partial withdrawal of Chadian soldiers from areas that are heavily targeted by Boko Haram could result in swift and serious consequences.
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Monday, October 16, 2017
The article discusses the limits of the U.S. military assistance that the Somali government has received and the need for a new strategy from both US forces and the Somali government to counter violent extremism as militant groups adapt to increased US military action.English
Friday, September 22, 2017
The Trump Administration is set to surpass U.S. arms sales under the Obama Administration by record numbers based on analysis of available U.S. arms sales notifications to Congress under both the Foreign Military Sales and Direct Commercial Sales programs from January to September in 2016 and 2017. Compared to 2016, the Trump Administration has more than doubled the dollar amount of U.S. arms sales notifications over the Obama Administration. The below chart and table provides details on all of these proposed deals for 2016 and 2017 and will be regularly updated with new data and analysis.
Monday, September 18, 2017
This LobeLog article links to the Security Assistance Monitor site in reference to the security assistance that is provided by the Department of State and the Department of Defense globally and the need for improved accountability in foreign aid resources.
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Monday, September 18, 2017
This article, by SAM Program Manager Seth Binder, questions whether the US fight against ISIS will fall prey to the same human rights abuses and corruption issues that plagued the development of the Iraqi military following the US invasion of Iraq. The author uses SAM data to provide context for how much funding the US has provided to Iraq.
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Iraq
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Friday, September 15, 2017
The article discusses a potential model that the U.S. military is considering in order to maintain the Afghan government’s waning control — without too high a cost — in difficult parts of Afghanistan at a time when the Taliban are resurgent.
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Afghanistan
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Thursday, September 14, 2017
This article talks about U.S. efforts to move oversight of some firearms and ammunition exports from the State Department to the Commerce Department and how the move might benefit the U.S. firearms industry and exporters.
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Tuesday, September 12, 2017
This article covers the recent Azerbaijani threat to end military cooperation with both the US and NATO after increased pressure to improve its human rights record.
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Azerbaijan
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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.
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Egypt
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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.
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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.
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Syria
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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.
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Lebanon
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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.
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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
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Wednesday, August 30, 2017
This article cites Security Assistance Monitor as a "helpful resource" for researchers who are seeking more information on military spending.
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