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U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel asked Turkey for assistance in the basing and training of groups opposed the Islamic State. The U.S. Defense Department announced plans to increase its efforts to fight Ebola. The Russian military engaged in a number of military exercises in former Soviet republics recently. And the Mexican government made four new arrests related to the disappearance and murder of dozens of students following a protest in Iguala, Guerrero state. Read about these stories and more from this past week.

The U.S. continued its air campaign against the Islamic State with some estimates of the cost so far at $1 billion. The U.K., Canada, Australia, Denmark and Turkey all committed to join the campaign in Iraq. The U.N. and U.S. are expanding their mission to combat the spread of Ebola in West Africa. Amnesty International released a new report on widespread use of torture by police in Mexico. And the five countries bordering the Caspian Sea met to announce their agreement to prevent outside military presence in the sea.

The United States continued airstrikes against the “Islamic State” (IS) in Iraq and expanded its campaign into Syria, where strikes also targeted the Khorasan group, a lesser-known militia affiliated with Al-Qaida. Meanwhile, the Kenyan government pledged to to “stay the course” until the terrorist group al-Shabaab is sufficiently weakened. On Tuesday, the Colombian government and the rebel group known as the FARC published the text of agreements reached at ongoing peace talks. Georgia reportedly offered to host a training center for Syrian rebels, which Georgian officials subsequently denied.  

This week, the United States Congress passed a Continuing Resolution which included an amendment to train and equip “moderate” Syrian rebels to combat the “Islamic State” (IS). Meanwhile, President Obama pledged 3,000 troops to help fight the Ebola epidemic. The White House also published its annual list of “Major Drug Transit or Major Illicit Drug Producing Countries,” the majority of which are located in Latin America. On Thursday, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee passed a bill that would give major non-NATO ally status to Ukraine, Georgia and Moldova.  

This week, President Barack Obama gave a speech announcing plans to train and equip Iraqi armed forces to help combat the terrorist group known as ISIS. Meanwhile, the Nigerian military carried out operations against Boko Haram. The United States also approved the sale of $145 million worth of military equipment to Brazil and Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel met with Georgian officials to discuss enhanced cooperation on security issues.

While relations between the United States and Russia have collapsed in almost every sphere, one element of military cooperation has quietly continued, uninterrupted: the transit of U.S. military cargo to and from Afghanistan across Russia and Central Asia.

 

In 2009, as one of the fruits of the “reset” in relations between Washington and Moscow, Russia agreed to let the United States ship military equipment and personnel via Russia, both over its airspace and using its rail network, to...

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