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This week the United States provided Lebanon with key bomb detection equipment, Brazil and Russia negotiated anti-aircrafct technology sales, U.S. drone strikes took out the leader of al-Shabaab in Somalia, and NATO took steps for deeper engagement with Georgia.

Middle East and North Africa

  • As the Islamic State (IS) strengthens its positions in Iraq and Syria, the United States and several European countries have begun arming Kurdish militias through the Iraqi Central Government. Meanwhile, earlier in the week, Iran delivered weapons and ammunition to the Kurds as well.
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This week the United States delivered military equipment to Tunisia, naval forces from around Latin America partook in the annual UNITAS exercises, U.S. forces led African counterparts in responding to medical threats, and in Central Eurasia Centcom's Anti-Drug program head visited Tajikistan.

This week U.S. Department of Defense officials announced that Kurdish fighters and U.S. airstrikes had broken the Islamic State’s siege of Mount Sinjar, allowing for thousands of Yazidis to evacuate. Meanwhile, in response to I.S.’s advances on Erbil, the U.S. and several European nations pledged to supply arms to Kurdish forces. President Obama suggested that U.S. airstrikes will continue over the next few weeks to months, but that the U.S. has ruled out reintroducing forces into ground combat in Iraq.

This week, House Republicans pushed off voting for the U.S./Mexico border supplemental package, Congress debated increasing funding for vetted Syrian rebels, Nigeria reportedly purchased attack and transport helicopters and U.S. Central Command visited Uzbekistan and Tajikistan. . Read these highlights and more below.

Latin America and the Caribbean

  • On Thursday, House Republicans stalled efforts to vote on the border supplemental package. The House bill, which cuts overall funding down to $
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Despite criticism by the Pentagon about human rights restrictions getting in the way, the Senate Armed Services Committee moved forward on May 22 to permanently restrict U.S. security assistance to foreign units with gross human rights violations.  The restriction, often referred to as the “Leahy law” after its original sponsor Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT), was included in the Committee’s approved National Defense Authorization...


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