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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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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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Wednesday, August 30, 2017
The article discusses the Trump administration's decision to put $225M in military assistance to Pakistan into the equivalent of an escrow account that Islamabad can only access if it does more to crack down on internal terror networks launching attacks on neighboring Afghanistan.
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Pakistan
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Sunday, August 27, 2017
This essay cites an article using SAM's security assistance data to argue that the United States should reverse its traditional approach on counterterrorism, counterinsurgency and U.S. foreign policy.
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Pakistan
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Tuesday, August 22, 2017
WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump announced a new plan for Afghanistan Monday night with calls for additional U.S. forces, greater NATO participation and regional pressure that held echoes of the previous administrations even as the president said his way forward would be a much more aggressive plan that delivers results. “Nearly 16 years after the Sept. 11 attacks, the American people are weary of war without victory,” Trump told a largely military audience at Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall in Virginia. Trump said he was initially inclined to withdraw all forces. As he said on the campaign trail, he still feels that the U.S. had spent too much time, energy and money trying to rebuild Afghanistan, like Iraq, to resemble American governance.
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Afghanistan
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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 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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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, June 15, 2017
U.S. lawmakers on both sides of the aisle laid bare their suspicions about U.S. arms sales to Saudi Arabia, Pakistan and Lebanon over the countries’ supposed links to terror on Thursday, perhaps signaling choppy waters in the alliances.
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Saudi Arabia
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Lebanon
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Thursday, June 15, 2017
The Qatar crisis has quickly become one of the Trump administration’s most sensitive dilemmas in the Middle East. Since America’s close Sunni Arab allies—Bahrain, Egypt, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates (UAE)—took action against Doha earlier this month, the White House has sent the Qataris mixed messages about Washington’s position on the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC)’s row. At this juncture, it remains unclear what role the Trump administration will play in Saudi/Emirati efforts to pressure the Qataris into capitulation.
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Qatar
Bahrain
Egypt
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Afghanistan
Iraq
Yemen
Syria
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Thursday, June 15, 2017
Afghan government officials say they are leery about President Donald Trump’s plan to grant new authority to the Pentagon to set troop levels in the war-torn country, expressing concern that such a shift could be a sign that larger numbers of Americans might soon be headed back to the front lines in the 15-year war.
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Afghanistan
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Wednesday, February 22, 2017
America should be wary of sending more troops to Afghanistan. Appearing before the Senate Armed Services Committee this month, the U.S. commander in Afghanistan, Gen. John W. Nicholson, called for thousands of more advisors to assist the Afghan security forces in their fight against the Taliban. English
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Afghanistan
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Friday, February 17, 2017
The House Armed Services Committee’s chairman this week voiced support for increasing the number of U.S. troops in Afghanistan, adding he isn’t worried about a slow slide into another major military mission there. English
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Afghanistan
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Monday, February 6, 2017
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Iraq
Afghanistan
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Foreign Military Sales
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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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Afghanistan
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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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Pakistan
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Thursday, January 19, 2017
he U.S. military has wiped more than 30,000 names of suspected ghost Afghan soldiers from its payroll, as part of a widening corruption crackdown that a top American general estimates will save the U.S. millions of dollars each month.English
Thursday, January 19, 2017
NATO’s top commander expects the alliance to play a larger role in counterterrorism efforts, signaling that allies could be prepared to place greater focus on an issue of concern for the incoming Trump administration.English
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Global
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Thursday, January 12, 2017
The U.S. government is paying the salaries of “tens of thousands” of non-existent Afghan soldiers, police, teachers and civil servants, a top Pentagon official said Wednesday in reporting on the scale and variety of misspent U.S. money.English
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Afghanistan
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Monday, November 14, 2016
Afghanistan's parliament has voted to sack the foreign minister and two other Cabinet members. The dismissals come as Afghanistan is mired in an economic crisis and widening Taliban insurgency.English
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Afghanistan
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Monday, November 14, 2016
Afghanistan's new anti-corruption court heard its first cases on Saturday, a small step forward in President Ashraf Ghani's efforts to combat graft at the highest levels of government.English
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Afghanistan
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