Conflict

Friday, January 30, 2015 - 06:57
Three American civilian contractors and an Afghan national were killed Thursday in a shooting incident at a military base attached to Kabul’s international airport, according to U.S. officials. A fourth American contractor was wounded in the attack.
Friday, December 12, 2014 - 12:06

Eight members of Honduras’ “elite” U.S.-supported TIGRES special police were implicated in the theft of more than $1 million dollars in cash. DoD announced a new command for the campaign against IS. Kenya’s security forces faced renewed criticisms for alleged human rights abuses carried out by “death squads.”  And Assistant Secretary of State’s Nisha Desai Biswal showed support the United States’ continued relationship with Uzbekistan.

Friday, November 21, 2014 - 08:55

Egypt’s Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry met to discuss strengthening bilateral ties. President Barack Obama unveiled his plan to use his executive authority to protect millions of undocumented migrants residing in the United States from deportation. Former rebels turned soldiers began looting a police station while protesting in the Ivory Coast. And Deputy National Security Advisor Tony Blinken stated that the White House is considering providing lethal arms to Ukraine. Click the link below to read more of this week's top security assistance news.

Friday, November 14, 2014 - 09:24

Egyptian President Sisi announced a new law that would allow for the deportation of foreign journalists following widespread condemnation of the regime’s treatment of the press. At least four U.S. citizens have been killed or injured by Mexican security forces this month. Commentators criticized Nigeria’s short-lived ceasefire with Boko Haram, saying the group has only gotten stronger in recent months. Azerbaijani soldiers shot down an Armenian helicopter, intensifying a long-standing conflict between the two countries.

Wednesday, November 5, 2014 - 12:20

This week, Turkey allowed roughly 150 Iraqi Kurds to transit Turkish territory in order to reinforce Kurdish forces defending the city of Kobani, Syria, which has been under siege by the Islamic State. President of Burkina Faso Blaise Campaore decided to step down following violent protests against efforts to amend the constitution to allow for his reelection. Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto met with the families of dozens of students who went missing near the town of Iguala last month. The U.S.-appointed Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR) published a series of major reports this week showing that U.S.-funded reconstruction efforts are currently hampered by a variety of issues.

Friday, October 10, 2014 - 10:57

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.

Friday, October 10, 2014 - 05:54
As the US approaches the end of major combat operations in Afghanistan, the number of airstrikes there hit their highest point in two years in August.
Friday, September 26, 2014 - 10:50

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.  

Friday, September 19, 2014 - 13:36

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.  

Friday, June 27, 2014 - 06:45
The State Department announced Wednesday that it will expand efforts to counter Islamist terrorist groups on social media platforms like Twitter and YouTube.

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