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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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Thursday, January 11, 2018
Less oversight, they warn, could make it easier for deadly weapons to end up in the hands of terrorists and drug cartels. “It’s a major change,” said Colby Goodman, director of the Security Assistance Monitor program at the Center for International Policy. “It’s opening up a lot more risk and a lot more opportunity for illegal and illicit trafficking.”English
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Thursday, January 11, 2018
The newly released documents also show that in fiscal year 2016, 540 troops from Tajikistan were trained. Of those, 340 were from the National Guard, and 170 from the "MGSO." The US also spent about $4.5 million to equip counterterror and counterdrug forces in Tajikistan, under Section 1033 of the same act. That is according to a separate set of documents, acquired by the Washington watchdog group Security Assistance Monitor, which shared the data with The Bug Pit. English
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Thursday, January 11, 2018
US security assistance to Jordan for fiscal year 2016 topped $921 million after the Global Train and Equip fund provided for UH-60 helicopters and other equipment, according to data obtained by the Security Assistance Monitor.English
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Tuesday, November 14, 2017
This article covers the United States’ recent increase of military aid to Georgia in light of the fact that Georgia’s ability to join NATO has decreased.
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Saturday, November 4, 2017
This article states that President Abdel Fatah al-Sissi has sought to address the symptoms of terrorism rather than its causes allowing his regime to crack down on dissent and consequently fuel extremist violence.
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Tuesday, October 31, 2017
SAM Director Colby Goodman weighs in on the debate surrounding the transfer of oversight for military equipment exports to the commerce department, specifically the export of high-tech night vision gear.
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Monday, October 30, 2017
This article discusses the American military command in Afghanistan's decision to keep secret key figures related to the growth and progress of local security forces.
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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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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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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 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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