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Thursday, March 26, 2015 at 2:25 PM

Saudi Arabia launched a slew of airstrikes against Houthi rebels in Yemen late last night, targeting locations throughout the country, including Dailami air base and the capital’s international airport. The New York Times reports that 100 Saudi jets flew sorties, while the country has reportedly also deployed 150,000 soldiers and naval units. However, at the . . .
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Wednesday, March 25, 2015 at 1:29 PM

The forever war just got a little bit longer. Yesterday, President Obama announced that he will slow the rate of withdrawal of U.S. troops from Afghanistan. The Wall Street Journal explains that, while President Obama had previously planned to have just 5,600 troops in the country by the end of 2015, his new plan will . . .
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Tuesday, March 24, 2015 at 11:50 AM

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani is in Washington today to meet with President Obama and American military and diplomatic leaders. The New York Times examines the White House’s relationship with both the Afghan leader and his predecessor. According to War on the Rocks, “Ghani is in many ways the anti-Karzai. As someone who was educated in . . .
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Monday, March 23, 2015 at 9:40 AM

American troops are evacuating Yemen. The AP reports that the evacuation came as Al Qaeda militants seized the southern city of al-Houta, near the American al-Annad air base, where around 100 American soldiers were stationed. The New York Times describes the evacuation as the “latest blow in the Obama administration’s counterterrorism campaign.” The Wall Street . . .
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Friday, March 20, 2015 at 10:44 AM

The negotiations over Iran’s nuclear program have stalled. The Times tells us that the parties—Iran and the United States, Russia, China, France, United Kingdom and Germany —haven’t made much headway when it comes to the number of operational centrifuges Iran would be able to retain.  One unnamed European diplomat is quoted as saying that the . . .
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Thursday, March 19, 2015 at 3:39 PM

More news today out of Tunisia regarding the stunning militant attack on a museum in Tunis that left 23 people dead and wounded dozens more. According to the Associated Press, the Islamic State has claimed responsibility for the attack in a statement that called the assault a “blessed invasion of one of the dens of infidels . . .
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Wednesday, March 18, 2015 at 2:38 PM

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his Likud party scored a decisive victory in yesterday’s Israeli election, setting the stage for him to serve a third consecutive—and fourth overall—term as prime minister. Although early exit polls showed a close race between Likud and the opposition Zionist Union alliance, official vote tallies showed Likud winning likely . . .
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Tuesday, March 17, 2015 at 1:52 PM

After a bruising election cycle, Israelis head to the polls today to vote for the 20th Knesset. Thanks to a close race, current Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is in danger of losing his position. His hard-line, security focused Likud Party is in a tight battle against the Labor Party, which has emphasized the rising cost . . .
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Monday, March 16, 2015 at 2:17 PM

In an appearance on CBS’s “Face the Nation” yesterday, Secretary of State John Kerry seemed to suggest that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has a role to play in any negotiations to end the Syrian civil war. According to the New York Times, Kerry said “We are working very hard with other interested parties to see . . .
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Friday, March 13, 2015 at 11:26 AM

Yesterday, the Islamic State accepted Boko Haram’s pledge of loyalty. On Saturday, the West African jihadist group released a statement, saying, “We announce our allegiance to the Caliph of the Muslims … and will hear and obey in times of difficulty and prosperity, in hardship and ease, and to endure being discriminated against, and not . . .
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Thursday, March 12, 2015 at 2:32 PM

Iraqi forces and pro-government militias have begun securing their hold on Tikrit, the Iraqi city that ISIS has held since last June. The Washington Post reports that the assault on the city, which began earlier this month without U.S.-led air support, includes up to 30,000 troops and, according to an Iraqi security official, has recaptured . . .
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Wednesday, March 11, 2015 at 1:16 PM

ISIS has released a video appearing to show the execution of an Israeli Arab by a child soldier. The Wall Street Journal reports that, if confirmed, the execution of Mohammed Said Ismail Musallam would mark the first time the militant group has killed an Israeli citizen. The Associated Press adds that, while the video reportedly . . .
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Tuesday, March 10, 2015 at 4:57 PM

Yesterday, in what many have termed an unprecedented move, 47 Republican senators released an open letter to the “leaders of the Islamic Republic of Iran,” making note that any deal without the expressed support of Congress would only be an executive agreement, which could be reversed by the next president. The White House expressed outrage . . .
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Monday, March 9, 2015 at 9:10 AM

Friday, the Pentagon announced that Iraqi troops pushed back Islamic State militants from the town of Al Baghdadi, an important IS stronghold, located a few miles away from a U.S. Marine air base. The Hill explains that the U.S.-led coalition helped the Iraqi forces by launching several airstrikes in the region, as well as providing surveillance and . . .
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Friday, March 6, 2015 at 1:47 PM

Iraqi forces continue to press into Tikrit, an Iraqi city seized by ISIS last June. To stall the Iraqi advance, ISIS fighters have set fire to oil wells, laced roads into Tikrit with explosives, and deployed waves of suicide bombers, Reuters reports. ISIS is not, however, only facing the official Iraqi Security Forces. Instead, the . . .
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Thursday, March 5, 2015 at 8:33 AM

Tensions between the United Kingdom and Germany may be on the rise as a result of Germany’s ongoing parliamentary inquiry into foreign spying. The Telegraph explains that the parliamentary official charged with heading the investigation, Mr. Patrick Sensburg, believes that his phone has been hacked by British intelligence services. In other spying news, new Snowden . . .
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Wednesday, March 4, 2015 at 3:27 PM

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu addressed Congress yesterday. In his speech, he roundly condemned the nuclear deal being negotiated between Iran and the P5+1. The Washington Post describes the speech as a “bankshot,” directed at people with little authority over the negotiations in the hopes that they will increase pressure on the Obama administration. It . . .
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Tuesday, March 3, 2015 at 12:54 PM

Today, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu delivered a speech before a joint session of Congress on a potential U.S. nuclear treaty with Iran. During the address, he declared, “This is a bad deal – a very bad deal. We’re better off without it.” NPR shares further analysis of Netanyahu’s speech. Partisan drama has surrounded the . . .
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Monday, March 2, 2015 at 2:53 PM

Describing his actions as part of a “fateful, even historic, mission,” Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has arrived in the United States in preparation for his address to Congress on Iran’s nuclear program, which is set for tomorrow. Reuters reports that a senior Israeli official told reporters on the flight to Washington that Netanyahu’s address . . .
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Friday, February 27, 2015 at 3:11 PM

The number of Assyrian Christians kidnapped by the Islamic State continues to rise. The New York Times reports that, according to one local Assyrian leader, 287 people have now been captured by the militant group, and dozens of villages in northeastern Syria have been emptied of residents. Other counts put the number captured nearer 350. . . .
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