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Wednesday, October 22, 2014 at 1:43 PM

The Washington Post shares breaking news of multiple shooting incidents in Ottawa, Canada. “Dozens of gunshots were heard inside Canada’s Parliament… shortly after a soldier was reported shot at the nearby National War Memorial.” CNN has details of the unfolding situation. One shooter is apparently dead. Pentagon spokesperson Rear Adm. John Kirby announced yesterday that . . .
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Tuesday, October 21, 2014 at 2:04 PM

According to Reuters, the United Kingdom has authorized “spy planes and armed drones to fly surveillance missions over Syria.” London’s statement that it would send Reaper drones and Rivet Joint surveillance aircraft to the embattled Middle Eastern country came soon after Turkey’s announcement on Monday that it would allow “Iraqi Kurdish fighters to reinforce fellow . . .
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Monday, October 20, 2014 at 11:14 AM

The US-led coalition fighting against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) launched new airstrikes in Kobani, a Syrian town along the Syrian-Turkish border. Reuters reports on the airstrikes. CNN reports that at least 70 ISIS militants were brought to a western Syrian hospital over the weekend, a direct result of the US-led airstrikes in . . .
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Friday, October 17, 2014 at 1:00 PM

According to Military Times, “Air Force drones in Turkey have received the OK to join the fight” against ISIS. While Ankara is not allowing the use of manned aircraft from Incirlik Air Base, it will allow the use of unmanned aircraft for reconnaissance. Incirlik is home to 1,500 US military members, as well as the . . .
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Thursday, October 16, 2014 at 4:37 PM

The director of the FBI, James B. Comey, came to the Brookings Institution today to give a speech that was moderated by Lawfare’s own Benjamin Wittes. During his talk, Comey warned that “crimes could go unsolved if law enforcement officers cannot gain access to information that technology companies…are protecting using increasingly sophisticated encryption technology.” He . . .
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Wednesday, October 15, 2014 at 1:34 PM

Yesterday, military leaders from countries involved in the U.S.-led campaign against the Islamic State met at Joint Base Andrews in Maryland. The event was led by Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Martin Dempsey and included a visit from President Obama. The Washington Post highlights the “serious [strategy] disagreements” among the coalition members. . . .
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Tuesday, October 14, 2014 at 1:42 PM

What a mess. As we write, ISIS is shelling Kurdish defenders inside the town of Kobani; a U.S.-led coalition is bombing ISIS in the areas around Kobani; and the Turkish military (which is nominally a part of the coalition, but which has so far refused to intervene against ISIS), is targeting Kurdish PKK fighters in . . .
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Monday, October 13, 2014 at 4:11 PM

The ISIS siege on Kobani appears to have failed–for now. While the flashpoint city continues to struggle with ISIS counterattacks, it appears that the Kurdish peshmerga, with the help of coalition airstrikes, has driven the militant group back for the moment. The Associated Press brings us a first-hand account from Kurdish soldiers of the “fierce battles” still . . .
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Friday, October 10, 2014 at 3:40 PM

Tragic news out of Yemen: a suicide bomber reportedly blew himself up in a crowd of protesters, killing approximately 70 people. The New York Times reports that the explosion heightens fears that “Sunni extremists were mobilizing new attacks against a Shiite rebel group” that took control of the capital, Sanaa, one month ago. In Syria, the . . .
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Thursday, October 9, 2014 at 1:42 PM

We start with a tweet from Jenan Moussa, a reporter on the ground just across from Kobani in Turkish territory: Praying for peace? Kurdish man prays; smoke from #Kobane in background. @akhbarpic.twitter.com/AaombnHud9 — Jenan Moussa (@jenanmoussa) October 9, 2014 The battle for Kobani rages on. U.S. Central Command reports that yesterday the U.S.-led coalition conducted . . .
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Wednesday, October 8, 2014 at 1:20 PM

Redoubled U.S.-led airstrikes have successfully pushed back Islamic State militants fighting for the northern Syrian town of Kobani. Reuters quotes the deputy foreign minister of the Kobani district, Idris Nassan, who said, “They are now outside the entrances of the city of Kobani. The shelling and bombardment was very effective.” According to Iraqi officials, Anbar . . .
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Tuesday, October 7, 2014 at 2:56 PM

The Islamic State is closing in on the northern Syrian town of Kobani, reports Reuters. According to Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan, the Kurdish town located along the border is “about to fall” as ISIS militants advance into the south west of the city. Kobani has been under siege for three weeks, yet so far, Turkish authorities . . .
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Monday, October 6, 2014 at 11:20 AM

CNN has put together a kind of “family tree” that helps us understand how ISIS is organized. The structure of the organization is expanding, and looking more and more like a country’s executive structure, as opposed to a confused terrorist organization, perhaps lending credibility to its name, the Islamic State. The New York Times reports . . .
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Friday, October 3, 2014 at 3:03 PM

The Associated Press reports that a U.S. Marine who ejected from a  MV-22 Osprey when the plane lost power over the Persian Gulf is “presumed lost at sea.” The news marks the first reported casualty in the U.S.’s operations against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria. The news comes as military officials have decided to treat . . .
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Thursday, October 2, 2014 at 3:53 PM

Protests in Hong Kong continue to dominate headlines as the battle between security forces and students spirals into another day. According to the Washington Post, a high-stakes confrontation between protesters and the local government/Beijing could reach a head today and tomorrow. Protesters have vowed to occupy more government buildings, while Chinese authorities ominously threatened “unimaginable” . . .
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Wednesday, October 1, 2014 at 1:00 PM

Yesterday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced the first case of Ebola in the United States. A man who recently traveled on a commercial airplane from Liberia to Texas has been diagnosed with the deadly disease that is currently ravaging western Africa. The New York Times informs us that he is being treated . . .
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Tuesday, September 30, 2014 at 3:08 PM

One day after the inauguration of Ashraf Ghani as president of Afghanistan, the United States and Afghanistan signed a Bilateral Security Agreement allowing for 9,800 residual U.S. troops to train, equip, and advise the Afghan military and police forces. The Washington Post has more on the agreement, which many commentators consider a linchpin towards ensuring . . .
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Monday, September 29, 2014 at 12:01 PM

Over the weekend, the United States continued its offensive against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS). Reuters tells us that U.S.-led air strikes are reported to have destroyed oil refineries in Syria. President Obama spoke on the continuing developments in Syria and Iraq as he sat for an interview with “60 Minutes” . . .
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Friday, September 26, 2014 at 2:51 PM

Earlier this afternoon, the U.K. Parliament authorized British airstrikes in Iraq against ISIS by a vote of 524-43. Earlier reports noted that British operations could begin as early as this weekend. The Brits are not the only country signing up for action: so too are the Danes. Earlier this morning, Denmark’s government said it plans . . .
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Thursday, September 25, 2014 at 2:48 PM

In breaking news this morning, US Attorney General Eric Holder has announced that he will resign his office. Holder will remain in office until his successor is nominated and confirmed, perhaps remaining in office into the new year, the New York Times reports. Carrie Johnson at NPR has more on Mr. Holder’s tenure and his . . .
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